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Old 11-19-2015, 10:59 AM   #1
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Gun season begins this Saturday in Bama and I should be fired up - but I'm not. I hunt a lease that has produced some awesome bucks, and last year some members had game camera pics of a true world-class buck on our club land. Maybe I'm just getting too old, or maybe I've killed enough deer. Maybe watching them nearly every day in my yard has something to do with it.

I'm going today to sit in a shooting house with a retired friend while he does the muzzleloader thing. Between the two of us, we'll have to pee twelve times during the hunt. Maybe that's why I can't get serious about it.
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Old 11-19-2015, 11:39 AM   #2
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I don't get too excited about deer hunting any longer, just do it for the kids and meat.
January rut gets me a bit stoked.
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Old 11-19-2015, 12:14 PM   #3
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This is an interesting topic:

I could provide a list of friends I have known that lost interest in deer hunting. Some as young as in their early 50's.
I have to admit that my fire has diminished too, although my "juice" for hunting good bucks with a bow remains strong.

I don't have answers, but it does have an effect on a lot of us.
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Old 11-19-2015, 12:21 PM   #4
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Try using a different weapon bow, crossbow, pistol, even a spear since it is legal in Alabama. Or try hunting and animal that is smarter than a deer. I think you might just be bored because rifle hunting isn't a challenge anymore or doesn't pose as a challenge. The only reason why I rifle hunt is to make sure I have a chance at filling my freezer. Granted I still get the fever but no where near as much when I am holding a bow. Only times I am stoked for deer season is bow season, and the rut. If there were bow only places closer than the one in Eglin I have a feeling my rifle would never be used.
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Old 11-19-2015, 12:28 PM   #5
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Get back to the reason you started hunting in the first place. I think for a lot of us, it isn't about the kill or the meat much at all. It's about getting away from things and learning patience and finding clarity. Getting out in nature and enjoying what God graced us all with and that to me is a more powerful message than you can get in any church. Hope this helps and good luck this year.
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Damn! So about the time, I have the time and money to hunt as much as I want. I won't want to anymore? That sucks
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Old 11-19-2015, 03:09 PM   #7
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Yep, me too same w/ a lot of my friends in different parts of the country.
Maybe it's a testosterone issue or something, Lol...

Try using a camera...quite often its just you don't want to hassle w/ the actual killing of the animal, but love the chase.
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Maybe you just need to find a new place to hunt. Some new surroundings and people may spark some more interest. Maybe try changing your approach. Try hunting from the ground or even stalking.

Shitty as it sounds, chaddd makes a pretty good point! I haven't hunted private land in so long, I feel like I'd give up a leg to have access to the kinda land you're talking about. I simply can't afford to hunt like that. So...my advice: go broke and give the guns away. You'll want it much more when you CAN'T have it.
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Old 11-19-2015, 05:39 PM   #9
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I have been feeling the same way... My hunting buddy doesn't hunt anymore and my Kids have very little interest. I don't go near as much as I did before and when I do, I just sit and watch the deer. I do get some satisfaction with the fact that I'm in position and that they have no Idea that I am there, but unless it's a mature buck I have very little interest in punching the trigger on my release.Even then I may still let him walk. I am scheduled to go on an Elk hunt in Montana next year and I am pumped about that, but the thrill of taking a Florida or Alabama whitetail I am afraid has left me.
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You gotta bring empty bottles. I always bring drinks and empty bottles.
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