The cost of hunting

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I have some very nice pieces of gear with names like Leica, Schmidt and Bender, Weatherby, etc. Are they necessary? No. Are they worth the price? In my opinion, yes. I have hunted in my back yard. I have hunted on the other side of the world. I have hunted big stuff. I have hunted small stuff. I have hunted in an area overrun by other hunters cause I didn't have time to fly out to more remote country. I have flown to remote country and hunted for weeks and never seen another hunter. I have hired guides. I have hunted on my own.

hunting is my passion in life. In fact, the only reason I put up with the headaches I do at work is to earn money to pay for the next hunt. I have been blessed to earn a decent wage and I spend that money creating memories in the form of hunts. I do many many hunts that cost less than $100. I have also been on hunts that have cost in excess of $40,000. When deciding what I want to hunt next, I don't really worry about price other than the completely insane stuff like rhino, markhor, lion, etc. I do a lot of low budget hunts to maximize my days in the field each year within my means but I also try to take one trip each year that runs into the 5 digits. I don't eat out. I don't go to the bar. I don't smoke. I don't buy Starbucks. I scrimp and save and sometimes work extra jobs to put together the necessary $ to fund the next adventure. Some of my hunts have been successful beyond my grandest hopes. Some have been utterly disastrous survival expeditions. I cringe to think of how many dollars I have spent on hunting in my lifetime but there is one thing I know for certain. I do not regret one penny of the money I have laid out on my hunting memories. I choose to live life. Not horde money.
 

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I have some very nice pieces of gear with names like Leica, Schmidt and Bender, Weatherby, etc. Are they necessary? No. Are they worth the price? In my opinion, yes. I have hunted in my back yard. I have hunted on the other side of the world. I have hunted big stuff. I have hunted small stuff. I have hunted in an area overrun by other hunters cause I didn't have time to fly out to more remote country. I have flown to remote country and hunted for weeks and never seen another hunter. I have hired guides. I have hunted on my own.

hunting is my passion in life. In fact, the only reason I put up with the headaches I do at work is to earn money to pay for the next hunt. I have been blessed to earn a decent wage and I spend that money creating memories in the form of hunts. I do many many hunts that cost less than $100. I have also been on hunts that have cost in excess of $40,000. When deciding what I want to hunt next, I don't really worry about price other than the completely insane stuff like rhino, markhor, lion, etc. I do a lot of low budget hunts to maximize my days in the field each year within my means but I also try to take one trip each year that runs into the 5 digits. I don't eat out. I don't go to the bar. I don't smoke. I don't buy Starbucks. I scrimp and save and sometimes work extra jobs to put together the necessary $ to fund the next adventure. Some of my hunts have been successful beyond my grandest hopes. Some have been utterly disastrous survival expeditions. I cringe to think of how many dollars I have spent on hunting in my lifetime but there is one thing I know for certain. I do not regret one penny of the money I have laid out on my hunting memories. I choose to live life. Not horde money.

Great post! Agree 100%
 

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I have some very nice pieces of gear with names like Leica, Schmidt and Bender, Weatherby, etc. Are they necessary? No. Are they worth the price? In my opinion, yes. I have hunted in my back yard. I have hunted on the other side of the world. I have hunted big stuff. I have hunted small stuff. I have hunted in an area overrun by other hunters cause I didn't have time to fly out to more remote country. I have flown to remote country and hunted for weeks and never seen another hunter. I have hired guides. I have hunted on my own.

hunting is my passion in life. In fact, the only reason I put up with the headaches I do at work is to earn money to pay for the next hunt. I have been blessed to earn a decent wage and I spend that money creating memories in the form of hunts. I do many many hunts that cost less than $100. I have also been on hunts that have cost in excess of $40,000. When deciding what I want to hunt next, I don't really worry about price other than the completely insane stuff like rhino, markhor, lion, etc. I do a lot of low budget hunts to maximize my days in the field each year within my means but I also try to take one trip each year that runs into the 5 digits. I don't eat out. I don't go to the bar. I don't smoke. I don't buy Starbucks. I scrimp and save and sometimes work extra jobs to put together the necessary $ to fund the next adventure. Some of my hunts have been successful beyond my grandest hopes. Some have been utterly disastrous survival expeditions. I cringe to think of how many dollars I have spent on hunting in my lifetime but there is one thing I know for certain. I do not regret one penny of the money I have laid out on my hunting memories. I choose to live life. Not horde money.

SAFARI, you said it all when" I don't eat out, I don't go to bars, etc. etc. " Back in my prime hunting days of the '70s 80's and '90s' I was asked a lot, how can you afford the bush flight to go Sheep hunting. These same guys could be seen parked at the bars at night. I would only say, put a few dollars in a jar EACH week and by next August you will have the money for a fly-in. To each their own I guess.
 

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Money has no value until you spend it. Why not spend it in something you enjoy?


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Does anyone really know what it cost to hunt? I came from a family of hunters, my father hunted as did his father, my grandfather on my mothers side was a hunter as are all of his sons. Hunting is a away of life, and the cost rarely comes to play. It is the time that we share together and being in the woods. As far as equipment goes, I am still using a rifle that I bought in 1971 for $195.00, the cost of it is not much. Yes we have some newer, more expensive 'stuff' but it is not just used for hunting. We also have a motor home that we use as a base camp, but again it is not just for hunting. We get many days enjoyment out of it. Then there is the time spent with family/friends while out hunting that there is no way to put a price on. While harvesting a game animal is nice, and the meat is good to have, there is much more to hunting then just the 'harvesting' of game. We get a chance to watch wildlife enter act with each other, watch sun rises/sunsets from some awesome places and meet some interesting people that one would not meet otherwise.
 

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