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Old 12-22-2016, 11:43 AM   #51
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Like flywise I encourage anyone to save and make the time. I've made several out-of-state trips and have wonderful memories of them. I've had a prosthetic leg since 1968 so DIY trips in remote areas were problematic, so mostly I went on outfitted trips. Cut back on beer, eat out less often, work extra overtime or a second job and throw your spare change in a drawer and you'll be amazed at how quickly you'll have the funds for that trip. I've managed to hunt Texas (that's out of state for me), Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Kansas, and Alaska. I even worked in a couple of Africa trips.
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Old 12-22-2016, 11:50 AM   #52
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All part of my retirement plan. Time is the problem right now I'm already guiding others to their trophy. Looking forward to hunting with my son out of state when he gets older.
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Old 12-22-2016, 12:10 PM   #53
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I've never hunted out of the state unfortunately, but I sure wish I could. Prior to this year I haven't had the means to do it with 3 kids - oldest in public school, 4 yr old in private school (may get held back when moving to public school for 2017 school yr since he's an Aug. birthday) and a 2.5 yr old in daycare (who is moving to the private school in Aug 2017). I paid off a few things so that really helped. I've picked up a few rifles along the way, mostly ones that will be used and others that sit in the corner looking pretty until they are passed down to the kids...
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Old 12-22-2016, 12:23 PM   #54
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For me it'd be out of country, I would love to hunt the states (Texas whitetail is a dream) but I've got flights, car hire, food, accommodation and shipping if I'm so lucky that's going to be $3-4k. Then you got guide fees on top so just about double it.

It's just easier for me to stick to public land or hunt swaps more locally than head over.

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JP....where in Australia are you??
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Old 12-22-2016, 12:26 PM   #55
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Hunted in Kansas and Wisconsin. Kansas was the hardest hunting I've ever experienced. Muzzleloader season, high winds and 95+ degree weather. 9 straight days of does and a couple of really small bucks..... Very frustrating to say the least.
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Old 12-22-2016, 01:06 PM   #56
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if you get off the roads a little its not bad. I have walked a few miles in and did not see another hunter for days
I was way back in shnf. I had the same idea, the further you walk the less people you will see. Apparently lots of folks use that tactic. I may try it again but it's irritating to work so hard and follow the rules just to ser guys show up without orange vest and pouring out corn to hunt over.
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Old 12-22-2016, 01:20 PM   #57
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I've only hunted out of state in Wyoming, Colorado, & Tennessee, but I hope a few others are in my future.
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Old 12-22-2016, 01:25 PM   #58
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I'll be hunting out of state my first time next yr. We have an elk hunt planned in CO as long as we can get permission from the land owner, which shouldn't be a problem. Can't wait.

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Old 12-22-2016, 02:12 PM   #59
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I just need a new group of friends and someone to show me the ropes.

I literally can't even get my friends up to the ranch for New Years much less out west.

Also have been begging my friends to go on a guided duck hunt or to public land or to the lease and have made all of two trips....

Maybe I'm the issue, LOL



Anyone needs a tag along for any of these trips PLEASE drop me a line.
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Old 12-22-2016, 02:15 PM   #60
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Still go back to ND for bird hunting and ice fishing. Have family there still so I can sell it to wife that i'm "visiting"!
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Old 12-22-2016, 02:32 PM   #61
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Lots of good excuses in this thread.
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Old 12-22-2016, 02:49 PM   #62
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I'm in Victoria - south eastern part

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Old 12-22-2016, 02:53 PM   #63
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I've got a buddy in Australia that shoots roos like it's going out of style. Shot some cool goats too.
And gets to hunt new zealand as a family member guides there and puts him on the animals...y'all have some pretty cool hunting over there...
He just got a few guns(explained all the loops he had to jump through) and is mainly a bow hunter. He's been there for about 8years now, he was born with dual citizenship
Unless you know someone in Texas hunting can get expensive, we do have public land but nothing like the western states
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I head over to NZ every now and then for some diy hunting.

Roos aren't really game animals I have a few permits where I shoot em but that's more to help the farmers than anything else.

The hunting here is pretty good, goes under the international radar a bit I think.

