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How much longer can I hunt like this?

Discussion in 'Indiana Whitetail Hunting' started by Steve, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. Steve

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    As I grow older, I have started to think about how much longer I can keep hunting at the level that I do now.

    Treestands get harder to get into with some being converted to ladder stands. The morning alarm gets harder to answer. I put less sets up ever year. But when it comes down to a shooter crossing my path it still gets the old ticker going.

    How are the rest of you coping with age creeping in as a factor?
     
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  2. I too have thoughts like this ! I have converted to ladder stands for now but have bought a shooting house for bad weather days . I’m also thinking more about ground blind for ambushing more & more . Never Give up !!!!!
     

  3. Steve

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    Yeah ladder stands do make things much easier. I should probably invest in a "pod" as well. I still do a considerable amount of hunting on federal land and that is tough to setup ladder stands on.
     
  4. I'm 48 now and I feel like I am just hitting my stride when it comes to hunting. It has taken some 30 years of time afield to get there. When I was young, I hunted hard and dumb. I look back at all the goofy "tricks" that I tried with the latest "tips" and "tactics" from all of the magazines. Stand sets in horrible spots. Busting deer due to stupid moves. Unsafe setups. Dumb decisions. Trail cameras on every other tree to capture every deer out there, while doing more harm than good.

    I find now that I hunt hard, but I like to think that I hunt smarter. I focus on less stand sets in better locations (which are not always the obvious spots). I run cameras but much fewer and in spots where deer are neither spooked by them and that I can get to cameras without spooking deer. I pay attention to what the woods and field tells me these days. I still like hang on stand sets, but I don't go as high as I once did. I focus 100% on safety when in a tree because I have learned through close calls and watching friends get hurt that no deer is worth a tree stand accident. I've learned to not worry so much about what the neighbor shoots or what others shoot. Probably the biggest things that I have learned is patience and to take every moment in to its fullest.

    I see a time where I spend more hunts on the ground or in a ladder stand or even a box blind. But at this point I am hoping to time that down the road many more years when grand kids want to learn to hunt. I have a while yet before I slow down my hunting pace.
     
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  5. Same here too, guys. I've always enjoyed hunted Deer out of a ladder stand, but lately, at age 68, I am finding it harder to sit longer than four hours, and deal with weather conditions. Also, if I am successful in harvesting a Deer, I am also becoming concerned about retrieving it and processing it myself. Just get harder every year. This past season, I hunted out of my Bedroom window, which over looks my backfield. Ranges vary from 100 to 250 yards, so I use my Ruger M-77 MKII .270 rifle with a 4-12 X 40 m/m Leupold scope. I've taken three Deer hunting out of my window in past years, mainly due to weather conditions. This year I harvested a nice 6-pointer; by harvesting a Deer out in my field, I can drive right up to it and load it up. No need to drag it out of my woods which is very hilly with steep gullies & hollows.
     
  6. Haha great idea davers,
    You could have the wife bring coffe and breakfast too.
    I like it.
     
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  7. While I may not be an old fella, I can put some opinion in this because of the one who taught me and passed down hunting to me. My grandfather would hunt and hunt hard sometimes he climbed into a stand but also he'd sit on the ground. He fell out of his stand and landed flat and caused alot of problems and he never climbed another tree but that didn't keep him from hunting. All the way up and even a couple times after he got his pacemaker put in, he'd do whatever he could. He would sit on his back porch watching a utility line outside his house, and also as above stated hunt out of the spare bedroom window over watching his garden in the back yard. Now he didn't live in the city and had the ability but I think what he would say is, however you have too and if you still have any desire to hunt then do it. There will be a point all of us won't be able to but don't stop hunting unless you lose that desire and that feeling we all get. He said he wasn't so mad at deer anymore is what he would say lol. Killed many many big ones in his life. Also as Dec said he didn't use any tactic or product he just read what the woods gave him and always seemed to find a big one walk by him. Still no where near the hunter he was.
     
  8. Steve

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    I too focus way more on safety when hunting from a hang on than I used to. My balance isn't what it once was. I am always tied onto the tree except for when the stand is going up or coming down.
     
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  9. Even though I am not as advanced as some of you.....I consider this as well. Climbing trees like a squirrel isn't going to last forever. I prefer a ladder stand for archery season and have built 2 shooting houses with plans for at least 2 more for gun hunting. Shooting houses simply allow me to hunt safer and longer and I love hunting with my kids as well. We have had some miserable firearms openers in the past and a shooting house is a god-send in those conditions. We can stay out of the weather and even run a small heater if we want. My property is fairly flat with decent access and I typically only have a short distance to drag a deer before I can get to it with my little tractor with the front end loader on it. I walk to all my stands for now, but some sort of electric cart may be in the future plans as well. Going to be a hard pill to swallow when the time comes when I just can't do it anymore.
     
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  10. I'm 55 now but still feel like a kid when I head out to the deer woods. I still use hang on stands and climb trees with my lineman pole gaffs. No one can get in my stands unless they can climb like a old school lineman
    I have definitely slowed down. Do a lot more evening hunting Except during the rut :) I hope I can do this till I'm 80 plus .
     
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  11. Steve, that's also my biggest concern...."FALLING"!! Climbing 12' up a ladder once, I missed a step and almost fell while climbing up to my seat. I also carry along a walkie so I can summon my Brother if I need his assistance.
     
  12. I am 69 years. I hunt on the ground now, my legs and my balance are not what it used to be.
     
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  14. I personally am still rather young (31) however my pops that I share every property with and devout as much to getting him on deer as myself is creeping into retirement. Crossbows are becoming easier for him (despite his pref being his vertical) and I know the horizon is coming on his days of shimming up treestands with ease. Bigger platforms are his pref. so we've shifted from the smaller ones I like to a few known spots he likes...and by the 2019 season I want to have built a solid enclosure/blind option at both his property and mine (two possibly at mine).

    He already struggles at times with circulation due to diabetes so when it gets really frigid as much as he loves sitting up a tree, an enclosure with his heater body suit could see him sit all day if he wanted...shoot built right won't even need the heater body suit any longer.

    Our biggest hurdle will be to make it a viable option for bows, as building blinds for guns is incredibly easier window wise and such...but I don't want my pops to ever have a valid excuse to stop hunting and getting these puppies built will ensure my father can hunt so long as he can slowly walk and maybe climb 4 or 5 steps (not gonna elevate extremely high).
     
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