Hunting out of hotels/ motels
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Contributors to this thread:
Scar Finga 19-Jan-19
WV Mountaineer 19-Jan-19
drycreek 19-Jan-19
tobywon 19-Jan-19
hawkeye in PA 19-Jan-19
Trial153 19-Jan-19
Jims 19-Jan-19
Huntcell 19-Jan-19
Jack Whitmrie jr 19-Jan-19
gobble50 19-Jan-19
Missouribreaks 19-Jan-19
t-roy 19-Jan-19
Alaska at heart 19-Jan-19
crankn101 19-Jan-19
Michael 19-Jan-19
PECO 19-Jan-19
buzz mc 19-Jan-19
LINK 19-Jan-19
fastflight 19-Jan-19
APauls 19-Jan-19
Nick Muche 19-Jan-19
joehunter 19-Jan-19
leftee 19-Jan-19
Dale06 19-Jan-19
blackwolf 19-Jan-19
Single bevel 19-Jan-19
Willieboat 19-Jan-19
butcherboy 19-Jan-19
crankn101 19-Jan-19
Oryx35 20-Jan-19
CSAL 20-Jan-19
Michael 20-Jan-19
'Ike' (Phone) 20-Jan-19
Scar Finga 20-Jan-19
BULELK1 20-Jan-19
BULELK1 20-Jan-19
BULELK1 20-Jan-19
BULELK1 20-Jan-19
leftee 20-Jan-19
BULELK1 20-Jan-19
ELKMAN 20-Jan-19
jsgold 20-Jan-19
crankn101 20-Jan-19
Dr. Deer 20-Jan-19
Knothead 20-Jan-19
Scar Finga 21-Jan-19
Timbrhuntr 21-Jan-19
Bloodtrail 21-Jan-19
MarkU 21-Jan-19
From: Scar Finga
19-Jan-19
I was just wondering if any of you use hotels or motels primarily while hinting? I know in some cases that may not be feasible, but I think it could work in a lot if not most cases. What are your thoughts?

19-Jan-19
I’ve done it. It’s actually pretty cool if the weather is wet. Cool when black powder huntingvas well. Makes cleaning the guns easier.

The downside is the same as anytime you are driving to hunt. You gotta drive to and from “camp”. And, you are eating out. I don’t like to do either more then once in a blue moon.

From: drycreek
19-Jan-19
I've done it mule deer hunting in Eastern Montana and several times pronghorn hunting in Eastern Wyoming. Makes for some early rising and late nights sometimes, but otherwise ok.

From: tobywon
19-Jan-19
Not primarily but my brother and I used to stay in a motel on occasion when we were young and single and we had a 1.5 hour ride to our hunting spot and a long walk in. It was mainly so we didn't have to wake up at 2 am.

19-Jan-19
A group of us rented a lodge last year for a week, worked out great. The advantage was cost, and we could still do our own cooking. The local restaurant had long wait times.

From: Trial153
19-Jan-19
We got asked to leave a Hilton when we got caught carrying two limits of walleye up the stair well to our room.

From: Jims
19-Jan-19
I hardly ever stay in a hotel. It takes away from the experience of getting away from town and civilization! There's nothing like spending quality time camping out with the critters! If I'm "truck camping" I often stay in the back of my pickup topper. That way I'm super mobile and can move camp to where ever I end up that particular day. I'm also out of the wind, rain, snow, etc. with all my gear in a topper.

Sometimes backpack spike camps are an advantage. That way you are several miles away from crowds and aren't needlessly wasting time and boot leather each day hiking to remote spots with game. Depending upon how far your hotel is from your hunting spot it may take an additional couple hours each way to get to game? The last thing I want to do is wake up 2 hours earlier and return 2 hours later at the end of a super, long exhausting day!

My wife shreaks every time she sees how much I spend on hunting licenses and gas. A hotel plus gas driving back and forth would likely double the cost of each hunt. I can understand how warm food and a dry place to stay would be nice....especially when the weather is miserable....however, you are really missing out on a lot of cool things staying in a hotel....especially if it is a cockroach infested, noisy hotel!

From: Huntcell
19-Jan-19
Used AirBnB lodging ( private homes ) for antelope, moose and wolf hunts. Quiet, secure homesy and lower price than motels more than half usually. Shower, bed and place to make meals, works out great, even let me use freezer for moose.

19-Jan-19
Huntcell I'm doing the same thing in 2019 on a Midwestern whitetail hunt!

From: gobble50
19-Jan-19
My brother & I did the lousy motels with crummy beds and awful local food for many years in S. Iowa. Was the #2 reason we gave up our lease and now hunting closer to home. I would never ever do it again. I’ll answer the imbedded question: the #1 reason was that was the year of the blue tongue plague and the bucks were gone. Dead. Ten days of hard hunting and didn’t see a buck bigger than a fork - that wasn’t dead and bloated in a creek. Now hunting within half a mile of home (central Iowa) and loving it. Motels are the worst. Noisy neighbors and often, full time meth heads living in the motel.

