Cutting costs this year?

Mosby

Member
I just booked a room last night in Iowa at a Best Western for 10 days for around $1000 with tax. That is pretty cheap when you think about it. I checked into renting a cabin at a local campground but they raised their rates to $90+ tax a night since the last time I stayed there. Not much if any savings, I get points, internet and a free night at the BW.

I figure I will spend at least $3000 this year on motels alone. My dogs told me they aren't willing to pay half, so I can't split the cost. Next thing you know they'll want $15 an hour. Not much savings to be found. I've talked with my wife about relocating to Iowa or SD but that didn't go well. I tried to get my daughter to go to college in South Dakota. I talked her into applying to SD State and she got accepted but my wife found out about it and explained the concept of ulterior motives to her. After 35 years of marriage I think my wife is starting to figure things out.
 

Smasher

Member
Put on the pants bro and let the woman know whats up!! lolz

I got buddies in Dakota and there ain't much to do outside huntin and fishin. Wind blows all the time and there just aint much culture. Pluse we got lots a pheazzies here in central IOwa.
 

gimruis

Well-known member
and season-long license
That is actually a very big selling point. Instead of being limited to only 10 days during the entire season, you can hunt all season and go any time you want to in Iowa as a non-resident.

The downside is that the season is not as long now that SD has extended their season all the way through January.

I've been contacting the DNR here in MN to change our season for several years. It starts way too early. It should start towards the end of October and finish around mid January. I don't even start pheasant hunting until deer firearms season is over here in MN which is mid November.
 

david0311

Active member
Put on the pants bro and let the woman know whats up!! lolz

I got buddies in Dakota and there ain't much to do outside huntin and fishin. Wind blows all the time and there just aint much culture. Pluse we got lots a pheazzies here in central IOwa.
😳 yep..put on the pants bro..and tell her who the boss..really is😀😜
And then plan on leaving them on for a long long time..cause you will have no reason to take them off!!!😂😅
 

Birdman2

Active member
This is me. West burb house, about 65 miles to good pheasant hunting, all on private land. Except I don't go west like seemingly every single other pheasant hunter on the planet does. A lot of hunters heading to Iowa or SD drive right past some pretty decent hunting for a fraction of the cost and distance. Quite often, I spend more time driving to my hunting spots than I do actually hunting because I can fill a 2 bird limit relatively quickly.

High costs of gas, food, lodging doesn't really affect me. I don't stay anywhere other than my own house and I don't eat out when I go hunting. The only cost is gas in my truck, which I think will go down after Labor Day. If I had to drive across two states and hundreds of miles to hunt like some people here do, then I might re-think my plan or budget.
Gim.

Your life as a bird hunter is way too easy. :)
 

Birdman2

Active member
I retired a couple of years ago financially comfortable, praise be, after being broke a number of times during my adulthood. my attitude is now YOLO -You Only Live Once - so, no, I am not cutting back on my outdoor activities. fortunately, upland hunting and fishing are far less costly than some other hobbies.
Amen Brother....Get all the gusto while you can... My motto also....
 
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