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    Montana Deer/Elk hunt costings

    Hi Chaps,

    I have been asked this on more than one occasion, so the approx costings (excluding fluctuating exchange rate and additional equipment purchased) to fly from the UK to Montana and complete a big game hunt, self guided:
    Air fare 900 including extra bag for rifle (Delta, as BA wanted to rip me off with an 'inspection of rifle')
    Car hire for 2 weeks 332 Alamo intermediate SUV (Rav 4 or equivalent)
    First and last night in hotel 98 (remainder of the time i will be sleeping in the car or camping out, unless it drops to -23c like it did last time!)
    Big game tag 600
    Insurance 111
    ESTA 9

    Of course on top of this is spending money, fuel and food which are personal things, so excluding that the approx total cost is:
    2050

    Any questions please feel free to ask, all except where i will be hunting, you can do your own research on that one!

    Cheers

    Richard

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    Can I come and carry your bags,or drive the Rav 4

    Have a great time,very jealous.

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    Do you need to buy an out of state/country permit?
    Tusker

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    Interesting.

    I actually have calculated about the same cost to fly over to the Highlands from here and stalk Red Stag and Sika. As a matter of fact, even with a brother living in Colorado, I calculated a Western Elk/Deer hunt to be slightly higher, partly due to the fuel costs of driving my big 4WD Ford out, towing a trailer and quad, and additional hotel nights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gelert View Post
    Can I come and carry your bags,or drive the Rav 4

    Have a great time,very jealous.
    Thanks, it will make a change for carrying yours!

    Quote Originally Posted by tusker View Post
    Do you need to buy an out of state/country permit?
    Tusker
    That is what the 'tag' is, you apply in the spring and then you a drawn, or not, however since the tag prices went up they have not been over subscribed in recent times.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cootmeurer View Post
    Interesting.

    I actually have calculated about the same cost to fly over to the Highlands from here and stalk Red Stag and Sika. As a matter of fact, even with a brother living in Colorado, I calculated a Western Elk/Deer hunt to be slightly higher, partly due to the fuel costs of driving my big 4WD Ford out, towing a trailer and quad, and additional hotel nights.
    Yes i can believe that, instead of a tag you pay a pro-stalker, which is fair enough, as i said i haven't included fuel, although i have an idea based on my mileage last time i came over.
    BTW, Colorado is a stunning state, fished there but never hunted, my wife had a terrible time however, she couldn't cope with the elevation.

    Cheers

    Richard

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    Hi I think that unfortunately it needs to be guided if you are non-resident alien? Unless its on private land. When I have travelled to Montana I have found it cheaper to fly to Calgery non-stop then drive across the border, means you don't need to fill the ESTA form either!

    Matt

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    Don't forget to add the extra cost of buying another suitcase/bag/holdall to put all your hunting/clothing and any other useful items you can't resist buying out there. LOL
    Have a great trip
    ATB

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    Self guided can be done.
    Colorado has excellent online maps guidance etc,
    and with satellite photos topogaphy you can get to know the terrain
    pretty well ( better than most of the locals)
    I prefer bow season, less crowded and safer.

    You have to assume you are not going to kill an elk.
    as you need to be able to recover and utilise all that meat.
    no game dealers... you need to plan some sort of donation.

    so you do really need to be with friends, a bigger party of hunters or a guide.

    if you live at sea level at home then it does take some days to acclimatise
    to 9,000ft.

    lots of serious game laws and regs over there too..lot of research necessary

    an adventure, good fun and exciting , but cheaper and more succesful in Scotland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattmck View Post
    Hi I think that unfortunately it needs to be guided if you are non-resident alien? Unless its on private land. When I have travelled to Montana I have found it cheaper to fly to Calgery non-stop then drive across the border, means you don't need to fill the ESTA form either!

    Matt
    Sorry Matt that is incorrect, you can hunt on your own on public land, or private if you get permission, i failed to mention that this is my second attempt, got a Mule deer last time but failed to find an elk, too many wolves and griz where i hunted last time, changed my area this time.

    Quote Originally Posted by fairacre View Post
    Don't forget to add the extra cost of buying another suitcase/bag/holdall to put all your hunting/clothing and any other useful items you can't resist buying out there. LOL
    Have a great trip
    ATB
    Thanks, BTW hunting right up against the Idaho border this time, maybe bump into some one you know?!

    Quote Originally Posted by badbob View Post
    Self guided can be done.
    Colorado has excellent online maps guidance etc,
    and with satellite photos topogaphy you can get to know the terrain
    pretty well ( better than most of the locals)
    I prefer bow season, less crowded and safer.

    You have to assume you are not going to kill an elk.
    as you need to be able to recover and utilise all that meat.
    no game dealers... you need to plan some sort of donation.

    so you do really need to be with friends, a bigger party of hunters or a guide.

    if you live at sea level at home then it does take some days to acclimatise
    to 9,000ft.

    lots of serious game laws and regs over there too..lot of research necessary

    an adventure, good fun and exciting , but cheaper and more succesful in Scotland.
    Thanks, i donated the meat to a food bank last time, i agree the regs are a nightmare but i think i have it sussed.
    I have a great GPS and i will load this chip on it SD Chip vs Download

    Cheers

    Richard

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    Who do you get permission from... i'd luv to do similar! Are you going to the 'Bob'...

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