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Great hunters.

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by H&Hhunter, Feb 25, 2003.

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  1. H&Hhunter

    H&Hhunter Moderator

    Jan 28, 2003
    Who is the best hunter you know? And why?

    I've got several that I really look up to.

    One is friend of mine who is the best field shot alive as far as I know. If he points a gun at it it dies...Period..

    The other is the gamefindingist son of a gun alive if there is a critter within 60 miles of your position he'll have found it and been close enough for a shot by noon.

    Yet another is in the best shape of anyone I know he can pace an elk in the roockies in 3 feet of snow all day for days on end sleep out in the winter with just his clothes no bag no tent and he lives off of snickers candy bars for days on end. The amazing thing is he's over 60 years old and is a full time outfitter inbetween full time hunting for himself.

    And my dad is the luckiest hunter alive. he's really not into hunting that much doesn't shoot very often and is out of shape. But three of his last four hunting trips in the last ten years yielded record book critters...ON PUBLIC LAND...;) I'd rather be lucky than good I guess.

    What is it that makes a person a great hunter in your minds eye?
  2. PALongbow

    PALongbow Member

    Dec 25, 2002
    South East, PA
    What is it that makes a person a great hunter in your minds eye?

    A hunter that hunts hard, abides by game laws, and hunts ethically.
  3. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Terlingua, TX; Thomasville,GA
    Anybody can pretty much learn the "how-to", althought a few have more of a natural instinct for it.

    I think one important factor is patience. In general, older guys do better there, and from what I've read do better at trophy hunting. There is the accumulated knowledge of likely spots for Ol' Biggie to hide out, and the patience to wait and see if he moves.

    Another factor is a willingness to keep on keeping on, and not head back to the campfire too soon. Start early, stay out all day, and get back late.

    :), Art
  4. Carlos Cabeza

    Carlos Cabeza Member

    Jan 2, 2003
    Okie City, OK.
    I suppose my Ol' Garandad.:D He could "roll them bunnies" and shoot hat tricks of quail all day long. He taught me most of my hunting skill and I still "visit" with him when on a long solo deer hunt. You see, he passed away in 1995 and I hear him tell me where to scout, and how to listen to the "woods talk". I inherited that old Ithaca pump shotgun, and I still believe it has his shootin' skill inside of it. ITS MAGIC ! 'cause he never missed.....;)
    I wish everyone could've had my grandpa as thier own...........
  5. Larry Ashcraft

    Larry Ashcraft Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Home of Heroes, Pueblo, CO, USA
    That would have to be my dad. He started hunting elk in 1945 with a 1903 Springfield he bought for $12.00 (I still have it). He has only missed one year that I know of since then. He hurt his shoulder last year and couldn't lift his rifle (he's 75), but I bet he goes next year. When I was growing up we hardly ever ate beef. In fact, when we had to, it always tasted "greasy". We had pork or chicken once in a great while, but the standard meal around our house was deer or elk steak or roast, mashed potatoes and brown or white gravy.

    I haven't hunted elk with my dad for a few years because my business doesn't allow me enough time off, but I spent many years hunting with him. He taught me all his techniques and ethics. Move quietly, sit for a while, move, watch low for legs, hunt downhill, elk seldom look uphill.

    Once, after reading a magazine article about taking "quartering away" shots, I asked him what he would do and if his .300 Win. Mag was up to the shot. He said "I don't take rump shots, it's cruel and ruins meat, another elk will be along eventually".

    He went pronghorn hunting (my favorite BTW) once, when I was a kid. He got a nice 14 incher but never went again. He said "That wasn't a hunt, it was a shoot" Shooting a pronghorn on open plains at 440 yards wasn't his idea of a hunting trip.

    Anyway, I got my passion for hunting from my dad, even if he prefers elk, and I usually limit my hunting to pronghorn, birds and occasionaly varmints.
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