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What is the least you’ve spent? #8269638 05/18/21 10:47 PM
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On a hunt?

Has to be an actual paid hunt not a “ I bought beer and steaks for a weekend to hunt my buddies”.

I paid $75 once for a duck hunt. Was really more of a taxi service. Guy took us out, dropped us in a blind in the middle of Caddo Lake and left us to our own devices. He did provide the blind and a few decoys


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The use of my truck to drag a trailer and Jeep Scrambler on an a free axis hunt. I killed 2 axis bucks and my friend, who paid for the hunts also killed 2 axis bucks that weekend. Also 2 trips to Alberta to mule deer hunt that only cost me the guides tip for those two years. Both those hunts were paid for just not by me. Lot of invites to hunt that cost me nothing other than fuel to get there.


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I'm no duck hunter, but I've always wanted the "full experience" on Caddo. Did you kill any ducks??


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I paid $500 for a whitetail hunt, any legal buck. I lucked up and got a nice 8-point

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$100 per doe, whitetail or Sitka. Couldn't turn it down, went and dropped 2 whitetail doe and dad took a WT doe and a decent Sitka buck that they guy agreed to for $150. Wasn't much of a "hunt" but we had a good time. He drove us around and when we saw something to shoot, he would stop and we would get out to try and get a shot. My guess was he was actually just getting rid of most every deer inside his property.

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Paid in beer to fish in a private lake.

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I paid for raffle ticket on a Trophy Bull Elk hunt - $5.00. Won the hunt on the old Pennzoil Ranch west of Raton. Got a 6 x 6, now hangs in the Elks Lodge in Tucumcari, NM. Hunt was valued at the time for $5K. Done in 1983.

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$800 for 2 person guided cow elk hunt at East Moreno Ranch in NM. Bought it in the auction at our local RMEF banquet. Fully guided hunt for 2 people, all inclusive.
Spouse took my brother in law and went and both got their elk.
Other hunters there at same time on same type banquet hunt from California paid $3,500 for their hunt at their local banquet.

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Gave a farmer a bottle of whiskey to pheasant hunt his fields.


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All the dove hunting places used to be "just ask for permission". Gas and shells was about all we spent money on.


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Worked lot's of cattle in high school around Dublin for hunting rights. I latched onto one big calf one time and it drug me at least a hundred yards before I got it stopped. I never let go and the landowner was really impressed. I hunted his place for several years.


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I think $175 for a Texas dall ram forum hunt near uvalde years ago.

Re: What is the least you’ve spent? [Re: Creekrunner] #8269812 05/19/21 02:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Creekrunner
I'm no duck hunter, but I've always wanted the "full experience" on Caddo. Did you kill any ducks??


We limited out both days.

I’d never been in that area. We woke up at 4 am after getting to bed at 2am and drove from my buddies house on Bob Sandlin lake to a hole in the wall town called “uncertain”. And man, was that place aptly named.

We loaded up after eating some coot tacos into an old john boat and started down an old waterway hand cut by slaves pre-civil war. It was damp and foggy, perfect duck day.

We got in the blind as it started to get light. When it finally got legal shooting light the surrounding scenery was something I cannot describe...towering cypress trees draped with moss, water hyacinth so thick you can walk across it, looked like a swamp in a forest primeval.

Hunting was good and we limited out in quick fashion.

Would go again just for the lake experience


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As a kid in the 70s my dad leased about 100-150 house pasture of a larger ranch near Natural Bridge Caverns. The cost of the lease was a bottle of whiskey to the owner and $15 per buck and $10 for a doe providing he had doe tags at the time. Of course my dad always bonused him with a couple more bottles for Christmas every year. He hunted there for over 20 years and the price remained the same up to the end.


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TPW draw hunt for exotics at Devil's River. Stayed in our tent and ate outa cans.

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Originally Posted by ILUVBIGBUCKS
As a kid in the 70s my dad leased about 100-150 house pasture of a larger ranch near Natural Bridge Caverns. The cost of the lease was a bottle of whiskey to the owner and $15 per buck and $10 for a doe providing he had doe tags at the time. Of course my dad always bonused him with a couple more bottles for Christmas every year. He hunted there for over 20 years and the price remained the same up to the end.




Thats an awesome story!


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$100 for a doe/spike hunt on a HF place in Brakettville.


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$25 dollars to dove hunt.


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we had a ~300 acre lease in Burnet county (circa early 1970s) where the LO ran championship Herford bulls and he told us we needed to do $100 worth of work to the old house homestead each year, plus we could use it as our camp house. We had year around access for whatever we wanted to do on the place, just keep an eye on the cattle & fences. We spent hundreds of hours out there working the roads, house, well, brush, etc. Learned to bushwhack ducks by creeping up the backside of tank dams and blasting when they flew. Also learned my dad was spot on when he said mom couldn't cook a duck to where it was edible. We had that place for a long time until the LO sold it.


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$75 teal hunts were common place when I was a kid

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My first deer lease was a couple hundred acre place. I hunted it for 2 years, we paid $225 a year and could shoot what the paid hunters license allowed.

Second deer lease I hunted on for over 20 years, had some family that hunted it before and is still hunting it now. We started out at $350 a gun in 1990. They are currently paying $450 a gun. Same rules as the first, each hunter can shoot what the license allows, no guests can hunt and guest must be wife/girlfriend or your kids.

Had year round access to both, but pretty much only for filling feeders/clearing brush/maintaning blinds. The second one did have hogs we were welcome to hunt any time.


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$7.50 a day when I was 16yo. to day hunt deer at Brad. Belding family land.


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$100.00 for my youngest son to shoot a doe. It was a day hunt and the guy let us stay for the evening to pig hunt. Fun times.

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$10 for the Mason Mt public draw Scimitar Oryx hunt.

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