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calgarychef
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Interesting thought here, not everyone who goes on interesting hunts is rich. I remember Monty Browning telling us how he always scrambled to get money for his hunts.

It's Saturday morning and I'm off to my "second job." I go to our community hall and do maintenance, cleaning etc.

It's not always too much fun being there by myself cleaning other peoples puke after parties etc. In the back of my mind is always the thought that some of the money I make will go to fund some fun hunting trips.

Who else here works part time to fund their trips and what do you do to make fun money?

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shortstroke 91
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I'm in the process of looking for a part time spot now, just for the same reason.

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BTH
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It can be rough being blue collar hunter. I used to work lots of overtime when it was available to fund hunting.
For Africa it was no different.
One thing I can say though...it sucks being a blue collar hunter on a budget when the other hunters in camp are rich millionaires shooting everything that moves!

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Bottle pickin. $500 in six months so far.
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Jason Hansen
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I always wondered how so many people were able to afford these hunts. I've got the dream(s)...think about it everyday in all honesty. Life is too short and the memories would be priceless. I look at all these different outfitters and wonder how someone can honestly save for a $15,000 sheep, or bear hunt.

I've been seriously looking at finances lately and things that no longer mean anything to me, giving me the opportunity to sell items and start saving. Bowhunting is truly my #1 passion and I want to solely focus on making my dreams a reality. I know I'm not alone when I think to myself..."Man, if I could do it over again..."

Keep the stories going...it's inspiration for me! [Smile]

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Ragnarok Forge
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I bladesmith and part time guide ( fishing ) to pay for the extra's in my life. I also make custom bows strings to add to my sales at local archery shoots. Tricia and I have a trip in the makings to Australia next summer and will be working every angle we can to ensure we have plenty of cash prior to the trip.

I see a lot of guys buy a $4 coffee or two every day, eat out for lunch, buy the latest whiz bang gizmo, etc..... I think we can all scrimp a bit and find a way to afford those dream trips. It just takes a little frugality at home.

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Clay has it, so does the chef, wildschwein. There IS money out there you just have o be creative and cast your net wide. After 18 months of pure frustration at work I took up tour guiding part time like I used to do: bush safaris local museums archeology . ALso added city tours, I have been busy, really busy. I used to have a j-o-b, now I have a business. Our BnB is a hoot, we have had some fabulous guests. I meet and greet them on arrival they stay a couple of nights and then I drop them off at the airport later. The idea is to serve visiting hunters and safari goers. I have a couple of 3D targets and a butt, the longest shot is around twenty yards... that's a hunting shot! It has been so easy to turn it around. Never stop looking, if what you do is not getting you there ask around, there's work out there.
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I do a bit of freelance writing for magazines and newspapers. Whatever that earns me, pays for my hunting and fishing.
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alot of the guys that have gone with us to africa are blue collar guys.one guy that goes does windows for a living and he takes all the old metal frames and window weights home and breaks them down and sends them to the recycling plant. every two years he is in africa not a bad deal
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Also write! Happy Birthday Madiba for today!
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Build arrows, make strings and buy and sell anything i can make a buck on.

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COOCH
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Overtime and lots of it I've also have been sharpening anything for anyone.Market price of course.It's amazing to me what some people consider sharp.

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Thinking about going back into fire training for the college now that you got me reading this thread. Good extra money but I got tired of it before - getting back to Africa might make me tolerate teaching again!

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I work off 100% comission and my monthly bills and everyrthing else comes to about $3,500 a month on a good month when nothing breaks down.

When i have a big month i always try to put back as much as possible. You would be suprised how much you can save when you really put your heart into it.

Joe Van

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jonsimoneau
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Africa is one of the best hunts out there bang for the buck. There are many North American species that I will never hunt, simply because I will never have the money to fork over. Well...I should refrase that. It is more because I do not WANT to fork over that kind of money for a chance at a sheep, goat, elk, etc. If you really want to go to Africa and hunt...it just takes a little planning, and a little sacrafice. I have been there 3 times, and I am just a construction worker. How did I do it? Well...I live in a small house with my wife. I drive an average vehicle. I don't have a dishwasher. My house was last remodeled in the 1960's. I don't own a four-wheeler, a boat, or any other kind of toys other than a few expensive bows. You wanna know the best way to do it? Just commit to it. Send an outfitter a deposit. Then just keep sending them money until you have enough. This is how I did it my first time...and I was still in college when I started. I booked through Gene Wensel. I just kept sending him a little money at a time untill all of a sudden...I had enough to go.
Be realistic. I have been in camp with guys that have spent over $15,000 on trophy fees in a hunt. Good for them..but I cannot do that. Pass up shots. Take lots of pictures...but capitalize on the opportunities that you have worked hard for. Life for most of us...is about choices. If you really want to do it..you will set a goal..and you will do it. I have had guys who make twice the money I do tell me they could never afford it. It's not that they cannot afford it...it's that they are not willing to make the sacrafices to do it.
I have said a number of times...that if you are a really serious bowhunter...like most people visiting this site...you are doing yourself a big diservice by not going over there at least once. Trust me...aside from the memories...EVERYONE will want to hear about your experience. Even if they are not hunters. Just do it!

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