General season tags for elk and deer = $90
Gas = $150
Food = $70
Other supplies = $200-400
Not a good idea to post this info where my wife might see it. I spend enough to feed the family.....and we eat well.
I never count food, because i'd still be eating if I wasn't hunting.
I spend a lot on hunts. I would say at least 10% a year of my gross wages but I dont mind one bit as long as I enjoy it and my wife doesnt find out!! haha
She doesn't notice you're gone?
If my wife wouldn't notice she'd never see me...there's always something that needs shootin'
I probably spend 3-5% of my net income on hunting, most of that expense is fuel.
Wow some good responses. I have always thought it'd be wise to move to say east MT or somewhere in CO. Can find nice whitetails and all the western game! But for a while i'll be buying out of state. I plan on spending 6-10% or more depending on the year. And by the looks of it, that's not that crazy. A guy could do an outfitted Iowa hunt for a whitetail and probably 1 or 2 DIY hunts. That's insane!(god willing he has the time off)
Here it's all about weighing costs of leases and what you want to do in terms of management. For years I was on a lease than ran $900 & with that your family got the following:
-6 deer (3 bucks, 3 does...or any combination as long as you didn't go over 3 bucks)
-unlimited hogs (lots of them)
-1 alligator tag
-600ac cypress swamp to fish or duck hunt
-12 100+ acre oxbow lakes to duck hunt/fish
-14 miles of river frontage w/ private ramps 20 miles from closest public ramp
-full use of lodges, conference hall, screened in pavilion w/ vented grills
-walk-in cooler, skinning & processing facility
-5 month long deer season, but year-round access
-water/elect for private camper hook-up
-private 500yd shooting range
Then you'd probably spend another $900 on feed, seed, fertilizer & tractor fuel