Has anyone else lost the appeal of hunting a certain species?


December 21, 2011, 09:10 AM
So as the title says Duck hunting for me has just lost its appeal this year probably because all my hunting buddies are gone, and i dont want to have this sound like bragging but i got my limit of 7 ducks with 9 shots so the challenge just isnt there anymore. Does this happen to anyone else with a certain species or have i gone off the deep end.

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December 21, 2011, 09:23 AM
Duck hunting seems to be the best when the conditions are at their worst. #1 reason I enjoy Dove hunting the most, good weather and it's even great hunting while talking with friends.

December 21, 2011, 09:38 AM
Yep, me too. It's called 'been there, done that'.

For me it was with quail hunting:
Killed my limit with a .410.
Killed 8 with 9 shots (12ga).
only shot over points.
Only took a max of 4 birds/covey.
Trained and hunted a cold-blooded killer male Brittany.
Hunted the same fencerows for too many years.
Buried too many hunting buddies.(including ol' Jake)
My long time partner quit hunting.
My kids are playing school sports now.
Wild bird population too low.

December 21, 2011, 09:42 AM
I've been tired of shooting deer for some time. Twenty five years ago it was a big challenge to find even good sign. Now, they are thick as the hair on a dog's back. I still hunt about every day and see a lot of deer looking for something special. But, I haven't shot anything in a couple of years. If I was a meat hunter I would just shoot a couple out of the window of my house.

December 21, 2011, 10:43 AM
I'm done with moose...i've been done with moose! I've shot a lot of them, some pretty big, and i never did prefer the meat to other big game animals.

In fact, it really surprised me on another forum when the question was asked: "What is your dream hunt?" The vast majority said MOOSE.

NO more swamp donkeys for me!


December 21, 2011, 08:16 PM
Maybe bear.

Hunting them never really appealed to me. I always said I wanted to kill one bear, and hang it on my wall. In 2008, I killed a nice brown sow (black bear) and I'm admiring her on my wall as I write this. In 2010 I could have killed four black bears and a grizzly, and passed on them all. I just prefer to kill elk, and to a lesser extent deer. I know bears prey on elk and deer fawns, but I just don't think they have that big an impact on the herds. I could be wrong. Wolves, though, I'll kill in a second. I nearly got one this year but they vacated the gut pile before I could get there.

I may have to kill one more though, as my wife very much likes the bear on the wall, and wants another for the couch...

December 21, 2011, 08:27 PM
Only thing I get tired of shooting is paper. Yet to put a bullet into a big-game animal though.

December 21, 2011, 08:28 PM
Don`t hunt the wild K9 anymore..........

December 21, 2011, 08:33 PM
I tend to lose the appeal of hunting (deer and birds) at the close of each hunting season; but the appeal always seems to come back about 9 months later.

December 21, 2011, 08:44 PM
Hunting was always something I looked forward to.
Deer,elk,waterfowl,upland birds love to hunt them all.
Then one year I just didn't want to do it anymore.
Haven't shot anything but paper in years.
I can't even shoot the coons that are eating all the cats food every night.

December 21, 2011, 09:52 PM
Maybe bear.

I know bears prey on elk and deer fawns, but I just don't think they have that big an impact on the herds. I could be wrong. Wolves, though, I'll kill in a second. I nearly got one this year but they vacated the gut pile before I could get there.

Where i lived, the wolves were decimateing the moose, and the bears weren't helping any either. Wolved are killing machines, and kill MUCH more than they can eat, (i've seen it myself) i shoot them every chance i get!

Bears need to be kept in check too, as they will kill MANY young animals, but overall they aren't as bad as wolves!


December 21, 2011, 10:58 PM
I used to live to deer hunt. For the last few years I've been taking my son who is now 11. I don't even bring my rifle. I basically guide for him...it's a lot more fun for me to watch him learn to hunt and enjoy all of the experiences. Just being there to witness it is enough for me now.

I'll still hunt some...I went to IL this year to deer hunt...but it's different there because the animals are so much larger than here.

If all I did this year was see my son succeed in the field it would be enough for me.

December 21, 2011, 10:59 PM
Snipes. Never could find the danged things. I'm gonna go after unicorns next season.

December 22, 2011, 01:01 AM
Never did get tired of Hunting.............is that even possible?