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Old 12-22-2016, 04:04 PM   #64
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I've been out of state three times. All three were public land hunts. They were all challenging.

It takes time from work and family to go. My NM hunts were 5 days plus a day of travel to and from. It would required more travel days to get to Colorado or even further west.

Google earth be ****ed- it's difficult to drive 800 miles to mountainous country and have a chance of finding game. I'm fortunate to have friends in northern NM that help me hunt.

I couldn't find anyone to go for several years. My buddies simply couldn't get away.

All that said- it's a can be a blast. I filled a cow tag in 15 and a deer tag this year. The experience was well worth it.

After these hunts- I'm now interested in harder to draw tags- so it will likely be a while before I go again.


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Old 12-22-2016, 04:35 PM   #65
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My time is too precious now. I only hunt now where I have a very high chance at success. I have wasted too much money hunting places like Colorado where you are fighting everyone else from Texas. I have a place in Kansas I can go and it's just about 100% as it's my buddies 62,000 farm and he knows where the deer are.

I would rather sit around the fire here in East Texas and blast pigs than blow $1000 tromping around some place I am not familiar with with a near zero chance of bringing anything home. Don't get me wrong, I don't really care if I kill a deer every year or not (going on two years now), but if I go that far I better have a dang good chance of bringing something back.
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Old 12-22-2016, 04:44 PM   #66
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I have. Simply because I love going to new places.

As far as money it's not expensive if you look hard enough. Nobody said you had to go on a 21 Day Stone Sheep hunt.
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Old 12-22-2016, 07:02 PM   #67
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I find it funny that money is a problem, it is cheaper for me to hunt out of state than have a lease here.
And if you do your research chances are really pretty good.
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Old 12-22-2016, 07:07 PM   #68
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Mostly just havnt had the oprtunity, plus I'm not sure where to begin. Hopefully the 2018 mule deer season in Colorado my father in law and I will go. We were supposed to go this coming season but some thing came up already for that.
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Old 12-22-2016, 07:10 PM   #69
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Retired, have the time but not the money.
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Old 12-22-2016, 07:24 PM   #70
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I haven't, my main issue is the few guys I hunt with have no interest in going on a out of state hunt. So I would have a hard time of it going at it alone. Money would be a issue on some hunts, but I have a lot of time on my hand.

I have thought about in the past, to offer my assistance for anyone going on a DIY hunt, so I can learn the ropes
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Old 12-22-2016, 07:36 PM   #71
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I go every year usually more than once. I know a lot of people think it's too expensive but I'm dirt poor and I do it. You can elk hunt Colorado for $800 if you go with a couple guys. I'm going on a sheep hunt in February that will be around $500. Success isn't guaranteed but adventure is. Odds are good that you will kill something if you work your butt off. I've been to Colorado 5 times and killed 2 elk with the recurve. I would have killed an animal every year with a compound.

Gear can get crazy expensive but I did plenty of trips with garbage gear and survived. You just have to be tougher.

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Old 12-22-2016, 09:21 PM   #72
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I have 5 kids and a mother-in-law which are a huge investment. I would love to hunt all over the place and I make a good living. But with me being almost 40 and having a 2 year old, saving for retirement is my main goal along with paying off my house. If I had 1 or 2 kids I would be hunting everywhere. My evenings are filled with joy and most of my hunting consist of taking my kids or others kids. I haven't killed a deer yet this year and probably will not but my oldest son has with me sitting right next to him

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Old 12-22-2016, 09:41 PM   #73
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Funds, and with a little one it'll be a bit harder for a while. I am planning a Idaho Elk hunt, think the northeast area.
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Old 12-22-2016, 10:06 PM   #74
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Finding somebody that could go with me.
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Old 12-22-2016, 10:29 PM   #75
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For less than a thousand bucks I can go out of state buy otc tags and shoot 4-5 deer that will out weight our scrawny deer by 50-75 pounds each, hard to do that in Texas unless you know somebody. And I love me some Texas deer hunting out of a high seat or sitting over a blind but you haven't hunted until you have felt the rush of spot and stalking muleys, or whitetail with a bow or heck even with a rifle. My preferred method by far.

