Do you think hunting is becoming more of a rich mans sport?
Baby steps. That is all. For equipment, you can spend as little, or as much as you want. A rifle is your biggest expense. The rest - is all a matter of how much you believe what is said in catalogs trying to sell you stuff. The only "hunting only" clothing I have is the orange vest I got at Walmart for $4.96 and hat I paid $2 for. Otherwise, I layer up and wear good old blue jeans and an old coat to keep warm. A hooded sweatshirt under the coat for more warmth. You probably already have all the stuff you need. An old coat works well - something you don't mind getting dirty. Extra pair of sweats under the jeans to keep warm. And a good knife that holds a solid blade. An old day pack - if you don't have one, hit the DI and get one for $3. For gear you just don't need to spend a lot of money and can have a great hunting experience.I honestly don't know how so many people afford it.
I guess that a good way to look at it. Maybe it is something I can manage to get into someday!itchytriggerfinger said:i don't know if you noticed mr. loopy but they just dropped the prices on general deer tags from $40 to $35 and elk tags from $65 to $45 so instead of paying $105 we are paying $80 just for the general tags. granted its a little more for the LE and OIL tags. but if you are putting in for those that means you have more money to spend because most people get these animals mounted on top of the tag price.
So if you only hunt general buck and bull seasons that is $6.67 a month. say you buy 2 boxes of shells (practice and hunting) a year for a 30-06 thats what another $30. assume you've been hunting for a few years so you already have your orange and warm clothes $0.
gas has gone up but you get raises for cost of living so $0. food= you eat wether you go hunting or not so $0. so $110 is what you spend every year on hunting. save $9.17 a month and your set for the year for buck and bull hunting.
waterfowl and upland game hunting the only thing going up is the boxes of shells. say you pay $10 a box. on average you'll probably get out hunting say less than 18 times a year(thats about once a week from sept to january) probably closer to 10 times. say you shoot on average 15 times an outing( more for ducks and less for upland game so an av of 15) thats only 6 boxes of shells or $60.( and lead is cheeper than $10 a box) thats $5 bucks a month.
So all in all that is roughly $170 a year or $14.17 a month. or going to out to eat for two at a cheeper restaurant. I'll give you the benefit of the dought and say $250 a year. thats just under $21 a month. Eat at home once a month instead of going out to eat and you have your hunting covered for the year. we all pay more than that a month for cell phones, cable, drinks (soda and other beverages), smokes. etc. cut back here and there and then hunting isn't as expensive as it looks to be.
If i missed anything point it out so i can budget for it this year.
Amen, my wife is hooked on that stuff! The benefit is she can't give me much grief about my 'hobbies' when hers is just as costly and time consuming!itchytriggerfinger said:I try and point out to my wife that hunting is cheaper for me than scrap-booking is for her. Thank goodness she likes to hunt or i'd be broke buying a ton of scap booking stuff. :mrgreen:
Biggest no brainer in the history of the Earth :lol:Guns and Flies said:Depends, if you take about harvest rates then you could argueable say yes. I hike my arse off every year and seldom get a shot of at a deer, but I get to go out. My millionare uncle gets at least 5 animals a year with all the hunts he gets to do. I think rich people get a lot more opportunity and quality hunts IMHO.