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How many of you celebrate the END of hunting season?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Kingcreek, Jan 11, 2016.

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  1. Kingcreek

    Kingcreek Member

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    I don't remember doing it when we were youngsters but I started celebrating the END of the hunting season over 30 years ago when I had a particularly good pheasant season with a young dog I trained myself. The end of a good season is like Thanksgiving II for me.
    Somewhere around 1983, I had a young male golden retriever and no wife or family. We hunted Ringnecks hard that year. I started in Nebraska with cousins, up to South Dak with a friend, back south into Nebraska and Iowa before coming back to hunt Illinois. Even got in a long weekend in Missouri for some quail and roosters. I saved 1 tail feather from each rooster my dog retrieved that season and stuck them in a mason jar. Then I filled a second jar. Last day of the Illinois season, I cooked 2 nice steaks for me and the dog Buckskin. Sat down and counted 88 rooster tails and reflected on what a great hunting season it had been.
    Done something special at the close of the season every year since, except for one when I had right shoulder surgery and missed the whole season.
    This year, my wife was gone to a church women's retreat and driving home in a midwest snow storm. I told her I would have dinner ready.
    We had cold smoked pheasant and a spinach salad, venison and wild mushroom stroganof and sauteed veggies and finished a nice bottle of wine with a fire in the fireplace.
    Anybody else do anything special? I figure the alternative is deep winter depression over the end of an enjoyable activity. I do something different every year, but I always try to celebrate and mark the end of another season. Every season has been successful in some way.
     
  2. BearBrimstone

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    My dad did something similar when I was a kid, but it was never anything big. When he filled his tags my siblings would come over and we would all have a meal of deer.
     
  3. easy

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    I do. Only because it means I no longer need to do trespasser and poacher patrols around and through my property.
     
  4. Patocazador

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    I don't celebrate it, I mourn it. :(
     
  5. TarDevil

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    I hunted for the first time this year, but usually I'm glad to see it gone because dog hunting is allowed in our county and I get tired of these guys sitting in the boat seats mounted in the bed of their trucks, parked in front of my house waiting for anything and everything to cross the road. And those dogs are sorely mistreated.
     
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    I live in Texas. Hunting season never ends here. There is always something to shoot.
     
  7. Captcurt

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    I am with you Duck Dude. Luckily our bow season runs thru February. I still get to chase whitetails for 6 more weeks.

    Had a guy hit me up to work for him. I told him that bow season opened in October and ran 5 months. Fishing got good in March. Turkey season started in April and went to mid -May. Fishing was good thru June. That left July, August and September and it was too hot to work. He got someone else.
     
  8. Hookeye

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    Used to be fireplace, unfllled tags and bourbon on New Years Eve.
    Season since extended.
    The old reinforced wax paper type of tags long gone, now get computer printout.
    Not worth reviving the tradition.
     
  9. protector 6062

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    For sure. I park my armored truck and go back into the woods without fear of being a hunting accident. The men I worked with over 24+ years stop having excuses for pulling on call duty. This with a few more along the same vein.
     
  10. jrdolall

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    I start my deer season bow hunting in Georgia in mid-September and rifle season ends in early January. Alabama starts in mid-October and, where my farm is located, ends on January 31st. A few miles away I have a buddy with a farm and the season runs until I think February 10th. Duck season in Arkansas coincides with gun season in Alabama. We are covered with deer and it isn't unusual for me to hunt 5 days per week from September into February.
    Squirrel and rabbit season carry on into February and we do a lot of that hunting with dogs once the deer hunters are gone. We do have one club that allows us to squirrel hunt in December and January during the week in certain areas.
    I am always grateful when deer season is over. I need a break after starting food plots. stand prep, etc in August. I am pushing my kids and other people to get more into the "older" sports of squirrel and rabbit.
     
  11. gamestalker

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    I don't either, it's always a big let down to know that we can't hunt until the next season.

    But OTOH, coyote and other varmints help pass the time, and then there's Spring Turkey season too, which is almost a month long.

    GS
     
  12. Officers'Wife

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    It's just the end of another harvest, we count the costs, we count the gain and find we have either made a profit or stand secure in the knowledge there is always next year.

    If there is any celebration at all it's the freezer full of meat and the cupboard with the jerky and the pleasure of knowing we are going to eat well over the winter. Which is really what the end of harvest season is about.
     
  13. SlayerOfBunnies

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    Sometimes. Had a little bacon BBQ at the end of the 2012 deer season, for instance. Good times.

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