I plan on trying to make a trip up every year or 2 going to put in for deer and elk tags in colorado and pronghorn in wyoming this year so may just wait a couple years and then go up on a draw tag and just focus on killing birds and predators here in the mean time.
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Old 12-22-2016, 11:13 PM   #76
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I mainly haven't done it because I'm fairly "new" to hunting. At least seriously anyway. No one in my family really does / did. Now that I'm getting more settled in life I'm making more time and learning more constantly. I want to possibly try an out of state hunt in '17, but we have kiddo #2 on the way, so I'll see how short my leash will be this coming year lol. Good thing is wifey is loving hunting as well and I'm sure will be wanting to try this as well. Right now a lower cost DIY hunt would be the way for me to go. Can't justify $3k or more for a nice guided trip. But if I could keep cost at $1k then I'd be in just to gain more experience.
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Old 12-23-2016, 01:15 AM   #77
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Never hunted out of state, as a matter of fact I have only hunted once or twice outside of Coke or Tom Green Co. Money and time are the major reasons. I'm a teacher/coach so a majority of deer season is spent either in football or basketball practice. I would love to go on a mule deer hunt in New Mexico hunt like my FIL, 60Deluxe, talks about. Maybe someday.
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Old 12-23-2016, 01:20 AM   #78
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Old 12-23-2016, 01:59 AM   #79
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I've never hunted out of a state I don't live in except for hunting Texas. The only reason I hunt Texas is because I was born and raised there and have places to hunt for free. I've hunted Arizona, North Carolina, and Louisiana but I have lived in those states for 4 to 6 years. I have only killed deer in Texas and NC but I've killed dove and quail in Arizona and Gators in La.

The reason I haven't hunted out of State is because I don't have anyone who has pushed me to go on a hunt out of state. I always said my first hunt would be small for a antelope in Wyoming and then move to Mule Deer. From there I would like to do an Elk Hunt and then maybe Alaska for Mouse or Caribou.

The other thing that makes me scorned guess a hunt is I couldn't imagine going on a hunt and paying several thousand dollars and not brining home a trophy.

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Old 12-23-2016, 02:24 AM   #80
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Never have, no particular reason. But my in-laws just purchased a vacation place in Colorado, so I'm gonna try this next season. I'm clueless as to where to start, but will dig in next week while we are there and see what I can find. Anyone familiar with the Pagosa Springs/San Juan NF area, who wouldn't mind sharing some info, I'm all ears
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Old 12-23-2016, 02:52 AM   #81
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For those saying money is the reason, leases in Texas cost more than a DIY hunt will.
The absolute truth Much more!

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Old 12-23-2016, 02:54 AM   #82
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Old 12-23-2016, 03:12 AM   #83
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I Have been 12 years in a row...killed deer every trip. It requires a little effort.A lot of computer work saves miles in your vehicle. Kansas, Illinois, Iowa are draw tags with Kansas and Illinois being a 100% draw for me. Iowa every 3 years. Missouri and Ohio is over the counter. I think Ok is the same as is Arkansas. Arky is the longest archery season, into Feb. If ya want to go East, Bama has a deer a day limit. Very inexpensive hunt. I agree with some post above, money is the smallest hurdle to overcome.

Illinois has unlimited doe tags as long as you want to fork out 15 or 25 dollars for ea additional tag. I did this one season, came home with 5 doe.

Time is your enemy, sieze it by the throat and make the time and GO!!!! You wont regret it. My wife and I use it as a vacation to get away. Its been a bout 3 years since I have hunted out of state(no counting La). Making plans to go in 2017.
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Never have, no particular reason. But my in-laws just purchased a vacation place in Colorado, so I'm gonna try this next season. I'm clueless as to where to start, but will dig in next week while we are there and see what I can find. Anyone familiar with the Pagosa Springs/San Juan NF area, who wouldn't mind sharing some info, I'm all ears
Foot work. Plan a late Spring early Summer vacation and scout some of the NF around Pagosa Springs. My goodness! You have an open door! Go! Vist the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Gunnison and they will give you so much info! They want you to come to Colorado...they want your money. Check out the Colorado hunting atlas on their web page. Heck! If you buy a license and cant go, they will refund you your money.

