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Old 01-02-2018, 10:34 PM   #51
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Old 01-02-2018, 10:40 PM   #52
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I've never seen on here where any one said they hunt to provide meat for their family and I don't know any one that does. I hunt to hunt. The meat is a bonus. I hunt when their is no meat involved at all. I pay nothing for the 3 places I hunt on but the meat is still just a bonus. If you hunt just for the meat then you are hunting for all the wrong reasons.


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Old 01-02-2018, 10:42 PM   #53
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Old 01-02-2018, 10:53 PM   #54
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If I chose to, I could hunt all season and literally spend $0 and bring home some meat. With the exception of a hunting license of course.

However, sometimes I decide to buy a new gun, or a new game camera, or just something to make it feel like I’m getting ready for the season. Also plan to start feeding regularly this year for the first time in about 8 years.

But like I said, if I chose to do so, I could literally spend nothing and put protein on a plate.
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Old 01-02-2018, 10:57 PM   #55
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Hunting and fishing in Texas is really a hobby for 99.9%. It's much cheaper and less time consuming to go to the market for beef, pork, or fish.
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Old 01-02-2018, 11:03 PM   #56
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I measure the success of my hunt by the inch. Probably will fade with age, but not right now. My deer meat cost ALOT!


You better hope so because you are missing out on so much more than what a tape measure tells you.
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Old 01-02-2018, 11:10 PM   #57
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You better hope so because you are missing out on so much more than what a tape measure tells you.
Reckon he comes up short?
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Old 01-02-2018, 11:10 PM   #58
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You better hope so because you are missing out on so much more than what a tape measure tells you.


Iíve always heard it gets longer as you age.


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Old 01-02-2018, 11:13 PM   #59
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Well this turned quickly :-)


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Old 01-02-2018, 11:17 PM   #60
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Not everybody hunts leases or pays to hunt. You can pretty much make hunting as expensive or as cheap as you want.
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Old 01-02-2018, 11:27 PM   #61
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Old 01-02-2018, 11:35 PM   #62
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Not everybody hunts leases or pays to hunt. You can pretty much make hunting as expensive or as cheap as you want.


I hunt public an hour away. Cost me gas and a license. I'm not sure I would do the lease route. I am the only one to eat the meat to begin with, so not financially worth it. Main reason is that I do enjoy the challenge.


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Old 01-02-2018, 11:36 PM   #63
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Do I hunt for the meat, why yes I do. I don't pay for expensive leases or travel great distances, but if I absolutely had then I would, but then I be doing it for the love of the hunt. R&R and tranquility have amount to something !
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Old 01-02-2018, 11:57 PM   #64
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I love me some venison. But, to be honest, if someone told me I could have venison for free, or get to hunt and only keep the horns and no meat, I would definitely choose to hunt. I am obsessed with picking out a wise old buck, and trying to outsmart him.
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Old 01-03-2018, 12:13 AM   #65
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Keep hearing gotta provide for my family as a reason to hunt. The price some of you are paying for hunting, it just doesn't add up for as a plausible reason....
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Not at all whatsoever.

Some spend well over $25k per year to shoot game. Some of the same don't even dress or process the game that's been harvested. There are many that have trophy goals and the means. The more that do, the higher the market.
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Old 01-03-2018, 12:22 AM   #66
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Lol I just like going to the deer lease to drink whiskey and get out of town. The venison is just a bonus.
Man that's some expensive WHISKEY!
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Old 01-03-2018, 12:36 AM   #67
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I sure don’t I just do it for fun. I could do it crazy cheap if I wanted though. Could drive out in one day and shoot all 5 deer from the truck without buying any blinds, feed, or any of the other nice stuff. Could get them all for the cost of a license, fuel that one day (20min drive) and 5 rounds of ammo. As it is I do it because I enjoy it so that even includes taking them to the processor because that’s something I don’t enjoy haha
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Old 01-03-2018, 12:40 AM   #68
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There's your first problem, Karim there are a LOT of posts on FB that are full of either misinformation or downright BS 😂 I have to chuckle at some of the lunacy that is posted on the hunting groups I'm on. There are some ignorant folks who are hunting. And I don't mean stupid, I mean ignorant. And it does zero good to try to even suggest that they read the free manual that is given to them when they purchase their hunting license. They take immediate offense at anyone who tries to help them avoid a ticket. I told a buddy the other day that he needs to quit worrying about some of them. They'd rather be "right" and get a ticket than to take a few minutes to read the manual and actually be lawful

