HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Sunday was the day of the big game, but the big game is there every day at the Great American Outdoor Show.
The show’s big game doesn't have anything to do with the NFL, the Seahawks or Broncos. It’s there in true animal form, and in setting up hunts.
The big game is made up of the African big five -- lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhino. But those aren't necessarily the easiest to get. First there's the cost. While you might be able to find a deal here and there, odds are you're going to pay upward of $1,000 a night. Then there's the flight and, most importantly, the animal.
Lions typically fall into the $25,000 ballpark. Elephants aren’t too far behind. Rhinos are off the chart. The others, while cheaper, are still in the five-digit range ... so we're not talking about Christmas Club money here.
Then there’s American big game, which is far more attainable. That list includes, but is not limited to, alligator, bear, bison, caribou, elk, moose, mountain lion and a variety of deer. For a lucky few all that means is walking out the front door. But for the rest of us, well, there's a little effort involved.
Though the prices for the domestic hunts are more affordable, we're still talking about a decent four-digit number here. Some under $2,000 while others can reach the five-figure plateau.
But don't let that discourage you. If you have always dreamed that big game dream then you're bound to find a way. Maybe not this season and maybe not the next, but with a little frugality and creativity, you'll be sure to scratch that dream off your bucket list.
So, while the Seahawks dismantling of the Broncos was disappointing for most, it’s time to put a little thought into your big game dreams. Your NFL.
Where do you start? There's no better place than the 114 outfitters just waiting for you at the Great American Outdoor Show.
For more on the Great American Outdoor Show, visit their website at www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org