There, I have done most of the work for you, all you gotta do is show up. Your welcome

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Old 12-23-2016, 03:22 AM   #85
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I started a lawn business, never touched my budgeted money for the household.

If you have the time, do this. Nothing easier than riding a lawn mower and getting paid a dollar a minute.
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Old 12-23-2016, 03:26 AM   #86
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I find it funny that money is a problem, it is cheaper for me to hunt out of state than have a lease here.
And if you do your research chances are really pretty good.
True...the deer out of state are so much easier to kill it is unreal! The biggest problem is other hunters.
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Old 12-23-2016, 03:38 AM   #87
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I have fully planned three trips and had everyone back out. Honestly thinking about just going on my own next year.
That's what I do. Had a hunting buddy for awhile and he passed away. Planned a trip once with a couple of guys...did ALL the foot work, scouting, maps, highlighted places to set treestands, they were pretty ungrateful even though we all killed. I had to pass on a buck that would have been my biggest out of state buck. Landowner wanted a minimum size limit.

IT WAS STILL WORTH IT. 1500 per person...that's staying in his house on the property for 7 days. Hot water, a\c and heat, kitchen. Illinois in Schuyler county. Biggest buck off his property was 170s. A guy killed a 160 while we were there on a another property.
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Old 12-23-2016, 03:39 AM   #88
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Dang! Im getting pumped! Lets go huntin!!!!
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Old 12-23-2016, 06:03 AM   #89
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Hunted Colorado this past fall on a diy. I went alone and had a great time. I spent a lot of money in gear but if I do a diy every year or other than hunting isn't that expensive. Between gear, licenses (mule deer, elk), food, and a few nights in a hotel room my cost was around 3,000. I made phone calls and researched the internet. I only saw one cow elk and a couple of mule deer on 6 days of hunting but was a great experience. I hunted from 9500 to 12,000ft in unit 74. I traveled all over the unit. Found a good elk spot around silverton and found good mule deer area close to Durango on last day. I literally hunted almost everywhere in that unit. I slept in a tent or my truck and if not seeing any fresh sign tried other places. Maybe I should have stuck to one place more but I chose to try many different places instead. Talked to lots of locals and tried spots based on conversation with them.

Hunting out of state is doable if it is what you want to do. You don't need anyone or a guide so money and friends not going shouldn't be an excuse.

gas was about 300
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Old 12-23-2016, 06:33 AM   #90
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Good thread flywise. I went to Colorado 5 times when I was dirt poor. Now that I'm a little better off financially, I'm too dang fat to hump them hills. but I'm working on changing that. It took me 5 trips to kill a bull, but had opportunities on every trip but 1. I even bought an OTC bear tag one year and killed a chocolate bear. Some of you guys are missing the main point. It's not about the kill, it's the experience. Yes, 4 or 5 deer would cost less, but 300 lbs of beef would be less than what we spend on hunting every year. As some have said, for less than $1000 ($20 a week) you can experience some of the most beautiful country in the world, and feel like you have done something when you get home. I promise after your first trip, you will figure out how to finance it again.
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Old 12-23-2016, 07:39 AM   #91
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Foot work. Plan a late Spring early Summer vacation and scout some of the NF around Pagosa Springs. My goodness! You have an open door! Go! Vist the Colorado Parks and Wildlife office in Gunnison and they will give you so much info! They want you to come to Colorado...they want your money. Check out the Colorado hunting atlas on their web page. Heck! If you buy a license and cant go, they will refund you your money.

There, I have done most of the work for you, all you gotta do is show up. Your welcome
😂😂😂😂 we'll be going up as soon as school is out next summer for a few weeks, I'll definitely be footing around and scouting the next few weeks will help as well, just getting an idea on the general area and setting a plan up for the summer trip
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Old 12-23-2016, 07:54 AM   #92
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I'm coming up on a year without a deer lease, thinking and researching hard on a DYI mule deer hunt probably in Idaho public land. I have one buddy who says he interested..

