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Hunting as you get older. #7348247
09/05/21 08:28 AM
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Has anyone else stopped caring about hunting as much as they did when they were younger? I mean like changing directions on hunting to say only small game vs deer hunting and everything else? I to the point about the only hunting I want to do is some squirrel hunting and some trapping. My days of climbing trees to shoot Bambi are definitely over.
The more laid back pace of squirrel hunting and a small hobby trap line are more my speed these days.

I’d like to hear anyone’s opinions on this.

Re: Hunting as you get older. [Re: BKS] #7348254
09/05/21 08:36 AM
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I enjoy a squirrel hunt more than a deer hunt nowadays, but I still deer hunt. Seems I have more patience deer hunting now verses when I was a young man but it's just more painful to sit for hours now.


1 Samuel 17:45-47
Re: Hunting as you get older. [Re: BKS] #7348256
09/05/21 08:37 AM
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I could never find the appeal of sitting in a tree stand for hours. For me hunting is a quiet walk through the woods and the odd bambi thrown in is a bonus. These days I am not for packing a deer out for miles though for sure so I just hunt on my own property, where I can get them back to the boat with the tractor.


I do all my own stunts ..... but never intentionally .................. Let's go Brandon
Re: Hunting as you get older. [Re: BKS] #7348259
09/05/21 08:40 AM
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BKS; When I was a teen, I was well in with a gun shop owner. One day he mentioned how he'd bought a place in the country and mentoned as he'd come home at night, " Mr Badger and Mr Fox " would be mooching about.

I was foaming at the mouth, with bulging eyes. " Why don't you shoot them?!? ". He just smiled and said, " Naah. They're doing me no harm. I like to see them. "

Fast forward a lifetime of mayhem at every opportunity? I now feed 'My' fox religiously. Buying her day old chicks by the crate. I Love seeing her, sat waiting Then rushing up to me.

My lust for trapping is satisfied by legally trapping and banding birds. I even catch, band and happily let go crows. Once swore I'd Never spare them.

Feral though? My moth foams and my eyes bulge! grin

Re: Hunting as you get older. [Re: BKS] #7348275
09/05/21 08:56 AM
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I hunt from houses on the ground or a few with stairs. Avoid vertical ladders now. My shots are closer. ,I drag deer back to camp with my ATV because I can’t load them on my ATV. I don’t hunt as long. I read a kindle in by shooting house. Don’t go out without a Thermocell. No longer need magnums.

I’ll be 75 this year. Had four abdominal surgeries in last three years. Lost some strength.

Re: Hunting as you get older. [Re: BKS] #7348276
09/05/21 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by BKS
Has anyone else stopped caring about hunting as much as they did when they were younger? I mean like changing directions on hunting to say only small game vs deer hunting and everything else? I to the point about the only hunting I want to do is some squirrel hunting and some trapping. My days of climbing trees to shoot Bambi are definitely over.
The more laid back pace of squirrel hunting and a small hobby trap line are more my speed these days.

I’d like to hear anyone’s opinions on this.

I think what you're experiencing is normal.


No Jab.
Re: Hunting as you get older. [Re: BKS] #7348281
09/05/21 09:00 AM
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Originally Posted by BKS
Has anyone else stopped caring about hunting as much as they did when they were younger? I mean like changing directions on hunting to say only small game vs deer hunting and everything else? I to the point about the only hunting I want to do is some squirrel hunting and some trapping. My days of climbing trees to shoot Bambi are definitely over.
The more laid back pace of squirrel hunting and a small hobby trap line are more my speed these days.

I’d like to hear anyone’s opinions on this.


FIVE STAGES OF A HUNTER

Hunters change through the years. Factors used to determine
"successful hunting" change as well for each hunter. A hunter's age,
role models, and his years of hunting experience affect his ideas of
"success."

Many hunters may fit into one of the following five groups. In
1975-1980, groups of over 1,000 hunters in Wisconsin were studied,
surveyed, and written about by Professors Robert Jackson and Robert
Norton, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The results of their
studies form a widely accepted theory of hunter behavior and
development. Where are you now? Where would you like to be?

SHOOTER STAGE

The hunter talks about satisfaction with hunting being closely tied to
being able to "get shooting." Often the beginning duck hunter will
relate he had an excellent day if he got in a lot of shooting. The
beginning deer hunter will talk about the number of shooting
opportunities. Missing game means little to hunters in this phase. A
beginning hunter wants to pull the trigger and test the capability of
his firearm. A hunter in this stage may be a dangerous hunting
partner.