December 22, 2011, 03:33 AM
Deer hunting is just not the same anymore, at least for me. I let many spike horns and several 6 points go by this season, never fired the rifle during deer season. Kinda got the coyote bug several years ago. There are more coyote here than deer now so there's no lag in the action. Hunting at night is more satisfying for me anyway. The season is 6 months long, then trout season opens so my time is used up anyway. If I get the chance to shoot a huge 6 point or nice 8 point for mounting on the wall, I'd take it but other than that, deer hunting holds no interest for me anymore.

December 22, 2011, 05:09 AM
I guess I'm in the opposite boat as the above poster. Letting several deer walk in a season doesn't leave me disinterested. I do it every year. Some opening weekends, I've probably let 15 or more bucks walk. Its this kind of population density that keeps me forever anticipating the opener though. With this many deer around, there's ALWAYS some very nice bucks around. I have made it a personal rule not to shoot anything LESS than a 4x4 or 5x5 the past several years, and have been successful every year. I've got some nice racks on the wall (topping out at about 174 b&c) but knowing theres bigger ones out there has me out of bed and ready to go on opening morning, while the rest of the crew is barely climbing out of bed. I've hunted rabbits, prairie dogs, pigeons, coyotes, deer, pheasants, doves, grouse, and honestly, haven't grown tired of any of them...given unlimited time, I'd hunt them all any time. But deer hunting is in my heart most of all.....I hope I live to be one of those gray haired old men one occasionally meets in the hunting fields that makes you think "How does he still DO this?" I have an answer for you....at that point, you don't know how NOT to.

December 22, 2011, 05:27 AM
In 2010 I could have killed four black bears and a grizzly, and passed on them all. If you would have killed a grizzly in Washington state your life would have become very interesting. Federal Marshals at your door, search warrants, paying for a good criminal defense attorney, stuff like that.;)

December 22, 2011, 05:37 AM
Got a bit tired of deer hunting. Switched over to hunting them with handguns. Love it!

Sav .250
December 22, 2011, 06:52 AM
The older one gets, the less the hunt is about the kill than it is about the experience.
By that I mean the bonding, the camp activity, all the great B/S and last but not least , just being in the woods. Gee, That`s me.

December 22, 2011, 10:20 AM

Washington is not the only state I hunt...

Ghost Tracker
December 22, 2011, 10:37 AM
Got tired of big reserve goose hunting, but strangely not fast ducks from tight cover. The older I get the more I enjoy moving hunts and the less I enjoy waiting. I get STIFF when I wait. I would rather stalk than sit in a stand or blind. Same with fishing, I can't hardly watch a bobber just float anymore, but I'll happily throw jigs & crank-baits all afternoon. Funny, I thought it would be the other way around. :confused:

December 22, 2011, 12:39 PM
I used to love duck hunting back in the midwest, mostly fat grain fed mallards. I continued in Alaska only because I had a neighbor who liked ducks, but he's moved on and there's nobody to give them to. The sea ducks around here taste like digested and excreted liver and I have no use for them.

If I ever move to a place with freshwater ducks I'll start hunting them again.

December 22, 2011, 04:12 PM
Rabbits & squirrels don't do it for me anymore. I should try it again though, it might be more interesting than I'm assuming.

December 22, 2011, 04:42 PM
Sometimes I hunt just to have time to take a nap.:p Yes, I still enjoy it, however I can see a time I may not do so. Maybe it's because I came into hunting as an adult rather than younger. I'm still a noob. That said, I still feel some remorse when I take something. I don't want that to change. For me it's an expression of appreciation.

December 22, 2011, 04:42 PM
When I was young it was about the killing. As I grew older it was about the hunt/experience. Lately all I have hunted is varmints. I like most game - not crazy about deer or turkey - and would shoot a rabbit or squirrel for the table. When living in Illinois I hunted waterfowl - especially geese almost to obsession, now no desire.

December 22, 2011, 05:11 PM
I hunt deer for the meat, hogs I mostly trap and shoot targets of opportunity, not really big on either anymore except for the eating. I love both meats. I am a dove and duck and goose hunter, primarily waterfowl, but love doves. I'm a wing shooter through and through. I like the fact that there's ACTION.