19-Jan-19
I have done it all. Works great especially in small remote communities.

From: t-roy
19-Jan-19
Trial153...... I’ll call your walleyes, and raise you a deer!

I caped out a blacktail in the bathroom of a fleabag motel in California one year. Moved a little table in there, covered it with garbage bags and sat on the toilet while caping him out. Put the cape in a garbage bag and set it on ice in the tub till the next morning. Checked out before we got in trouble. Didn’t leave a mess at all.

19-Jan-19
I've never done it, but my buddy and I have discussed it for an early season turkey hunt. It would be pretty cold and we planned to hunt public land in NE. So the idea was to find a reasonable motel as close as possible for the better part of a week. That was put on the back burner due to circumstances this year. We did the AirB&B out in CA this past spring for our son's wedding to a SoCal girl.....worked out great.

From: crankn101
19-Jan-19
Every year for ten years or so. I keep threatening about buying a 5th wheel, but that can be a pia as well.

From: Michael
19-Jan-19
I have done it for the past 12 years. It works out great. It’s not the cheapest route to go but if weather is an issue and you don’t want to camp in it. You will have a dry warm place to go at night.

From: PECO
19-Jan-19
Walleye and deer, and there I was sneaking my mountain bike into a hotel room. I did not clean it in the bathtub, just brought in in to keep it safe. You guys win.

From: buzz mc
19-Jan-19

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I've done it while antelope hunting near Cody. It worked out great. Even butchered one in the bathroom. I took out all the white towels, sprayed everything down with sanitizer, butchered the antelope, and cleaned everything up. I'm sure I left the room cleaner than when I checked in.

From: LINK
19-Jan-19
I’ve cleaned deer in a handful of hotel back parking lots. Only had one that didn’t appreciate it, it was owned by some transplants from India. Most hotel owners across the Midwest appreciate the hunting industry business.

From: fastflight
19-Jan-19
What animals are you guys hunting out of these hotels. I can see it easily on antelope, turkey, and deer but have a hard time thinking elk can be consistently hunted this way. This is only based off me trying that route in Meeker and feeling like I wasn't getting deep enough into the woods most days

From: APauls
19-Jan-19
Done it for whitetails late November in Saskatchewan. Brought a BBQ. Did a ton of cooking on it

From: Nick Muche
19-Jan-19
I’ve hunted deer, pronghorn and even mountain goats from a hotel. Fun times, dry clothes and a comfy bed each night. Most hunts can’t be done this way but when they can, I like to take advantage of it.

From: joehunter
19-Jan-19
I used to joke that i have spent more nights in a hotel/motel with my hunting partner Bob than I have with my wife! Hunted whitetails out of motel in West Central IL for several years. It was full of other hunters and the owner was great. Owner sold out and things went down hill fast. Air B&B in Iowa has worked out great and is a good option.

From: leftee
19-Jan-19
Did it for years when deer hunting Ontario.Do it now if winter coyote hunting outside SoDak. If a 'scent freak' you will freak.And,never ever with a guy that snores bad.

From: Dale06
19-Jan-19
I’ve hunted geese, antelope,whitetails, coyotes and pheasants from hotels. There is a lot to be said for a hot shower and comfortable bed. I’ll do it many times again.

From: blackwolf
19-Jan-19
Every year for big woods whitetails in N. Wis. Usually 2 weeks. Tented many years but at 65 with back/neck issues, need a good nights rest.

From: Single bevel
19-Jan-19
Occasionally. And it all depends on the motel. Some are absolute dumps and I avoid them. Others are too high falutin'. Im not crazy about hauling gear in and out of a high rise. A nice clean room with its own entrance works. Best tip...take an ozone generator with you. Some places smell like cleaning products or ??? Ozone cures the problem. And always travel with ear plugs.

From: Willieboat
19-Jan-19
I have cleaned a lot of Chukars in various motel bathtubs ;)

From: butcherboy
19-Jan-19
Sitting in a hotel right now after a successful Oryx hunt. 20 minute drive to where we start hunting but not where we end everyday. Headed home 5 hours away in the morning with an Oryx in the truck. I won’t stay at a bad hotel and won’t stay at the Marriott either. Usually a Comfort Inn or Somethimg similar.

From: crankn101
19-Jan-19
Its dark for way to many hours during the late season for me to sleep in a truck or even a tent, I need something to do or someplace to go.

From: Oryx35
20-Jan-19
I've done it for oryx, javelina, whitetail, and antelope. It can be great if the conditions are right (i.e. close enough to the hunt area to not waste a bunch of time and nice enough that I don't want to sleep in the truck).

From: CSAL
20-Jan-19
Every year in Kansas. Discussed renting a house but a lot of guy like the hotel atmosphere where you talk to guys from all over the country about what kind of action they are having and have a beer or 2. Its not bad if you can get a motel where you can pull your truck right up to your room door.

From: Michael
20-Jan-19
We stayed in a house last year elk hunting. However some of the drives were an hour one way. The good news was we didn’t have to get to far away from the vehicle to get into elk.

