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Posted: May 07 2018 at 11:58am | IP Logged Quote M700

Here in my home state of Washington, it's not real bad for residents. The basic "over-the-counter" tags for mule deer, black bear, cougar & elk weren't too expensive, and I'm all set for that.

Today I added all the "special permits" I'm applying for. Yikes! That set me back a couple of hundred bucks! But okay, it's for chances at better than average deer & elk hunts, and also for those "once-in-a-lifetime" tags like moose, bighorn sheep & mountain goat.

Then, feeling like I ought to get it done, I applied for my non-resident Wyoming deer & antelope tags. Gulp! There went nearly $1400, just for the tags!

Okay, now I feel really motivated to send out some invoices today, and get some money rolling IN, instead of just going OUT!

Am thinking this might be one of my last Wyoming hunts. It's been good to me every few years for nearly 20 years, but am thinking that it might be time to keep most of my hunting here in Washington. I'm doing more and more bird hunting locally, and it's good.

Also, it's cheaper to be a "trout bum" and travel with my fly rods here in Washington, as well as in Oregon, Idaho, & Montana, all of which are in easy striking distance.

Okay. Thanks for listening. My stab at "whining" over the cost of tags this morning.

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Posted: May 07 2018 at 12:23pm | IP Logged Quote M700

Looks like here in Washington I'm planning:

Archery mule deer
Archery elk
Bear - general season - rifle

And of course bird hunting! :) More with the shotgun & bow than with the rifle. Interesting. A change for me! For bear, I'll likely go back to using my 375 H&H single shot Ruger. It's worked really well in the past and is a joy to carry & shoot.

Kinda up in the air about the bow, borrow my son's PSE compound for better accuracy and range, or go with my old take-down recurve which I thoroughly enjoy... Dunno.

I'll figure it out before season I hope.

Wyoming will likely be the good ol' 30-06 & 25-06 Remington rifles I usually select.

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Posted: May 10 2018 at 5:24pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Heh, I'd have to add in the cost of travel if I wanted to do any of that. Three days each way - fuel plus lodging. Believe me, I hear you.

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Posted: May 10 2018 at 5:34pm | IP Logged Quote richhodg66

I used to gripe about what it cost, now I don't even think about it. It's my new year's eve ritual to go buy a hunting fishing combo and a furharvester's license which sets me back about $80 and then another $60-70 in September for deer tags. I figure I'm gonna do it so why bitch about it?

In the beginning planning stages of going with some guys I served with to Africa next year since they got a package that gets the cost down considerably. It'll be a lot of coin, but certainly not beyond what I can do, especially if I start prepping for it now. It'll probably be the one and only time in my life I ever do something like that, and I'm pretty sure I'll just take an Impala or something relatively inexpensive, but at least it'll be something other than a Kansas white tail.



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Posted: May 10 2018 at 6:55pm | IP Logged Quote M700

KinleyWater wrote:
Heh, I'd have to add in the cost of travel if I wanted to do any of that. Three days each way - fuel plus lodging. Believe me, I hear you.


Yup, it's almost 1,000 miles from my home in Washington to the ranch I hunt in Wyoming.

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Posted: May 12 2018 at 4:15am | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

If your tough enough you can save on the
lodging costs, as in no cost, sleep in the
field.

Tags and fuel though pretty hard to get
around those costs if you hunt anywhere
but your immediate surrounding and even
then that only nips the fuel.

The darn thing that gets me is those doe
tags. Oh, they are so cheap and I can get
like five of them but not all in the same
region. One for this little region, and
then another for some other little region,
and then another for some other region.
By the time I'm done I've got a fistfull
of cheap doe tags that can only be filled
in little pocket zones scattered all over
the darn state and those cheap doe tags
end up really costing me in time and fuel
expenditures. And of course sometimes
more time in solving the access problem
which comes up after I have already bought
the "cheep doe tag". Maybe one of these
days I'll learn.

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Posted: May 12 2018 at 5:44am | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

Here in Texas nearly all hunting is on leased private
land. It's almost always hours from where you live. And
it's costly and often shared with others. Hunting on
public land is taking your life into your own hands. Too
many idiots shooting at anything that moves.

Being over 65 my license is affordable. Very much so in
fact. 850 acres of prime woods, pasture, and bottom land
is 20 min away. Finally I have the ideal setup. Zero fees
to hunt good land. No idiots around. Cheap hunting
license. But lately my desire to hunt deer has
diminished. Think I'll stay home now. Just my luck.
Greatest set up finally is here and I go soft on deer!
Oh well, I'll blast hogs without mercy. It works
out. A hog hunt for $2 in fuel? Yeah, I'll go for that.


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Posted: May 12 2018 at 9:05am | IP Logged Quote M700

Ranger, maybe when deer season rolls around you'll have re-acquired a taste for venison backstrap steaks...

