When you play all the little games throughout the west, you can really rack up a nice little bill. But, when you think about it, Game and Fish Departments are one Department I don't mind seeing my money go to.
Hunting is my only hobby its really the only thing I like to do besides spend time with my family, so I dont mind spenind some cash on PP's. Some guys I know spend $300+ bucks a month for memebership to a stupid golf course. These are the types of things I tell my wife when I'm spending our money on hunting.
One thing that everybody needs to remember is that if you are going to hunt out of state and want the points for next year you are going to have to play the game and fork over the bucks. At least in most of the states once you buy the required hunting license you can at leas head up and do some small game hunting there so it isn't a total wash.
One of the most important components of deciphering a new hunting area is distinguishing between the summer and winter ranges for the game that you plan to pursue. Without knowing this you cannot make reliable assumptions about where the game will be come opening day. Knowing these areas will allow you to take the current weather (as well as the past couple weeks) and apply that to the landscape and make an educated guess as to where you might find that big buck or bull.
There are a couple ways...