Slowing down the hunting and when does it end for a guy?

Discussion in 'The Duck Hunters Forum' started by Lip Shooter, Oct 25, 2018.

  1. Dehunter

    Dehunter New Member

    Sep 22, 2015
    65 years old and still love the sunrises and the comorodie of the duck blind. Hunting with son and grandson makes it even better . Nothing better than watching my 9 year old grandson shooting ducks. Some of our group been hunting together for 30 plus years. I won't attempt the marsh we have blinds in alone, as its a nasty muddy mess, and easy to get stuck it. Gave up most of my deer hunting as we lost the farm we hunted for 30 years do to death of the owner . But I have no regrets as I killed more deer than most people ever had a chance at. most of my hunting partner still work so that's the issue with my times out. Always looking forward to the next time out.
  2. Bob D

    Bob D Refuge Member

    Oct 22, 2007
    Northern Illinois
    I gave it up 2 yrs ago when I turned 76. I hunted public land in Illinois. Would go to Banner walk-in and down to Rend lake. I still want to go but my body won't do what my mind tells it to do. Can't walk that mile or two or stand in water up to my waist all day. I like to look at all the post and duck counts. I really miss it.
  3. Tailfeathers

    Tailfeathers Elite Refuge Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    I was away Thanksgiving for our opener. My friends went and described their lousy day. Seems a flock came in and caught then BS’ing but they still downed 2. Then flocks came over yet flared. They didn’t have my PVC pipe roof, spring loaded so the birds could see right into the blind. They shoulda swung by my house and borrowed it. Na, na, na na. Na. Probably someone had to look up at the birds cause they would look so different than the last 2 million flocks that we have seen overhead, and flared them. Then they dropped another bird from another flock. Just one? I rubbed into the wound. I was going nuts on the phone and my heart rate increasing just picturing it while hearing the story. I like that. We were laughing like helll and good cheer in my heart.
    I’m 62, and at times I creckitz around, complaining about this and that when in reality I have absolutely nothing to complain about, only should be counting my blessings. Now with recently buying a new longtail mud motor, finding yet 2 more farms we can hunt, 2 buddies buying new guns for the season, some new decoys, picturing all the new shallow coves we now have easy access to with the new motor, going to bed every night picturing the next hunt in hidden coves and drifting off....I’m invigorated.
    As we know, no matter what age, this sport, this obsession, this way of life that few people except waterfowlers a hard sport. Either you love it totally of you drift from it cause there are so many reasons to pack it in. It takes a lot of work, sometimes discomfort, but the rewards are great. But, I get it and I respect a man’s decision. I admit, I’m a bit touched in the head with this sport, but whatta ya gonna do. It makes me extremely happy and I’m not hurting anyone and I’m good for the economy.
    ......Tell me something Boys, is it a fire hazard to strap an old man to a mud motor tiller and also strap an oxygen tank to the balance pole?
    Rock on....Hunt on Boys. Were going tomorrow and I can’t wait. Hope I don’t wet the bed tonight!
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  4. schne002

    schne002 New Member

    Dec 5, 2010
    Sorry for the loss of your brother and pup. I stopped fishing the bay for 5 years after my dad passed as we were always the team. I figured out finally that he would want me to carry on and continue to enjoy the outdoors. In both fishing and hunting I don't have the fire I once had and while I am approaching 70, I still get out in the field and on the Chesapeake when I can. I hope you can find your way to get out once again.
  5. The Other David

    The Other David Elite Refuge Member

    Apr 15, 2000
    Welcome to the Refuge!
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  6. Little Ruddy

    Little Ruddy Elite Refuge Member

    Oct 24, 2002
    I think it's all revelant. As we all get older,there's things you just can't do when you were much younger. The key is to recognize your limitations and adapt to them and keep on going. Even if you can't get out but A few times each season, or hire a guide service to do the leg work and get out there and hunt. Remember...we are all water fowlers!
  7. JBeaux's O/U

    JBeaux's O/U New Member

    Feb 1, 2016
    New poster here. I normally just read and observe but this post caught my attention. I am sad for your loss. I am sure your brother would want you to continue on, or live your life to the fullest hunting or not. Some of my best hunting memories are with my dad, brother, best friend and sons... The memories we have of times shared at the hunting camp, in the blind, after we got a buck, when we crushed the bluebills in-the snowstorm etc are truly some of the best.

    I am only 48, but. Ome to think about it, i dont really hunt as hard as i used to. I have 3 boys 19, 16 and 13 all really enjoy hunting, but ones in college and it seems my other two always have competotive travel baseball going on so i guess other joys of life also occur tha My role has become more about taking them hunting and kindling their fires for it, as well as making sure my dad gets to go as well. We do t normally hunt alone, for me the hunting has always been about the comradery etc...not much interest in hunting alone...

    I have seen some of my hunting partners slow down as they got older, happened to my father in-law. Was sad when he just decided to hang it up. My dad on the other hand is pushing 80 and still drops it into 4 wheel wader drive beaver pond hunting, if i want to go he is always ready.

    I think that the reasons we hunt change as we get older. When we are younger we quest for the kill, for pulling the trigger...Then we are teaching younger ones and the kids. Then spending time with our older parents, helping them as we hope our sons will some day help us to continue to go. Then just for the greater appreciation of being outside, seeing the birds work, hearing the wings, watching the dog do what they live for doing, seeing another sun rise, or a perfect full moon as you head out in the boat to the blind. For me the whole thing is way more than the pull of the trigger, (of course i oike to crush em with the best of yall) i am just saying i hope you can see all the reasons why your brother would want you to continue to live your life in an extraordinary fashion. My best to you, and prayers.

  8. cast&blast

    cast&blast Elite Refuge Member

    Feb 11, 2010
    ^^^^^^^ That’s a nice post. Welcome aboard.
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  9. metalworx

    metalworx Senior Refuge Member

    Nov 5, 2014
    I'll second that!!!
  10. Lip Shooter

    Lip Shooter Elite Refuge Member

    Mar 25, 2014
    Bottom of the Slough
    Thank you Jake!

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