Just curious

xbokilla

12 pointer
Jun 28, 2012
14,163
Put in since it started and got drawn in 2015. Shot a nice Bull during the firearm season. Used a guide that is someone I deer hunt with. It was fun but I haven't put in anymore and won't again. For what it cost I can go out west.

I don’t see how this is true but then again I’ve never been out west. Just seems to me that surely you’d drop big money unless you rough camped and did DIY. If any of you all got inexpensive out west options that would probably be a nice thread to share.
 

bgkyarcher

12 pointer
Aug 23, 2011
19,300
BG
I don’t see how this is true but then again I’ve never been out west. Just seems to me that surely you’d drop big money unless you rough camped and did DIY. If any of you all got inexpensive out west options that would probably be a nice thread to share.
Has to be DIY.
 

Woodrow

Fawn
Dec 21, 2013
5
After ~3rd year of entering, I was drawn for Bull Elk rifle in 2019. Hunted w an outfitter for 5 days in Unit 2. Never saw an elk. Wrote a post about my experience on this site if interested. I will get back in when allowed in '22. May never draw again... but...maybe!
 

xbokilla

12 pointer
Jun 28, 2012
14,163
Every year for a Bull firearms tag no luck still have my Kentucky Elk Patch. I think I am one of about 200 that have been in it every year. running out of time getting old and sick.


The firearms tag is just tough. I understand if that’s a persons best option. My dad who is 79 has always just put in firearms. I always did that one and cow archery. Never have applied for all 4. I figured the cow archery (either sex now) gave me the best chance and Bull Gun was like hitting the lotto and I’ve been drawn twice for archery.
 

1wildcatfan

12 pointer
Jan 2, 2009
13,670
raised n Bullitt Co.
I don’t see how this is true but then again I’ve never been out west. Just seems to me that surely you’d drop big money unless you rough camped and did DIY. If any of you all got inexpensive out west options that would probably be a nice thread to share.
Even a DIY would be $1500 at the bare minimum, not even sure you could go for that. Tags are at least $500-$600, more in some places, + travel, food, gear.
 

bgkyarcher

12 pointer
Aug 23, 2011
19,300
BG
Even a DIY would be $1500 at the bare minimum, not even sure you could go for that. Tags are at least $500-$600, more in some places, + travel, food, gear.
Yeah, even with driving, and DIY, you're looking at $3K to hunt anywhere out west. The KY guides figured that out... They were way too cheap early on. The good guides are worth the money....
 

EdLongshanks

12 pointer
Nov 16, 2013
18,536
Northern Kentucky
Can hunting elk in ky produce the same memories and awe inspiring wonder that a trip out west can?!? (Subjective I know) My buddy that I own our mason county farm with and the men of his family went out west last year. I unfortunately could not make it due to moving. The pictures, videos, and stories that they shared would be ridiculously tough to beat. I’m pro Kentucky. I was born here, live here, and will die here. This is the only place I will call home. Ever. I’m not sure elk hunting is the same...which is why I no longer take place in the absurdity of what kdfw call an “elk lottery.” Out west seems like a different ball game. A better all around ball game.
 

littlebear

12 pointer
Aug 21, 2007
4,921
the woods
Even a DIY would be $1500 at the bare minimum, not even sure you could go for that. Tags are at least $500-$600, more in some places, + travel, food, gear.
100% true. I’ve done a bunch of diy hunts myself too. I’ve done some a little less than that and some a little more. Splitting fuel with buddies helps a bunch. If I’m going to choose spending $3-6k on an big game hunt it would be hands down out west for sure and not in Ky.
 

littlebear

12 pointer
Aug 21, 2007
4,921
the woods
Can hunting elk in ky produce the same memories and awe inspiring wonder that a trip out west can?!? (Subjective I know) My buddy that I own our mason county farm with and the men of his family went out west last year. I unfortunately could not make it due to moving. The pictures, videos, and stories that they shared would be ridiculously tough to beat. I’m pro Kentucky. I was born here, live here, and will die here. This is the only place I will call home. Ever. I’m not sure elk hunting is the same...which is why I no longer take place in the absurdity of what kdfw call an “elk lottery.” Out west seems like a different ball game. A better all around ball game.
You’re correct with your view of it. It’s just not the same. I’ve chased elk in ky and out west the terrain and views are breathe taking in areas plus the vastness of the areas. Millions of acres to get lost in.
 

EdLongshanks

12 pointer
Nov 16, 2013
18,536
Northern Kentucky
100% true. I’ve done a bunch of diy hunts myself too. I’ve done some a little less than that and some a little more. Splitting fuel with buddies helps a bunch. If I’m going to choose spending $3-6k on an big game hunt it would be hands down out west for sure and not in Ky.
My buddy and his family stayed in phenomenal housing. Ate insanely good meals and had fully guided hunts for that budget.
 

bgkyarcher

12 pointer
Aug 23, 2011
19,300
BG
Can hunting elk in ky produce the same memories and awe inspiring wonder that a trip out west can?!? (Subjective I know) My buddy that I own our mason county farm with and the men of his family went out west last year. I unfortunately could not make it due to moving. The pictures, videos, and stories that they shared would be ridiculously tough to beat. I’m pro Kentucky. I was born here, live here, and will die here. This is the only place I will call home. Ever. I’m not sure elk hunting is the same...which is why I no longer take place in the absurdity of what kdfw call an “elk lottery.” Out west seems like a different ball game. A better all around ball game.
Of course it's a different ball game. It's a different kill % too... Hunting elk or mule deer is still on my bucket list.... I'll probably check that off eventually. But the two experiences are completely different.....But if you get a Ky tag, the success % is way higher than anywhere out west....
 

EdLongshanks

12 pointer
Nov 16, 2013
18,536
Northern Kentucky
You’re correct with your view of it. It’s just not the same. I’ve chased elk in ky and out west the terrain and views are breathe taking in areas plus the vastness of the areas. Millions of acres to get lost in.
I’m seriously sad I didn’t make it a priority. I love these guys and could have afforded it but I was too scared to pull the trigger to make it happen. I missed out on so many memories.
 


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