My friend and I would like to try hunting out west some day(from IL).
Elk hunting sounds like a very fun time, but realistically speaking we'd like to have something a little more reasonable in price for a first time out west hunting, both of us like shooting longer range stuff and we figured antelope would be a decent start.
I have been looking around online and I talking to people, most say that Wyoming is probably the best place to go with regards to prices and luck of getting something.
So where does one start? Does one pay the price and get a guide, or try their luck on their own w/o one? Part of me wants to get a guide since I am not fimiliar with the area and will not have countless months in advance to scout for the best hunting locations. Online website seem to be pretty vague, they give you a price range and then the duration of the hunt, not a lot of detail on the rest. Unfortunately the outdoor show that comes to Chicago every year will not be around anymore(awesome right
) I remember they had A LOT of outfitters there from out west.
So far the best priced one I found is "Wyoming Trophy Hunts"... $1100 + tag for 3 days of hunting, I think I'm going to shoot them an emial with more detail.
With regards to the hunt itself... a trophy animal would be cool, but we are there more for the experience, so getting anything would be acceptable.
Any help from the veterens would be greatly appriciated.