Hunt swapping

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by 300 ultra, Jan 24, 2011.

  1. 300 ultra

    300 ultra Well-Known Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    I am considering taking a guy to wyoming to my spot for a deer/antelope combo in return he will take me to his elk spot in colorado. Here are my concerns: His trophy pictures of elk are nice but nothing I saw was over 300" and he has more time on his hands than I do. Which has me wondering if I decide to not hunt my spot one year and hunt a other state will I return to a city of hunters in my area. He says not to worry that he would never do that because I could do it to his spot as well. So what are your thoughts? anyone else done this and what was your experience?
  2. kcebcj

    kcebcj Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2008
    If you have a good spot to hunt bucks I would not show anyone!
  3. HighKnob

    HighKnob Well-Known Member

    Dec 1, 2009
    I've had good and bad experiences at this. I took a guy I work with to one of my public land turkey hunting hot spots and the next year him and his whole family set up camp there. They hunted there for several years.
    Took me a long time to trust anyone again, but I have and it's done ok. I've been given places to hunt by folks and I can assure you I wouldn't tell a sole because I've been there.
  4. purpledragon

    purpledragon Well-Known Member

    Jul 7, 2009
    The part where you said "his trophies" if he doesn't shoot the same quality animals you do,you better think long and hard. I see the same thing here with the local whitetail guys, "man come see the nice buck I got" looking at it I.m thinking "I would have never even raised my scope to look at it."...............
  5. Topgun 30-06

    Topgun 30-06 Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2010
    I have only taken a couple good friends to my honeyholes out in Wyoming and they had to literally sign a blood oath that they would not tell anyone where they went and would not go back out there unless it was with me. It has worked out fine, but I doubt that I would do what you are thinking about with someone I didn't know. I thought I knew a guy pretty well after several years on a BB I frequented and we also had many emails back and forth with each other. I decided to take him up on a hunt in "his" area last year. He was a lousy shot and missed two book antelope I found for him the first day, then shot a small 10" one that night and said it was because he couldn't get close enough to the good ones, LOL! The next morning I said we better hit the water hole and get his doe tag filled so we could get serious about deer hunting. He came up with some lame excuse about having a sore throat and a cold coming on and went back to MN, leaving me out there by myself where I had never been before. I was out there for almost two weeks, hunted hard, and there weren't enough deer in that whole Region to warrant the G&F selling tags! I learned a lesson the hard way there!!!
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2011
  6. Magnumitis

    Magnumitis Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2010
    If he hasn't gotten a 300" there then you probably won't either. I would not take the risk.
  7. MachV

    MachV Well-Known Member

    May 31, 2001
    I might trade him a goat hunt for an elk hunt as good tags are hard for a nr to draw and plentifull otherwise. If you have a mulie honey-hole I'd think long and hard about shareing it!
    I've shared a lot of dog towns over the years........Shared some great shooting for the most part but really regret shareing with a couple of individuals!
  8. TrophyHunter_colorado

    TrophyHunter_colorado Well-Known Member

    Feb 2, 2009
    What unit in Colorado does he hunt? I know that if he is not killing a 300 plus bull out here then his trophy expectations are way low or the land does not hold that age class of animals. I am guessing he hunts a genereal unit and if that is the case the average age bull harvested is 3.5 years old only because there is a point restriction.
    I would find somebody that has the same trophy expectations you do or this thing is more than likely going to go south. I have traded a lot of hunts with guys and I will only take serious trophy hunters that understand what it is they are agreeing to.
    The guy might be the greatest guy in the world, but I would rather find out some other way than taking him to my best spot.
    I have no idea the quality of animals you will be presenting him but, for your knowledge if you are going to hunt Colorado general units you need a guy that knows the back country and consistantley kills those tough old bulls.
    Look at my photos on the trophy photos site of this web page, all those animals were killed last year on public land. That is the quality you need to be trading for.