View Full Version : High Gas Prices, has it slowed your hunting hobby?

chow chow
May 14, 2008, 06:55 PM
The higher cost of fuel to go to and fro , cost of corn, etc afffected you inyour hunting hobby? Have u decided it isnt worth the cost and hassle rather instead spent the money to buy meat at Walmart which is just right around the corner?

May 14, 2008, 07:01 PM
No, but the new house has, not because of money issues, but time. Too many projects the last 6-8 weeks to shoot as much as I normally do.
It's slowing down now, so as long as I can keep the wife out of Lowes and Home Depot I can get back to the important stuff:D

May 14, 2008, 07:24 PM
it has affected me ill like. just wish that stimulus would come in... lol. Mo' Money to shoot with.

May 15, 2008, 12:17 AM
I still plan to hunt just as much, so I will more than likely be taking fewer weekend trips and more week-long trips.

May 15, 2008, 07:36 AM
It don't help thats for sure. I may eat less, stay away from "HARRAHS", give up "RED MAN" and walk to work. But I'm not going to let it affect my shooting and hunting.

Andy W
May 15, 2008, 07:37 AM
My hunting won't be affected as most of my hunting spots are close to home. My fishing trips have been cut way back though. :mad:

May 15, 2008, 08:43 AM
Nope - my buddy and I are just more cautious about making sure we both split the cost of gas.

Gas is high, but I'd cut a lot of other things out before I stop hunting.

May 15, 2008, 09:49 AM
I do a lot of ground hog hunting. I wanted to hunt Ohio this year. That is probably out because of gas prices. I also travel to SE PA a lot to hunt. I will still do that, but the only reason I will be able to is that I started saving gas money at Christmas time, in anticipation of this price increase. Tom.

May 15, 2008, 11:00 AM
Ha, I just made my buddy drive the 40 miles to where we go for turkey yesterday just based on that. Too bad I probably didn't save any money because we picked a place that was a little too nice for lunch on the way back. Boy is it a slow year though - I got one bird talking to me in 2 days, didn't come in either. First time it looks like I might be empty-handed since my first spring turkey season.

May 15, 2008, 01:33 PM
Cut back on the out of state hunts....combination of increased license fees and gas for 1500 mile trips just isn't worth it. At one time I would hunt 4-6 different states each year, no more. Now hunting closer to home.

May 15, 2008, 03:33 PM
Do gas prices affect my ability to hunt? YES! I don't drive anywhere I don't have to right now.

May 15, 2008, 04:25 PM
I might be grilling hotdogs instead of a porterhouse at deer camp this fall....but I'll still be there ;)

I keep telling the wife, if it gets too bad, I'll guit paying for cable TV....that will put one more tank full in my truck each month....and I won;t have to listen to American Idol anymore.....

roy reali
May 15, 2008, 07:15 PM

May 16, 2008, 10:28 AM
I am struggling with that issue now. Its just plane sickening.
I think the pickup is going to have to stay home. Will have to drive a smaller vehicle :barf: Its going to change things thats for sure.

May 16, 2008, 10:45 AM
No..I'll still hunt.

May 16, 2008, 03:45 PM
ga sisnt all the bad, of the 3 payments (car purchase, insurance, gas) i spend least on gas

May 16, 2008, 06:20 PM
This year will be tough since fuel is high but what else do I have to look forward to other than deer hunting. This year I might have to go stay at hunting camp for 2 or 3 weeks. Heck if I was retired I'D stay up there 2 or 3 months and then, I would be divorced when I got back......:eek:

May 16, 2008, 08:39 PM
gas is expensive but getting decent mileage makes it so that while its inconvienebt to pay for gas, it doesnt effect my lifestyle

May 24, 2008, 02:08 AM
No, I'll be hunting and fishing just as much, with two changes:

1. I won't go alone near as much as I used to, because I want a friend along to make the trip worth it as much as I need someone to split gas with.

2. Fewer trips, but longer trips. Not many one day runs out to the deer camp.

I still plan to be in Colorado in October, Kansas in December, and Louisiana in January. Gas is gonna have to get awful high for me not to want to ride down the highway with some good buddies.

jamie 22/250
May 25, 2008, 08:25 AM
how much is your petrol and diesel over there lads ?

here it is £130.9 per ltr :eek::mad:

what a rip off that is most of the shoots i go to are miles away to :(

May 25, 2008, 08:43 AM
how much is your petrol and diesel over there lads ?

Not as bad as you're paying, but $3.88 a gallon for regular unleaded and $4.08 for premium.
I just bought a new motorcycle to make the hour long ride to work more comfortable. My back wasn't holding up on the sportbike, so I bought this


May 26, 2008, 01:20 AM
It won't affect my big game hunting, but I only made 2 turkey outings this year and only 1 for sage rats, primarily because of fuel costs. It will probably affect my camping somewhat this year as well - at the very least I'll be staying somewhat closer to home.

Wild Bill Bucks
May 26, 2008, 12:11 PM
Not a bad Idea DONR, but where's the rack to haul out the deer ?;)

roy reali
May 26, 2008, 08:49 PM
Your bike is the wrong color. You should have opted for the Mossy Oaks finish. Then you could sneak right up to game with it.:D

May 26, 2008, 11:02 PM
Not a bad Idea DONR, but where's the rack to haul out the deer ?

I'm too busy tryingnot to hit them on the way home. I usually see 10-15 every night on my way home:eek::p

Your bike is the wrong color. You should have opted for the Mossy Oaks finish. Then you could sneak right up to game with it.

That would require getting rid of the nice sounding exhaust and I'm making it louder not quieter:cool:

Art Eatman
May 28, 2008, 11:31 AM
Loud bikes? You lead 'em enough, they go quiet. :D:D:D

Only thing hurts my hunting is that my legs went and got old.

May 28, 2008, 01:13 PM
It is not slowing our plans down. Only change for me and my buddy is we will have to do more planning and manage our ice supply better to keep from having to drive to civilization as often.

June 13, 2008, 12:47 AM
i cant say that it has, seeing as i can walk from my bed to my farthest deer stand in a matter of minutes

June 16, 2008, 02:46 PM
Well, most of my local hunting spots haven't moved, so instead of paying $10 in gas to get there, we're spending $20. My kid and I camp out for 3 days here and 3 days there so the cost of hunting hasn't really gone up; just the cost of getting there. My shooting range is 3 miles from here so that isn't worth mentioning. The most expensive change is the $7000 loss of reloading equipment and supplies that the effing burglars took last season while I was in the woods. I'd eat the rise in gas prices if the police could get my stuff back (not likely).

June 16, 2008, 03:40 PM
No. At least not yet. My buddy always wants to drive is van & trailer so I'll give him more than half of his gas cost. I think if gas gets to $5 per gallon, I might cut back on keeping the feeder going all year round.

June 19, 2008, 11:14 AM
I will still be hunting as usual. I will probably share a ride to the lease more often! :)

I am going to start our feeders a little later this year. Normally we feed through the summer, but with the cost of corn :eek: we are going to wait till a couple of weeks before season starts turn the feeders on.

July 1, 2008, 08:21 AM
Since I hunt 1.5 hours from my house on my property and gas being 1.36L I will sacrafice other things to get my hunting in.I do have a 20' trailer on the property to stay in while I hunt so it cost me $70-80 round trip.