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Discussion in 'California Flyway Forum' started by callinfowl, Aug 1, 2017.
80, 81 this year. Hunted since age 12. So 68 years waterfowling.
Turn 55 in November, been waterfowling since I was 12. Self taught, nobody in my family hunted. Also started taxidermy from a book at age 12. Been busy with both ever since. When I was a teenager I had fantasies of travelling the world hunting ducks. In 2011 I began to do this earnestly starting with a DIY hunt in NZ. In 2014 I did my first DIY duck hunt in AK. In November I'll be headed back to AK for DIY duck hunt #4 and again in December. Travelling our continent for waterfowl has rekindled that flame.
72 years old, and started hunting with a .410 regularly with my Dad when I was 7. So I guess I've been hunting for 65 years.
16 and have been hunting for 3 years now
38, been hunting since 1991, so 26 seasons. Mostly geese for those first few years as my dad was a dry field hunter, but tagged a mallard over our field spread my second season. Graduated to water once I had a pair of waders and was strong enough to trudge through the slop.
It is truly awesome to know that so many of you guys have been at this for 50-60 seasons or more. I hope I have the health to continue this passion until I'm in my 70's and 80's. Inspiring to say the least.
Almost the exact same story for me (except I have a couple years on you)... Been hunting since I was old enough to keep up with my dad pheasant and quail hunting. Dad hated duck hunting (too cold, wet, etc.). An uncle took me duck hunting when I was 14, and as soon as I had my driver's license, I was duck hunting every day during the season that I wasn't in school. I'm 41 now...
Will be 70 in 3.5 months.
Killed first duck at 13 at Grizzly Island. Drake Widgeon. First geese at Delevan later that December.
I missed one duck season when at Valdez working the Alaska Pipeline in 1975.
Have more than made up for it since, but Winters of ice and snow in Eastern Idaho will probably start slowing me down for late seasons in a few years. I'll just hunt harder earlier!
Since my early teenage years in California, I have hunted ducks and geese in Alaska, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, and the last 32 years in Idaho.
63 and 37, wish I'd started sooner, this is a wonderful affliction!
51 and started going with my brother was I was 8 and shot my first duck at 12. Ill be enjoying my 39th fall flight.
I know pretty dedicated fishermen, and there are very enthusiastic Big Game hunters out there as well, I have been, and am still a Trout and Bass fisherman. Probably caught near a thousand Salmon flying the Bush in Alaska for some years. I have taken Moose, Caribou, and Trophy Dall Sheep, and Deer, all that is Grand, but I have not pursued any sport as satisfying, and enjoyable as Waterfowling.
I suppose I am closing in on my 57th year in the Rice fields, Grasslands, Cattail marshes, rivers, creeks, and stubble fields, and as far as age and infirmities allow, I still put in my time toward enjoying the sport both at home and in the field.
I extend my season, and the anticipation of it by working to make equipment as ready as can be by refreshing decoys, blinds, keeping the eye in tune by shooting at least a little clay in the off season, usually right before it begins with the greatest intensity.
I keep a close eye to the changes of the seasons and celebrate every step they take in getting us closer to the hunt.
Every hunting season is anticipated, not just for the sport itself, but for all that is bound up with that special time of the year.
What would Christmas be like without the Tree, the presents, the lights, and music?
How lacking in the essentials would Autumn be without the cooling temperatures, the hunts, best fishing, NFL Football, Baseball Pennant races and World Series, all of the very best Holidays just lined up to enjoy?
Yeah. The waterfowl seasons come with the very best life has to offer....may you enjoy many seasons of such riches!