What I love about ducks is the experience. I love the marsh. I love using the call, the challenge of turning birds, the challenge of keeping 'em comin', interested in my deek spread. It's more than the shooting for me, a LOT more. If it's cold and wet, I just dress for it! Hell, I ride motorcycles rain or shine, winter and summer, no biggy. Actually, I passed on teal season this year because it was too danged HOT and I wasn't in the mood until a couple fronts came through and I heard some migrating snows. You gotta understand, though, in the south Texas coastal marshes, there aren't many freezes. What's cold to me, you yankees laugh at. LOL

Everyone has their preferences in hunting experiences. I'd rather be in a duck marsh calling ducks than in a deer stand. Yeah, it's a little hard on me now days getting up that early to get a spot out in the marsh, but I keep doing it. I don't do it nearly as much as I used to, though. 3 or 4 hunts a year seem to do it for me.

And, a good goose hunt is a cherished memory. :D I've had a few over the years. They're a lot easier to call, though, than ducks. Ducks are the bigger challenge. What I like about dove hunting is hunting with friends, chatting as I look for birds, catching up on old times and new. I can do that duck hunting, just that not many folks will get out there with me in the marsh that early. LOL The younger set is taking the marshes over around here. I can understand that. Older guys do tend to burn out on it. They can run their wheel chair up to a box blind, but they'd need an amphibious one in the marsh.

December 22, 2011, 07:38 PM
Rabbits & squirrels don't do it for me anymore

With all due respect, a .32 muzzleloader or .22 handgun will put the sport/challenge right back into small game hunting.

Wes Mantooth
December 22, 2011, 07:53 PM
posted by ZeroJunk:
If I was a meat hunter I would just shoot a couple out of the window of my house.

Funny. I started a similar thread on TFL and it ended the same way. Nice doe @ 238yrds from my upstairs bedroom while my son was downstairs watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

December 22, 2011, 08:41 PM
So as the title says Duck hunting for me has just lost its appeal this year probably because all my hunting buddies are gone, and i dont want to have this sound like bragging but i got my limit of 7 ducks with 9 shots so the challenge just isnt there anymore. Does this happen to anyone else with a certain species or have i gone off the deep end.

No...you are just fine. The same thing happened to me more than 20 years ago. Nevertheless, I still like to watch migrating ducks and "Get their Attention" occasionally when I'm fishing during the fall (I'll carry the call), and I'm always willing to help a new generation of Duck Hunters learn how to call, point shoot, lay-up Decoys, etc.. But...the old friends are no longer around, and this makes all the difference in the world - so I just don't hunt ducks anymore.

Hunting ducks is an art. I'm glad I learned that art even after years of not practicing it. I hope you feel the same. I think you will feel the same.:)

December 22, 2011, 08:41 PM
Im sick of turkey. The season comes right when catfishing starts picking up. We cant hunt them past 1:00 if they would allow rifles to hunt them, I may be interested.

December 23, 2011, 10:48 AM
....22 handgun will put the sport/challenge right back into small game hunting.
Okay, I'm in!

December 23, 2011, 11:09 AM
ducks and turkey, both taste blah, turkey for me are a nuisance, no challenge to killing them, they eat the corn from my feeders...also dont care about dove hunting anymore.

December 23, 2011, 11:28 AM
I have lost all desire to hunt whitetails.

December 23, 2011, 11:55 AM
This thread is depressing! It’s like “Worn-Out Hunters Anonymous”.

Hello, my name is Greg, and I’ve lost the desire to hunt. :(

December 23, 2011, 12:16 PM
Oh, but I could fill ten of these threads with the zeal and excitement I have for elk hunting!!!

December 23, 2011, 12:24 PM
:) I assume most people reading the "hunting" section of the high road still enjoy hunting something! :)

December 23, 2011, 12:32 PM
^ i enjoy hunting ducks still its just lost that appeal like ill go and shoot a limit and its alright i was just wondering if anyone has ever just lost the excitement and appeal of the hunt.

December 23, 2011, 12:41 PM
I'm with you! I was just tyring to lighten the mood. :)

I'm usually ready for a (short) break from whitetail season by Janaury. (not as ready as my wife though!)

December 23, 2011, 08:44 PM
Bird hunting is exciting, deer hunting sorta boring. I've got these Eurasian collard doves all over my place right now, they've moved in to the county big time from somewhere. Second dove season just opened up. Screw deer hunting, I'm gonna go shoot doves! :D

Okay, that was at first depressing, finished on an up note. :D Hey, everyone has preferences. I'll always pick wing shooting, especially waterfowl, over deer hunting. Sitting in a stand gets old, spot and stalk is a bit more interesting when I can get out west to do it, but it still doesn't compare to a good day in the marsh.

