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Old 02-17-2013, 11:59 PM
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Re: Long term planning...guided hunt?

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Just a thought, but instead of waiting 10 years to go on your "dream hunt," why not save up some money and do a DIY hunt in the next year or two. By the time you wait 10 years and save up the $5,000+ that you would spend on a guide, you could have done 5+ DIY hunts. Again, just a thought, but wouldn't you rather have 5 hunts with some success than 1 hunt with success?

For example, Colorado has a ton of units that are available on an over-the-counter basis. You could hunt both mule deer AND elk in a lot of them as well...
Thats a cool idea, one ill have to think about. My only problem is, i jist started my job as a teacher and need to build up the vacation time. Ill br looking into that though, now tha tyou brought it up. Thanks for the idea! Will start researching that.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:12 AM
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Re: Long term planning...guided hunt?

It's just an idea, but if it were me, I'd rather spend a lot more time in the woods! Even if you were to drive out on a Friday and come back on a Monday, leaving only two days to hunt, it still beats waiting 10 years to get in the woods! Plus, being a teacher, you have a lot of 'free' time in the summer to get some scouting in
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:35 AM
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Re: Long term planning...guided hunt?

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It's just an idea, but if it were me, I'd rather spend a lot more time in the woods! Even if you were to drive out on a Friday and come back on a Monday, leaving only two days to hunt, it still beats waiting 10 years to get in the woods! Plus, being a teacher, you have a lot of 'free' time in the summer to get some scouting in
you're killing me dude. I just contacted a guy I know about getting going into looking at a DIY hunt. Thanks...I think...
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:51 PM
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Re: Long term planning...guided hunt?

People can say what they want about teachers having it made because they have summers off, but that doesn't do any good when they have to be in the classroom during most of the big game hunting seasons out west. If he's in MN, there is no way he will work in any scouting other than during the summer months. As far as going out there hunting, unless he can find a season that is open during one of his vacation periods he's screwed there. A good deer hunt now is $3,500 to over $5K for a 5 day hunt and that is on the low side for an elk hunt. Lord knows what it will cost in ten years and what opportunities will be there the way things are going. I would suggest buying a PP each year during the Wyoming application period of 7/1-9/30 because you'll need all you can get for a decent area by the time you go. Deer are $40, elk are $50, and you may even want to buy antelope PPs for $30. An antelope hunt is usually the cheapest way to get out west for a minimal amount of money on a DIY trip to get your feet wet.
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Old 02-18-2013, 12:58 PM
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Re: Long term planning...guided hunt?

Hahaha! Well I just know that it would kill me to sit around planning a hunt for 10 years! I am already chomping at the bit for this year.

There is a lot of information out there that you can use to plan ahead of time. Check out the Colorado DOW website, Colorado Parks and Wildlife | Colorado Parks and Wildlife. You can find a lot of information as far as which units have over the counter tags available, success rates, etc. If you start there, it will help lead you to the correct areas. From there, it is about doing more research: using google earth, buying maps, etc. Check out America's #1 Online Resource For Elk Hunters too. There is a bunch of information there including a forum with a lot of knowledgeable folks.

Good luck with everything! Let me know if you have any questions too. I live in CO and have been deer and elk hunting here for the past 17 years, so anything more I can do to help!
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:10 PM
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People can say what they want about teachers having it made because they have summers off, but that doesn't do any good when they have to be in the classroom during most of the big game hunting seasons out west. If he's in MN, there is no way he will work in any scouting other than during the summer months. As far as going out there hunting, unless he can find a season that is open during one of his vacation periods he's screwed there. A good deer hunt now is $3,500 to over $5K for a 5 day hunt and that is on the low side for an elk hunt. Lord knows what it will cost in ten years and what opportunities will be there the way things are going. I would suggest buying a PP each year during the Wyoming application period of 7/1-9/30 because you'll need all you can get for a decent area by the time you go. Deer are $40, elk are $50, and you may even want to buy antelope PPs for $30. An antelope hunt is usually the cheapest way to get out west for a minimal amount of money on a DIY trip to get your feet wet.
That's a lot of what I was saying. He can come out in the summers to scout, even though that isn't 'ideal' it still gets you a good feel for an area. Then he can come out for a long weekend and do a DIY hunt for a lot less than the $3,500+ you would pay for an outfitter. 2 days of vacation time (Friday before the hunt, Monday after the hunt) would get him 2+ days of hunting. Not a lot, but better than waiting 10 years to hunt one time if you ask me

By the way, preference points in Colorado are $13 each for Deer and Elk if you decide to go that route.
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Old 02-18-2013, 02:00 PM
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Re: Long term planning...guided hunt?

Thanks Guys. I'm definitely looking at buying PP for WY and probably CO...my way of looking at it is, I can always do both if I get lucky enough!

i earn 2 personal days a year, so if I don't take any next year, or the following, I'll have 5 saved up...took one this year....looking at using personal time for a hunt and getting a sub.

I'm still very early in the planning stages for this because, I want to make sure it happens, a Elk or High country Mule Deer hunt is on my bucket list, I'd be thrilled to be able to do either.

Thanks for the insights guys, and if you have any more please share...for me, learning is half the fun.
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