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Gas prices and hunting

Post by terry-1 » Wed Aug 31, 2005 12:50 pm

Is anyone here having to change your hunting do to high gas prices? It will not make me any difference hunting at my Farm since I live there, but I have a hunting lease that is about 50 miles round trip on rural one lane roads and I am finding I burn about 1/4 tank of gas by the time I get there drive to my hunting spot and back home again. Thats about 15 dollars in gas right now. I beleive I will end up camping overnight some or staying the whole day morning to dark to get as much hunting as I can in for the $$$ it takes to get there and back. I never really paid much mind to gas before I just filled the tank and did what I like to do but with 3 cars, tractors and farm machines to keep fuel inl cost is unreal when I check my fuel bills at the end of the month. Also I went to buy wheat seed and cattle feed and the prices are all highest in years if not ever. The feeder dealer said he is haveing to pay a extra "fuel" charge for his shipments which is adding to the high prices.

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Post by Stalker » Wed Aug 31, 2005 3:02 pm

the guy's that I hunt with have agreed to cancel the moose trip this year.... :( .... it's a 16 hour drive one way (750 miles).... with gas prices the way they are it's too expensive to run 2 trucks with trailers....... :evil: .... the deer around home might just be the ones who get the worst of it though..... :lol:

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Post by Woody Williams » Wed Aug 31, 2005 3:11 pm

Tomorrow morning my wife, myself and another couple are heading out west for a 3,000+ round trip.

If it was not for sharing gas expenses with the other couple I doubt very seriously if we woldl be going.

The van gets 30 mpg so that will 100 gallons at about $3 a gallon (if we get by that cheap) so we will both be out of pocket $150 for gas alone..

I'll be sure and take pictures. The elk in Yellowstone should be rutting and bugleing their heads off..
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Post by LoneWolf » Wed Aug 31, 2005 4:55 pm

It's gonna be more expensive to travel this year, but what can we do? They've got us by the short & curlies!... BUT, It sure isn't gonna stop me from doing what I love.
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Post by GonHuntin » Wed Aug 31, 2005 6:02 pm

Fortunately, I have a good bowhunting spot about 10 miles from me.....even at that, I probably won't be making as many the past, I might run up to hunt for an hour......I'll probably save the fuel to hunt during the best conditions and when I have time to hunt for several hours..........

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Post by chris4570 » Wed Aug 31, 2005 7:11 pm

I'll keep hunting the same as before. I can't and won't stop. I'll just have to pinch pennies elsewhere.
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Post by ComfyBear » Wed Aug 31, 2005 7:20 pm

Since my hunting spot is approx. 285km, than 177 miles, it will mean an increase in my costs, especially when this morning gas was going for as high as 1.20 / litre, than's $4.54 for a US gallon, or $5.46 for a Imperial gallon. :shock:

Even with the exchange rate of the Canadian dollar that's 3.78/4.54 US dollars respectively.
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Post by GREY OWL » Wed Aug 31, 2005 7:27 pm

I'm glad now that we purchased (revenue) land instead of a cabin at the lake. The income offsets the gas bill, somewhat. I travel about 75 miles from my back door to our property. I'll stop eating before I stop hunting, uhhhh!! I guess if I hunt I am eating.

Fuel is $1.12 a litre x 4.54 litres to the Can. gallon, total of $5.0848/gal., anyway, to fill my 4x4 full size gas guzzler, its about $110.00- $115.00 a tank full.

If it wasn't for my kids, my wife and I would sell our home here in the city, build a cabin on our property, solar and wind power, get off the utilities company, and just hunt and make love.!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by Golden Eagle » Wed Aug 31, 2005 8:00 pm

No it wont effect my hunting at all since I hunt in a rural country setting within a mile radius of my home, but it is putting a real damper on my fishing. I was at my fishing camp all week last week and only trolled 1 day even though the fish were biting good. I anchored up the rest of the days and fished for Perch. :( :(

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Post by wabi » Wed Aug 31, 2005 9:07 pm

I'm lucky enough to have good hunting close to home. Most hunts are less than 10 miles round-trip, but that's still about $1.50 per hunt with current gas prices!
Guess I'll have to convince the wife I need to stay longer when I go hunting to cut the hourly costs! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Post by frisky » Wed Aug 31, 2005 9:36 pm

I hunt two places. One is 60 miles one way the other is 5 miles one way
The place that is 60 miles will get the rut hunt only. Most of my hunting time will be spent at the 5 mile place. And the close one has been beter to me for hunting, more deer and mostle bucks....what can I say?
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Post by A.W » Thu Sep 01, 2005 10:47 am

If all goes well this weekend I'll be puting a trailer on my property and be able to stay up there for a weekend at a time. About 160 km (100 miles)round trip.
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Post by Woodsman » Thu Sep 01, 2005 11:35 am

My deer hunting spot(and cottage) is 320 km round trip. I guess I'll be driving up in our Honda Civic in stead of our Grand Caravan! :lol: I'll have cut my cost of gas in half by doing that. :wink:

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Post by ecoaster » Thu Sep 01, 2005 3:03 pm

Hey Chris4570,

We'll just have to organize more carpooling trips this year. I'm very lucky to have a company truck as part of my employment. No gas, no payment, no isurance. It have been a lifesaver to not have to pay for these things since my wife lost her job. I don't abuse the privilage any more than anyone else at the company :wink: .
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Post by Woodsman » Thu Sep 01, 2005 5:32 pm

ecoaster, where's that perch from!!!!!!! :shock: That's friggin huge! 8)

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