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Old September 10th, 2016, 07:45 AM   #16
 
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I love to hunt, and that's what I do, hunt. I don't have trail cams or any of that stuff. I do use camo but I'd rather put boots on the ground and do my scouting that way.
I also find every day in the woods satisfying, whether game is taken or not. I love to just get comfortable in my chosen stand at the time and watch nature happen around me.
You can always learn something every time you go out if you have the right attitude.
I've gotten my share of deer and other game and have always enjoyed doing it.
If you can't enjoy being out there without taking game and otherwise getting something out of the experience, then you've lost a lot of what hunting is all about in my opinion.



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Old September 10th, 2016, 09:21 AM   #17
 
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One of the greatest joys that the Almighty has given me...

Is being there, early in the morning... when the woods wake up. It's exhilarating...

In the past, done my fair share of killin' deer. Nowadays... I shoot deer with a camera. When I say I saw a huge ten point deer... I can prove it. Don't get me wrong... I still hunt... just want to eat all I kill. Deer just packs the freezer too much for me.
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I think the problem is that hunting has become more of a sport in this generation and that's what all the hunting shows and big time hunters promote it as. In fact even in the political arena anytime they take sides and want to defend our hunting traditions they start to refer to it as a "sport". Like with any other sport come the high-tech gadgets and accessories.

When you hunt to actually harvest meat or hide it changes everything.
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Great comments guys. Like a lot of you, I just don't care if I kill a deer or not. Just being in the woods is good enough. I'm not hunting for survival so I let a lot of animals go and every one I kill I do it humainly and nothing goes to waste. Happy and safe hunting
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I have never been much of a hunter except for squirrels, I only take deer for meat and hunt off the ground, my cousin is really into all the stuff and is very good at bringing home the game as I hunt with him a couple times a year on his turf I go along with his methods except for stands don't like being in them.
The best part is just being out there in the fall weather as mentioned , it helps to un-wind and if you drop one all the better.
I also think the DNR here do a pretty good job of game management and I don't mind supporting that.
Its seems like a lot less people hunt these days.
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I'm mainly a small game and varmint hunter, but I do go on deer hunts down in Tejas every year. The friends I hunt with there are definite rich kids who got all the latest gadgets they feel the need to bring. Some have scopes that are more expensive than the rifles they're mounted to. And let's not forget all the camo and calls they bring as well. They seem to forget we are dealing with simple deer here and deer are really stupid animals.

Sorry, but leave the fancy electronics at home. I go hunting to get away from technology. Not bring it with me.
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Sorry, but leave the fancy electronics at home. I go hunting to get away from technology. Not bring it with me.
Amen that, brother!
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Before I came up with joint replacement, need of have to have O2 with me I no longer am able to really hunt deer. Now don't get far from the car and sit on a stool. Used to take a rifle either one of my No. 1s or and old Savage Model 19 in 30-30, a small thermos of coffee, a sandwich and a Snickers bar and prowl. Basically take 3 steps and take a long pause. When I would find a good spot to over look a likely area would sit, time depended on different factors. Object was to get at least a 1/4 mile from the nearest road. Believe it or not most hunters never get that far back oh they will tell you they get way back in the boonies. Years back when still working I'd sometimes fly over the prime deer areas, with snow on the ground and wearing orange it was easy to spot the. They may have walked a 1/2 mile, but it was zig-zaging. I long for being able hunt that way, but can not. Yet I still get out there now.
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I use a 1.5x5 scope o ra 3x9. Why do people suddenly n"need"4x12 or more powerful scope and 300 weatherby mag for deer. I have taken elk at over 400 yard with a 2x7 scope are deer that much tougher than years ago.
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The main reason we use tree stands where I live (north-central IN) is due to very flat ground and farm/wooded land that is fairly populated. I have a bit more peace-of-mind always shooting down at a deer with my rifle, knowing that my round will quickly go into the ground if I miss. That said, I've taken deer with a smooth bore shotgun and cheap slugs just sitting in the corner of a corn field on my butt. Either way, enjoy what you do, practice safety, respect the land and the game, and thank God when he sends something your way.

