Heading West? Be aware

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Heading West? Be aware

Post by joey46 » May 4th, 2021, 6:54 am

Been looking at a late season trip to the Black Hills in WY/SD. I have no intention of driving 2300 miles each way from S/W Florida so flying was my only reasonable option. Airfares are still very good BUT when I started to try and lock in a needed rental car things got almost funny. Allegedly because of the pandemic (what's new) rental car prices are off the charts. Many have mentioned it is best to fly into Rapid City SD. Today's best rate for a 6 day rental in Rapid City is $1,120 and that's not including the damage waiver coverage. Denver somewhat better but still 2x what I consider reasonable. This will probably cause this trip to be a "wait until next year". Too bad. Was looking forward to it. :banghead:

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Post by hoobilly » May 4th, 2021, 6:59 am

Dang that sucks!
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Post by joey46 » May 4th, 2021, 8:30 am

Still shopping on all the discount sites. I have a target "go or no go" figure. We'll see. The current airfare is through Southwest so cancelling for a 100% refund is not a problem. Tired of everything is the virus' fault. :banghead: :banghead:

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Post by joey46 » May 4th, 2021, 9:11 am

Price drop alert! Rapid City down to $1,101.00 for an intermediate size car. LOL. Wouldn't you like to have a big deposit down at one of the many hunting operations in either state? Take a Uber.

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Post by soiltester » May 4th, 2021, 10:09 am

i don't know what my buddy got for a rate for us next week on a mini van, big enough for the 3 of us and guns & luggage at Rapid, but then again it was a couple of months ago that he booked it!
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Post by joey46 » May 4th, 2021, 12:07 pm

Booking early probably helped. Good luck.

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Post by MFL205 » May 4th, 2021, 1:54 pm

Just got back from Wyoming/SD...the birds are hot! We tagged-out in Wyoming and then headed to SD and tagged-out there. Came home a few days early because we ran-out of tags.
It was my first time hunting Merriams...and now all I want to do is hunt Merriams!

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Post by Stinky J Picklestein » May 4th, 2021, 1:54 pm

Some folks are booking U-Haul trucks, because they're cheaper.

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Post by Roy » May 4th, 2021, 3:19 pm

I have to say I cannot believe the money that people spend to kill turkeys. Seriously. I would spend money to hunt elk, grizzly, moose, caribou, and big whitetails but not birds. Not trying to give u a hard time north port joey.
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Post by joey46 » May 4th, 2021, 3:44 pm

LOL. Turkeys have been my passion since the late 1970s. I've always wanted to see Wyoming and the west and this is a good excuse to do it. The nice thing about a turkey is that in an hour I can have him cleaned, iced and in a cooler. An elk maybe not so much. To each his own. Good luck. :turkeywave:

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Post by Turkinator » May 4th, 2021, 7:36 pm

Headed to South Dakota Saturday. I thought about a rental but for what they were asking I’ll rack up some miles on the Tacoma!!!!

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Post by tazmaniac » May 4th, 2021, 9:28 pm

Prices were reasonable reserved back in Feb. $750 for a full sized truck or SUV for a week in Rapid City.

The problem is, you can reserve a vehicle like that you need, and they can do the old 'switch a roo' on you when you land and swap u out to a subcompact because all their trucks are gone. Consider renting from a local company. Have to Uber from the airport, but you should get the vehicle you reserve.

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Post by Turkinator » May 4th, 2021, 9:33 pm

joey46 wrote:
May 4th, 2021, 3:44 pm
LOL. Turkeys have been my passion since the late 1970s. I've always wanted to see Wyoming and the west and this is a good excuse to do it. The nice thing about a turkey is that in an hour I can have him cleaned, iced and in a cooler. An elk maybe not so much. To each his own. Good luck. :turkeywave:
Same here! Other than an occasional jaunt across the border into Kentucky deer hunting, I never consider traveling to hunt anything but turkeys.

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Post by redarrow » May 5th, 2021, 7:42 am

Seen the news report a couple nights ago about this. People have resorted to U Haul.Heck if you rent a big enough box truck you can even sleep in it at night.
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Post by joey46 » May 5th, 2021, 11:07 am

I've found some good deals off airport in Denver on Ford cargo vans but it doesn't mention unlimited mileage. Bet not but still investigating. I could sleep every other night in a van. Be like the 60s. LOL.
BTW - my 2005 Tacoma just turned 170,000. Not sure it's ready for a 2300 mile trip and return. My back would never recover.

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Post by deerhunt1988 » May 7th, 2021, 12:00 pm

Yup, was planning to rent one for 2 weeks in May. Prices over double what I paid in 2019. We will be driving instead!

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Post by joey46 » May 7th, 2021, 1:00 pm

Either that or just won't go - again very frustrating. Not sure I want to do 4600+ total miles in a truck with 170,000 miles. Even if the truck does ok my mental condition probably would not.

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Post by Turkinator » May 7th, 2021, 5:41 pm

I envy you guys that have turkey hunting buddies. I can’t find anyone who wants to travel to hunt them. Typical response, you’re going all the way to South Dakota to kill a turkey??? So I’m going by myself. My circle of friends are not as fanatical as I am.

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Post by Ozark Ridge Runner » May 9th, 2021, 1:46 pm

We just finished our annual trip to South Dakota. 7 day rental fee for a Ford Expedition was $1509. Just a little bit higher than in years past. 😂

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