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Hunts to go on before you die.

Thunderflight

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Over the years I've thought about all the hunting trips I'd like to go on before I die. Caribou was number one for years and surprisingly I was actually able to do that one. The adventure was probably one of the coolest experiences I've ever had.

So here are my top ten hunts I want to do before I die.

10- Iowa Whitetail

When you hear about the top states to hunt whitetails Iowa always comes up. True Ohio are pretty darn good, but if you get access to the right place your chances of killing a true hog are much better. The only down side is the tags are flipp'n expensive, but it's minor compared to the cost of these other hunts. I've got three or four preference points to hunt in Iowa and will probably do this hunt shortly after I return from this overseas tour. I doubt I'll hire an outfitter, but I may lease a property for a week. Public land is also an option, but I kinda like not dealing with other hunters and enjoying the whole experience vise worrying if someone is going to be in my spot. Only time will tell, but this hunt has a very high probably rate of actually happening.



09- New Zealand Red Stag

I'm not sure what it is about the videos of hunting stags in NZ, but something about it just calls to me. The bad thing is the hunts are very expensive. Right now would be a good chance for me to reduce the cost of airfare because I might be able to tie it in with a TAD trip to Australia (we have a few exercises down there). However the over all cost of the hunt is very high so I'm not sure how that would work out. Regardless the chance to chase monster stags in the mountains is a very inviting challenge. The probability of this hunt happening are pretty low, but hey you never know what life brings ya.




08- Alaska Mountain Goat

Here's a hunt that kinda intrigues me. I would probably tie this hunt in with a moose hunt, but I'm not sure if they live in the same type of areas. The bad thing is I think you need a guide to hunt Mtn Goats and if so that alone reduces the chances of this hunt actually happening. The reason being is the cost of the outfitters.




07- Alberta mule deer

This one has always been a dream and will most likely happen. The cost isn't to bad and your chances of killing a really big muley are pretty good. I'd probably do this one with a rifle though. Mainly because I'd like to hunt the same type of terrain that 56(from os.com) did.




06- Alaskan barren ground caribou

This hunt will also probably happen. You don't need a guide and I have a friend who lives in Fairbanks who wants to take me out on this hunt. The cost isn't too bad and I believe the most expensive part is the airfare to AK and your bush flight.



05- Alaskan moose

Another hunt with a high probability of happening. You don't need a guide to hunt moose and the most expensive part is the airfare.



04- Mountain Caribou

I don't know if this one will ever happen because Mtn Caribou hunts are pretty pricey. However if I was ever able to pull it off the adventure would be one I'd surely never forget.




03- Limited draw San Juan Utah elk

This hunt will happen! I've been building preference points since 2007 and by the time I leave here I'll have about half the amount normally needed to draw. I've been told the average point requirement is 10 to 15, but I have a who friend drew a limited draw hunt in Utah with only five points. He was also fortunate enough to kill a 300 inch bull too.



02- Africa

This is another hunt that will happen. The cost to hunt Africa really isn't that bad considering what you get for it. When I was in Europe I really wanted to take advantage of being on that side of the world/timezone, but in the end the money was spent (wisely too) on family adventures. Right now this is probably going to be my USMC retirement gift (to myself). That may happen in three to seven years though. If I stay in longer I'll probably go before I retire. My hit list are Kudu, Zebra, Wildebeast, Impala, and Wart Hog.




01- Alaska Dall Sheep

Anyone who has known me for a while, knows how bad I want to go Dall Sheep hunting. The bad thing is the cost is SUPER expensive. I'll most likely have to retire from the Marine Corps and start a second career making what I do now before I could afford the expense of this hunt. At $16,000 to $20,000 (yes this is a very real estimate) it's hard to justify the expense when I have a daughter to put through college, mortgage payments, and other bills to deal with. However, who knows, maybe one day things will work out and the good lord will bless me with the opportunity to chase such a majestic animal though the AK mountains.

 

Matt

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Your gonna hate me when I tell you that my brother lives in Alaska and is hunting moose at this very moment, and on top of that he got drawn for a dall sheep hunt that has a high probability of success on a full-curl ram. And he has a grizzly hunt coming up in the spring. And he is looking into blacktail on Kodiak. And barren ground caribou. Yea, how bad do you hate him now?



Oh, I forgot to mention, I don't need a guide if I hunt with him. So how bad do you hate me too? (actually, it's kinda miserable because as a teacher I will never be able to go up there during the real good hunts.)
 

Thunderflight

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Your gonna hate me when I tell you that my brother lives in Alaska and is hunting moose at this very moment, and on top of that he got drawn for a dall sheep hunt that has a high probability of success on a full-curl ram. And he has a grizzly hunt coming up in the spring. And he is looking into blacktail on Kodiak. And barren ground caribou. Yea, how bad do you hate him now?



