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    Do you understand what retired means? I worked my ass off for 45 years to take it easy in my later years and enjoy hunting and fly fishing. Which btw is what I do in the summer.
    Maybe you don't want to sound like a jerk, but........
    I'm sorry, but its hard to engender sympathy with that kind of attitude. I guess if you can't afford to drive to a different unit and camp out for a week, you did a poor job of retirement planning and saving to be able to retire in the lifestyle you desire. You're telling me you can't enjoy hunting because you can't drive to a different unit where you could get a tag? I'm not suggesting you dig ditches, maybe guide a couple fly fishing trips during the summer since you like to do it, get a few hundred bucks from tips and now you have the funds to more fully enjoy your hunting season. I'm sure with the experience you have you'd have a lot to offer other fly fishermen who are new to the sport or the area.

    We paid $1100 for 2 elk tags in a CO OTC unit, $1300 to rent a cabin for a week, drove 1250 miles each way getting 9 mpg towing a trailer with 2 atv's to come hunt Colorado this fall and ate tag soup. Not complaining at all, just saying a lot of us sacrifice quite a bit as non residents to be able to hunt, its hard for me to be sympathetic, heck you even got a sherpa out of this thread to pack out your elk for you!

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    I had an industrial accident at 55. I was a truck driver making good money. It turned out my boss never had workmans comp on me. It took all my savings to pay my medical bills. During my recovery which took 6 months. I got glaucoma in my right eye, and lost it's sight. I lost my ability to keep my commercial license. Plus, my injuries never did heal to the point that I could have done the job anyway. I was forced into retirement and broke.

    It's been a struggle ever since. I live on SS and a little money I get to tie flies. I couldn't give up hunting, and learned to shoot left handed. I moved to Colorado, because I knew I would never be able to hunt here again unless I did. I spent a ton of money coming here to hunt when I lived in Calif. I have too many injuries to camp, and I don't have the gear to do it anyway. I do the best that I can, but I have to hunt my unit, or not hunt at all.

    I hunt alone, but can get help getting the meat out if it's close. Which means my unit.

    I don't like talking about this, but you won't let it go. I'll work it out.

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    Guys,

    This kind of bickering is the same hunter-on-hunter fighting that Kevin mentioned earlier isn't productive.

    I think this thread needs to fade into the sunset.
    Last edited by Bitterroot Bulls; 01-25-2012 at 09:58 AM.

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    I never wanted any part of it, but I won't be talked down to by someone who doesn't even know me.

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    Pete,

    I hunt a hop, skip, jump away from you most years. If I'm in the area I'll help you pack your elk.

    I can set up camp and include my nonresident buds for $250 a guy. That includes all gas and food. So the idea of spending big money just to hunt is invalid to me. If folks plan they sure can cut the costs big time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bitterroot Bulls View Post
    Guys,

    This kind of bickering is the same hunter-on-hunter fighting that Kevin mentioned earlier isn't productive.

    I think this thread needs to fade into the sunset.
    I couldn't agree more at this point.

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    CAN I GET AN AMEN?!
    Last edited by jenbickel; 01-25-2012 at 02:47 PM.

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    That's AWESOME Jen! Well said. Lol

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    Lol I'm glad you think so!! Hahaha it made me laugh! I thought it was quite fitting.

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    That's awesome

 

 

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