After the big losses on Wall Street the past few days, you and I are broke again ... or at least severely depleted of money resources. Even if you're not invested in the stock market, don't breathe a sigh of relief yet. There's talk of a double-dip recession, and that doesn't sound good at all.
If you're counting pennies to hunt, here are some ideas for economical pursuits that won't cost you the bank. (The banks probably don't have any extra funds, either.)
Stick close to home. Regardless if you live on the West Coast, the East Coast or somewhere in between, it's more than likely that you live within minutes of a deer hunting locale. Take advantage of your backyard opportunities. You'll spend less on fuel, have access to cheaper resident tags, and still put some meat in the freezer to cut your food bill.
Consider leftover licenses on public land. Nationwide, states offer leftover opportunities for deer, pronghorn and even elk. Most are doe or cow tags, but with enough snooping you might find a buck or bull tag, or two. To save money, check the states that surround your own and bone-up on some next-door hunting that, again, can help you fill the freezer.
Begin planning for a big future hunt. It might be 1, 2, 3 or more years down the road, but start planning now. A successful big game hunt, especially a Western venture, takes time to plan. Use the debacle in Washington to buy yourself some time and plan in leisure. A hunt for Western elk, pronghorn or mule deer is easily planned, but it takes time. Look for DIY opportunities, high success draws and abundant public land.
I have no confidence the fiscal mess of this country will end soon. Until then, we'll all be better off if we have one or 10 extra white-tailed does in the freezer.
Think optimistic and save your pennies!