December 23, 2011, 08:59 PM
I don't care to hunt Javelina. It's like $30 a tag or something, I can't find them reliably, they aren't very good eating...I killed one years ago and don't care if I kill another one. Meh.

Birds. Since I've discovered predator hunting, I'll almost always choose a predator hunt over a bird hunt. If somebody wants to take me to a good dove or quail spot, I'll go. But if I'm gonna plan a hunt, it'll be a predator hunt.

December 23, 2011, 09:12 PM
javelina and duck, neither taste worth a darn and neither a challenge to hunt for me, turkey either.

December 23, 2011, 09:14 PM
Oh, and how could I forget turkey? Arizona's turkey herd is pretty poor. I haven't put in for turkey in years.

December 23, 2011, 09:19 PM
Ive stopped Hunting Whitetail here in the Arctic, and Turkeys I gave up on yearrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrs ago, haveing never seen a damn thing .....~~LOL!!~~

T Bran
December 23, 2011, 09:27 PM
For me it is Turkeys I'm overrun with them to the point that I keep a slingshot and a bag of rocks in my stand to run them out of my feeder zone. I dont care for the meat so no need to killem just go away.
Hogs on the other hand are the reason the feeders are there I love shooting hogs and making sausage.

December 23, 2011, 09:30 PM
to answer the OP - no. I'm 60 and haven't been able to hunt for three years due to degenerative arthritis, three operations, two new hips and a new knee in place and working fine now and I'm raring to go next year! Got a place lined up for pheasant, and looking for a lease for deer. Biggest change I'll be making is using handgun for deer, as it's lighter, and that gives me a free hand for a "hiking staff". It's not a cane if it has a forend "v" on top, in my book...

December 23, 2011, 09:49 PM
I am in grad school and I have not been deer hunting since before I started undergrad about 5 years ago. For one I don't really have a place to go, but I also find that I don't care to go hunting alone. The friend's property I went to to hunt in my home state was not great for deer, I've still never gotten one, but it was more about the people I went with than killing a deer.
I went back a couple years ago and just went out with my dad, didn't hunt myself. If non-res licenses weren't so prohibitively expensive I would just hunt there.
One of the guys there that year was a new hunter and absolutely out for blood. I'm just not that way anymore. If I get the opportunity I will go and shoot a deer, but that's not all it's about for me.
A colleague introduced me to dove hunting this year and it was a lot of fun, much more laid back.

December 24, 2011, 10:39 AM
I got a little burned out stand hunting hogs with a scoped rifle. So I started spot and stalk hunting them and jump shooting them. Then I started doing the same with a iron sighted heavy rifle then an iron sighted double rifle. It's a great excuse to exercise your DG rifles and it great training for the real thing as hogs in tight cover very closely simulate the the types of situations and conditions in which one hunts buffalo and elephant.

After having killed multiple hundred hogs I still enjoy the challenge of sneaking into tight cover and shooting a running hog or even a still hog at close range. Don't get me wrong I like to snipe them occasionally too but spiting distance gets my juices flowing. If I was still sitting over a pile of corn waiting for a hog to come in I'd have given it up a long time ago as I find it to be BORING! Same goes for deer. Stand hunting deer makes me CRAZY I'm impatient that way. I like to move and work at hunting. About the only time I sit in stand or blind is either bow hunting or hunting with kids.

Taking kids out and putting them on game is infectiously exciting for me. Their enthusiasm rubs off on me. I find that sneaking a kid into range and having them get set up and making the shot is one of the most challenging things I've ever done in the hunting world. Doing it right, keeping your mouth shut when you are excited too and providing nothing but calm and meaningful guidance is not as easy as one might think.

December 24, 2011, 11:17 AM
Now Caribou, as I recall those Nelchina 'bou I used to hunt had white tails (not to mention the necks!).......and the best Thanksgiving 'turkey' I've ever eaten had turned white as snow over on the Denali. Truth be told I really believe that both were better eatin' than real WT or these long legged swamp gobblers!

