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Location: Arkansas City, Kansas
Joined: 09/06/2004
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Okie I was gonna hunt down there this year to get some extra hunting in until I saw it was gonna cost me $208 for a tag and $130 for the license. Had to pass...figured I could shoot alot of Kansas deer for that.
Far as paying for hunts...I guess if a person has the money...go for it. For most it's probably a once in a lifetime deal to go off somewhere and do something like that. Can't set a price on memories.

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Location: MO
Joined: 10/29/2005
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NW OK I TOTALLY know what you mean. Wedon't take does, or young, as they are the future of the herd. And until we 'really' know what kind of bucks and buck population we have, we are selective there as well. We had 8 'Mommas' here this summer with babies and 2 with twins each a buck and a doe. (Their little nubs are getting visable now! So cute!!) But when a neighbor (who we didn't care for anyway) called and was bragging about taking does and fawns, I just about told him where to get off. That infuriates me. Yes, they are wild animals, and yes the States "record books" say there are approximately xyz amount of deer in the STATE, but with dumb hunters like that, there won't be any around here if they keep taking anything on 4 legs!

And, on a side note, I would NEVER shoot someplace where I couldn't see what was moving out there. There was a hunting accident here in our State a couple weekends ago. A man was out hunting and dark came. It's unknown if he fell out of his tree stand and got hurt, or what. His dad or brother heard rustling out in the grass, got the 20 guage and shot. It Killed him. I just don't understand how people can 'justify' *blind shooting* when they can't see what they are shooting at, and that is a great example of why NOT to do it. So sad.

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Location: Oklahoma
Joined: 11/02/2005
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First off quigley I deffinately know what you mean. Its hard to justify spending the extra money of going out of state. If I ever go it will be with my two brothers who I hunt with. And God knows we will make some memories, we do every year just hunting here in the same ol' place. So I guess that would make it worth it. And it probably will be a once in a lifetime hunt. And we just figured that it would be best to go with a guide. We didn't really know, but do you guys have much good public land available to hunt up there that would be worth the time and money?

Second bowlady, I just hate hearing about terrible things like that happening. I can't imagine what his brother and dad feel like that i guess that's one of "lifes lessons learned hard". Its good to spread the word on stories like that. We had just about the same thing happen around my home town a couple years ago. A guy was out turkey hunting out of a treestand had on a little piece of red, a bandana I believe and another hunter shot him right through the neck with a 22 luckly he lived but he had to have several surgeries.

Be safe, and have great deer season

Location: Arkansas City, Kansas
Joined: 09/06/2004
Posts: 83
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Don't know what the public land here is like for deer hunting these days. Crow hunting is all I do on it. Should be some decent hunting if a guy could get back in there away from everyone. The government ground runs on both sides of the river from Ark City clear into Oklahoma. Several miles of winding river. Would be alot of leg work cause there aren't many access area's.

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Location: Idaho
Joined: 06/01/2004
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... for further reading ... my dad and I both got bighorn sheep last year ... mine was do-it-yourself (DIY) ... his was fully guided (G/O). I went on his hunt also and wrote up a little comparison contrast. Enjoy. Public land / wilderness hunts.

http://www.woodengineering.com/adventures/Comp_Contrast_Hunts.htm

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Location: Idaho
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My general impression is that for the most part the outfitters and guides are trying to eek out a living like the rest of us.

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Location: central ontario
Joined: 04/12/2003
Posts: 92
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The problem with guided hunts is someone else does the hunting you only do the shooting. Just my 2 cents.

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Location: Winnipeg,MB
Joined: 10/16/2005
Posts: 102
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I wouldnt even think about a guided hunt bacause first of all theres no way in hell i could afford it, im still trying to afford a cheap 30-06 and a pair of binoculors, also I live in a place where people get guided so theres lots of hunting here.

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Location: Idaho
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I guess I look at it like this - where I am at in life I can't afford to eat out at 5-star restaurants, and only seldom at fast food joints with their $1 specials. My dad, on the other hand, has finished raising his kids, is a successful businessman, and has now been able to afford some guided hunts. In the decades previous he has tipped over far more deer and elk than I have ... all DIY ... and has lived at the edge of adventure closer than most of the readers of this forum. Now he can afford 5-star restaurants - and I don't fault him for it. Maybe my day will come also. Unitl then - I'll savor the DIY approach.

... on my dad's fully guided / outfitted hunt ... I spotted and effectively led us to his ram ... and my dad spotted the elk he got. And our guide was one of the best. (And I found and popped and packed out a deer while we were waiting for the outfitter to bring down our stuff.) So you can do far more than just pull the trigger on a guided hunt.

A lot of life is what you make of it. A lot of what you see in life depends on what you're looking for.

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Location: Oklahoma
Joined: 11/02/2005
Posts: 58
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Although I haven't ever been on a guided hunt. I totally agree and see where you are coming from Serious Hunter. Even though I can't afford it right now, I sure don't fault those who can.