Growing up in NW Pennsylvania, the land was abundant to hunt for whitetail deer, bear, turkey, and other small game. After moving to the Midwest, my access to permissible private land was all but gone, and it was then that I learned the value of public land and public land hunting.

Following the likes of Corey Jacobson, Randy Newberg, and Steven Rinella, I caught the public land elk hunting fever. What first seemed like an impossible task, elk hunting on public land quickly became a possibility after following the resources provided by guys like Corey, Randy, and Steven.

Primal Pioneer was created as a way to document my preparation for the first of many public land elk hunts in the west. You might also find a few wild game recipes thanks to my wife who runs Wanderlust and Wellness.

If you’re an avid outdoorsman like me, who thought elk hunting required a privately guided hunt, I hope you find this site helpful in getting started with your own first elk hunt, and hopefully realize along the way the value of public land in the west.