I have an outfitter on my list that has a Dall Sheep hunt in Alaska for 10 days with a price tag of $10,500 not including tags. Another one is $14,000 for 10 days and add another $500 if you want a 14 day trip. So they really are not that bad considering. Now I hope to one day to either hunt Utah or Colorado, Utah for a desert bighorn and Colorado for a Rocky Mountain Bighorn but I am not holding my breath trying to draw a tag in either state.
Man, it's unbelievable that people will drop that much on a hunt. The problem is, the guys that have that $$$$ to throw around, will drive up the prices for the rest of us. The outfitters will assume that if some people are willing to pay for it, then everyone should be able to.
Overall I don't think that the cost that I quoated are over all that bad. You have to figure that out of that $14,000 the outfitter needs to pay his help and buy supplies. Also you have to realise that quite possibly that is the only job that he has and the 10 or so hunts that he books along with other hunts need to pay his income for a year. Now the guides that he hires may or may not have another job but that is their problem. So for a small business man he may be making between $300,000 and $400,000 a year before any expenses witch isn't that much.
I'd love to do a trip like that and the cost isn't that bad, it is just isn't in my realm. I did my once in a lifetime goat hunt so I am happy. i will do other trips, but they will be DIY hunts or maybe if I win one in a raffle. I really would like to do a sheep hunt.
If you can not spend that type of money than you just need to start putting in for the tags down here in the lower 48. You need to start building preference points now although it is more than likely going to take you at least a decade anyways. You just have to put your time in. I know a couple people who have drawn here in Colorado on their fourth year applying which happens to be the first year that you can actually draw a tag because that is the year that you have the three preference points that it takes to get into the lottery. After that point you do not get any more preference points but rather you build weighted points which are pretty much just like putting your name in the hat extra times.
Yeah paying for an outfitted sheep hunt is not in my budget and time is not on my side for getting preference points to draw to do it myself so the closest I'll come is with my goat hunt. Still lots of hunts to do, but just not a sheep hunt.
I'll live vicarously through the younger guys on here. Go get them sheep and post about them!
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