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    Its a reality as a nonres that the tag prices are high.

    All states do it.

    A deer tag here in IA costs me $28.50 (plus $30 for a hunting license)

    Last I heard, I think the same 'opportunity' costs a nonres $551

    That being said, there are ways to keep costs lower and still get out, if that is really what you want out of it. I did the spreadsheet thing and was shocked how cheap my WY DIY hunt was last fall. Gas and the tag were my biggest costs. (Yeah, I use an old rifle, Burris scope, Danner boots, etrex GPS, low end Leuopold binos) ☺

    It was satisfying to show the wife the spreadsheet and receipts coming in lower than she ever thought!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prerylyon View Post
    Its a reality as a nonres that the tag prices are high.

    All states do it.

    A deer tag here in IA costs me $28.50 (plus $30 for a hunting license)

    Last I heard, I think the same 'opportunity' costs a nonres $551

    That being said, there are ways to keep costs lower and still get out, if that is really what you want out of it. I did the spreadsheet thing and was shocked how cheap my WY DIY hunt was last fall. Gas and the tag were my biggest costs. (Yeah, I use an old rifle, Burris scope, Danner boots, etrex GPS, low end Leuopold binos) ☺

    It was satisfying to show the wife the spreadsheet and receipts coming in lower than she ever thought!

    Regards,

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I337Z using Tapatalk
    I killed a gob of antelope, deer and elk before I had a penny of savings. A 20 year old rifle, a box of Remington Core Lok, Cheap Walmart Hunting clothes, and a cooler full of cheap groceries... pretty cheap if a guy wants it to be. $13 per week saved covers the nonresident elk tag in Wyoming. Another 10 per week would cover everything else if a guy were car pooling from anywhere in the lower 48. I didn't get caught up on high end stuff until I could afford it- I still have never eaten an elk tag out of the 22 I have drawn.

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    Interesting thread to say the least. I'll offer my perspective. At some point of my life I realized the only true thing that makes me happy is being in the woods. I wanted big mountains, big animals and the opportunity to do it every year.......so I moved and settled in Colorado.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltop View Post
    I still have never eaten an elk tag out of the 22 I have drawn.
    Holy smokes!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Schmo View Post
    Holy smokes!!
    A lot of cows and small bulls have fallen... I LOVE to eat elk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltop View Post
    A lot of cows and small bulls have fallen... I LOVE to eat elk.
    We have the same problem in our house. Not sure what my kill count is, but at minimum one elk has filled my freezer every year since I graduated from college.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottR View Post
    We have the same problem in our house. Not sure what my kill count is, but at minimum one elk has filled my freezer every year since I graduated from college.
    When the kids/ young adults were still home 2 a year wasn't out of the question.

    You can't eat horns.��

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slugz View Post
    Interesting thread to say the least. I'll offer my perspective. At some point of my life I realized the only true thing that makes me happy is being in the woods. I wanted big mountains, big animals and the opportunity to do it every year.......so I moved and settled in Colorado.
    Amen to that! Couldn't agree more about being the happiest in the woods! Waiting to hear back from a job out there this week which means I may finally be out there in the next month or so!!! To say that I am absolutely ecstatic is an understatement!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltop View Post
    I'm also in for a type 1 and a type 6. My type 1 should be a "guaranteed" draw but my type 6 is about 50/50. Planning 2 or maybe 3 trips- Early season cow hunt, archery any elk hunt, October rifle hunt if needed. I'll put in for moose but won't draw unless i draw the 1-600 tag.
    You better draw. I?m living through you the next couple years

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilltop View Post
    I still have never eaten an elk tag out of the 22 I have drawn.
    Wait. Your NOT supposed to eat the tag? Crap I’ve been doing it wrong this whole time

 

 
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