I want to hunt my home state (Colorado) hard each year to save money. I think I want to pick three non resident states to apply for preference points. Need to decide which species for which state. The end game is save enough preference points for my first choice and then be done with out of state. Unless there is OTC tags or a friend that has a draw tag and needs help.I used to chase points and tags in 8 states and would spend close to $5k between licenses, application fees, preference points, and a couple of non-resident and resident tags every year. Then I realized I would be happier retiring earlier to enjoy more time-off hunting cheaper tags in my own state, tag along on hunting buddies tags as a helper, and a pick-up few cheap doe tags in neighboring states. I'm down to $500 this year, but to each their own.
That’s not too bad. Sounds like a really good investment to me. Some of those OTC tags really add up.AZ- NR OTC deer tag, license and elk app and point is roughly 500$
MT - Resident elk, deer, antelope, bear, 4 Turkey tags, upland and waterfowl, maybe a cow elk or doe tags is roughly 150$
WY - Deer and elk points, app fees, 110$, if drawn for deer, 500$
NV - App for deer, 15$, if drawn I think it's around 400-450$.
So fixed cost of around 800$, variable up to about 1600-1700$.
I am in the same situation but for Colorado. I’m going to pick the states that aren’t total bull shit when it comes to licenses, fees, etc. I want to invest in hunting but there is a difference between reasonable and total bull shit.I spend nearly $300 just on app fees and required licenses as a resident here in UT. If I draw that's a whole other expense.
I will be putting in for hunts in other states this year for the first time. It will get very expensive, very quick.
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That’s good sir. I have to be careful because I’m young, no kids and still working on saving for retirement.I'm not sure exactly and I'd rather not know to be honest. Kids are fed retirement and college saved for all bills paid and I can live with these holes in my shoes.