look at Idaho for moose and sheep.
look at Idaho for moose and sheep.
You might pull a random tag too.
So, I setup a separate savings account and have $50 per pay check deposited into it, so about $100 per month. That was about 10 years ago so you can do the math. I'm 41 now and over halfway to a hunt of a lifetime, and should be able to accomplish it before I'm 50. If CD's paid worth a crap the last decade I would probably be alot closer. Anyway, that's the road i'm taking.
Trophy species drawing odds are steep no matter where you go in the lower 48. Doing the math on alot of units you can see that many applicants will never draw a tag in their lifetime. Still someone has to draw and you could get very lucky and get a tag. I would not start applying in areas where you have no chance of drawing without being at the top of the points pool. Even if the odds are very low with none or just a few points atleast you have some chance of drawing. States with out a point system may have the best chance for drawing if you are starting out now without any points. I only apply in Nevada and my home state of Washington. Both have a bonus points system where I have some chance of drawing and I dont have to put up alot of money just to apply.
UH hit it on the head, the wolf population is on the decline and if the moose population rebounds to just year 2000-2001 levels there will be double the harvest and double the tags…once that happens again we'll go through higher point groups pretty quickly and those mid-tier guys will be sitting pretty good…a gamble yes, but only a $75 a year gamble at that…come on boys?
You can always come up to Alaska for your moose. It takes some planning but most out-of-state hunts do. Our unit 18 is at an all time high level for moose population. The Dillingham/Togiak areas are producing some real big bulls and it can all be DIY. Sheep hunting requires a guide but we have some good ones. We have a few bad ones too so do your research before signing with them.
If you ever want to give it a try, send me a p.m. and I can help you get started.
30Hart, I did consider the wolf population declining, as people begin hunting them, it's part of what got me even considering starting to build points. And you're right, if WY can increase the tag allotments, quite a few of those point groups will get ran though much quicker.
Thanks again for everyone's thoughts on the matter.
My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.
Last time I looked, Bighorn hunts in Alberta were at least $25,000. I don't have that kind of money laying around so I am in all (well, most) of the draws. I've had an archery Bighorn tag in CO, a rifle and archery elk tag in AZ, and an AZ strip rifle deer tag among many others. I've got a lot of points in many other states and unfortunately started applying in WY for sheep one year too late, but am getting close. I started a few years before you did, but I would start building points everywhere you can. In the blink of an eye you will be 45 (especially if you have any kids) wondering where the time went. You will draw tags if you keep putting in! There are guys every year that draw sheep tags in the random every year in Wyoming.
I have drawn a bighorn tag in Wyoming and took a nice ram. I was in the point chase from day one. I am back in it with 7 points at age 56. I don't know if I will ever draw again, but there is always a chance in the random draw, if you choose units with enough tags.
The truth is, if you want to hunt sheep you should apply in every state that offers tags. Idaho offers a decent chance to draw because you can only apply for one species a year and people have to choose between sheep and goats, moose, etc. Any way you cut it, sheep hunting is not possible on a regular basis unless you have lots of money, but you can draw a tag if you are persistent and have a little luck. It will not be cheap.
I believe that many of the people currently applying for sheep tags and moose tags are much older than you are and will stop applying before they draw. Some will die, some will draw and some will give up for one reason or another. I have missed out on a lot of future tags because I just did not start applying when I was younger. If I was 31, I would apply, apply, apply. You will be drawing when you are my age.
I am also in the Wyoming moose tag hunt and may draw next year. With 13 points I can draw a lot of units, but not all. You don't have to have the max to draw in a decent unit. APPLY.
You can go to Canada for a minimum of $6,500 for Canadian Moose, but that is a cheap trip today and may not be successful. Ultimately you will still want a Shiras, so APPLY. Good Luck.
I don't have the data to support this, but one thing that is very likely to happen is to see many of the top point holders reach the age where they cannot hunt, or pass away. We have a window (if the market continues to improve) where there will be a lot of retired baby boomers who will have expendable income, points, and the time to hunt across the west. Many of those may give up on the points game and head north as has been suggested. But just by shear numbers within the different generations, I have to imagine that many, if not most of the top point holders are nearing, if not at retirement age. So at least for me, I am in the point game (even though I did start when I was in my early 30's) because I think many of the points that are out there may go away as a result of aging and death and there are a lot fewer Gen Xer's that may be able to yet slide in still draw.
I could be completely off, but it would be a pretty interesting demographic study if you could get those data along with the points data for each state (hint, hint Eastman's for future MRS or mag articles).