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Cost of hunting ? #7300332 09/28/18 11:37 PM
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Spin off of a thread being debated in the public hunting section & also as pappy say's: What once twas the price of poormans food stamps is becoming a Richmans sport.

How much ya'll spend on hunten ?

Over the years, guns, archery, crossbow, stands, leases, food plots, $48.00 WMA permit, gas per trip, texidermists, & other odds & ends.

50+ years of hunting here, most spent in a year, little over a grand. Twas last lease, 200 acres, just us, family of 4, equaled $250.00 per gun, 3 deer taken off lease, & several hogs taken at WMA. Guns, stands were already payed for. The other years, less than $500.00 if was on a lease.

Leases kept going up, & thar be truth ta statement: gotta pay ta play.

First lease, got on it for hog hunts. Bank sold it, ones on lease i knew found opening in different county, same price, it showed 4 deer county. After payment & new hunting regs came out, seen it 1 buck, 2-3 day for chance 1 doe. Talking gun hunt, did archery season also. bang reason for openings on lease, less deer. Smith Co. were lived, buck only, NO doe tags, told not enough deer. Got D- in grammer, confused2 wont that imbalance heard ? So when hogs started following creek, turned ta hog hunting, the other wild game, for grillen & chillen let deer #ers grow. Years later 4 deer county. 4 deer leases = higher prices.

Some of ya are old enough ta remember when hunting leases started. MN never had leasing, so it was new ta me. rofl some probley thinking carpet bagger, me being a yankee. cheers

Ya dont haveta post what ya spend, yet being honest with ones self, all have seen price of hunting leases going up.

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Re: Cost of hunting ? [Re: colt.45] #7300341 09/28/18 11:48 PM
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confused2 she can read it, what makes you think thar b a problem.
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I could easily feed my family Kobe Beef every night of the week for what I see many spend each year on a few backstraps. Did not used to be this way. We never had digital range finders or wind meters. We stepped off the yardage and put sticks in the ground or tied ribbons. I could watch the ribbons for wind info. The latest camo pattern was plaid. We used five gallon bucket feeders with holes and a stick. We used rifles passed down to us. Never lost a deer. Hunted on 200 acres shared by the masses. Always got my deer. Back then, only people who couldn't afford a bullet used bows. The moneychangers have bamboozled folks into believing they have to spend money on every fool thing imaginable. We never worried about scent blockers. We were hunting big, dumb rodents that we figured we could outsmart pretty easily. Seems we were right. By the way, scent block science isn't science at all and doesn't hold a drop of water, but it flies off the shelves. Ask the Columbians if you can "block" scent from an animal with really great olfactory senses. You get out of the shower and immediately start shedding epithelials. By the way, you can wear a pink tuxedo in the stand...the deer don't care! Just sayin!


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More than I would like to.

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Iíve spent plenty and donít mind doing it. Iím hunting someone elseís land, after all. However, Iím tired of doing it, and Iím turning my focus to chasing critters out west, where I still spend plenty, but I feel that I get more for my money.


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cheers helped several with making thar land taxes for chance ta take a deer for grillen & chillen. No problems with land owners, even offered ta help with fences.
Taxes were the first thing came outa my paycheck. People shared leases with, were pretty much same low-income, do some camping, fellow ship, & legal twas legal.
One hunter shot yearling, they not as tough as 5,6,7yr ol bucks. He got teased, your season is done. He came back with: ya an i can sleep in late.
Next year a yearling stepped out, scratch thinking got 2 months, let it walk. He never seen another buck. No one was seeing bucks, this was lease that went 4 deer ta 1buck, 2-3 day for a doe. Was doing the execative hunt, sitting in a box stand, waiting.
nidea deer do pattern hunters, seen it on first lease. So went back ta way usdta hunt.
Last two days, seen two different bucks. bang fair tis fair, they bet me.
up Thanks ta all who share their opinions. Tis discussion part of form.
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I really do not want to know how much we spend on the outdoor recreation.


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Let's see, just my Matador GDE hunt this November (whether I get one or not).......

$3 app fee, 130 for permit, 315 for license, 8 nights hotel at $100 per night, 8 days driving for gas in 2500 miles about $600, food for the trip for another $400, one bullet for $2....

About $2250 for the chance to get chiggers, snakebite, lost and stuck in the mud with 4 flat tires, a..n..d.. maybe see a deer! smile

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I could care less what others spend or what I spend.



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LOL, not gonna go there, we bought property years ago to hunt on and not have to lease.....not inexpensive....

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Hunting is what you put in to it. A man can hunt every weekend on public for the cost of a license a man can hunt once a year in Africa for 50k.

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I don't lease, so I have a lot less expense in that area than most Texans. I put in for a lot of TPWD permits each year, hunt secluded spots on public land locally, and am building points in several Western states in a system that lets me take one big DIY trip a year. I've got quite a bit of money wrapped up in gear, but annually, I really don't spend all that much money for quite a bit of hunting (though my wife might disagree). Hunting doesn't have to be all that expensive, as long as you do the "big ticket" trips outside of Texas.

