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#6179175 - 02/11/16 12:29 PM I've reached a conclusion
Deersteaks Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/22/10
Posts: 351
Loc: Livingston
I must be a bad person and even a worse hunter! I have heard it said a thousand times on so called hunting shows that " It doesn't matter if I kill anything, experiencing nature makes for a successful hunt and that's what you should enjoy. Well, maybe on opening morning and even a few weeks in, I'll agree to that. But at some point, I want to kill something! I want to put meat in my freezer and if possible, a nice rack on the ground. If I don't get the horns, then I am disappointed. If I get no meat in the freezer, then I have "Not" been successful! Doesn't mean I haven't had a good time, but I can see sun rises from my boat with a rod in my hand. Or go bird watching. I love to eat deer meat-squirrel,rabbit,duck,fish,dove and even frog legs. I do enjoy nature as well as anyone, but I love to pull the trigger! Anyone agree or am I being insensitive?

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#6179189 - 02/11/16 12:39 PM Re: I've reached a conclusion [Re: Deersteaks]
rattler03 Offline
Tracker

Registered: 02/22/14
Posts: 848
Loc: Richardson - Archer County
During deer season I get disappointed if I don't get a buck or enough meat, but a few weeks after the end of season every year I look back and think, "who cares, I hunted hard and enjoyed my time afield this season." So, yeah I get disappointed but that feeling doesn't linger, and it doesn't end up being what I think about when I look back on that hunting season. That said, I've always gotten at least 1 doe/cull for the freezer, so a deer-less season might make the disappointment a bigger issue for me.
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#6179202 - 02/11/16 12:49 PM Re: I've reached a conclusion [Re: Deersteaks]
jshouse Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 01/24/10
Posts: 6358
Loc: Rockwall
I don't hunt for the kill, I hunt for the chase and the memories. I would pick beef and chicken over venison every time so I don't care to fill my feeezer, and if I don't see a buck that I want to put on my wall I don't shoot.

I hunted some places for a long time and never saw anything I wanted to shoot, so i didnt, but I loved being out in the woods every time.
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If I send my neighbors a text and ask them to give me feedback on my lawn and plant rye into a giant dong pattern, I'm probably going to get some less than positive feedback. Same goes here.

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#6179214 - 02/11/16 12:54 PM Re: I've reached a conclusion [Re: Deersteaks]
rickym Online   content
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 06/14/15
Posts: 5034
Loc: texas
I hunted harder and spent more time in the stand this year than I ever have before, and this was the first year that I went without pulling the trigger. I have been disappointed since thanks giving. It's making me wish November would come faster so I can have another go at it. It's also making me want to work harder to increase my chances. I enjoyed the time I spent out in the field but yes I'm upset and disappointed. I'm probably just a sore loser though.

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#6179227 - 02/11/16 01:01 PM Re: I've reached a conclusion [Re: Deersteaks]
Deersteaks Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/22/10
Posts: 351
Loc: Livingston
Oh,don't misunderstand me. I love the woods and hunting and all that goes with it.Its in my blood and has been for childhood. I guess my point is, I hunt for a reason and its to try to take game. I enjoy all the benefits that go with it, but I still like to be successful at the end of the season. Its why I am there. Otherwise, I would just take binoculars to the woods and observe.

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#6179244 - 02/11/16 01:14 PM Re: I've reached a conclusion [Re: Deersteaks]
Txduckman Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 11887
Loc: Big D
If you are on a bad lease or bought deer less property then yes, you should be disappointed and time to move on. And do more homework next time. I don't have to kill anything personally but I would like to see some deer and game at least. Camping at a state park is much cheaper if you have no game.

I have no experience with public land if that is what you are hunting.

If you see game that you can shoot but choose not to and then complain 3 weeks later that you didn't get anything, that is on the hunter.

Which are you referring to?

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#6179250 - 02/11/16 01:20 PM Re: I've reached a conclusion [Re: Deersteaks]
rattler03 Offline
Tracker

Registered: 02/22/14
Posts: 848
Loc: Richardson - Archer County
I don't have to pull the trigger to have a worthwhile hunting experience. At least for me, there are a lot more important factors involved in determining whether or not a hunt was "successful" than simply killing, or not killing, an animal.