December 24, 2011, 11:26 AM
H&H brings up something, my search for something to spice the hunt. Only thing that gives me variety on the deer stand is trying to shoot one with a BP rifle. I've done it with rifles and handguns, iron sighted and scoped, so I got this inline since I could mount a scope on it for my eyes, which have never been that great. I've worn glasses since age 2 and I'm turning 60 this year. Age sux for eyes.

So, I was walking to my stand earlier this season, turn a corner and there stands a little 5 point. I hadn't killed a deer in a couple of years, didn't need to debate, raised the gun and fired in a cloud of 777 smoke. Now that THAT's accomplished, I've not shot one with my Hawken and I've not shot one with a bow. Hmm....but hell, I'd still rather be waterfowling. :D

I'll get back into hunting New Mexico, maybe. If and when, it'll be during black powder season with my Hawken. That's a bit more challenge than sitting on a stand and popping one. Getting within 7mm Rem Mag range of a mulie with those HUGE radar like ears is tough enough. I may not get anything, but then, what I like about that hunting is just being in the mountains, the experience of spotting game and trying to get close. It's kinda tough on me now days, but I've still got some spark left in this old body, even if everything snaps and pops now days when I get out of bed in the morning. I'll just walk slower, take my time, works better hunting, anyway.

December 24, 2011, 01:38 PM

I can go to the store and buy a better tasting one and spend a lot less time and energy. :)

December 24, 2011, 03:51 PM
The hunting you guys have been able to do is something to be envied IMHO. No, I don't think it will get boring for me for awhile. I took a doe and buck this year and was able to watch a family of raccoons fool around 20 feet from my stand. Just being out in the outdoors does so much to wash the cobwebs of work away. I keep telling others if you just put on some drab clothing and go sit in a field acouple times, they will see something most others won't or so by mistake. Not only that, but it can happen in places few would expect. Owls, hawks, turkey, deer, ducks, you name it. FANTASTIC:D

December 24, 2011, 04:29 PM
Yeah, that part can be kind of addictive.

December 25, 2011, 01:29 PM
I'll almost always choose a predator hunt over a bird hunt. Same here. I used to be a fanatical bird hunter, but after I moved to "town" from the country I gave up on raising and training bird dogs. Besides, after hunting waterfowl and upland game several times a week for 25 years...

I am also getting tired of elk hunting. I have shot about 40 elk within an hour's drive of my house. I like the meat, but the critters are just big, heavy, bloody quarters. I would rather hunt deer, antelope, and coyotes.

December 25, 2011, 03:13 PM
I think an elk hunt would be a fantastic thing to do. Just hunting whitetails here. I think I probably have taken about 14 with only two bucks. Mostly I enjoy the hunt and the meat.

Loyalist Dave
December 28, 2011, 08:37 AM
I haven't gone goose hunting for a long while..., maybe three years now..., where I would go is a lot of work, for not so much meat, while with two deer, and sharing the meat I have a full freezer.

But while I was out yesterday, several flights of geese came over well within range..., and I lamented that I hadn't brought a shotgun with me..., so maybe I will get back into geese next month.

As for Moose, I went once, and didn't see a thing, well I saw some bears, but it wasn't bear season. It was also unseasonably warm. Unfortunately, going from Maryland to Moose country is a bit expensive for me, especially as my extra cash and my daughter now go to college.

I like the upland birds, and the bunnies and squirrels, but for some reason not the geese so much.


December 28, 2011, 12:14 PM
I am also getting tired of elk hunting. I have shot about 40 elk within an hour's drive of my house. I like the meat, but the critters are just big, heavy, bloody quarters. I would rather hunt deer, antelope, and coyotes.

Same here,

I've actually skipped elk hunting for myself for the last two years I did put my daughter on nice cow last year though. I have not gotten so burned out on elk hunting as I have on the time and logistics it takes to do it sometimes. Back country DIY elk hunting is a load of hard work and time.

I'm probably going to hit it big time again next year though I kind of missed it this season.

December 28, 2011, 03:06 PM
I used to like hunting geese, until I moved to a place where they were considered pests, and you owuld have to shoo them away to get to your car, it kind of made sitting out in the cold seem a little silly. Also turkeys, you cant keep them out of the garden, a whole flock roosts above my fathers shop, kind of makes dresing up in camo and calling them pointless.

December 28, 2011, 03:56 PM
Funny that after awhile what others consider quarry is anothers pest. I hunt on a farm that has a depreditation permit. No deer allowed. Take all the antlerless ones you can up to 15. Best to date was 7 in a year. I met another guy the DNR gave a permit to keep 4 for food and leave the others in the field. Six weeks later they had shot 30.

