1st time booking a hunt
OK, so I hit a milestone birthday this year and my wife wants me to pick out a hunt for my present. A friend of mine will be going as well. Since I've never hunted anywhere but here in PA and in the south when I was stationed there, I thought I'd get some input from those who are more wise than I. Since I had no forewarning, I've never really thought about where/what I'd like to hunt given the opportunity. Other than brown bear in Alaska but realistically that is out of my price range. I've mulled over Moose in Newfoundland, Elk in Colorado, Wyoming or Montana, Bear in Canada, and maybe even wolf out west. Here's what I'm up against - I'd like to keep the price of the hunt (not including travel, gratuity, etc) to under $5500 or so. The guy I'm going with isn't very mobile so that concerns me regarding Elk out west (horses wouldn't be a big help either). I have mixed feelings of hunting bear over bait so I'm not real sure about that either. So I guess what I'm asking is for those of you who do these hunts now, or have done this in the past, if you were to book your first hunt knowing then what you know now, where would you go and what would you recommend? I know I'm leaving a lot of variables out, but like I said, I didn't have any forewarning. Things I do know is I'd like to limit this to big game (moose, elk, bear, caribou, wolf, etc) and I'm afraid drop camps or hiking 7-8 miles a day is out. Thanks in advance and feel free to make suggestions about things I'm probably not thinking about or even aware of.