They sure are nice, sizzlin' in the skillet or over the coals...

Guy
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Posted: May 12 2018 at 11:00am | IP Logged Quote Rex

I've always wanted to hunt hogs but never have. Being old in Nebraska my combination small game hunting and fishing permits plus stamps is, I think, $5.00. Permits for large game is standard price. I think $35.00 for deer. I wouldn't hunt deer except the boys seem to manage to hit one or two with their vehicles on the farm each year. Don't hunt big horns, just try to thin the herd.
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Posted: May 12 2018 at 2:48pm | IP Logged Quote Old Ranger

$7 here for geezers licence. That includes deer with
rifle. Bow's a little extra.

Can hunt hogs & coyote all ya want. No license. No limit.
No season.

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Posted: May 12 2018 at 3:10pm | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

Um, Turbo? It's like a three day drive from where I live to where Guy hunts in Wyoming - I sorta meant lodging while driving to get to the field.

Still, I suppose I could sleep in the car on the way out and back.

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Posted: May 13 2018 at 7:10am | IP Logged Quote M700

KinleyWater wrote:
Um, Turbo? It's like a three day drive from where I live to where Guy hunts in Wyoming - I sorta meant lodging while driving to get to the field.

Still, I suppose I could sleep in the car on the way out and back.


I do try to enjoy the trip to and from my Wyoming hunt. Last time, in 2016, I stopped at Yellowstone, and camped there. Was a great experience, up in the Lamar Valley, watching the bison & other wildlife. I was in the campsite the last night it was open for the season, only mid-October, but winter was rolling in.

In that 900 - 1,000 mile drive I've taken the time to fly fish, camp, do some photography, tour the Sharps rifle place in Big Timber Montana, visit family and friends along the way. Sometimes it's taken me as long as four or five days to make that drive!

On the way back, with coolers full of frozen & wrapped meat, I'll usually take two days, sometimes just one. But that's a long time behind the wheel and I don't enjoy the 900 - 1,000 mile "straight through" drive all that much. I'd rather break it up a bit and enjoy.

Regards, Guy
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Posted: May 13 2018 at 1:19pm | IP Logged Quote turbo1889

Just pointing out it can be done if one
needs to save. I've got an old beat up
Subaru wagon specifically for hunting
trips and as a back up vehicle, or for
trips we're I wouldn't want to take any
nice rig. 4x4 traction with good
mud/snow tires, good gas mileage with the
little 4-banger engine, and when you lay
down the back row of seats flat the back
wagon area plus is just barely long
enough to sleep in the back diagonally and
still fully stretch out and not have to
scrunch. Lggage rack on the top with rope
and bungge cords for hauling game back to
keep the back sleep worthy.

Yah, it's not the most glamorous but it
works if you really want to keep costs
down.

And once I get in the field if it's any
kind of a hike in and out to where I can
legally fill the tag I usually don't waste
time hiking back and forth in and out each
morning. One half roll of toilet paper,
waterproof-breathable bivy bag, sleeping
bag, single wide base larger size steel
cup, single metal spoon, micro sterno
stand, sterno cubes, and no more then a
single pound of food/drink dehydrates.
That is all one really needs to spend a
night or two in the field and you can fit
that into a very small pack that is just
slightly bigger then the sleeping bag
which is the bulkiest item.

Choose Merino wool socks, underwear, and
tee-shirt, plus old school military style
wool pants, wool sweater, sheepskin coat
(old-school hide outer still attached to
hide wool inner preferably with attached
hood and slightly below waist length) and
some good boots and your good for at least
one night without any clothes changes
(extra pair or two of underwear and or
socks preferable but so long as you don't
have any health issue merino wool being a
natural antimicrobial and whicking
material will go more then one day).

On the rare occasion of no good snow to
melt with no good natural water sources in
the area then unless it's more then a
couple hour hike one way then having to
pack the necessary quantities of water
does make spending nights in the field and
not even hiking back to the Subaru not
worth the savings in time afield. But
then you might not consume a gallon plus
of water per day like I do. I can go days
even a week plus with just some broth made
from dehydrated broth powder packet with
rehydrated veggies and a pinch of pasta to
make thin soap plus some vitamin drink
mixed packets (Imergen-C or similar). But
try to go more then a day on less then a
half gallon of H2O and it don't work for
me. So when there is snow to melt it's a
huge advantage for me. Without having to
pack water weight my pack is small and
weighs next to nothing.

Not saying it's for everyone but it is an
option. Your mileage may vary.

Edited by turbo1889 on May 13 2018 at 1:36pm


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Posted: May 17 2018 at 8:25am | IP Logged Quote KinleyWater

All very true, gents.

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