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tim
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got a question about hunting in outfitters areas?

What are the morals or ethics or anything like that when going back to an area that you hunted with an outfitter.

If you hunt an area with an outfitter can you go back and hunt on your own if the hunt is on public land?

I am curious as to how people feel.

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tim

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got a question about hunting in outfitters areas?

Sure. Why not? I mean, the outfitter may not like it, but it's public land. You could just as well have hunted it all by yourself, without ever paying him to be shown around.

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got a question about hunting in outfitters areas?

The magic word in your post was "public"

Go for it and don't feel one bit bad about it. Thumbs up

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got a question about hunting in outfitters areas?

My comfort level would not be high on that one, its one thing to take the knowledge from the trip and apply to your own future hunts but to go back in the same area where they took you the year before....,there lots of room out there, I generally try to go where their not, lots of time there are areas that are to tough to bring clients on horses but still huntable on foot for a hunter thats not afraid to put in a little work. That makes that trophy on the wall just a little more special and the meat from the hunt a little sweeter, besides I seen these outfitters pull off their hunts to go look for a lost hunter or bring an urgent message to a hunter in his area, that s goodwill you can't put a value on...just an opinion from a flatlander!

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got a question about hunting in outfitters areas?

I wouldn't be shy about it, but then I haven't used an outfitter before.

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got a question about hunting in outfitters areas?

That's a tough one, but because it is public land it's open to anyone not just the outfitter. I'm sure they realize that and I wouldn't think they would expect you to stay off of it. You paid your money and you picked up some knowledge along the way, use it.

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got a question about hunting in outfitters areas?

If you don't feel right about it then dont do it. Someone mentioned that if you went with the outfitter and learned some things go back and apply your knowledge in a new area....that sounds like a good idea and maybe something you would feel better about. i am planning on doing just that. I learned alot from my outfitter and some of his favorite spots and what he looks for in his spots. I will hunt in that country again but not in his spots. I have been studying the topo maps and found similar looking areas near by. I'm sure the new area is another outfitters area but so be it. I think I have every right to do it. I just wouldn't feel good about it.

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got a question about hunting in outfitters areas?

"mama always said that if you got to ask then you already know the answer"

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got a question about hunting in outfitters areas?

I drew a sheep tag in 2004. I couldn't find anyone to hunt this area with me. So i hired an outfitter. I have been thinking of going back to the area to mule deer hunt on my own.

There is a november mule deer season in there and i was able to justify the outfitter for a once in a lifetime tag but not an every day tag in my home state. The area is in desingated wilderness. Very easy to fly into and backpack from there. I have been in the wilderness area numerous times. heck i even put a week long raft trip together in this wilderness area. I was a river guide, and we never cared if some one else came back and rafted or kayaked on there own.

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got a question about hunting in outfitters areas?

Honesly, If I were in your shoes I would probably do it. It seems to me that it's not a question of right or wrong, but a question of do you think it's right or wrong. You could always contact the outfitter you used and talk to him about it. Up front and honest conversation has always worked for me. If I were in his shoes, that fact that you cared enough to talk to me one on one would make all the difference. Like someone else said it is public land and he knows anyone has the right to be there.

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got a question about hunting in outfitters areas?

Yea, you can go back and hunt on your own, but it is a pretty CHEEP shot on your part. Most certainly the outfitter will have clients in the same spots as when you hunted and all you will do is cause bad feelings and screw up other peoples hunts.

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