WoodyWhiffingMG wrote: Locked&Loaded wrote: WoodyWhiffingMG wrote: Locked&Loaded wrote:
sampsonhuntin wrote:10 grand is great for hunting LA or AR in my opinion. Look up Neupamba club in NC, buy in is like 100,000 and who knows how much per year. Word at the boat dock is it is worth it though. Limits everyday and lodge is a mansion.
There are a handful of clubs here in UT that are in the neighborhood of $30,000-$40,000 to join and then about $5,000 in annual dues. The thing I like about them (aside from prime locations that hold thousands of birds) is most of the clubs here only allow hunting 3 days per week and they rotate which areas get hunted each week so some spots sit untouched for days, so the pressure is very light. But yes, it is expensive.
If you bought into a club at that price at 40 and hunted until you are 75, you would spend 215K. For that price you could buy about 30 acres of land put in dikes and a well. Best of all it would be yours, so pressure would be as light as you want. Plus it is an investment.
Woody- the key difference between being a member of a club here and owning the land myself is land ownership puts maintainence of the land squarely on my shoulders. I'm not a farmer, nor do I want to be. I want to go to work and do what I'm good at so I can pay somebody that is skilled at maintaining land in such a way that it draws waterfowl in large numbers. The clubs here are maintained by a full-time staff who keep the blinds and pits in tip top shape, plant corn and grain, build and maintain dikes and impoundments. Each of the clubs I've looked into have an amazing club house, private boat docks and the blinds are spread so far apart you never see another guy when you hunt. Buying a membership into a club here is also an investment, as more and more pressure gets put on public WMAs, the price of buying into a club has gone up annually (other than 2008-2009 when the economy tanked) since the clubs' inception.
Fair enough, I guess it is a different mind set. I don't mean to insult anybody, but I get more out of the hunt if I put the work in to get there. For me it is not about killing birds, it is about hunting them. If i wanted to shot my shotgun and that was it, clays are pretty cheap. But like I said, it is all for fun and do whatever brings you joy.
The truth is, I love to scout. I spend more time scouting than I do actual hunting. I love to get out and find myself in areas I've never been before. There is sooooooo much public land in UT for waterfowl hunting that if you will put in the time, you can and will find birds. And like you, if I go out for a hunt and don't shoot any birds, I've still had an enjoyable time, but let's be honest, we hunt with hopes that we will kill.
Hunting a club doesn't mean there are ducks tethered to a sage brush by their foot and you drive out into a pasture in a heated truck and shoot them out the window. The main difference I've noted in my very, very limited experience with clubs is the scouting part is removed. You still need to get up early, know how to set a decoy spread, call and shoot straight, but the most appealing factor is you're not hunting overly pressured birds with guys set-up right on top of you.