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Old 01-03-2018, 02:44 AM   #69
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There's your first problem, Karim there are a LOT of posts on FB that are full of either misinformation or downright BS I have to chuckle at some of the lunacy that is posted on the hunting groups I'm on. There are some ignorant folks who are hunting. And I don't mean stupid, I mean ignorant. And it does zero good to try to even suggest that they read the free manual that is given to them when they purchase their hunting license. They take immediate offense at anyone who tries to help them avoid a ticket. I told a buddy the other day that he needs to quit worrying about some of them. They'd rather be "right" and get a ticket than to take a few minutes to read the manual and actually be lawful



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I hear that!
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Old 01-03-2018, 03:35 AM   #70
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The only people hunting to feed their families are the ones running around East Texas that show up on your game cams from time to time. LOL

I hunt public lands only, shoot a 2009 model bow and the same Slick Tricks/Grim Reapers I've had for a while now, arrows are a set I bought 5 years ago or so and I'm down to 9 of the dozen, and I process all my own kills. It's STILL cheaper to buy the most expensive meat HEB has to offer than to eat venison.
that's impressive. Hogs always break mine.
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Old 01-03-2018, 03:58 AM   #71
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that's impressive. Hogs always break mine.
To be fair I don't shoot all that much, typically twice per year and half of those shots go into the dirt lol. Also where I typically hunt there's no hogs so it's just deer.
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Old 01-03-2018, 05:31 AM   #72
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Hunting and fishing in Texas is really a hobby for 99.9%. It's much cheaper and less time consuming to go to the market for beef, pork, or fish.
Yes sir. I deer hunted for a long time. A few years ago it got to the point I could provide for my family better by not hunting. I could not justify it in my head any longer. I'm the only one in the family that will eat venison so I was spending all that $ on myself and not my family. It just didn't feel right anymore.
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Old 01-03-2018, 05:31 AM   #73
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I hunt deer because of this little kid holding up an almost empty bag of deer jerky...

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Old 01-03-2018, 05:39 AM   #74
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it's a convenient excuse for shooting baby deer. along with "cain't eat them horns", as a guy has 3 year old bucks lined up...
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Old 01-03-2018, 05:49 AM   #75
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I hunt relatively cheap compared to most and still have a decent shot at a trophy for the area almost every year.

I know some who have access to free or nearly free hunting who put a lot of meat on the table for cheap.

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Old 01-03-2018, 05:52 AM   #76
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I fed my family from the food I hunted, fished or raised, for the most part. We bought very little processed/man made products from the store. We can't stand "store bought", just doesn't taste good.
My son follows in my footsteps.
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:12 AM   #77
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If I couldn't eat the game I kill I doubt I would hunt. Probably spend a lot of time in the woods with a camera though.
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:19 AM   #78
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1. Good healthy family time. My wife spends more time on stand than I do.
2. Teaches the kids tons of lessons they dont get anywhere else. Work and reward.
3. Great way to get to know God better.
4. Love the challenge of matching wits with something thats only job is to survive.
5. That adrenaline rush is pretty cool when you finally pull back on one.
6. Every 10-15 years I kill one with a set of horns big enough to shoulder mount.
7. Added bonus of deer meat to eat throughout the year.
8. Something to look forward to while working my life away.
9. Stories to share from now on.

There are many reasons I hunt, but the meat is a bonus.
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:22 AM   #79
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All my hunts are to enjoy time outside first, provide second, and get a trophy third. I hunt on family land/ invite hunts so itís cheaper for me to eat deer than buy meat, i also try and get Turkey and hogs for meat as well. In the summertime I fish to provide and have a good time Iíll tell you fish is way more expensive than venison.
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:23 AM   #80
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I fed my family from the food I hunted, fished or raised, for the most part. We bought very little processed/man made products from the store. We can't stand "store bought", just doesn't taste good.
My son follows in my footsteps.
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:28 AM   #81
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I do hunt for the meat and no I don't have too to feed my family. I have my own land I don't spend much money on hunting but I generally tag out every year. I generally process my own game and make my own sausage (not this year because Harvey got all my equipment) so this year will be the exception to cheap hunting.
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:38 AM   #82
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My deer hunting is way cheaper than my addiction to saltwater fishing. But the time spent outdoors seeing sunrises,sunsets,kids killing there 1st deer,reds tearing up top waters,and everything else while in the outdoors is priceless in my opinion..
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Old 01-03-2018, 06:41 AM   #83
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They didn't tell you ???
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:21 AM   #84
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I spend way too much on hunting but it is what I enjoy. I provide for my family in addition to the money spent on hunting.
My family enjoys it and the meat is a bonus. We spend many days at the lease during the year and not just during hunting season.
it has been a good investment for us in quality of life. I don't worry about what other people choose to do with their money.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:25 AM   #85
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1. Good healthy family time. My wife spends more time on stand than I do.
2. Teaches the kids tons of lessons they dont get anywhere else. Work and reward.
3. Great way to get to know God better.
4. Love the challenge of matching wits with something thats only job is to survive.
5. That adrenaline rush is pretty cool when you finally pull back on one.
6. Every 10-15 years I kill one with a set of horns big enough to shoulder mount.
7. Added bonus of deer meat to eat throughout the year.
8. Something to look forward to while working my life away.
9. Stories to share from now on.