20-Jan-19
Few times on different hunts...

From: Scar Finga
20-Jan-19
Thanks guys,

I have a toy hauler and I am thinking of selling it. I can do 90% of the hunting I do from a hotel or cabin close to where I hunt. Just considering options....

Thanks Again!

From: BULELK1
20-Jan-19
I do it more and more every year now.

I only use my toy hauler once a year now (Wyoming bow Elk) and I can't remember the last time I had the 'Toy' in it.

It is paid off, so it cost me nothing to keep it other than registration and insurance once a year.

I too am thinking about selling mine, as I use my combo Camp Rooftop Trlr more, when not in a cabin.

Some states/units, I hunt right out of the cabin, some states/units, I have a quick 30 minute drive...….

Not having to worry about weather or towing out after big snow hits is so Very Relaxing!!

I'll share a few my states cabins I use...……

Good luck, Robb

From: BULELK1
20-Jan-19

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From: BULELK1
20-Jan-19

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From: BULELK1
20-Jan-19

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From: leftee
20-Jan-19
Nice. I forgot another very nice option we always bring:boot dryers.

From: BULELK1
20-Jan-19

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From: ELKMAN
20-Jan-19
We do it all through october, november, and december with the dogs for upland.

From: jsgold
20-Jan-19

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Felt a little awkward walking through the hallways with this...

From: crankn101
20-Jan-19
A few years in a row I would buy an old and cheap slide in camper for + or - $500 then put a little work into and hunt the season. The following spring I would sell them for a small profit, that worked out fairly good.

From: Dr. Deer
20-Jan-19

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Yup. Downside no camp experience, longer morning drives, fast food, need to be PC with meat, blood, camo etc. . Upside, good quality sleep in a real bed, hot showers, laundry, and restaurant dinners.

From: Knothead
20-Jan-19
I must be missing something. Like Jims stated above, I have practically no desire to be around all this civilization and conveniences during a hunt. When I dream and think about my hunts I guarantee you a hotel/motel/cabin is not in my thoughts. I enjoy the outdoor experience too much and that is as much a part of the hunt as the hunt itself. A friend who has a beautiful cabin less than 20 miles from where I hunt, has offered me the use of it many times and I have always turned him down. I prefer my kodiak tent.

Without sounding too holier than thou, I have stayed in motel a couple times but mostly had to do with weather. I do think people who travel from out out state may be forced to do this style, especially if they fly and rent vehicle. Good Hunting

From: Scar Finga
21-Jan-19
Knothead,

This is kind of my thought process on the question. I love the outdoors, and I've been camping from either a tent, tent trailer, truck camper and or toy haulers for more than 40 years. All my stuff is paid off, so it's not a money issue on the truck or toy-hauler. I actually think I have become very spoiled! I live in the desert, and I really hate to admit this, but in the last 5 years or so, I have become a complete and total cold sissy! LOL! I have to dress in lot's of layers when it gets really cold, or I freeze my butt off. I still do it, because I love it. But I do like coming back to a warm bed and a hot shower if I want to... Having the trailers or campers isn't really camping to me. my toy hauler has two recliners, a queen size Serta mattress, a fridge, microwave, a 36" flat screen with a Blue-ray player and surround sound a 5K generator and a 25 gallon fuel cell. It's definitely NOT roughing it!

I still have my Kodiak tent and backpack tent when/ if i need to get way off the road or pack in...

On the flip side, it is a lot of work to keep a toy hauler in good condition, especially with the desert heat/ sun. It beats the hell out of everything! Tires and batteries every couple years and just general maintenance can be a little pricey if you do it right and keep it in really good condition. It sucks, because the tire and trailer covers don't last more than a year or so and sun rot is a beeeeatch.

Bulelk1... Those are very nice cabins! I know a few spots like that in the AZ mountains, and I really enjoy them. They are also very hunter friendly. Even the places in the California Sierras I have been to are hunter and fisherman friendly. I don't think I would be staying at the Hilton and dragging a deer through the lobby.

Thanks for all the replies and comments. Just wanted to get a different view point.

God Bless Gents!

From: Timbrhuntr
21-Jan-19
I used to do a lot of hunting from hotels but it got to getting very expensive and it seems that sometimes you have to time and locate a hunt by the proximity and availability of the motel. I have had some places in Kansas were you needed to book a room a year in advance to have one for the rut ! I was able to pic up a good used travel trailer from a buddy last year and I love it. I have everything I need in and being retired if I decide I want to head down to Alabama for a spring turkey hunt I just hook up and head down. Only main trouble is getting in sometimes or getting stuck a few extra days depending on the weather or how deep back on a secondary road you go.

From: Bloodtrail
21-Jan-19
Have you ever used a fire service cabin? It’s well worth it and super inexpensive.

From: MarkU
21-Jan-19
Like Willeboat, I cleaned some chukars in my room Sat night. Weekend hunt. I still remember some Mormon girls complaining about all the semen on the shower walls in the rooms they stayed in down in Utah.

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