Originally Posted by rocknwell
how do people afford to go hunting out of state every year? Not to mention out of country! Non-resident tags are EXTREMELY expensive. It'll take close to 15 years for me to draw an elk tag here in SD (with close to zero chance of ever drawing a big horn sheep), and going out of state is ridiculous in price.
One thing that I do is take at least one cow elk hunt each year. A Wyoming NR cow-calf tag is just over $ 300.00 , Colorado cow tags are under 400.00.
Cow hunts as a rule have high sucess rates, and you living in Rapid are pretty close to some good hunting in Wyoming and Colorado. Many ranchers will let you hunt for low trespass fees and some will let you cow hunt for free. The ranch I guide on in New Mexico on sells bull hunts for 9 to 12 thousands dollars, cow vouchers with 4 or 5 days unguided hunting are 550 to 600 dollars. Guided cow hunts are 300.00 a day there.
Trust me , if you're in shape, you don't have to be rich to kill elk in this day and age.