There are many reasons I hunt, but the meat is a bonus.
My thoughts exactly.

License and tags = $250
Diesel = $500
Meat = 150lbs
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Spending time with family and friends; watching the earth wake up in the mornings; things listed above = priceless to me.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:30 AM   #86
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Hunting and fishing in Texas is really a hobby for 99.9%. It's much cheaper and less time consuming to go to the market for beef, pork, or fish.
Exactly. From a financial standpoint no different then fixing up an old car. Except for the loss.
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I'm usually only out gas and food money for my Texas deer hunts. I will put in some weekends on the properties I get access to, to do upkeep and repairs but those work weekends are fun. I probably don't get to hunt as much as some of y'all but I kill a deer or three every season.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:35 AM   #88
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I am sure there is someone who hunts cheap and provides cheap meat, it just isn’t me or anyone I know or anyone I have ever met. Meat killed by me is more expensive per pound than lobster!
Yep, that would be me. I pay $50 for one spot and around $46 for another. 2 different counties. And I’ve taken 4 deer this year with my bow. Processed 2 of them at the house so yea, I paid next to nothing for my 130 lbs of meat in the freezer.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:42 AM   #89
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I'm just glad to have the opportunity to eat what I kill. Priceless to me.
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:54 AM   #90
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Great responses!
Keep in mind I was just asking about the justification of hunting to feed family, not all the awesome benefits that come along with it. It's clear that there are a few that can hunt cheap and some that go big!
I could care less about what people pay to hunt. Their money, not mine. I think the benefits for me outweigh the costs. I haven't harvested anything this season, so thank God I don't hunt to provide! :-)


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Old 01-03-2018, 08:20 AM   #91
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Well if you figure you're going to be doing some sort of recreation anyways to unwind it's not that bad. I don't remember a golfer ever bringing home a cooler full of anything but empty beer cans.
Great answer!!!LOL It cost for Recreation spend it where you LIKE..(season tickets/Boat &fish/Cruises/etc)

We enjoy our time in DEER country..hunting /preparing for hunting/time on stand in off season/photos/cookouts/fellow hunters/game cameras/hog trap ...Quiet ATV ride to view game in offseason..My elec Golf cart is even better, Quieter..

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Old 01-03-2018, 08:40 AM   #92
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There was a time in life that I hunted to have something to put in rice and beans. Most of it came from snares and traps as I was to busy working to go out and actually hunt. Fishing was running lines and it was fun but done for groceries.
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:42 AM   #93
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It's just fun to shoot arrows through things. The meat is just a bonus!
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:46 AM   #94
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Typically in Texas you are right, if you are a hunter that is hunting to provide meat for the table it is not a money saving proposition. However, in my case, the two places i regularly hunt are by the grace of God free to me. With the addition of a few public land hunts a year (basically free) I can honestly say I put multiple pigs and around three to five deer in the freezer a year for just a hair over the price of a few tanks of gas. I realize that this is not the normal experience for most hunters but it is mine. I am blessed and thankful for it. With the last few years being financially rough due to oil prices and how that affects my work without hunting my family would have been eating a lot more bean and rice tacos instead of venison 3-5 nights a week.
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:48 AM   #95
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I hunt family land that's 3mi from my house, I have bought maybe 25 bags of corn, have 3 deer in freezer, processing cost $321, got probably 65-70 packages of ground meat, probably 35 packs of steaks, my license plus 2 youth license, 3 cameras, sd cards, batteries, 2 new timers for feeders, and have not killed a deer but have missed a couplebut have got to see my youngest shoot his first deer, my oldest shoot two deer so far, and spend time with them. So yea, I get to hunt a lot cheaper than most, but to me the time spent with the kids and the meat we get to eat is priceless.
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:54 AM   #96
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Me and my kids shot 3 deer off our $400 lease, will process them all at home. Takes 8 minutes to get from house to the gate. That's pretty cheap. I'm probably the exception though.
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Old 01-03-2018, 09:04 AM   #97
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I hunt and able to provide meat for my family as well as other families. It's expensive for me but free/cheap for them. I get the enjoyment of being in the woods, spending time with family and friends, enjoy the wildlife I see and the thrill of the hunt. The meat is a bonus for me but the other families that I give meat too do need it.
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Old 01-03-2018, 09:05 AM   #98
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Old 01-03-2018, 09:05 AM   #99
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Old 01-03-2018, 09:13 AM   #100
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