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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.
 

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If it were me I would do a guided mule deer/antelope hunt in Wyoming. This is a great first hunt to go on and if you go with the right outfitter success on both animals is usually 100 %. It is also in your budget. It is also a relatively easy hunt. I hunted the Casper Wyoming region 5 times for mule deer and antelope and the terrain is rolling sage brush. Very easy terrain for most hunters. You will see a lot of game and is a really fun hunt to get your feet wet. The scenery is great on most ranches you will take very respectable animals. God luck on your decision and hunt whatever you choose to do.
 

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I agree with 338/378. A mule deer antelope hunt in Wy. is just what you are looking for. I have done this & was great. Here is the outfitter I used out of Buffalo Wy. Southfork Mountain lodge an outfitters. My buddy & I seen over 200 Antelope & well over a 100 mule deer on our 4 day hunt we both shot Big & antelope & very good Mule deer. It was not a very physical hunt, so may be just what you need for your friend & is in your price range.
 

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You should give HuntingPa sponsor Premier Hunting Adventures a call. Larry is a booking agent. You hunt will not cost more if it is booked through him. He knows his outfitters and can discuss your wants and needs to pick the best hunt for you.
 

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I have heard nothing but good about Larry from PHA.

That being said, the hunt you go on is strictly a matter of personal preference. 1,000,000 people can come on here and tell you what they'd do. Be honest with yourself and ask what do YOU really want to do. You specifically mentioned NFLD moose. I can tell you this, there is a Newfie moose hunt out there that is as strenuous or as easy as you want it to be. The muley and antelope hunt previously mentioned is also nice. There are easier elk hunts out there. Decide what YOU really want and then pursue your options. If you call Larry, tell him what you are looking for and he will help you out. Good luck with your decision and trip.
 

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I've hunted 4 western states, Alaska, Maine, but I'd say a Newfoundland moose hunt is probably the best value out there for outfitted hunts. Hunts range from $4000-$8000, with $4500 a common price. That generally includes your tag too. The upper end fly in hunts will be at the upper end of the scale. Moose hunts there average around a 80% success rate. All in, you'de be under $6k.
 

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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.
Check out Heartspear Outfitters in Wyoming he will give you the hunt you are looking for. Hands down one of the best outfitters in Wyoming.
 

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Jut curious why is a horseback elk trip out of the question? If mobility is an issue u think you are going to be limited on what you hunt out west unless you book with a guide with private land who can drive your buddy in and sit on a water hole or something all day
 

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Jut curious why is a horseback elk trip out of the question? If mobility is an issue u think you are going to be limited on what you hunt out west unless you book with a guide with private land who can drive your buddy in and sit on a water hole or something all day
Unless you're experienced with horses I wouldn't either. Too much bad can happen in an instant.:hiho:
 

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Did you give any thought to Africa ?? You can get a 5 animal package in your price range. It is a very easy hunt. You must be able to climb up in to the back of a pickup truck. They will treat you like royalty. The food is great. The plane ride is a little long, but better than a 30 hour drive out west. I have been there 3 times & I would recomend it to anyone.
 

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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.

I think at your price point, and your friends mobility issues, you might consider an antelope hunt in Wyoming. You could prolly even do a combo deer/loper that wouldn't require long hikes etc that elk hunting demands. If your heart is set on elk, getting an easy lodge hunt on private property will most likely bust your budget. Here is an article I wrote for a magazine if you are interested go to www.greatdaysoutdoors.com and click on the hunting menu, I did a three part series on western elk hunting for the out of state hunter, it might help.
 
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