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Lottery points?

Hey guys, i have a question on tags, i am new to big game on anything out of my home state of Illinois , the only "big game" we hold are nice white tails, but as far as pulling tags for say, moose, sheep, mountain goat, etc. isnt there some kindve points system you have to apply for tags and knowingly not draw for years? If i am wanting to go on a hunt like this should i start putting in now? And how much time will you receive ( for notice off work) when you receive the tag? Thanks for the help 

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For those three you'll need a

For those three you'll need a lot of points in Colorado. Elk and deer are much easier. With OTC elk tags you can hunt with no points.

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If you really want to go on a

If you really want to go on a moose, sheep, or a mountain goat hunt forget about any of the states below the Canadian border. Save your money and head north. It is a lot simpler and you will not get aggravated waiting for years to draw a tag.

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thanks

Thanks guys, what kindve costs are we talking up north versus the western part of the states? it sounds like its less headache

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The problems with the western

The problems with the western states where these animals live and a couple of the eastern ones as well is that you are looking at 20+ years to draw a tag.  Granted you may get lucky but very few do.  The other choice out west is to hire a guide with a tag from a Ranching For Wildlife property here in Colorado or a CWMU ranch in Utah.  I am not familiar with the other states but I am sure they have some kind of program set up for ranches. 

A Canadian hunt can run you anywhere from around $5,000+ depending on where and what you plan on hunting.  One thing that you can do to reduce cost a little is to plan a two animal hunt.  Quite a few outfitters offer a moose, and goat hunt combo for less than each one by them selves.  The one that I went on last year for a bear hunt charges $12,500 for a moose, goat combo 9 day hunt off of horse back.  Granted it isn't cheap but at least you can go hunting before you end up in a wheelchair or can't hike the hills.  

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thanks critter

i would be mostly looking for public land hunting or drop camp hunting i beleive, right now i cant afford that kind of money for a hunt. ill be 22 in a couple weeks and just recently got married in January so the wife and i are getting our necessary stuff built up, which costs buku bucks haha, plus we just remodeled the house so right now cheap is what i am looking for. i have been thinking about setting up a seperate savings account for hunting though and putting money aside every week for a trip

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You can do public land hunts

You can do public land hunts in all of the western states but don't expect to pull that moose, goat, or sheep tag. As I said your chances of winning Powerball are better.

Now if you would like to come out to Colorado, Wyoming, or Montana there is plenty of open space to go elk hunting on a over the counter tag. You don't need to do a drop camp with a outfitter as long as you have a 4x4 pick up truck you are set to start hunting in the west.

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thanks critter, now if i were

thanks critter, now if i were to be looking for a public ground hunt situation? how do i know which unit is best? you always hear everyones opinion on which one is better than the other? is this all just chevy ford talk? or are there truly poor units and excellent units? my buddy has been looking into unit 60 colorado and is planning on a hunt there , do you know anything about this?

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There are better units than

There are better units than others, it all has to do with habitat and elk numbers. As for unit 60, I have no idea since I have never hunted elk in that area.

What I would suggest if you are really interested is to get onto the Colorado Parks and Wildlife web site and start to do some research. They have a Elk Hunting University that you can go through and it will help the novice elk hunter quite a bit.

http://wildlife.state.co.us/Pages/Home.aspx

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alot of states have hunt

alot of states have hunt planners on there websites. Check them out, they will give you more of an idea for each state and species. Also get in the points game sooner than later. there are also a lot of services that help with out of state tags. google can be a good friend. Also if you don't apply for tags, you won't get drawn. as far as priorities with money, only you can answer that. My wife was giving me a hard time last night for walking into the store and only spending .29 cents. Be frugal on the right things and you can be lavish on the important things. What ever they are.

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