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#3100581 - 12/29/12 08:13 PM Re: Where would you go ? [Re: chip]
tickweed
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Alaska
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#3100582 - 12/29/12 08:14 PM Re: Where would you go ? [Re: Gravey]
greygoose
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#3100636 - 12/29/12 08:38 PM Re: Where would you go ? [Re: chip]
Doskil
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Texas might be closer for mule deer. I dunno. never been
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#3101277 - 12/30/12 10:40 AM Re: Where would you go ? [Re: Doskil]
AT Hiker
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I would start building preference points for a limited entry trophy Elk unit in WY (or a state that offers high country Elk hunting on public land). Then I would start contacting outfitters around those trophy units and start negotiating a price. A DIY trophy Elk hunt in the High Country can be done, but if you have the $$ it has got to well worth the investment to hire an outfitter that has pack animals, is familiar with the area, and has all the equipment needed. Plus its always a good idea to have an extra gun in grizzly country!

But that kind of money could also pay for a few DIY hunts out west as well.
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#3102716 - 12/31/12 10:20 AM Re: Where would you go ? [Re: AT Hiker]
Crosshairy
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 Originally Posted By: AT Hiker
I would start building preference points for a limited entry trophy Elk unit in WY (or a state that offers high country Elk hunting on public land). Then I would start contacting outfitters around those trophy units and start negotiating a price. A DIY trophy Elk hunt in the High Country can be done, but if you have the $$ it has got to well worth the investment to hire an outfitter that has pack animals, is familiar with the area, and has all the equipment needed. Plus its always a good idea to have an extra gun in grizzly country!

But that kind of money could also pay for a few DIY hunts out west as well.


I've been thinking about doing this myself - investing in priority points for a day when I have the money and time in hand. It's pretty hard for me to justify blindly buying points in random states though, so I'm looking pretty hard at Colorado right now based on cost and driving distance.

$5k seems like a lot of money, but several of the proposed options (especially stuff in Alaska) might eat through that and then some. It's amazing how much money you can spend on these types of trips when you are paying someone else to do the work.

I think that I'd probably take the money and put it towards the most economical guided elk hunt I could get - again, probably Colorado - and plan on doing something a bit more "do-it-yourself" in the coming years.
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#3103052 - 12/31/12 02:41 PM Re: Where would you go ? [Re: Crosshairy]
4onaside
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Take the money and apply it down on a piece of property within an hour's drive of your house. Its something that you can hunt turkey and deer on for the rest of your life. Then when the western hunt costs escalate to the obscene you'll have something to hunt on for the rest of your life and you can say "screw em!". I currently have 9 elk points in Colorado. Started accumulating them to get back into a unit when I killed my last bull in that unit. But each year, the points it takes keep just a little out in front of me, like a carrot in front of a donkey, you never quite reach it.
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#3105381 - 01/02/13 12:51 AM Re: Where would you go ? [Re: Gravey]
catman529
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I think I would like to bow hunt for moose somewhere in the US or canada. Those close range moose bow shots on youtube get your adrenaline running just watching them on the computer.
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#3105460 - 01/02/13 05:52 AM Re: Where would you go ? [Re: catman529]
B&C
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I'd be looking into a outfitted float hunt in NW/W Alaska for moose. Spend the $3500 on the hunt and another $700ish on the plane ticket to get there. Now all you gotta do is find someone to go with you since you need 2 guys to do any float up North. Fun hunt if you got the time and abit of knowledge.
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#3110362 - 01/05/13 01:36 PM Re: Where would you go ? [Re: 4onaside]
AT Hiker
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 Originally Posted By: 4onaside
I currently have 9 elk points in Colorado. Started accumulating them to get back into a unit when I killed my last bull in that unit. But each year, the points it takes keep just a little out in front of me, like a carrot in front of a donkey, you never quite reach it.


CO Point creep sucks! I do not put in for that reason...I build points in WY because its way more fair than CO. I thought about building points in other states, but even if I get to go out West every year I could never cover the entire state of WY and all the game they got to hunt. Now if I was die hard on getting a record bull or muley then I would apply for AZ and the others. For me personally, one Western state is plenty big enough and I chose WY to conquer in my lifetime.

Now for a guided hunt, if I had the money then I would for sure start looking at other states.
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