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Some have scopes that are more expensive than the rifles they're mounted to.
No problem with this. That is quite normal as scopes are expensive. I personally prefer my $400 rifle paired with my $200 scope. But if I went outside of the low-end scope range I could be looking at $1000 easy. The common phrase I hear in relation to this is the most expensive gun in the world can't shoot the critter if you can't see it and your scope isn't accurate.
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They seem to forget we are dealing with simple deer here and deer are really stupid animals.
A deer is smarter than you.
And I don't mean you, personally. The reason that hunting is a multi-billion dollar industry is because of all the research that goes into building products that are intended to help you outsmart them.
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When it comes to hunting clothing, I like to collect a bunch. I like to have a lot of different type of clothing and boots for different conditions, terrain, and type of hunting. It is a part of hunting that I enjoy. To me, it is part of being prepared for the hunt.
Other than that, I pass on the more expensive guns in favor of having a lot more guns that are less expensive. I don't use cameras and I don't use scents. Sometimes I sit in a tree, sometimes I stand behind a tree. And sometimes I slowly walk around. I eat a lot of venison and each hunting season I go out with the intent of filling my tags. Antlers are the least important thing to me. Being in the woods with the freedom to hunt and enjoy the outdoors is the most important thing about it.
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I really think that most of the stuff that cabellas or bass pro sells is unnecessary. I have used stands and I wear camo. There has to be some advancements or we would still be using hand knapped arrows... I hunt on the ground and I hunt with guys that do the same but they smoke and have coffee while hunting. They get a deer every year. I don't smoke but I have beverage with me and don't smell natural. Key is to make no sudden movements. I don't think deer care as much as the price tags of merchandice would lead us to believe. Good luck this yeae
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I've put meat in the freezer the last thee years and barely left the back porch. I wouldn't exactly call it hunting. However, since we own property and I'm outside a lot I know our property very well. Even though I didn't have to go far the last few years I absolutely know where to find the deer on our property so I guess I have hunted. I just have to wait until November to shoot one. BTW, I'm usually wearing jeans, work boots, a Carhart jacket and a Kubota ball cap. I'm also probably drinking a cup of coffee when I first see the deer.
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I was probably 5 or 6 years old when I saw my Dad shoot a nice Buck. I have never hunted from a deer blind sitting on a chair with a rifle rest. I see things like this on You Tube video's that isn't hunting. I have hiked up on the mountain early in the morning and wait & see what is going to happen. I have shot deer off hand & brought them down, once in awhile actually been able to sit down on the hill side or a rock & shoot deer. My Dad was a meat cutter so he taught me how to take care of the deer and not waste the meat. There was a time years ago that when I would go out hunting that getting a deer helped feed my family. I much more enjoyed the outing going camping with family etc. it was just a plus if I got a deer. Over the years I have shot a lot of deer, one thing I have always' wanted to do is get a nice white tail deer. I really think the horns on a nice sized white tailed buck in a Eurpean mount would look great on a man cave wall. Where I live in Utah this is where I have hunted deer over the years, there are no white tailed deer in Utah. I would probably have to venture up to Idaho, Wyoming or Montana to find a place to get that nice White Tailed Buck. Utah's DWR Division of Wild Life Resources I feel doesn't do a very good job of managing their game herds. Here in Utah the Fish & Game Wardens are called "Fish Cops'. The last time I was out hunting & shot a deer must have been roughly 8 years ago. My wife was with me there was bright orange all over the hill side aka all the other idiot hunters! This small 2-3 point buck (western count) jumped up roughly 75-100 yds below me, I must of seen this buck first I pulled up my Remington 7600 pump .270 Win. I fired a shot I hit the deer he flinched I knew I had hit him. Well then WWIII started the whole hill side of hunters started to shoot at the deer. Well even though I drew first blood the deer was trying to get away I thought oh the hell with it these I's & A's can have this deer not worth it this deer would be very well Air Conditioned with all the bullet holes through it. Ok the I's mean's "Idiots & A's A$$ Hole$ aka Idiots & A$$ Hole'$ I feel that over the years that the deer has provided food for my family so during the winter if they want to feed on my bush's or what ever on my yard they are welcome to it. I keep telling my son in law that the two of us need to get a couple of out of state deer tags & go hunting. Deer hunting here is really over rated yes there are some good units to try and draw a deer tag on & I cannot afford to fork out 5 grand to go on a guided hunt!! I have never shot a deer with factory ammo. Always reloaded my own ammo. So it has always meant a lot to me when I was able to get a deer. The deer hunt was always a very special time of time of year for me. Always a family event. Being a Gun Nut doesn't help either, my two main deer rifle's either a .270 or .243 I love to just go out & shoot as well. Hey there terry_p sounds like you sure have a nice set up for your deer hunting. To me the best tasting game meat has to be Elk more like eating a fine cut of beef. Now days I would probably rather take picture's of deer vs shooting them.
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