Originally Posted by porkchop401
Man let's snap back to reality ! there is no garentee we will be hunting in 10 years or even alive for that matter . I am making my 4th DIY elk hunting trip this year ! here is how it breaks down
Gas both ways for 1200 miles is $500 round trip.
Over the counter Bull elk tag is $579
Groceries for my self for 9-10 days $125
Eats on the road $75
Grand total $1279
If you have clothes for Minn. you have clothes for ColoradoI have found that though specialized equipment is nice it is not an absolute must .
I sleep in a $59 tent with a $10 dollar tarp stretched accross it .
A cot is nice but a piece of egg rack foam will do just fine .
Eating out of a can is economical and storage is easy.
The 308 with a 180 load will do for elk .
We ( I) typically camp where we park the truck and walk from there.
My point is you do not have to spend a mint to have a great hunt. I take great pride in doing it all my self.
I can tell you that you will not regret taking this adventure upon your self .
As for days off " buck fever " is a legitimate sickness.
I have had to get a little creative to make these trips work in the past .
I once cut fire wood one summer to make a trip.
My point is with a little planning there is very little that canot be over came.
If you are seriously considering this message me with any issues that I may offer a solution .
Thanks for the reality check...LOL...sometimes I need to remember, that planning a cheaper shorter term hunt would save me money, and likely give me a chance at more than one hunt.
Thanks for the input. a DIY hunt is still something I'm looking at, if I can make time for scouting between honeydo projects in the summer. I think confidence in myself getting everyting set is the main thing holding me back from just going the DIY route, which sounds like a blast....then again, doing the planning, for me, is part of the fun.
I go back and forth between Deer and elk every other week it seems like.
looking at new load development for my.308 with some 185 or 190 heavies for LR comp, so I might just make a hunting load too.