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Old 12-16-2014, 10:38 PM
 
Location: In a state of mind
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Good lord have you seen the price of Turkey and Duck in the market? Like $50 bucks a bird! No wonder people hunt.

Going to make my trap guns start earning their keep!

And those durn pigeons on my roof had better watch out too!

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Old 12-16-2014, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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We just hunted a mess of geese this weekend. Goose pastrami is on the list of things to make this winter!
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Old 12-17-2014, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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Have you seen the price of hunting licenses and lease payments recently?

If you own your own land (exempt from hunting licenses in many states) then hunting is a good source of cheap meat. Otherwise, "hunting" is not a good way to save money. I've lived in cities for the last 20 years and my only hunting comes when I visit family back home. This year I looked at starting hunting locally. By the time I get my licenses (multiple for deer, it would be similar for waterfowl), join a lease (a co-worker is on a reasonably priced-one I could join), and acquire all the required gear, I would need 3-4 deer for the price-per-pound to get into the reasonable range. I would probably also want to expand into archery (crossbow) and primitive weapon (muzzle-loader) seasons for more chances, meaning I would have to purchase more equipment and licenses. Fortunately for my checkbook I did too much traveling for work this year and didn't get to join.

That said, I really enjoy hunting and my oldest son is of age to go with me. I am going to start early next year acquiring equipment and will get on that lease in July.

Good luck, and I've heard sqaub tastes like chicken
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Old 12-17-2014, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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That's one thing we are blessed with here- ample public hunting grounds. You put the time in and you can generally bag your quarry.
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Old 12-17-2014, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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I would love too start hunting again, but it's just too darn expensive here. Good luck to you!
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Old 12-17-2014, 06:17 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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I would love too start hunting again, but it's just too darn expensive here. Good luck to you!
How expensive is it if you are a resident? It can't be that bad? Pretty much all out of State hunting is an expensive mess.
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Old 12-17-2014, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Well, when I lived in WV my lisc was around $55, and I could bag around 11 deer with all the tags. I usually stopped at 4-5. Enough to feed my family, and a box of shells lasted me 4 years.

In Montana it's a little different. I've paid over $100 for upland birds, elk, game, fishing and waterfowl. We've harvested two whitetails, our limit of pheasant, 12 geese and ducks to come... So a little more expensive here plus mileage to drive.

It's still worth it. I have one more doe tag to fill by end of January- so a freezer full awaits.
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Old 12-17-2014, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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How expensive is it if you are a resident? It can't be that bad? Pretty much all out of State hunting is an expensive mess.
I'm in Colorado, it's very expensive. Heck my fishing license is $46.00!
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Old 12-17-2014, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Well, I imagine that if one can hunt some large game such as elk, moose, bison, or even mule deer, it should not bee very expensive considering that what you are getting is truly organic meat on the table. At least in here, Alaska, one of the 3-4 Lb organic chickens costs around $16.00 at the supermarket. We get free range buffalo from the lower-48, and a couple of small steaks, and I mean...small, cost around $8.00. So, a 150-170-pound moose hind leg is quite valuable to me and my hunting friends.

However, in Alaska when you turn 60 a hunting/fishing/trapping license is permanent and free. Otherwise it would be around $50.00, and perhaps $500.00 for non-Alaska residents. Hunting to my friends and I is vacation time. We spend a couple of weeks out there camping, eating all kinds of foods that we should't (diet-breaking stuff), taking photos of the Auroras and wildlife, plus hunting. The expense mostly is gasoline for the ATV's and trucks, and food.
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Old 12-18-2014, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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55% of the state of Wyoming, is state owned/BLM and completely huntable. Leases are unheard of.

Several years ago, I spent $425 on a license to hunt, Game Birds, small. game, fishing, and conservation tag, for life. The price is based on your age at time of purchase, and, what you want. I got everything offered, but could have gotten any combination, such as, only fishing and conservation tag, or game bird and fishing, etc. At the time, I figured the cost and if I bought all of the licenses separate and just annually, I would have broke even during the 8th year.

The one really nice thing is I can drive 50 miles out to do a little ice fishing and half way there. I'm not going to say, "oh crap, I forgot to get this years fishing license, or conservation tag." haha
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