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Joined: 05/21/2005
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If you don't live close to where you can hunt, the cost in time and money for "scouting" is much higher than most think. It just doesn't land in one big lump of a bill.

There are many reasons for a guided hunt. 1) Health, you young guys will find out more about that in time. 2) Reliable partners, I hunt alone most of the time because of a lack of these people. 3) Safty, see 1 and 2. 4) Fellowship with other hunters, that you would not likely meet otherwise. 5) Gaining knowledge. Not all people who hunt come from hunting families, etc. and only so much can be gleaned from books , DVD's or TV. Lazy, I have never met anyone that has been on a guided hunt that could be called "lazy" by any streatch of the imagination. The only thing I can conclude here is that UN is young and lacking in experience.
Dan

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Location: San Diego
Joined: 10/05/2005
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Last year I paid $700 for a non-guided trip around Powderhorn Co. The outfitter supplied use with horses, tents, cooking gear, fire wood and water. All we needed to bring was our personal gear and food. The outfitter packed us in, came back mid-week with more water and feed for the horses and took back the one elk we killed on the second day there and then packed us out 7 days later. All on public land!!! It was the best hunting trip I've had in years for all about $2000 total. I could go back and hunt it without using the outfitter and save 700/800 bucks but I do not own horses, no access besides hiking or horseback and going from 7000 ft to 11,000 ft. is a little hard with all the gear you would need. All the outfitter did was point us in the right direction, but then again, that is all I wanted him to do......
I have the outfitters name and # if you would like....

Troy

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Joined: 09/17/2005
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Ok so i see everybodies point. So i understand it a little better. That's fine but still to pay a lot of money i guess i come from the have not's but anyways i think it's more fun and satisfying to do it all your self is all make the stand build the bear bait shot your animal drug the(@#$%^&^%$) thing out of the bush hang and skin your own game then butcher it. i think it would taste better just knowing you did it your self is all. but hey i'm just a red neck from alberta and will pass every thing on that my grampa's dad passed to him then to my dad then to me and i will pass it on to my 3 year old son.

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Location: San Diego
Joined: 10/05/2005
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I understand your position too. I would never pay an outfitter $2000/3000 to tell me how to hunt or led me to a deer or elk. I rather find them myself.

Good Hunting
Troy

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Location: new hampshire
Joined: 10/16/2005
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Guided hunts

I believe in free trade. I worry about open land that is good enough to want to hunt it. The biggest problem with hunting today is that no one co-ordinates what is available. I moved to N.H. and finding a good hunting club has been an adventure. I came from NY where hunting camps are a tradition and relatively easy to find out about. Sure wish it were so here too. Traditional hunting camps are much more fun than any guided hunt i could take. The comradery is great. Unfortunately driving back to NY for 5 hours or more is not my idea of a great weekend.

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Location: Aiken, SC
Joined: 10/17/2005
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well im a young buck my self and everytime i go hunting its on private land and i always have a "guide" of sorts. My friends, or there fathers always show me the best places to hunt and where to set up shop...so being in foreign country and having someone else help you isnt all that bad of an idea. only the proudly ignorant never ask for help.

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Location: Washington, MO
Joined: 10/10/2005
Posts: 154
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Who the hell would spend $1000-4000 on a trip to the damn bahama's? I personally wouldnt take a vacation where I couldnt fish or hunt, so looking at a guided trip as a form of a vacation, it doesnt look that expensive.

I personally cant afford a guided trip but after I make my first million I will buy one for all my hunting buddies.
and keep going back.

But back to the topic at hand, I agree they are a bit expensive, couldnt someone open up a discount hunt or something?

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Location: Oklahoma
Joined: 11/02/2005
Posts: 58
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Right on barnold. guided hunts are too expensive. I was just messing around to day looking at some hunts in Canada. A moose hunt caught my eye for $12000 are you freaking kidding me. That is nuts, who buys those? I realize there is associated costs to guiding but thats rediculous. I would like to take a guided hunt to Kansas someday. But there is now way I will spend over 2000 and that is outrageous, and probably impossible to find. I suppose I will probably sitck it out here in nw ok not that we don't have good deer it would just be nice to go try somewhere else.

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Location: MO
Joined: 10/29/2005
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My FIL goes every year out of State and hunts, even though we have National Forest all around us. Why? Because the National Forests are all open to anyone with a gun and an atv. We were FINALLY after MUCH hard work getting a couple bucks coming around our place. Then last weekend was "youth hunt weekend". Well....the guy on the next ridge over let anyone and everyone on his property. The fence between us is only about 30 yards from the house. 10 guys all armed with rifles and one child-who I will mention NEVER had a gun in his hand!!--5 atv's screaming all over the property and 3 pick up trucks. AND these idiots had the nerve to go to the back and come THROUGH the fence onto our land!!!! Thinking we wouldn't see them no doubt. But hauling a$$ next to the house fence, we knew they went back there, so I had my binoculars in hand! Needless to say, besides all the purple paint, there is now more signs for No Tresspassing, Private Property, etc. than you can buy on one trip to Wal-Mart. Will it work? Probably not, these people are idiots. We've been fixing fence for months because people come through the National Forest, get to our fences, and cut the fence and jerk posts out of the ground and come on over. I don't blame my FIL, but...he has a friend up there who's land he hunts on so his expense is minimal, the bucks are big and corn fed.

We've been checking the cost of going on a hunt, and like UN we are shocked that the cost is $2,000--25,000+ for a deer. I mean my gosh....we don't all work for Buck Masters or something! If they are breeding and raising the deer, that's one thing, and also not a hunt I'd want to do. No high fences. Keep it real. We saw on one site last night that if they find blood and you were hunting, even if you never got a deer, you are penalized $1500 because they take any blood found as being a trophy buck! Crazy!! We hunt for food on the table, good food without all the preservatives, etc. If I could pay that kind of money for a hunt, shoot, I could buy enough meat to stcok the freezer for YEARS!

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Location: Oklahoma
Joined: 11/02/2005
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I know what you mean bowlady. Sometimes neighbors just make it seem like all the wildlife conservation and hard work we do seem like its not worth it. In the past 4 or 5 years or so me and my brothers have not taken an young avg off of our place. But we talk to neighbors that will shoot anything and it just makes our skin crawl. Some people don't realize what creating a good herd is all about. Talk about frustrating.