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Jordan Ongstad

Cartographer

Hunted Species:
Elk, Deer, Antelope, Upland, and Waterfowl

Expertise:
Spatial Analysis, Scouting, Maps and The Draw

Born and raised in North Dakota, my move to the West was one of shock and awe. Growing up, with hunting in my blood, the mountains offered a new chance to explore a vastness that the Midwest can't fulfill. Through these early adventures and needing to learn a completely new application structure, sprang DIY Hunting Maps. What started as a simple map company, has blossomed into something so much more. Maps aren't the only things needed to hunt, in fact, maps aren't even close to what you need to get started hunting the west. This is where DIYHuntingMaps.com was born. A website to help you find and plan a hunt, because hunting starts with drawing a tag. It's from building these systems and products that have made me into an expert on everything from the draw process, analyzing patterns in draw stats to the core of the company, reading, interpreting and scouting with maps.

Recent Articles


The Hunter's Edge of Past Experiences

The Hunter's Edge of Past Experiences

Posted In: Prepare, The Hunt, The Reward

With archery opener less than 24 hours away, I woke after a long night of making maps to texts and social media posts from friends about the impending start of the 2017 season. Some traveling across country, others locals heading to their favorite spot for the weekend. It's easy to identify two...

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You Drew a Tag, Now What?

You Drew a Tag, Now What?

Posted In: Prepare, Scouting, The Hunt

There comes a point in every man's life where he get what he wants. Years of waiting, months of unit research, weeks of changing your mind, and days waiting for the backdoor to open come down to this moment where you see that one little word "SUCCESS". But now what?...

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A New Approach to the Colorado Draw

A New Approach to the Colorado Draw

Posted In: The Draw

Last draw season, the Colorado Division of Wildlife "surprised" us with a new way of dealing with returned tags. Instead of the tags going unused, they decided to allow the tags to be picked up as leftovers. This means trophy tags, that normally take up to 20 years of diligent Preference Point...

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