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    Hunting... The financial side.

    So curious as to how others handle the cost of hunting trips, gear and permits.

    I personally got hammered this year. I did a great job saving for my New Zealand trip. Saved for a little over a year and came back with a few extra hundred bucks, even after taxidermy. I had 2 additional week long trips after that. Then in the stand 3-4 days a week. The last 2 weeks of rifle I had to dip into the family savings account and the wife was not happy. To be honest, I wasn't either. Now with Wyoming's drawing only 6 weeks away, here we go again. I just paid back the family savings and it seems like I'm off to a rough start for 2013.

    I put in for 6 states, do roughly 3 or 4 one week trips a year. Curious to hear strategies of saving and most importantly keeping the family happy, which means mama happy

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    Excluding Missouri and Kansas, which have guaranteed tags, I put in for 6 states. Annually, I spend about a week and a half hunting turkeys in Missouri and Kansas, and about 2 weeks of vacation bowhunting whitetails in Missouri. I only plan for 1 western hunt a year, while building points for the rest. If I don't draw a tag, I hunt CO OTC elk.

    As far as savings and financial stratagies go, when my wife and I got married, we decided that it would be in our best interest to keep separate checking accounts. Each month, we each place an agreed upon amount into a joint checking account for our joint monthly expenses like the mortgage and other bills. The rest of our money stays in our separate accounts. That way, I don't get bent when she spends our money on a stupid Coach purse, and she doesn't blow a gasket when I spend a bazillion dollars on elk and deer points.

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    It wouldn't surprise me if I spend less money on hunting than anyone on this forum. But I haven't applied for out of state tags yet either, that is going to change in 2013. I would say a typical year I spend about $2000 on hunting and most of that expense is fuel, I spend less than $500 a year on gear, and less than $150 on license and tags in Oregon. I usually only take one week a year off work for hunting, it changes between deer and elk depending on what tags I get. In 2011 I drew a Bighorn sheep tag, I took 2 weeks off work for that hunt. The only gear I bought for that hunt was a pair of Kennetrek boots, I used my 40 year old rifle, a $200 pair of bino's, my $80 packframe and a $40 daypack, and borrowed a buddies spotting scope, and the tag was $122.50. That sheep hunt cost me about $3000 total, with fuel and taxidermy being the two biggest expenses. One thing I've always liked about hunting, you don't have to spend a ton of money to do it. But if I want to start hunting other states I can see that changing for me.
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    I hope my wife doesn't see this thread but if you guys keep popping out these big numbers then I might have to show her to get an atta boy.
    I never have added up the cost of a hunt and never will. I'm too scared.

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    I've always tried to hunt on a budget. I have spent money on good glass, clothing and boots. I wait till I find sales and pick up what I need. I don't need the newest stuff. I like what I have and use it till its worn out then maybe upgrade at that time. As far as out of state tags go I put away money through the year to help pay for the trip if I do draw.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drhorsepower View Post
    to get an atta boy.
    Only way you are going to get your "atta boy" is if you dont add it up, because the cost is there

    I think Timberstalker nailed it at $2,000 a year without the out of state stuff. Thats where I am too. But i do at least one out of state hunt a year.

    As far as Fink.. Thats pretty much my dream. But no chance here on the separate accounts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drhorsepower View Post
    I hope my wife doesn't see this thread but if you guys keep popping out these big numbers then I might have to show her to get an atta boy.
    I never have added up the cost of a hunt and never will. I'm too scared.
    Hunting expenses add up fast when fuel is $4.50 a gallon. If I didn't count fuel one of the expenses, I would be lying to myself. The closest place to my house that I hunt is an hour drive one way, I can't leave the driveway witout spending at least a $50 bill.
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    Taxi bill as well is a huge cut

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    I'm retired and do not have an unlimited amount of $$$ to spend. I travel to Texas to hunt turkey and hogs every year in April. Licenses are cheap...less than 200.00 for unlimited pigs and 4 turkeys. I stay at a friends house and hunt on his land...fuel & food is about it. I usually hunt elk here in Colorado and deer too. Hunt from my place here. I save up and try to do an out of state big game hunt every year. 2013 will be a wilderness deer hunt in Calif...about 1,200 to 1,400. 2014 will be a guided out of state elk hunt or Alaska for moose or caribou (or both), not sure yet. Will make up my mind in a couple of months. Budget will be about less than 5k. How can I do Alaska on that? We are planning a 3 month trip to Ak during the summer in our RV, I'll hunt while I'm there at the end of the trip.

    I keep my wife happy by taking her on a trip every year in the winter. She picks it, this winter we are going back to Belize in February. We get out of the snow and enjoy some warm weather. I also invite her on any of my hunting trips....she laughs and declines! Been to Mexico (Cabo) lots of times, Costra Rica and Hawaii.

    Just wanted to add we have been married 48+ years. She came from a hunting, fishing and camping family....I chose well
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    "As far as savings and financial stratagies go, when my wife and I got married, we decided that it would be in our best interest to keep separate checking accounts. Each month, we each place an agreed upon amount into a joint checking account for our joint monthly expenses like the mortgage and other bills. The rest of our money stays in our separate accounts. That way, I don't get bent when she spends our money on a stupid Coach purse, and she doesn't blow a gasket when I spend a bazillion dollars on elk and deer points."

    OMG. For all you young guys out there, shoot for this deal from day one. My ex quit her job after the first kid and never looked back. We only had a joint account and she never deposited one dollar in there in 20 years. I had to pay 100% of the bills for her and our 3 kids plus myself. What a nightmare. On top of that she controlled and conditioned my kids to dependency on her alone. Pathetic soul wiped me out for life.
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