Whats Stopping You From Hunting?

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Whats Stopping you From Hunting

Land
29
23%
Time
32
25%
Money
15
12%
Knowledge
37
29%
Equipment
15
12%
 
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Re: Whats Stopping You From Hunting?

#76 Post by Wabatuckian » Mon May 30, 2016 12:36 pm

Anyone around my area who wants to learn to hunt is more than welcome to come with me.

These days, when I do hunt, it's solely for food. I'm not a huge fan of sport hunting any longer. My wife will not eat squirrel or rabbit, and I therefore rarely hunt those. She will eat venison, so we need to get a chest freezer. That may need to wait, because we moved from the country to apartments in the city so that the kids could have playmates. That was probably a mistake as these apartments -- where my wife lived as a kid and I lived briefly as a 10-year-old after moving here with my parents -- are now overrun with drugs. We need to get back out into the country and into a house of our own. It's claustrophobic for me here, too!

Still, it's a matter of stuffing a load into the muzzleloader, sitting under a tree for a bit (hate tree stands), and then shooting a deer. There's no real thrill in it like there was. I have a feeling, too, that I score more hits than other hunters because there's no excitement and, therefore, focus is improved.

I do like to teach, and am more than happy to show others how to hunt (beyond the hunter's safety course!) and track, and do whatever. I take a rifle or shotgun, generally, but am not concerned about making the shot.

My boy, Vance, is currently being taught marksmanship. He wants to hunt, but is unsure about eating his kill. I'll not be teaching him until I'm confident that he will eat it.

Fishing, on the other hand, is a different story. I like to catch and release bass. If I ever have to fish for food, I'm confident I can do so.

The world ends, and my family and I will eat well. :thumbup:

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Re: Whats Stopping You From Hunting?

#77 Post by MikeRossi » Fri May 17, 2019 6:39 pm

Here are a few articles. These websites are good resources for people to learn about hunting, where to hunt, and how. One is titled specific to the Northeast. However the same program is available in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Ohio, and perhaps other states. As a matter of fact next year (fall of 2019) the state of Michigan is administering a trial program.

https://thebirdhuntingsociety.weebly.com/high-quality-pheasant-hunting-in-the-northeast.html

https://thebirdhuntingsociety.weebly.com/how-to-retrieve-birds-without-a-dog.html

https://thebirdhuntingsociety.weebly.com/outsmarting-pressured-pheasant.html

https://thebirdhuntingsociety.weebly.com/hunting-pheasant.html

https://nydovehunting.weebly.com/hunting-for-groceries-with-your-dog.html

https://nydovehunting.weebly.com/blog/gardening-growing-harvesting-and-hunting

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Re: Whats Stopping You From Hunting?

#78 Post by SailDesign » Fri May 17, 2019 8:24 pm

My choice wasn't listed. "Interest"

Flawed poll. :D
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Re: Whats Stopping You From Hunting?

#79 Post by Hiker » Fri May 17, 2019 9:10 pm

I don't hunt because it is against my beliefs to kill for fun or food.
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Re: Whats Stopping You From Hunting?

#80 Post by lurker » Fri May 17, 2019 9:23 pm

SailDesign wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 8:24 pm
My choice wasn't listed. "Interest"
ya, me too. but i figure this poll wasn't intended for us.
when i was a teen i used to spearfish, snorkel, mask and fins and a hawaiian sling. i understand about getting out of your own element and the thrill of the chase and all that, but the good part ended when i heard the thunk of the spear in flesh. so it's been over 40 years and i don't miss it. if i want to prove that i can still sneak up on something and get a critter in the crosshairs, a camera works fine.
i don't condemn or look down on people who hunt for food, it's just not for me.
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Re: Whats Stopping You From Hunting?

#81 Post by max129 » Fri May 17, 2019 9:58 pm

I think hunting is a lot easier if you have been doing it in your area for a while.

I haven't been on a hunt since I lived in Alaska - and then, friends took me with them.

I would probably like to go deer or elk hunting once every few years, but like golf, very occasional hunting is difficult.

The amount of equipment, clothing, licenses, etc. I would need to buy to go hunting would be considerable. It is this inertia that has kept me from hunting since 1980.
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Re: Whats Stopping You From Hunting?

#82 Post by MikeRossi » Sat May 18, 2019 6:41 am

My inference of the replies to the poll (most of them) was that those respondents needed various resources to get into hunting. I also inferred that was the context of the poll. Thus, I provided several links that address the same. In addition, by navigating away from that material, a reader can access other articles.

We are not defined by those hunters that do not eat what they harvest, and we make an effort to enlighten them. I have been hunting since 1974 and since then I met one hunter who gave all of his meat away to people who like it but do not hunt, and two fishermen who did the same. Everyone else used it for their table, and if they had extra gave it to neighbors or other acquaintances. I can not speak to the relatively recent (ten or fifteen years) practice of donating wild game to poor people through food banks, sign up lists, etc. One can argue (anti hunters can argue anything) that participants are disingeniuos. IDK or care. Motivism does not change affect. If poor people are getting food the motive does not matter.

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