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    • David Petersen
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      For anyone who is price-shopping western states for tag costs, here’s a nice chart. Don’t forget to include the “basic hunting license” cost plug tag costs, for states like AZ that have them.

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    • James Harvey
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      Out of interest, for idiots like me that aren’t familiar with the system, do you get refunded if you don’t use your tag?

    • David Petersen
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      In general, no. But there are exceptions here in CO so I must presume it’s similar in other states as well, two wit: If you turn in your tag before the season starts, no reason necessary, you get your money back, but if you invested preference points in the tag, you lose those (as I once did with a resident tag). After day one, you’re out of luck for a refund.

      Along a related trail of thought, I’ve come to believe that there is viable no “meat” justification for the cost of nonresident elk hunting and in most cases for deer. For the price of a nonresident elk tag in any state I can buy half an organic grass-fed steer of at least the same weight. Rather we are paying for the experience, and meat is a bonus. If a hunter lives in a state with multiple whitetail doe tags, and in a few states unlimited tags, now that’s a great deal on meat price! But traveling never is. A Coues tag in AZ, for instance, is about $360 … for some 40 pounds of meat! This fact puts a bit of a kink in our justification of hunting primarily for meat, which is the one justification most nonhunters will go along with–at home it’s easy, but at nonresident rates it’s ludicrous. We understand the “for the experience” part but it’s hard to explain it to nonhunters who tend to group out of state (or out of country) hunting as trophy hunting (and in the latter case it almost always is, if not for antlers or horns, then for exotics). The psychology of how people think about hunting–justify or attack it–increasingly interests me as a hobby in itself aside from hunting. It’s all so gloriously complex and controversial. 😆

    • James Harvey
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      I’m impressed that people pay it Dave. That’s ‘putting your money where your mouth is’ in a way other ‘nature lovers’ wouldn’t dream of doing.

      David Petersen wrote: The psychology of how people think about hunting–justify or attack it–increasingly interests me as a hobby in itself aside from hunting. It’s all so gloriously complex and controversial. 😆

      It strikes me as a Rorschach test, every one is looking at the same picture, but they’re seeing quite different things. After reading Heartsblood, do you know what I’d love to see? I’d love to see a debate, or read a debate of letters or essays between two people who are knowledgeable, reasonable and across the arguments, but find themselves on different sides of the conclusions drawn from them. Nothing whittles the fat off an idea like a good argument 😉

    • BuckyT
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      ausjim wrote: Out of interest, for idiots like me that aren’t familiar with the system, do you get refunded if you don’t use your tag?

      Nope.. put it between a couple of pieces of wheat or white bread and have a “Tag Sandwich”.

      Little chewy on the tag part……..

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    • sinawalli
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      What does a Colorado resident general elk tag cost?

    • David Petersen
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      Bill — Right at $40. :D:lol::shock::roll:

    • sinawalli
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      David Petersen wrote: Bill — Right at $40. :D:lol::shock::roll:

      Obviously don’t want foreigners shooting your elk!:))that’s a good thing! Interprovincial hunting here in Canada is expensive too!

    • David Petersen
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      There are actually a few of us “crazy f…s” who think residents should pay more. I know that’s un-American by TP ideals, which demand more services for less taxes. But still, it’s just too good a deal. If only CPW could learn to be less wasteful of their funds maybe the movement could gain some footing.

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