Posted By Koning84 on 21 Dec 2011 06:25 PM
Does anyone happen to know of a good place to go on an archery mule deer hunt that won't break the bank? It will more than likely be four of us.
Why don't you just contac t the various game depts for the western states, compare the success rates and hunt on your own? The western states all have huge amounts of public land and offer good to great hunting without incurring the cost of hiring a guide. I've hunted all over the USA and have never hired a guide.
I've never understood why so many people are afraid to hunt new places on their own. It really isn't that difficult. Using the internet you can find out kill stats, topo maps, game densities, game quality, access roads, camping info etc... A little legwork on your own can open millions of acres of public hunting land for the cost of the tags. And that in turn makes it affordable for everyone.
The guiding industry has done a great job of brainwashing the public into believeing the only way to have success in the west is to pay them. It simply isn't true. Hunt on your own and you'll have a better appreciation of your game. After all, you will have done it on your own instead of hiving someone take you by the hand and lead you around.