Edited by rattler03 (02/11/16 01:22 PM)
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#6179259 - 02/11/16 01:25 PM Re: I've reached a conclusion [Re: Deersteaks]
jmh004 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/01/14
Posts: 419
I dont feel the need to pull the trigger. I just like being out in the woods. That excitment of "what will come oout next" is what keeps me going.

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#6179277 - 02/11/16 01:43 PM Re: I've reached a conclusion [Re: Deersteaks]
PMK Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 09/10/12
Posts: 5695
Loc: Central TX (Gtown/Austin)
I truly believe people go thru various phases in their hunting life and development. I did a quick query and found several websites that give a pretty good description on 5 various phases. The TPWD also had similar that listed 6.

1. Shooting stage
2. Limiting out stage
3. Trophy stage
4. Method stage
5. Sportsman stage
6. Give back stage

I reviewed my 52 years of deer hunting and I find these to be very true. My attitude and hunting has changed a lot in that timeline ...
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#6179280 - 02/11/16 01:45 PM Re: I've reached a conclusion [Re: Deersteaks]
jshouse Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 01/24/10
Posts: 6358
Loc: Rockwall
I never went through 1 and 2 but know plenty that are still there
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Originally Posted By: cameron00
If I send my neighbors a text and ask them to give me feedback on my lawn and plant rye into a giant dong pattern, I'm probably going to get some less than positive feedback. Same goes here.

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#6179282 - 02/11/16 01:47 PM Re: I've reached a conclusion [Re: jshouse]
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
Originally Posted By: jshouse
I don't hunt for the kill, I hunt for the chase and the memories. I would pick beef and chicken over venison every time so I don't care to fill my feeezer, and if I don't see a buck that I want to put on my wall I don't shoot.

I hunted some places for a long time and never saw anything I wanted to shoot, so i didnt, but I loved being out in the woods every time.


Finally, this explains a lot about the "Big" saga..... grin
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#6179283 - 02/11/16 01:47 PM Re: I've reached a conclusion [Re: Deersteaks]
Texas Dan Offline
THF Celebrity

Registered: 07/28/08
Posts: 11867
"I don't hunt to kill, but kill to have hunted."
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Spring, Texas

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#6179299 - 02/11/16 01:53 PM Re: I've reached a conclusion [Re: stxranchman]
jshouse Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 01/24/10
Posts: 6358
Loc: Rockwall
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Originally Posted By: jshouse
I don't hunt for the kill, I hunt for the chase and the memories. I would pick beef and chicken over venison every time so I don't care to fill my feeezer, and if I don't see a buck that I want to put on my wall I don't shoot.

I hunted some places for a long time and never saw anything I wanted to shoot, so i didnt, but I loved being out in the woods every time.


Finally, this explains a lot about the "Big" saga..... grin


haha, I assure you, he is (still) one I want to put on my wall, I just need the chance up
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Originally Posted By: cameron00
If I send my neighbors a text and ask them to give me feedback on my lawn and plant rye into a giant dong pattern, I'm probably going to get some less than positive feedback. Same goes here.

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#6179318 - 02/11/16 02:15 PM Re: I've reached a conclusion [Re: Deersteaks]
kdkane1971 Offline
Pro Tracker

Registered: 01/30/14
Posts: 1993
Loc: Mesopotamia
You should read...



He speaks about very much enjoying the kill...and I couldn't agree more. I enjoy it immensely, and although I don't have to kill everything I see, I would be lying if I said I don't enjoy it.

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#6179326 - 02/11/16 02:30 PM Re: I've reached a conclusion [Re: Deersteaks]
TexasKC Online   content
Pro Tracker

Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 1806
Loc: Houston & Lexington, Texas
I went 17 years between buck kills and still never had a bad day in the woods. I don't crave venison, but I do crave being where deer roam. Just love the hunt, not necessarily the kill. Personal opinion here. Not judging anyone who likes venison and other wild game.

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