LIMITING OUT STAGE

A hunter still talks about satisfaction gained from shooting. But what
seems more important is measuring success through the killing of game
and the number of birds or animals shot. Limiting out, or filling a
tag, is the absolute measure. Do not let your desire to limit out be
stronger than the need for safe behavior at all times.

TROPHY STAGE

Satisfaction is described in terms of selectivity of game. A duck
hunter might take only green heads. A deer hunter looks for one special
deer. A hunter might travel far to find a real trophy animal. Shooting
opportunity and skills become less important.

METHOD STAGE

This hunter has all the special equipment. Hunting has become one of
the most important things in his life. Satisfaction comes from the
method that enables the hunter to take game. Taking game is important,
but second to how it is taken. This hunter will study long and hard
how best to pick a blind site, lay out decoys, and call in
waterfowl. A deer hunter will go one on one with a white-tailed deer,
studying sign, tracking, and the life habits of the deer. Often, the
hunter will handicap himself by hunting only with black powder
firearms or bow and arrow. Bagging game, or limiting, still is
understood as being a necessary part of the hunt during this phase.

SPORTSMAN STAGE

As a hunter ages and after many years of hunting, he "mellows out."
Satisfaction now can be found in the total hunting experience. Being
in the field, enjoying the company of friends and family, and seeing
nature outweigh the need for taking game.

Not all hunters go through all the stages, or go through them in that
particular order. It is also possible for hunters who pursue several
species of game to be in different stages with regard to each
species. Some hunters feel that role models of good sportsmen,
training, or reading books or magazines helped them pass more quickly
through some stages.


"Humans are the hardest people to get along with."
Dr. Phillip Snow
Re: Hunting as you get older. [Re: BKS] #7348284
09/05/21 09:04 AM
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I love deer hunting, but in Michigan the antler hunters have all but ruined it for many. They have done what many groups should do, band together and infiltrate conservation groups and the state DNR. Laws for Deer hunting are a cluster of regulations. Our Trout fishing regs are also the same. One step on a certain creek with the wrong tackle gets a ticket. So yeah I do a lot of hassle free squirrel hunting myself, until the tail size become a trophy thing...


your only allowed so many sunrises... I aim to see every one of them!
Re: Hunting as you get older. [Re: BKS] #7348295
09/05/21 09:21 AM
09/05/21 09:21 AM
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We love venison or I probably wouldn't hunt deer any more. It's all about harvesting the first yearling meat buck I find so I can go fishing. Same with elk - It's just a lot of work but we like the meat.

I did enjoy a dove hunt yesterday mostly jumping them in the sunflowers. But those doves seem to be adapting. I used to hear them flush and now their flushes are more stealthy so I really have to be on my toes. Good thing my eyesight is still keen:)


Sneak the pan under his paw!
Re: Hunting as you get older. [Re: SJA] #7348297
09/05/21 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by SJA
Originally Posted by BKS
Has anyone else stopped caring about hunting as much as they did when they were younger? I mean like changing directions on hunting to say only small game vs deer hunting and everything else? I to the point about the only hunting I want to do is some squirrel hunting and some trapping. My days of climbing trees to shoot Bambi are definitely over.
The more laid back pace of squirrel hunting and a small hobby trap line are more my speed these days.

I’d like to hear anyone’s opinions on this.


FIVE STAGES OF A HUNTER

Hunters change through the years. Factors used to determine
"successful hunting" change as well for each hunter. A hunter's age,
role models, and his years of hunting experience affect his ideas of
"success."

Many hunters may fit into one of the following five groups. In
1975-1980, groups of over 1,000 hunters in Wisconsin were studied,
surveyed, and written about by Professors Robert Jackson and Robert
Norton, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The results of their
studies form a widely accepted theory of hunter behavior and
development. Where are you now? Where would you like to be?

SHOOTER STAGE

The hunter talks about satisfaction with hunting being closely tied to
being able to "get shooting." Often the beginning duck hunter will
relate he had an excellent day if he got in a lot of shooting. The
beginning deer hunter will talk about the number of shooting
opportunities. Missing game means little to hunters in this phase. A
beginning hunter wants to pull the trigger and test the capability of
his firearm. A hunter in this stage may be a dangerous hunting
partner.

LIMITING OUT STAGE

A hunter still talks about satisfaction gained from shooting. But what
seems more important is measuring success through the killing of game
and the number of birds or animals shot. Limiting out, or filling a
tag, is the absolute measure. Do not let your desire to limit out be
stronger than the need for safe behavior at all times.

TROPHY STAGE

Satisfaction is described in terms of selectivity of game. A duck
hunter might take only green heads. A deer hunter looks for one special
deer. A hunter might travel far to find a real trophy animal. Shooting
opportunity and skills become less important.

