Why Do You Hunt?

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by metal408, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. metal408

    metal408 New Member

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    What/who first got you into hunting, what type of hunting do you prefer and why do you enjoy hunting? Oh and how many years you have under your belt! I know everyones got different stories, interested in hearing them :)
     
  2. MichaelG

    MichaelG New Member

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    Who/what?
    - Family "tradition"
    Type?
    - Deer/hog
    Why?
    - I live in the middle of a deer lease that my great(great) grandfather owned, and he was game warden of the county, so my father's uncle currently owns it. Always deer coming around and getting into the wrong person's cow pastures.

    :p
     

  3. kris

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    friends dad

    mates old man got me into hunting when i went to stay at their property,
    pigs and wild dogs,that was 14 years ago, now they have a feral cat problem and i help with that. 00 wicked at 15 metres, .308 entertaining at 100.
     
  4. kris

    kris New Member

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    i also hunt mainly to supplement monthly meat order. buying meat out here can prove horribly expensive. beef 14.50/kg mutton 11.50/kg chicken 10.50/kg and thats for the cheapest cuts i can buy.
     
  5. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I hunt becuase I enjoy being out in the woods with no one else around. It gives me time to clear my head, pray, reflect on myself and whats going on. It also lets me enjoy God's creation.
    I enjoy the challenge of hunting whether it be bird, deer, turkey, small game, whatever. I eat everything I shoot, I don't believe in just killing to kill or to hang it on my wall. I like the way it tastes, plus is leaner and hormone free!!
     
  6. Northwoods

    Northwoods New Member

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    This fall when the daughter (the youngest and last child) heads off to college then hunting can start. I've wanted to go hunting since I was a little kid, just never had the opportunity. The adults I knew who did saw it as a chore to be preformed to stretch the food budget and quit just as soon as they could. Most of those guys had been through WW II and weren't into it so much. My father hated it since he forced to do it as a child growing up in a rural environment.

    The reason will be for meat, using the hides / skins and hanging the heads on the wall as remembrances of the hunt.
     
  7. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    I love the rush involved with tracking the animal and stalking into it. I've never taken a shot at greater than 75 feet, so it's quite a bit of work to keep from spooking the animal as you stalk into it.

    I also, like most, do it for the meat and hides. I hunt mostly deer and pig. The bummer thing is that pig is way easier to stalk than deer are.
     
  8. notdku

    notdku Administrator Staff Member

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    Deer and dove hunting are my favorites. Hog hunting is pretty fun in Central Texas because it's so up close and personal.
     
  9. matt g

    matt g New Member Supporter

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    You guys have javelinas down there? I've heard they can be really fun to hunt when they're in the rut.
     
  10. metal408

    metal408 New Member

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    Its a shame not every, person can see things in such a way. Or at least understand that hunters are not mindless relentless homicidal freaks. We're just hunting.
    ;)

    the chance of failure is what makes the awards so great. the challenge is the best part haha
     
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  11. stick_man

    stick_man New Member

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    I hunt because I can (and for the meat and hide). I love a good venison steak. Lately, though, I have not hunted deer and elk as much as I used to. I have gotten into the waterfowling a lot more. Fewer idiots out there shooting at anything that moves.

    The excitement of the waterfowl is tough to beat. Plus, being on private property helps a lot. You can generally get the birds to work into your decoys a lot better than if you are on public grounds.

    I used to hunt pheasants, but they are now practically nonexistent in most parts of Utah unless you go to a game farm. Mighty fine tasting bird.
     
  12. sgtdeath66

    sgtdeath66 New Member

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    bb guns and birds got me into hunting, as for y food and fun and ive been hunting for about 11 yrs now. primarily just hunt small game rabbit, squirrel and love terminating groundhogs
     
  13. Missouri_1

    Missouri_1 New Member

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    My dad got me into hunting when I was about 9. I love being out in the woods where it quiet and peacefull. A lot of times just sitting and watching the other critters that come by is worth it all.
     
  14. Harley_Guy

    Harley_Guy New Member

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    My dad taught me how to shoot and hunt when I was able to understand gun safety. I think I was 7 or 8 when I got my first shotgun, a Winchester bolt 410 single. Still have it. I learned to shoot a rifle using a Winchester Mod 06 pump 22. Still have that one too. Dad made sure us kids, (sister, brother, and me) could hit a bottle cap at 100 yards. Said a deer’s eye was just about that size, and if we could hit that, we’d never go hungry. Have to say, I never went a day without food when I was a kid, and ate alot of things folks today would turn their nose up at. My dad taught me to never shot anything that I wasn’t going to eat, and I never did until I went in the military. Stopped hunting for food then, just didn’t stop hunting. I still get out in the woods quite often, just to keep the hunting skills up, and enjoy nature, and get out on the range almost every week. Now it’s just the old Winchester 06 22 and the Ruger Blackhawk single six 22. Love to burn up a brick and a deck of bicycles on the 20 & 100-yard range. You never know when you’ll have to start shooting critters again.
     
  15. DKA

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    Started Foxhunting with my father at age 6, at age 12 started Deer Hunting and Bird Hunting, (51) years ago. Today with 51 years of hunting experience, have son and grandson that hunt, because of me. I love hunting and think that it is part of the American Heritage. Think that it makes us appreciate the country that we live in, enjoying the beautiful scenery and abundance of wildlife that our country has to offer. Am also a Hunter Safety Instructor, because believe if all of our young people understood the power that they carry in a firearm, and were taught to respect that power. Don't think that there would be as many crimes with guns of different types.
     
  16. sgtdeath66

    sgtdeath66 New Member

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    right on more youth need that and even some adaults
     
  17. dragunovsks

    dragunovsks New Member

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    I hunt deer, rabbit, squirrel and coyote all for food except the last one, I hunt them cause thay are a pest on the farm. My father-in-law has cows and chickens and turkeys that they use to get eggs from and coyotes kill his chickens all the time, so we hunt them. He got me into hunting about 5 years ago when I started dating his daughter.
     
  18. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I spent this past weekend surrounded by deer. I heard them breathe, snorte, stomp, all around of me and some of them with in 20 yards. My heart was beating a mile a minute, the excitement was awesome!! I never got a chance to squeeze the trigger, but the hunt was amazing!! I loved every minute of it and I thank God for the chance.
     
  19. bobbyb13

    bobbyb13 New Member

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    Bout perfect

    That is one of the best statements on hunting I have ever read. I love deer meat, squirrell gray, and bear meat. I don't think I ever saw it put so well. Hat's off to you friend.
     
  20. canebrake

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    Sounds familiar. I first shot my Dad’s M1911A1 in 1955 at age 9. Went into the woods hunting with him (carrying a 20ga that was way too big for me) at age 11. Lots of learning goin' on while watching my Dad!
    I didn’t get my first rabbit until 13 and a pheasant the following year. (great freakin' memories!)