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By the inch or some other measure?
Posted: 05 December 2011 10:39 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Do you measure your hunting success in pounds or inches? Do you measure your skill in how far you shot or how close you got to your game?  Only needing one shot or unloading your magazine and getting lucky?  Are you spending the mortgage for new or getting by with last years gear?

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Posted: 05 December 2011 11:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Posted: 06 December 2011 09:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I measure my success by pounds of meat,,,,lol. I am guilty of the inches it scored, far shots, but have moved wayyyy past it now…As far as gear goes, I stick with the older stuff that i know works, The ole-timers never had scentblocker and they managed too kill deer,,I also know guys who buy new bows EVERY year….I just bought a new pse awhile back and plan too have it 5-6 years and will pass it down to my son….......

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Posted: 06 December 2011 10:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Above all else meat, I love cooking deer or any wild game or fish. Getting close is neat, I have been sitting next to tree and had a deer step over me & had them close enough to reach out and touch. One shot, I don’t release or pull the trigger unless I am positive of a good shot, maybe pass up on some shots but it has been 6-7 years or more where I coudn’t find one that I shot. Old gear, I don’t rush out and buy just because it is new, if I need something I get it. Good gear is a must not if it’s old or new. And there may be few hunter’s that go only for meat, but by far tell me a deer hunter that doesn’t want that one head on the wall full of horn.

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Posted: 06 December 2011 01:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Success in order of importance: (1) time away from work and with friends and family, (2) deer sightings, (3) deer encounters [shots or close encounters], (4) meat, (5) antlers. Even if you told me in September that I would not get a single shot off at a deer the whole season, I would still go hunting. The kill itself is so far down on my list that I almost discount it as a factor. I’ve gone multiple consecutive years without firing a shot or releasing an arrow. Now I do like to routinely see deer and watch deer. I hate going long stretches without seeing any deer. lol.  As far as gear goes, I’m probably the most frugal SOB out there. Other than small item purchases (scents and scent control, etc) I really don’t buy new things each year. My trusty brown Carhartts have gotten me pretty far.

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Posted: 07 December 2011 01:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I will be the bad guy here and admit that my PERSONAL success is measured by inches. I could fill a freezer if I wanted to stray away from the practices and management that I have stuck to through the years. My big picture success is seeing my kids starting to hunt on their own and being able to tell me their own stories of the woods based off of what they have learned and what I have taught them.

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