OK, back again.....by the way, this is the first time I have ever ranted, so please forgive me. Hoping to make more friends and definately not any enemies. Just sharing my experience.
OK, onto a more positive thing. Let me set the discussion about ND non-resident to rest. You cannot do it in the spring, period, except for two exceptions that I know of. #1 - become a resident there for a period of 1 year. I called thier Wildlife department about this, and even started preparing my wife for this event sometime in the future.......'its only for one year plus a couple months honey.......I don't see what the big deal is!'.........duck............. #2 - for the first time this past year, and I shouldn't tell you all this if you didn't know it because now I am going to have more competition next year (but I'm not that kind of guy), The state of ND donated 1 non-resident tag to the ND NWTF Chapter and they auctioned it online. I didn't know about it until it was over but that first lucky dude got that coveted tag for a mere 450 bucks! Anyone wanna bet me 450 bucks that next years tag goes for a bit more than that? I think this first year the guys with that wonderful 'money isn't an object' affliction that some suffer from just weren't aware.......good luck bidding......I just hope that the states bird population and state agency will allow for maybe a few more if things went successful this year.
Finally (I've gotta get up and go to work this morning!), To anyone, anyone at all that has the passion, excitment of life, determination, focus, etc. to pull together ANY type of out-of-state hunt - God Bless You! Sure, there are those that have more money, time, resources than others, but why grouse about it? Its no different than anything else in this world. If you do what you can, and dream big about it, you are one of the big dogs as well, and nobody not even the pros we love and hate on TV and what not have it any better than you! I know this, to put in the time to plan a hunt or several (I did 8 states one year, but only tagged in 6, that was prior to my kids!) is an achievement. It takes a lot of time, effort, phone calls, map studying, planning, planning, planning for us everyday working stiffs (work gets in the way of ALL of my hunting pursuits!), but I cannot think of another thing better that we can all do as hunters but to share what we have with others, and support our country, regardless of what state its in!
I'm going to do this USA SLAM one way or the other, the 'official official' way with the NWTF is tough, gotta fill out the registration forms and all. Unfortunately, I have not saved tags or gotten these forms filled out for the first 8 states I hunted, so I may have to revisit them to be 100% official. But I agree with whoever said 'I did it, I know I did, and I don't have to proove it to anyone else.' Thats cool, totally cool. But wouldn't it be nice for one of those 'life' achievements as a hunter to have your name in the NWTF record books saying that you are one of a select few truly dedicated turkey addicts that have harvested a bird in every state?.......C'mon, don't lie, it would be kinda neat, wouldn't it? After all, your crazy enough about turkey hunting to sit on these forum boards.....start planning a triop to another state and get started.
I'd love to talk more with anyone that shares my views, and now that I have finally posted a post like I swore that I would never post, I guess I might hear from you few folks whether I like it or not.
God Bless you all, hunt safe