METHOD STAGE

This hunter has all the special equipment. Hunting has become one of
the most important things in his life. Satisfaction comes from the
method that enables the hunter to take game. Taking game is important,
but second to how it is taken. This hunter will study long and hard
how best to pick a blind site, lay out decoys, and call in
waterfowl. A deer hunter will go one on one with a white-tailed deer,
studying sign, tracking, and the life habits of the deer. Often, the
hunter will handicap himself by hunting only with black powder
firearms or bow and arrow. Bagging game, or limiting, still is
understood as being a necessary part of the hunt during this phase.

SPORTSMAN STAGE

As a hunter ages and after many years of hunting, he "mellows out."
Satisfaction now can be found in the total hunting experience. Being
in the field, enjoying the company of friends and family, and seeing
nature outweigh the need for taking game.

Not all hunters go through all the stages, or go through them in that
particular order. It is also possible for hunters who pursue several
species of game to be in different stages with regard to each
species. Some hunters feel that role models of good sportsmen,
training, or reading books or magazines helped them pass more quickly
through some stages.



I’ve been in a combination of the limiting out stage and the methods stage for many years lol
The methods that we prefer in hunting effect our level of effort tremendously.

Re: Hunting as you get older. [Re: BKS] #7348299
09/05/21 09:27 AM
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I just trap now I bow hunted for many years but now it has become a hassle the wife’s family farm/ranch is 1600 acres I have 4 stands in 3 acre draw that I can’t hunt in now as everyone that hunts there parks in the draw that I hunted they even use my stands.


Was born in a Big City Will die in the Country OK with that!

Jerry Herbst
Re: Hunting as you get older. [Re: BKS] #7348304
09/05/21 09:37 AM
09/05/21 09:37 AM
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One of our older neighbors/cousin told us boys that there was going to come a time when we would get tired of chasing deer. As a young man we didn't believe him but now I fully understand. I would much rather get everything ready for everyone else to hunt than hunt anymore. I spend many hours bush hogging, plowing and planting and won't hunt 3 times. But I enjoy watching everyone else hunt.


Old enough to know better, but dumb enough to still try.
Re: Hunting as you get older. [Re: BKS] #7348305
09/05/21 09:37 AM
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How about the "I'm going to shoot the next trespasser on my property stage" ?.....After encountering an accumulative army of poachers over many years I think I'm between the method and sportsman stage, but ready to revert back to the shooter and limiting out stage on the next interloper. Lol.


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Re: Hunting as you get older. [Re: BKS] #7348312
09/05/21 09:49 AM
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When I was in my teens I was after everything as much as I could be. Now I have a short-hair and mostly chase phesants, I enjoy squirrel hunting, and I do trap alot that will never change. But I have given everything else up pretty much. This year however things will be ramping back up I have an 8yr old boy who's ate up with hunting and trapping, he inherited 2 beagles this summer from an uncle that passed. So here we go! It's coming up fast too. My dad use to also be hard on everything ducks deer turkeys and everything between now he just fishes hasn't huntes in years.

Last edited by Dstone1992; 09/05/21 09:52 AM.
Re: Hunting as you get older. [Re: BKS] #7348326
09/05/21 10:13 AM
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At 71 yrs, I can relate to the main post and all that follow.


Clean traps,tight lines,straight shooting
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Re: Hunting as you get older. [Re: BKS] #7348328
09/05/21 10:14 AM
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I hunt all things I did as a young man, just not to the extent I did back then. At 72 my mind says I can, but my body says don't do it. smile

Re: Hunting as you get older. [Re: BKS] #7348330
09/05/21 10:17 AM
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I have a buddy who is in his 40s who drives all over North America to duck hunt and all over SD to pheasant hunt. He only wants to hunt with 10-15 guys because you can “kill more”. Hes been stuck with that mindset as ling as ive known him. Ive never liked pheasant hunting with more than a couple guys. Shot a couple deer but never got into it. Seeing all the leased ground and bucks with names on tv has cheapened it and made people critical of bucks that other guys shoot. If you want to watch some young guys with a passion for deer hunting public ground i suggest “the hunting public” on youtube.

Re: Hunting as you get older. [Re: BKS] #7348331
09/05/21 10:22 AM
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I can relate at 69. Squirrels are the only thing I hunt anymore. More time is spent fishing out my boat and shooting my longbow at targets and having fun with grandkids

Re: Hunting as you get older. [Re: BKS] #7348332
09/05/21 10:23 AM
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Thanks for the replies.

Re: Hunting as you get older. [Re: BKS] #7348333
09/05/21 10:27 AM
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I have an obsession with calling coyotes. I have all types of game where I hunt., but only care about fooling mr. coyote. I am 71 and remember all the phases

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