I am still in the dreaming stage really need to go to the planning stage.

Why? I have never hunted Mule deer. The different bit of country. The idea of a week up there hunting. not sitting in a blind but hunting, covering ground, stalking, in all of God's glory, sounds fantastic.
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Old 12-23-2016, 10:03 AM   #93
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It never was on my radar before. Had really not hunted a lot except the occasional invite over the years. Busy life with young kids. Took my son once when he was nine and even though we didn't see anything he was hooked. Started doing public youth hunts only till he got too old. We both then took up the bow and hunt San Angelo public since he and daughter went to college there. Went on first mule deer hunt at Black Gap wma this year and though conditions were not good(moon and heat) I had a blast and now an out of state elk or muley is definitely on the radar. Funds are an issue hence why public land only here but with son graduating in spring, paying off truck this month and paying off credit card next year I'm hoping to make it happen in 2018. Not sure where to start but been looking at a few threads lately. Not looking for a trophy hunt. Just hunt. I'll turn 50 in 2018 so I really want to make it happen for my birthday. I get 6 weeks vacation at job so time is not the issue anymore. Would love to join someone on a diy hunt then.
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Old 12-23-2016, 11:45 AM   #94
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When I was younger and could physically do it, my list #1 was a Dall sheep, and #2 was an elk, but couldn't afford either. Now that I can afford it, I don't think I could hack the mountainous terrain.

So, I just console myself by hunting wtd in Texas, and taking out my disappointment on the feral hogs.

However, I have hunted in 3 different counties this year--does that count?
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Old 12-23-2016, 11:56 AM   #95
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Hunting here in Texas is challenging enough right now!
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Old 12-23-2016, 12:08 PM   #96
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�������� we'll be going up as soon as school is out next summer for a few weeks, I'll definitely be footing around and scouting the next few weeks will help as well, just getting an idea on the general area and setting a plan up for the summer trip
I checked out the Hunting Atlas on the Colorado website, it really is pretty neat and could help you.
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Old 12-23-2016, 12:08 PM   #97
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I'm sure some leases are more $$$ but there's not anything cheap about out of state hunting.
And a TX lease allows you to go more than once a season with many allowing family so you get so much more out of a lease than just a 3-5 day one time hunt.

I am fortunate to have a 100 acre place near Ozona with mule deer so I get to hunt there. We have a nice cabin and such so my friends and family can come and relax. I also hunt an MLD place, which is strict with rules and only allows immediate family to hunt, but the tags are almost endless (went for a morning hunt yesterday and got two fat does).

That being said, I am former military so I have hunted in Hawaii, North Carolina, Virginia and Afghanistan. A neighbor at the ranch does a yearly elk and antelope hunt and I have been wanting to go but made an excuse to myself the past three years. One of my businesses is owning a small car dealership so this year I said screw it! I sold a car and the profit went towards the deposit for a Sept 2017 Antelope hunt. However, there are animals here in TX I want to hunt-specifically an Aoudad, I just don't want to pay crazy fees so I am looking at DIY hunts for Aoudad near El Paso or somewhere.
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Old 12-23-2016, 12:12 PM   #98
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Money, Time or enough friends with same interest that have enough time or money. Always wanted to go to Baxter Kansas and do a Pheasant hunt at Show me Birds or Mitchell SD.
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Old 12-23-2016, 12:14 PM   #99
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Good thread flywise. I went to Colorado 5 times when I was dirt poor. Now that I'm a little better off financially, I'm too dang fat to hump them hills. but I'm working on changing that. It took me 5 trips to kill a bull, but had opportunities on every trip but 1. I even bought an OTC bear tag one year and killed a chocolate bear. Some of you guys are missing the main point. It's not about the kill, it's the experience. Yes, 4 or 5 deer would cost less, but 300 lbs of beef would be less than what we spend on hunting every year. As some have said, for less than $1000 ($20 a week) you can experience some of the most beautiful country in the world, and feel like you have done something when you get home. I promise after your first trip, you will figure out how to finance it again.
Very well said
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Old 12-23-2016, 12:16 PM   #100
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Plan your own Elk Hunt for $1,000
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