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Older Hunters #7496028 04/25/19 12:02 AM
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Having hunted for the better part of 6 1/2 decades I consider myself an "older hunter". What I'm curious to know is how many THF members consider themselves in the same older hunter group and what are the problems they experience. I see comments every once in awhile that mock someone for not doing something that may require the physical strength someone my age doesn't have. Are there other limitations that prevent hunters from going out into the field alone to do what they love? I hunt every week at night for hogs with thermal equipment and I suspect there are some who don't go simply because there is no one to join them. At age 76 I know I'm probably hunting on borrowed time but I'll keep at it as long as I can. I love seeing the photos and videos of young hunters with their family out sharing hunting experiences.


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I'll be 60 this year, Had cancer treatment, spine fusion, numerous arm surgeries, etc. A few years ago I bought a receiver mounted winch to lift deer and pigs into the truck. Made a heck of a difference as I don't need the help anymore .

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I'll be 69 this Fall, and love the mountains. Lots of restrictions on motorized retrieval of animals on public land, more lenient on private tho. . Still love to hunt and fish for everything. Until I was 60, I would routinely pack up to a 100# every day when retrieving game in the mountains. Now, with a bad ankle-bad knee-bad hip I can do 60-80# and I feel it for 3 days. Doesn't stop me, just more trips and conservative where I shoot big animals. For states which don't allow me to bone out deer, I have started using my wheeled cart or poly sled more often.

I'll edit this to include some additional info. Of the group of 10 or so close friends who have coffee regularly and hunt together, two have Parkinson's, one has throat cancer and one has lung cancer/emphsyma. One died of an aortic aneurysm early. One just got too old and fat, and gave up hunting for RV'ing. My partner and I must be too old to know better so we keep abusing ourselves and hunting wherever we can. Never give up!!!

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Gotta find different ways to do the same things. NEVER GIVE UP. Itís what keeps the old man out. I can put up with the soreness and pain and the recovery. Itís still a labor of love. I guess my body will eventually tell me what I can or canít do....but nobody else can.

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Iím 40 and would most likely prefer to share camp with ďold huntersĒ

Iím still at the age to do heavy lifting but had rather not have to deal with the younger crowd


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I am 60 and feel it but donít give up. My Dad always said the older you get the wiser you get ! He was so right Being Hercules in my younger days did not pay off

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I'm definitely in the group that has far more opening days behind than ahead!

My biggest complaints center around vision (especially since I love to hunt with open sights!) and a slight tremor that plays hell with shooting bug-hole groups anymore.

I'd still rather be afield than anywhere else. There's always cows to check, feed or doctor...always coyotes and hogs to chase.

When we moved out here I told my bride that I only had one more move remaining in me...either to the nursing home or the cemetery and when it got to that point I wouldn't much care which!

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70+ and my biggest issue is having outlived or out healthed my hunting friends. Hunting by myself is not an issue but no one to share a lease with is an issue.

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You guys are an inspiration. At 58, I hope to have a few more seasons in me. I'm at the stage that some of you have already been through - playing "whack-a-mole" with pain and minor physical issues. You know the drill - one thing will subside and some other issue will rear its ugly head, over, and over. I think it's a warm up for the "big stuff" coming down the pike and, to gain a little humility when it comes to truly elderly folks talking about nothing else but their physical ailments and doctors appointments.

A couple of the younger ones on here have been kind and patient enough to let me tag along on some hunts and it's been great to see new places and see the excitement of younger guys.

'Hope to close on a ranch in the next month and I plan on spending the next 10 years trying to make it the best place that I can. I like to think of myself as a realist, so I know that my son and son-in-law that live close aren't going to have a lot of time to help the old man with a whole bunch of stuff, but I can still do a lot of stuff myself (slowly and safely) and hopefully I'll get to spend some time with my grandkids, showing them a little about nature and hunting, small amounts at a time.

Good hunting to all of you.


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Seventy-five here. Swapped slogging through the swamps for sitting in a box stand years ago. Sure don't miss the strenuous stuff. One day they're going to find my body in an elevated box in the piney woods with a gun clutched in my cold stiff hands and a big smile on my face.


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70 plus years of hard living. Agent Orange victim along with a spinal cord compression. 20 years ago I was in a wheelchair for about 6 months, finally with surgery and rehab I graduated to a walker and cane, another AO problem put me back on a walker a little over 2 years ago. I pay no attention to the BS of the younger bunch, I have been there and done that and done other things they can only dream of.


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76 and still in pretty good shape. I live in Hurst but own my own place around Bowie. Stock tanks, hogs, and deer. Have 4 wheelers and a tractor with front end loader. Used to be covered up by Grandson and his buddies. Now they are grown and have their own lives so donít see much of them. I kinda feel like the song Puff the magic dragon. They still show up and help me fill feeders but thatís about it. The desire to hunt is still there but I killed 2 bucks last year that I couldnít find. That makes me sick. Not sure what Iíll do this year.

Iíve killed my elk, antelope, mulies, and lots of white tails. Been to Africa and killed some animals that I wasnít mad at.

Canít shoot off hand any more and have to work to overcome a flinch. I guess Iím pretty well used up and worn out.

My Trophy Wife retires next year and weíre going to do some traveling. I doubt that Iíll ever hunt anywhere but my own place again.

I know one thing. We wonít go anywhere unless I can calm her down about going to Winstar.$$$$$

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Age 74 and still love getting out even though two bouts with cancer, weigh gain and just getting old have taken their tow. Have been able to complete "bucket lists" hunts and fishing in Alaska, Canada and the near Arctic. Will keep hunting until it is time to go. Planning hunting/fishing trips is as much fun as doing them.


