Slowing down the hunting and when does it end for a guy?

Discussion in 'The Duck Hunters Forum' started by Lip Shooter, Oct 25, 2018.

  1. Lip Shooter

    Lip Shooter Elite Refuge Member

    Mar 25, 2014
    Bottom of the Slough
    I never imagined me not hunting ever, but I am starting to wonder. I use to hunt no less then 45 days out of 60. I also use to think one could buy a license in another state to shoot a limit of birds there as well, so run that total to well over 70 hunts per year.

    Well now I find myself taking vacations during hunting seasons and not for hunting either. Seems like I am losing my must hunt or die mentality.

    Any guys on this site slow down their hunting as they get older?
  2. Little Ruddy

    Little Ruddy Elite Refuge Member

    Oct 24, 2002
    Sure it's going to happen. Our age and body limits are the most controlling factor. Add on the increasing costs of everything and it's easy to loose the hard drive of years before. Plus,where we hunt,the duck numbers are fewer every year. I use to hunt everyday of the season,now I try to take a day off every week to regroup and then get back at it. Gone are the days in pouring rain,busting ice etc.
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  3. spaightlabs

    spaightlabs Elite Refuge Member

    Mar 7, 2004
    Centennial, CO
    Lip - how old are you getting to be?

    I've noticed over the last 5 years the same phenomenon. Part of it is that I'm just not that mad at 'em anymore, part is that I have less tolerance for other people's bs.

    10 years ago I was 60 days minimum, and I'd skip work or family stuff to squeeze a hunt in. Now I'm 2 days a week max and I find myself oftentimes just going because the dog wants to and the sights and sounds still captivate me.
  4. OneShotBandit

    OneShotBandit Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

    Feb 27, 2001
    Yup, I even said this to a buddy of mine. When my brother was alive & we were in our late teens to early 30's we'd go duck hunting during a blizzard, monsoon, etc. Now @ 63 I just ain't all that hip about it. Humping dekes, walking a mile in waders, buddy's dog, etc. a real pain in the arse. Now if we had a nice body of water, a nice blind I probably wouldn't think this way.
  5. JBdogboy

    JBdogboy Refuge Member

    Oct 25, 2016
    I have quit this year it's all done and over for me. Not heath reasons (only 57) or cost but the big guy upstairs changing everything in April.Lost
    my brother he was (54) we hunted,fished,camped the hole outdoors life together since he was 6 years old. There will no longer be any I got it no I got it competition or sitting in blind early morning shooting the breeze waiting for the birds. Listen to him brag to others on how well my dogs did. Also lost my Bubba (firebreather) black lab (12 years old) in July.
    Our plans where to hunt till he turned seventy I would be seventy-three then we were going to retire and sit on the front porch throwing tennis balls for the dogs and shooting at salesmen with our shotguns like in the movie Secondhand Lion that movie was the two of us to a tee.
    I have lost the drive just waiting now for the big man to come and get me so I can be laid down next to my brother (I have the two plots next to him and his wife for me and wife).
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  6. hobbydog

    hobbydog Elite Refuge Member

    Jun 24, 2002
    Yeah, I think it happens to us all at some point. I will be 62 in a couple months. One of the problems with duck hunting is that I hunted all the hard to get to places. Hunting was great and no competition. That’s hard to do these days for a couple of ducks, especially when hunting alone. I do enjoy taking young guys out, especially ones that do not know what good hunting is about. I have switched up a bit, more into upland now. Lots of walking and lots of different country to hunt. Also took up trapping a few years ago, something I knew nothing about. The learning has been fun. It can be hard work too. Water season starts Saturday, looking forward to.
    Last edited: Oct 25, 2018
  7. goosnit

    goosnit Elite Refuge Member

    May 30, 2003
    Yankeeland Il.
    I'm in the same boat as you guy's . When I was younger I thought I'd hunt til I die , hunted out of state . Bow/slug hunted , pheasant hunted . It hit me last year , I'm 55 now . I work construction , over the years I've had 7 knee surgeries , my body aches and the cold is starting to bother me . I just hunt the weekends for waterfowl now . God love you gentlemen who are older than me and are still hunting . :tu:tu:tu:tu:tu:tu:tu
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  8. mallardhunter

    mallardhunter Elite Refuge Member

    Feb 20, 2001
    Nashville, TN
    I'm 68. Still doing the same stuff I did when I was 30, not as often, not as well, and not as quickly. I lost my Dad about 20 years ago. It took me 19 years to go dove hunting again, as he and I dove hunted together since I could walk. My little brother talked me into taking a drive and hunted with him. Best idea ever. I had a ball. I do understand how losing a close hunting partner can take some of the enthusiasm out of the adventure. The older you get, the more of them you lose.
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  9. likesbigspreads

    likesbigspreads Elite Refuge Member

    Jun 6, 2004
    Pekin, IL
    My dad is 73, I have noticed over the years that he only hunts a day or 2 in a row and then takes a few days off. Used to be that if I was killing ducks and he was home it would drive him nuts. Now, he doesnt even ask how we did or even call during the hunts he is not there. I am trying to make each hunt with him count as I see fewer and fewer hunts in our future.
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  10. HaydenHunter

    HaydenHunter Elite Refuge Member

    Dec 4, 2000
    Hayden Lake, ID USA
    I am sorry for your losses and wish you the best handling your grief going forward.
    JBdogboy likes this.

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