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Old 08-04-2008, 01:31 PM
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Over the couter bull tags are available for most of Western Oregon. Here is a link to the ODF&W

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Click on the link called:
"2008 Oregon Big Game Regulations (pdf)"

Good luck!!
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Old 08-09-2008, 10:31 PM
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2x500 for tags is 1000. or 2x300 for cow tags is 600.00
gas from/to back east 1000.00+/-
groc/snax for ten days for two 300.00+/-
ammo for two 72.00+/-
water for two 25.00+/-
ibubrofen or tylenol 7.50 (altitude)
decent tent 98.00+
big tarps 37.50+/-
big game bags 37.50+/-
big game processing 1.11 per pound(after field dressing)



I hope you have all the rest of the stuff ya need to hunt, because above is as cheap as it gets.

We live here and spend about 600.00 for a ten day hunt and thats sleeping in our camper trailer.


This adds to cost but is very very nice:
Gunnison, Colorado hotel near Western State College of Colorado - Quality Inn 81230, CO074
10 days is about 550.00


Our help and g...ance is free. (cant say the g word out here as ya gotta have a DOW license to guide).

Good luck.
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Old 08-14-2008, 07:05 PM
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Re: What's the most affordable way to successfully hunt an elk?

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I hunt the Flattops in Colorado, part of the White River National Forrest. I purchased a 12 x 16 wall tent 3 years ago for $600. Four of us drive out from Pennsylvania and renta horse for the week. The horse is provided with a western saddle and we mount a saddle pannier (cost $100) when packing gear. The cost is $400, and Sombrero Ranches will deliver the horse up to 50 miles. We load the camp on the horse and travel in approx 5 hours to get beyond the road hunters. We then use the horse to pack out any game we get during the week. The first year is not cheap but after you have purchased the tent and pannier it is just the cost of the horse rental.
This is an extremely oversimplified post. ONE horse will only carry about as much as two people. You can haul about 150lbs on a horse, which by the way eats about 15lbs per day of feed while you are there. You do the math. Even a cabela's Alaknak tent at 10x14 weighs 65lbs and that doesn't include the fram at another 30. Any canvas tent is going to weigh around a hundred, plus frame. So with one horse you cant even haul in a comfortable backpacking set-up for 4, let alone food, a canvas tent, cooking gear, etc.

Plus if you don't know horses well you could get hurt.
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Old 08-14-2008, 07:57 PM
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Re: What's the most affordable way to successfully hunt an elk?

Forget the game carts because you can't use them in a wilderness area and i've never shot an elk next a trail.. Most of the time you will be dealing with blown down trees and steep country. Get a great backpack (spend the time to get a very good one) and some good boots and plan on working very hard to get your elk out.
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Old 08-14-2008, 08:14 PM
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Re: What's the most affordable way to successfully hunt an elk?

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the walk out w/game is usually much tougher than the hike in empty.
It's the hike out EMPTY that's painful!
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:30 PM
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Re: What's the most affordable way to successfully hunt an elk?

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This is an extremely oversimplified post. ONE horse will only carry about as much as two people. You can haul about 150lbs on a horse, which by the way eats about 15lbs per day of feed while you are there. You do the math. Even a cabela's Alaknak tent at 10x14 weighs 65lbs and that doesn't include the fram at another 30. Any canvas tent is going to weigh around a hundred, plus frame. So with one horse you cant even haul in a comfortable backpacking set-up for 4, let alone food, a canvas tent, cooking gear, etc.

Plus if you don't know horses well you could get hurt.
Here is how my camp works out weight wise:

1. 69LBS 12x16 canvas wall tent
2. 22LBS Stove and pipe
3. 42LBS Fiberglass Poles
4. 35LBS Saddle&Pannier
5. 10LBS Small feed bag.
178LBS total pack weight

We carry approx 60 pounds per hunter in on backpack. This includes our cots and sleeping bags for the night.
In the morning I will ride the horse back out (while the others hunt), load the remaining clothes, and misc gear and typically walk back with the horse without carrying a pack. The pannier we use is a saddle pannier and it allows us to ride the horse when we want and also use it to pack out game. Our recent camp site is on a meadow and the horse grazes for feed and we only supplement with approx 5 lbs per day of pelletized feed. The post may have been oversimplified but I did not care to type out the boring details.
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Old 08-15-2008, 09:31 PM
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Re: What's the most affordable way to successfully hunt an elk?

while it's true that you will find the elk away from roads etc. more relaxed...don't be fooled about finding elk around roads and trails. I put on 2000 miles a year on my atv and I see hundreds of elk including some very nice bulls. The elk are used to vehicles, logging trucks, fire trucks and every other rig making noise in the woods and don't pay much attention to it. I've driven within 10 feet of elk laying down and they didn't even move, they just layed there and watched me drive by. They may run off a hundred yards or so, but usually they don't spook too bad. I used to live in Colorado in an area that was fairly roaded and there were a lot of atv's in the area, and we saw a lot of big bulls within easy hiking from the trails.
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