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Originally Posted by Walkabout
Gotta find different ways to do the same things. NEVER GIVE UP. Itís what keeps the old man out. I can put up with the soreness and pain and the recovery. Itís still a labor of love. I guess my body will eventually tell me what I can or canít do....but nobody else can.

This, ^......Im 69 and I tried yesterday to put 50lbs on my shoulder and climb up a ladder to fill the feeder. I could not make it. I had to just pour 25lbs out on the ground and then carry 1/2 sack up the ladder. I used the empty bag to pour corn into for the other 5 bags. It took 12 trips instead of 6, but I got it done.


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Find a young hunter and take him under your wing. Teach him how to hunt and let him do the hard manual labor. One of my best friends is PitchforkPredator on this forum he isnít a young buck but still very capable. I help fill feeders, fix blinds, move blinds and feeders around and all sorts of stuff. I get to shoot some hogs and coyotes from time to time but would help him out with anything if he ask. Some of the best friendships I have were made because of hunting.

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Originally Posted by Mr. T.
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Gotta find different ways to do the same things. NEVER GIVE UP. Itís what keeps the old man out. I can put up with the soreness and pain and the recovery. Itís still a labor of love. I guess my body will eventually tell me what I can or canít do....but nobody else can.

This, ^......Im 69 and I tried yesterday to put 50lbs on my shoulder and climb up a ladder to fill the feeder. I could not make it. I had to just pour 25lbs out on the ground and then carry 1/2 sack up the ladder. I used the empty bag to pour corn into for the other 5 bags. It took 12 trips instead of 6, but I got it done.


You need to get some stand and fill feeders. I did this a few years ago and it sure makes it easy.


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My greatest concern as an older hunter is seeing the current generation of new and younger hunters who care nothing about learning the hunting knowledge and skills that people my age learned when first starting out. There isn't much to learn when your tactics equate to just waiting for something to show up and eat. And the far greater challenge made ANY deer that hung from a meat pole a trophy animal.

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I'll be 60 in December. I still love hunting! I don't do much still hunting these days. My deer hunting us mostly from the comfort of a blind. Thank goodness for receiver hitch game hoists!! Still love dove and turkey hunting. I get out as often as I can. Now that I'm retired, I'm in the woods two or three days a week during season. I'll keep on keeping on as long as I'm able. Best part of hunting is the fellowship of sharing camp with good friends.

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Originally Posted by Texas Dan
My greatest concern as an older hunter is seeing the current generation of new and younger hunters who care nothing about learning the hunting knowledge and skills that people my age learned when first starting out. There isn't much to learn when your tactics equate to just waiting for something to show up and eat. And the far greater challenge made ANY deer that hung from a meat pole a trophy animal.
the greatest concern is older people who are stuck in their ways and arenít willing to change because they are too close minded.

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Iím 55 so not ďoldĒ yet, but I can see it coming much sooner than it used to be. I am trying to get my mountain hunting in while I can, because I know thatís a younger manís game. Other than that, getting older has been a blessing when it comes to hunting. Experience trumps everything-and thereís only one way to get it. Plus, you learn to slow down and enjoy life, which is probably getting olderís greatest gift.


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WTH is up with you olds? I'm 60 and just now hitting my prime! <sarcasm>

Been lucky on my health, weight is still good, and only some minor joint issues. I did have to quit running a few years back to save the knees. I'm sure at some point knee surgery is in my future. The one big thing that bothers me now that didn't before is extreme heat and cold. The days of working outside all day when it's 100 or hunting without a blind when it's below freezing are definitely behind me. And shooting open sights is sure a struggle. I really miss doing that the most.


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Originally Posted by dogcatcher
70 plus years of hard living. Agent Orange victim along with a spinal cord compression. 20 years ago I was in a wheelchair for about 6 months, finally with surgery and rehab I graduated to a walker and cane, another AO problem put me back on a walker a little over 2 years ago. I pay no attention to the BS of the younger bunch, I have been there and done that and done other things they can only dream of.


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Originally Posted by Texas Dan
My greatest concern as an older hunter is seeing the current generation of new and younger hunters who care nothing about learning the hunting knowledge and skills that people my age learned when first starting out. There isn't much to learn when your tactics equate to just waiting for something to show up and eat. And the far greater challenge made ANY deer that hung from a meat pole a trophy animal.


the greatest concern is older people who are stuck in their ways and arenít willing to change because they are too close minded.


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At age 83, I can no longer put a 50# sack of corn on my back and climb a ladder to fill a feeder. Solution?? I carry a Home Depot 5 gallon bucket in my truck and make 3 trips up the 14' ladder per sack.
It will be a while before I get too old to hunt!


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Originally Posted by DH3
At age 83, I can no longer put a 50# sack of corn on my back and climb a ladder to fill a feeder. Solution?? I carry a Home Depot 5 gallon bucket in my truck and make 3 trips up the 14' ladder per sack.
It will be a while before I get too old to hunt!


I'm at the point where I don't mind getting those 40 pound bags instead of the bigger ones.


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10-4 on the 40 # bags. At 72 I hunt 2 or 3 days a week during archery and gun season. No more climbing stands for me. Ladder stands or tripods. Still pull a 63 lb compound and 40 to 50 lb. long bow and recurve. I know my shoulders won't last many years longer, so xbows in in my future . frown frown!

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