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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-23-2009, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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Best hunts for under $3000?

Opinions? Trying to plan something for 2010. Open to basically any sort of big game hunting in North America. Guided or unguided does not matter. Outfitters and experiences welcomed. Thanks
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-23-2009, 04:12 PM
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Re: Best hunts for under $3000?

Are you talking about $3000 for the outfitters costs or total costs for the whole trip (licenses, travel expenses, butchering costs)?

You can DIY Elk hunt almost anywhere out west for under $3000 but most DIY hunts you'll usually end up eating your tag unless you're very lucky.
You can get a pack in wilderness hunt unguided for a reasonable price. The guide basically packs you in and out and you hunt on your own.

If you want better odds you can hunt antelope in WY or mulies in several states.

Licenses can run you from $300-750 for most deer or deer/elk. If you fly out you can count on $300-400 plus the cost of a rental. Other costs once you get out west are-food, gas butcher fees, shipping/transporting meat if you're flying.
In other words the total can really add up once you get all of the small things added in.

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post #3 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-23-2009, 05:17 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Best hunts for under $3000?

I meant $3000 more as a ball park figure. I am really just asking what hunts other people have done in the past that they considered a good "value". I realize $3000 is not a lot when it comes to hunting trips but I know you can do some for that price or less and I was just looking for some feedback from others with experience.
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post #4 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-23-2009, 07:03 PM
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Re: Best hunts for under $3000?

Alaska black bear by boat. Prince William Sound. Bears, halibut, fresh dungies, shrimp, salmon, while seeing orcas, humpback whales... If you do it in late september, you can add sitka blacktail to that.
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post #5 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-23-2009, 07:09 PM
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Re: Best hunts for under $3000?

We offer a bear hunt over bait in Sept. for $1495.00. The license is around $160.00. That is a far cry from $3000.00. We bait an entire township and so we can control the bear we take out of there. We kill around 80% that way. Our first week for the 2010 season is already filled and we are booking the second week to fill the 10 we want there. Then we are done for the season. Moose is a 100% hunt however you need to get drawn first. I get calls all the time for moose but I will not book a moose hunt until June, when the person knows they are hunting. Deer, is another story. We have some real good bucks here but it takes a dedicated hunter to get them. After being in PA and VA and MD for a week or so I can see why people get discouraged hunting deer here. The best time to hunt here is in the snow. Problem with that is our snow comes when you fellows are hunting in PA. If we can answer any more questions just click on the banner at the top of the bear hunting page.
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Went on allot of hunts and never spent over $2200. Really can't afford to go any higher. Mostly all deer hunts.

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post #7 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 12:37 AM
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Re: Best hunts for under $3000?

I'm with you on that... Ive been on antelope in Wy Hogs in Ga Bear in Maine, Deer in Bama, Ducks/goose in Md and NY and quite a few others. This year was the year to wheel and deal since the outfitters and guides were willing to come down a bit.

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Went on allot of hunts and never spent over $2200. Really can't afford to go any higher. Mostly all deer hunts.

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post #8 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-24-2009, 03:23 AM
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Re: Best hunts for under $3000?

I just got back from Colorado elk hunting.. i spent less then $3000 for that trip. There are alot of hunts out there for that price range.
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I think bear in Maine is a great value. Do your homework and you will be very satisfied.
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post #10 of 33 (permalink) Old 10-26-2009, 10:20 PM
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Re: Best hunts for under $3000?

A few years ago I won a 10 day elk & mule deer hunt on E-bay for $2500 on horseback in Montana. All toll, I spent around $5000 with airfare, (@$400rt), Outfitters License ($900) @$100 shared with two others for a motel for the day before & after the hunt. I shot a 5 x 5 elk & it cost something like $150 for the butcher & for every box of meat that was taken on the airplane was $75.

Now, I did do a DIY hunt for antelope in Wyoming for about $1000. We drove out from Philly on my suburban & stayed in a motel and hunted mostly BML land. We also hunted a few ranches for free or for a small trophy fee of $50 if you shot one. Some ranches right next door that we hunted wanted $500 for a week access.

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