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Planning Party over, application season mapped out

We had a planning party with 7 of us over here at my place to sit down and sketch out our application strategies Saturday night. It's difficult to plan hunts with anyone when you all have a different number of preference points, differing goals for hunting, different weapon preferences/abilities, kids, traditions and personal politics to get through.
2 cubes of beer, a dozen elk steaks, half dozen potatos and onions later and much our hunting futures will be decided by the whim of the computer drawings. We of course have several back up and contigency plans now mapped out.
Is anybody all set for next season? Who's plans are still up in the air? Do you find it easier to just do your own thing, or do you prefer to involve friends in the process?
Does anyone think that a slow economy might also make for easier than normal draw odds in a difficult unit?

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Hey exbiologist. Its never been to hard to figure what my group is going to do. Its always been friends and family, but my boys 17 and 15 are really getting into archery elk. We usually hunt 1st season elk, and 3rd season deer every other year. We are probably going to hunt 2nd season for deer this year since they shortened 3rd. Its always been a huge family hunt and most my friends have been hunting with me since we were 15. I don't think the economy will have an effect but I do feel alot of people used there PP in 2008 in units that did not need as many PP because of all the snow and winter kill. Good luck and good hunting!

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... while last season was still underway I was mapping various plans on into 2009, and beyond.

For 09 my plans focus on Idaho units 14 and 8 for deer and elk.

Daughter Jaci ... she'll probably put in for Mtn Goat in Idaho 18.

We have recently added a 50 cal muzzleloader to the arsenal, which will add some season possibilties, and some fun.

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My season is all planned.

My wife is my hunting partner and other than that I do my own thing. Besides the boss, I do not have any family left that actively hunt.

In the past I have hunted with friends occasionally but the majority of the time I had to supply just about all of the gear and equipment.......read 4x4's, trailer, horses, tack, ATV's, etc. It felt like I was just guiding another hunt. Also, without fail a few would always back out later on when it came time to lay out some cash or finalize plans.

If I plan it myself, barring an injury, I know it is going to happen.

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It's always been difficult for me to put something together to Makwa. Seems everyone is interested until it's time to apply for tags or fork out a deposit. I pretty much just go on my own & hunt by myself. I'm planning for 2010 as i won't be traveling out west this year.

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Yeah, most of my hunting I do alone. I need the time away from other human beings. But, or and, I must say, hunts with my daughters have carved incredible memories. Most of my hunting goes something like this: I need a break. I grab firearm (or bow). I head out of town, park. Hunt a spot, maybe two. I drive back into town. I get back to work.

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Planning Party over, application season mapped out

Planning usually starts after each of the last years hunts. Like, what are we going to do next year.
So 09 looks like this.
Me and one bud for NV. res. ML buck
Myself for NV. res archery cow.
Two huntin buds for Utah ML bucks.
Two huntin buds for NM rifle bulls.
If we don't draw tags for the last two hunts then I'll go leftover archer buck in Utah and the otc hunter choice archery spike/cow in Utah.
If I don't draw the NV archery cow I'll do an archy buck in Idaho.

Isn't planning a wonderful sport? Think

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Re: Planning Party over, application season mapped out
exbiologist wrote:
We had a planning party with 7 of us over here at my place to sit down and sketch out our application strategies Saturday night. It's difficult to plan hunts with anyone when you all have a different number of preference points, differing goals for hunting, different weapon preferences/abilities, kids, traditions and personal politics to get through.
2 cubes of beer, a dozen elk steaks, half dozen potatos and onions later and much our hunting futures will be decided by the whim of the computer drawings. We of course have several back up and contigency plans now mapped out.
Is anybody all set for next season? Who's plans are still up in the air? Do you find it easier to just do your own thing, or do you prefer to involve friends in the process?
Does anyone think that a slow economy might also make for easier than normal draw odds in a difficult unit?

Great post, There is always some stat crunching to do, I think I began the day after my archery season ended in Colorado,lol. I have been pondering using my preference points for quite some time and have them burning a hole in my pocket so to speak. 8 for elk and 4 for deer. All my hunting will be done during the archery season. There is one unit I have had some interest in for deer out east I have heard some good things about, and would have the luxury of the longer season. Other wise I have two other plans for my deer as I have more points than I need for most of the areas in the state for archery. For elk I am in the process of possibly burning a few points in 76 or waiting for unit 61 for another year or two. Some of my decisions will be based off of where I will ultimately put in for my deer. As far as the antelope go I am set.

I had not thought about the impact of the economy vs draw odds. In a few areas it may help a few nonresidents, but I wouldn't expect it to affect the resident odds as much. Even thinking back to the gas prices of summer, it was all people would talk about. By October-November gas prices were substantially lower, ,but something we seem to forget about.

About doing your own thing or with others, I would say it depends on my preference points. I seem to find it enjoyable going solo and depending on everyone's needs I often take any hunting very serious. It can get difficult catering to others needs, so I usually end up having them put in for what ever tag they want and help them with their hunt and go at their pace. Where as if I have a tag others may not find the experience as relaxing and enjoyable.

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Planning Party over, application season mapped out

I'm a Nevada resident so I will apply for archery Antelope, Mulies, Cow Elk, all Bighorns, Mountain Goat and will buy a Lion tag again.

Paid for points in Utah...

Will do a general season Elk/Deer hunt in Idaho then head over to Montana for Elk/Deer hunt (assuming drawing a general season combo)

I will also head back to my native WI for the November deer hunt

Man I love this stuff!!!

Good luck to all in your respective drawings!!

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