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Sheep in AB

Having been a guide in AK I have some idea as to costs and as for allocations- that's something fairly unique to canada if not AB I remember when it started and it caused quite an uproar.
prices are also part due to total number of tags any place ie when BC stopped grizz hunts a few years back-- prices for hunts skyrocketed most all places where it was legal- and it happened overnight- cost related or Gouge???

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It still costs a lot of cash to purchase these allocations.
and to prices skyrocking- we sold elk hunts in a 6 point trophy zone 30 years ago @ $7000 now we are lucky to try & get $5000
And any outfitter that wants good guides to come back next year has to pay them relatively close to oilfield wages.
the cheap elk hunts are fine I guess if you have your clients stay in your own home & hunt out of a truck or ATV where there is vertually no cost.
A 6 day elk hunt costs me over $1500 just for my guide & food out of a tent camp ,never mind putting them up in a motel or some such.
I,m just sayin it costs a pile of money to put on a good hunt your clients would be happy with.

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dblx wrote:
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A 6 day elk hunt costs me over $1500 just for my guide & food out of a tent camp ,never mind putting them up in a motel or some such.
I,m just sayin it costs a pile of money to put on a good hunt your clients would be happy with.

No doubt I agree with you. But your cost for a sheep hunt would not be that much more expensive. Even if you double your costs its a long ways from what is being charged these days.

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Sheep in AB

Right on Shatodavis- that was my point also. 32K takes out of most folks possibles

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Sheep in AB

I hate to say it, but if the sheep hunts are not booking out every year than they are expensive. But if the sheep hunts book out every year, economicaly speakiing they are priced in line. simple supply and demand. Besides there are alot of rich people in north america. Just becasue you can't afford it does not mean someone else can't. I can't afford them, but i know people who can.

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tim wrote:
I hate to say it, but if the sheep hunts are not booking out every year than they are expensive. But if the sheep hunts book out every year, economicaly speakiing they are priced in line. simple supply and demand. Besides there are alot of rich people in north america. Just becasue you can't afford it does not mean someone else can't. I can't afford them, but i know people who can.

This is off the subject but the above statement makes one thing clear. In time the right to hunt sage rats will go to the highest bidder!

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don

if the sage rat is scarce and desirable than yes it will. If the sage rat is not scarce than no, it won't be expensive. There are not that many sheep hunting oppurtunities anymore. that makes them scarce and thus more money.

come on don, you may be an old man but you are smarter than that.
It is the same basic reason gold is expensive, there is not much of it and people want it.
tim

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Golden Rule-- he with the Gold makes the Rules---don't make it fair nor any good for future of hunting-- some day only hunters will be from Europe or just be wealthy and probably wear badges on their vests like SCI folks do now-- WOW just like the Boy scouts---what about the folks who hunt to eat or hunt not just BRAG?

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widux

i think you are confusing hunting with sheep hunting. hunting in the big picture can be real cheap. But when you start looking at different dersirable and scarece species, it gets expensive. Is it for everyone? no and never has been. Some people save lots of money to go on those hunts. I did. Others are just good at making money and can afford it. But i haven't ever said hunting was expensive.

It could be one reason there is only about 1400 registered grand slams.

tim

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Some forms of hunting may be CHEAP-- but almost any hunt for what many consider a trophy animls is getting more expensive every year- ie just lic fees in MT have gone to $1100 from $485 in 10 or so years. And CO ain't far behind--As stated before when I was guiding in AK combo moose/ grizz was around $6000 and now a moose hunt is around $10-12,000-sure you can do a moose hunt on yuor own but not for long if the guides have their way ala Canadian Provinces. And if i confuse sheep hunting with hunting-- what pray tell is the difference? Is sheep hunting not hunting?

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