December 30, 2011, 10:52 AM
For me, deer hunting is a Thanksgiving and Christmas family tradition. When the wife or father-in-law is ready, then so must I be. But at the same time, when they want to sleep...so do I. :)

December 30, 2011, 07:58 PM
I got tired of squirrel hunting with a shotgun in my teens, moved to a .22 about age 25 after not squirrel hunting for a long time. Got good with it and now play games such as; head shots only, nothing closer than 50 yards, nothing further than 10 yards, only if the are facing me....... Gotta make it interesting.

I use to get tired of quail hunting towards the end of season, that is when I hunted 3-4 days a week. Now with kids I get to about 1 day a week maybe 2 if I am lucky, I don't get tired of it now.

After a poor population of ducks one season I walked in the house (age 21), it had been just above 20 degrees all day and I had fought to keep the water from freezing and the one group of ducks that did come in literally came in from behind as a surprise and vanished before I could draw my gun. I got one *** duck that entire season so I said heck with this, gave my decoys to a friend I use to hunt with, bought a Brittany and took up quail hunting.

I got out of deer hunting at one time, I got back into it a little.

December 30, 2011, 07:58 PM
Rabbits & squirrels don't do it for me anymore. I should try it again though, it might be more interesting than I'm assuming.

That is me exactly. I just lost interest in hunting them. Years ago it was the opposite. As a teenager I could not wait til squirrel and rabbit season opened. I did not deer hunt back then. After I turned 21 I started deer hunting and gave up squirrel hunting.

December 30, 2011, 09:31 PM
In my little area of Canada, moose season lasts 1 week and deer 2 weeks. Small game all through fall and midway through winter. I treasure every minute as well as the company of my fellow hunters and best friends. I've never been a big fan of bear meat so I don't hunt them (unless self defense). I can't imagine not hunting but I do limit my kills to what I or my group can consume. I also have no problem watching game in the wild through my spotting scope, rifle scope or camera.

December 30, 2011, 09:45 PM
I'm not going to lie even though I go every year and harvest several speciems for the sake of meat and the occasional trophy I am flat burned out on Whitetail Deer hunting. Recently I've tried broadening my hunting horizens by taking up predator hunting and going coon hunting a bit more with my dad. As of now my dream hunt would be chasing after a trophy mountain lion with a pack of hounds somewhere up north or out west. Hunting with the aid of hounds is IMO way more enjoyable than hunting alone but I suppose I could be a bit biased seeing as my dad took me coon hunting at least ( no lie ) several nights a week every week of my boyhood.

Big Bad Bob
December 30, 2011, 10:39 PM
Duck hunting has lost its appeal for me too, I was once really into to it, in fact the appeal of almost all bird hunting has faded for me. Dove hunts are fun to do still, but its becoming more for the camaraderie an less of a hunting experience.

Deer and turkey hunting I dont think will ever lose its appeal for me, even though we have a 4 month gun season (4 and half if you bowhunt) the lure of killing a bigger racked buck just wont quit for me and the challenge of Turkey hunting is just plain fun.

I guess if the challenge goes away maybe the allure will to but I doubt it. I will always love being in the woods.

December 31, 2011, 03:32 AM
i have lost the interest in deer/big game hunts. last one nearly killed me from dragging a BIG doe out. then it seems to take alot of time and energy to butcher one for the table (dont want to give somebody $$$ for doin something I should be doin). I will be taking my oldest out for his first next fall though.

never liked waterfowl or birds. just stick to small game and varmints. been tryin for some coyotes.

December 31, 2011, 04:54 AM
I think I am at the point where I am no longer interested in deer hunting. As I get older I just lost the interest.