Oh, I forgot to mention, I don't need a guide if I hunt with him. So how bad do you hate me too? (actually, it's kinda miserable because as a teacher I will never be able to go up there during the real good hunts.)
I hate you.....:smiley_bril:

Just kidding..

I'm trying to convince my wife that we need to move there. If I became a resident I could do all that on my own....:smiley_bril:
 

Matt

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Just got off the phone with my brother, he killed a fork spike moose yesterday. He also shot a few ducks and a sandhill crane and said the crane was the best wild game meat he has ever had. He said that everything has been eating blueberries, the sandhill just poured purpleish juice out of it's mouth when hanging upside down, and the moose was full too. He will be hunting for grizzlies now until his sheep hunt in a few weeks.
 

Jackalope

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Dove hunt in Argentina....

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Matt

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Fixed it fo' ya Joe. :smiley_bril:

Dove hunt in Argentina....

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Thunderflight

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Just got off the phone with my brother, he killed a fork spike moose yesterday. He also shot a few ducks and a sandhill crane and said the crane was the best wild game meat he has ever had. He said that everything has been eating blueberries, the sandhill just poured purpleish juice out of it's mouth when hanging upside down, and the moose was full too. He will be hunting for grizzlies now until his sheep hunt in a few weeks.
Dang..... Some folks have got it good.

what about rocky mountain big horn?
I'd love to do a rocky mountain big horn hunt, but it'll take me 30 years to draw a tag. I'd be 72 when I drew the tag. That said I may start applying next year anyway. You never know what might happen. I think DonV drew a Colorado Bighorn archery tag in a relatively short time.
 

Jackalope

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Fixed it fo' ya Joe. :smiley_bril:
Fugger! My hit percentage has gone up 10X since last year. Notice I said "hit" as in feathers. I can hit them but they usually glide to the trees or the next gun.. I bet I hit 40% I shot at.. Maybe I should bust out the Marlin Model 60 .22 on them. Bet I'm the first to ever shoot a clay you threw with a .22.. Hell Even that day I was hitting about 1 out of 15 clays with that .22... The rest were probably close enough misses for a shotgun... I'm a dead eye shot with a rifle. But can't hardly shoot a shotgun for shit on moving targets.. Maybe I just need to find the right shotgun that points like a rifle. A lighter gun would help too. Maybe a Over Under is in my future.
 

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Good thread TF.

I've got a few, in no particular order. Not as special or meaningful as yours, but I'm still a young pup yet :D

Whitetail - NY and PA


(I figured I'd find an authentic PA picture)

When my family lived in Western NY, I was too young to carry a gun. We've got a great family friend that has a rustic cabin in the lower tier of New York and every year just about this time I realize I haven't planned ahead. I love to get up there and hunt his camp. And secondly, after being in western PA for the last two years (going on 4) I really need to find the time and a place to hunt out here. I'd love to use Dad's Marlin 336 in .35 Remington and whack one like he did his first one here years ago. Both of these are very doable.


Black Bear
(I'm surprised this didn't make your list)

Maybe combined with a PA deer hunt (pushing them out with a 100 guys) or taken with a handgun, I think it'd be sweet to take one of the biggest predators in North America.

Moose. I don't know where, I don't know when, but there is nothing more that I want to shoot with a gun than a moose with a nose the size of a 55 gallon drums and a rack the size of a pontoon boat. This hunt will happen sometime in my life, and when I've got the money to hang it in my house.

Ohio Whitetail with a bow.... This will happen soon :D
 

Thunderflight

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Black Bear was on the list, but to be honest it's not a hunt I think about regularly. I'll definitely go black bear hunting, probably in AK, but it's not on my dream list. The Iowa trip was even a close one. I almost chose a Saskatchewan deer hunt over it, but the thought of sitting in a tree stand while it's -30 isn't something I would look forward too.
 

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Fugger! My hit percentage has gone up 10X since last year. Notice I said "hit" as in feathers. I can hit them but they usually glide to the trees or the next gun.. I bet I hit 40% I shot at.. Maybe I should bust out the Marlin Model 60 .22 on them. Bet I'm the first to ever shoot a clay you threw with a .22.. Hell Even that day I was hitting about 1 out of 15 clays with that .22... The rest were probably close enough misses for a shotgun... I'm a dead eye shot with a rifle. But can't hardly shoot a shotgun for shit on moving targets.. Maybe I just need to find the right shotgun that points like a rifle. A lighter gun would help too. Maybe a Over Under is in my future.
Surprised the shit outta me, that's for sure.