The regs for the AZ '06-'07 season came out. It's going to cost me $122.25 for the licenses and non-lottery tags. I'll be sending in another $1674.75 for lottery tags. The lottery tag money is refunded if not successful, but needs to be sent up front just to get in the game. If the stars align and I get drawn for everything that's damn near $1800 just to be legal. And that's just AZ at resident rates. It does bother me that I have to shell out thousands of dollars to the king for the privledge of hunting. I also take trips out of state every year and those are costly too. While I'd rather not spend so much I can afford it. What really bugs me is that there are a lot of folks who can't afford it. Even 10 years ago I could not have sprung for this kind of expense. This isn't just inflation. The trapping license tripled this year and most tags went up 30%-70%. No sir, I don't like it. Life isn't fair and not everybody is going to be able to afford a 10 day guided hunt. Everybody should be able shove a couple rounds in the gun their daddy gave them and go hunting on their own though. Whether it's the back 40 or some national wilderness, it shouldn't be decided by how much cash you have.