December 31, 2011, 06:46 AM
Squirrel hunting for me has stood the test of time! Started in the mid-60's when I's about 8 hunting with my Dad. We pretty much hunted all season every year and most always with shotguns but only occasinally with a 22. Don't really understand why a rifle didn't appeal to me more then. Between my brother, dad, & me we always killed in the 00's and ate everyone and wanted more. By the time I's married and a family of mine own, early 80's I started deer & turkey hunting. Seemed like a real adventure at first, so I quit squirrel hunting. Wasn't long before I quit hunting all-together! Thru these years fishing consumed all my outdoors time, always love to fish anyways. About 10 years ago, with the kids about grown, lotta of solitary time, loosing my interest in fishing (alone) I got back into turkey hunting, but with a longbow. Now that was some interesting fun and I hunted as hard as time permitted, came close many times but never completely scored. Hunted one morning during this with a shotgun and got a bird, and knew I could've limited every season with one. It got to where I enjoyed just hitting the woods with my bow and stump shooting, but more & more trying to hunt squirrels with it. I must admit I got to where fall turkey hunting was more fun than spring, but it's always feast or famine, and really tough being in nothing but big wooded mountains no agriculture. I soon learned that although great hunting action, the bow is a poor squirrel killer as far as quick kills and when from my hands I only want a quick humane kill. All this rekindled in me that IMO the only really good hunting is Still-hunting, Spot&Stalk, or whatever lends itself to constantly seeking sign, stopping to look, always HUNTING, and hunting new places! Nothing else compares with Squirrel hunting for true, reliable consistent hunting and shooting action (love guns as much as hunting)!!!I'm 52 now and as crazy about hunting as I ever was, not able to go as hard and far, and not very often as I could but still going. Put down the bow and got into what I'd never went into any depth before and got me a good 22 rifle & scope. LOVING every minute of it. Although I'll still occasionally use my scoped rifle, theres nothing as enjoyable, satisfying, and challenging as hunting em with an iron-sighted 22 rifle! Now it's nothing to do with #'s, always a patient careful stalk for as good a shot as I can get and make a ONE-Shot kill as often as possible. Usually a head shot but I'll take a heart-lung shot if need be confident it kills instantly with a high velocity hollowpoint. A successful hunt usually leads to a meal I cook for myself that evening, a day that can't be beat by antlers or long beards IMO. As good as it gets here on earth! But now wish fall turkeys where legal with a rifle here in Ky., and IMO they should be! Guess it should be a heritage carried on from the beginning of our country and as challenging as can be. Fried turkey breast is good too!

January 2, 2012, 04:42 PM
wish I had the experiences most of you have. I have hunted small game since the age of twelve; rabbit, squirrel, coyote and game birds as well; quail, dove, pheasant, grouse, & ducks. no goose or turkey though. Been hunting deer ten years now with no kills(seems more hunters then deer in western washington).
Hunting only public land and mostly alone. I did get to Wyoming last Oct for an Antelope hunt and got my first 2. A buck & doe with a Rem 7400 in .280 Rem with 130grn handloads. Still want a whitetail, a mulie, and a couple Elk (bull/cow). Can't afford a guided hunt and working 40 hrs a week & family obligations make it difficult to scout, so it seems it will take the rest of my life to accomplish these goals (i'm 50 now). I have not lost my zeal yet, but I don't have 10 or 20 animals under my belt.

January 2, 2012, 06:57 PM
^ pronghorns now thats a hunt id like to do

January 6, 2012, 11:25 PM
I don't hunt waterfowl because I don't want to eat them anymore. I may have to give up hunting for health reasons. Up to now I've hunted grouse pheasants and deer mostly.

January 16, 2012, 04:56 PM
We kind of gave up on grouse. The population is way down in most years, sometimes we don't see more than a handful all season. Other years, it's okay, but we still don't shoot them. They used to be fun to hunt with 12 & 16 ga., only head shots allowed. The rookies used .22's. Now, they won't let us use our pellet guns on them, and it's too hard packing two long guns moose hunting. But they sure are tasty. I miss hearing the filleted, breaded, breasts sizzling in bacon fat and red wine.

January 26, 2012, 07:56 AM
If you start to lose the appeal for hunting, take a break.

I started doing guided fishing charters almost a year ago and in that year I have hunted maybe 3 half days. I was starting to lose the appeal for hunting all together. Too much work, clearing lanes, filling feeders, cleaning gear, blah blah blah.

Man, now I can't wait to get back in the woods again.

Ian Johnson
January 28, 2012, 12:18 PM
I will never stop small game hunting at least a few times per year, it brings back good memories of hunting with my grandfsther and one of my best friends, deer hunting where I live is near impossible unless you have dogs(thick swamp) and the public land sucks, so I have kinda lost the appeal to deer hunt unless I find a place woth doing it, now I would love to give predator hunting a try

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