Also, ducknbass, I've been to Africa. You should look into it, it is a whole lot less expensive than you think it is, and it is an experience that will change your life. I've hunted from Alaska to Sonora and the Gila to the Chesapeake, but nothing is like Africa. Obviously, I don't know your situation, but most Texas hunters could skip a year on the lease and pinch pennies a little and be able to afford a trip to Africa. IMO, it is well worth that.

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About 10 years ago I read in the FTW Star Telegram that hunters bring 12 million a year to Llano County alone.

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If you can't work and spend money on what you enjoy what is the use of it all?

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Originally Posted By: garyrapp55
About 10 years ago I read in the FTW Star Telegram that hunters bring 12 million a year to Llano County alone.


When I was a kid, Fredericksburg would put sacks with "Welcome hunters" on the parking meters over opening weekend and maybe the following week. Fbg. has changed a lot since then and the meters are gone. I do think leases were more attainable for a guy that was interested back then.


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1 box of Hornady Superformance 25-06, $35. $35 / 20 bullets = $1.75 per bullet. 5 tags, 5 bullets = $8.75.

Thats what I tell my wife........ I dont discuss the rest!!!!!!!!!!!!

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In todayís times, I donít think hunting for an average person is any more expensive than most other hobbies. What gets people is writing that big sum at once instead of metering it out over the course of a year.

People say leases are too high but will drop a few grand on season tickets to a baseball or basketball team.


There is cost associated with it, no way around it. An OTC elk tag is gonna run a non res $675, and thatís before you drive there. Deer tag is $300 something a bear about the same.

Feed, feeders, stands, etc all cost money. If a person chooses not to use them, itís their choice.


People spend there discretionary income in many different ways, some people collect sports memorabilia, some go to concerts,traveling to destinations, gambling in Vegas, Louisiana, etc.

Different strokes for different folks.




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Between tree & six fiddy, give or take a few hunnert. Could be dollas or tousands.
Moe or less pending on ifin you wanna kill big antlers or jus a regalure ol deer.

I gotz no problems with yanky's, is is them folks that don't unnerstand that the hi lited werdz or squiggly lines unner the werdz thayz tipe are mispelled & allz they gots do do is tap on them so day gets fixed automagically.

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rofl realy did get D- in spelling. Helt back in 1st grade, got bullied alot, so dont bothers me none if one questions me gramner, used humor, confused2 as pappy say's: i gotta be me, no one else wants the job. dis be hunten forum, people get too hing up on grammer. Tis sure mist can understand what ya typed.
Were grew up, hunten twas a means ta put food on d grill or in freezer for later. Ya can call me muyloco crazy just dont call me lazy.
2cents tis a thinken why so many low-income workers like Pres. Trump tired of living pay check ta pay check. At foundry had many nick names, yankee, even called damn yankee, easy money scratch shovel 10hours a day, last day 16-24, dey looked at me aplication, & handed me an idiot stick & put me down in d hole.
They always talked how bad times are, we dont make money on clean up. Yet ya figure it in with d price. Did get 2dolla raise & new tidel, set-up. More cleaning up, if ya ever worked on sand system. Others called me. muyloco caveman - hog hunts at night flash light off slinger pistal on me hip.
Ya, gots nothen genst helpen land owners with taxes, helped a few, payed taxes on me hard earned money. confused2 dont know why people gets so touchy cause dont wanna pay big bucks for few stakes on me low-income salary. Helped out with d hog :confused2 problem with my guns, bullets, & time.
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Originally Posted By: don k
If you can't work and spend money on what you enjoy what is the use of it all?
I agree, Don.


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Once I discovered traveling to other states, and then other countries and hunting there, my expenses increased dramatically. To pay for this, I worked more overtime, and then started a business on the side to make more money. Now I'm self employed doing remodels for clients, and making more money to afford to do what I want. Hunting has been the motivation to make more money for me to be able to go places that I would have never even thought of before I got the bug to hunt different places. My friends that I used to go to the mountains and hunt every year are still doing that exact same thing with the same people. They enjoy it, but I found it to be kind of boring, so I quite going with them decades ago. Now we rarely even talk about hunting with them because our goals are so different.

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I spent about $282 on tags this year.

If you count equipment, I estimate that I have spent around $6,745 in the last few years. That's on stuff that I actually use, I've probably spent more than that on stuff that I didn't like or it didn't work. Equipment doesn't need to be replaced every year, so I'm not sure it counts.

I don't count things like gas and food. I drive around and eat anyway.

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I spend more than I ever imagined I would, between dove, ducks and deer itís well over a thousand more than I thought it would be. Lease cost, Deer feeders, food plots for ducks and deer, ammo etc. Donít get the wife started on 4 wheeler, implements, and all the time away.


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