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Question by huntcamp. Uploaded on June 27, 2009
For me, the harvest for the most part is secondary. My favorite day was a day when I came back with nothing. Just memories. Helping a young hunter gut his first deer is at the top of the list. Pushing a deer to a fellow hunter. Granted we all go out hoping that this is the day when the big one falls by my arrow or bullet. When my 14 pt fell, it was like I was a teenager again.
I agree with huntcamp...every hunt I have is successful because Im with family and friends. The kill is just an added bonus that sort of "puts a cherry on top" for the overall season. Dont get me wrong I love actually shooting and harvesting big game, but the other 364 days of that year when Im preparing my gear for the hunt, scouting with hunting buddies, and just telling stories from past hunting years at deer camp is what I live for
i just love bein in the woods or on the water. if i kill an animal or catch some nice fish that is just a bonus. there is days where i sit in my treestand and shoot deer with a camera, just to be out in the woods. my favorite memory is when my girlfriend got her first deer. it was a 4 point but it made me feel better than any big fish or big buck i've ever killed. i think i was more excited than she was.
If it has been "quality time" for me (e.g., time with my son or with a friend), I really can't require more than that. If I return with a few good photographs, that's even better! If we tag a few varmints, that's another bonus and I'd call it a successful trip.
For me success happens everytime I go out the door. When I get in the woods or in the water its a time for me to get away from everything and just focus on nature. I got onto a whole lot of Toms this year and only shot one jake but everydays was amazing. Everytime I go fishing is just an opportunity for me to escape and I love. I also make a point to go fishing for panfish because of the simplicity of it. Give me a line hook and worm and I am set and amused for the day
I just like being out there by myself in the wilderness, but a big buck makes it fun too.
i like just being in the woods. i really enjoy watching squirrels chase each other and watching territorial does chase each other. for me a buck is icying on the cake but thats what im after. there isnt a better day than a day in the woods.
meat in freezer is nice but a good weekend camping in the wild is good as well,getting away from wrk and all the stress of everyday life.
i love just being out in the woods by myself. i dont have to kill anything. its fun to watch and listen to everything,just soak it all in. i like to watch the squirrels and other critters. its good to observe and learn about all the wild life. harvesting game just adds to the experience and the freezer.
My dad always said when you kill something the fun is over and the work begins. its good work that is very satisfying but my favorite part of the hunt is being out with my dad grandfather uncles, cousins, and brother. I have learned a lot about my family and am the person i am today because of countless hunting trips that have ended in just taking home good memories
The year I turned 16, I hiked for a collective of about 60 miles before I got a forked horn muley on the second to las day of deer season. That was one of the best seasons I have ever had- I was free to be out a lot, and I saw a lot of country and had a lot of great exeriences in just one season- both alone and with my buddies. I never would have gone half the places I did if I had scored opening morning. Along with other things, that season helped me realize how much I liked hunting just for the chance to be out, the kill is just a bonus.
That Sir is a question you need to ask yourself!
The day in the woods is the reward for me . If you're with friends it's only a bonus. The days I have hunting pull all of the stress of the job and the daily grind out of me as if I'd passed through a magnet of some sort. A doctor couldn't prescribe better medication.
there are a number of different things that make a hunt successful for me. If i'm hunting alone, it usually includes seeing, not neccesarily harvesting game. Often seeing game that is not even my intended quary still makes a hunt successful. Sometimes peace and quiet in the outdoors makes my hunt a success, or finding a new spot or good sign. If i'm hunting with others, their sucess make my hunt a success, or our common enjoyment of the outdoors and each others company. These are just a few of many things that might make a day afeild successful to me. Almost every day afield is a success.
Being in the woods is the cake. Successful hunting is the icing.
Just being "out and about" with family and friends is mostly why I go. The harvest is great(LOVE TO EAT VENNISON). With friends/family it's just better.
Most the time I forget I'm out there to kill something.
Being out, I got to the "Deer Camp" in OCT just because no one is there and it is SOOOO much quieter. You see a lot more game in OCT too before they get spooked.
I don't have to kill a deer to have fun. But the season is not a success until I harvest an animal.
Having nice friends, nice weather, nice vistas, seeing some wild game and just feeling FREE makes it a success. That is why I keep going out again and again. Sometimes we also get to enjoy getting an elusive quarry which makes it even more exciting.
It's about being in the woods,seeing all of the sights and sounds, and being aware of any of the creatures that come along.
One of the best things that accompany this, is the various smells and aromas.I love being in the woods alone through the week,but when the week-ends come, I'm ready for some camraderie!
I just love being able to get out in the woods and enjoy the peace and quiet. The anticipation of what I might possibly see, and possibly shoot, while on stand that day is what I like best. You just never know what will walk by your stand but you will definitely not see it if you are not there.
Its the quiet time in the woods and in the stand and the anticipation of the unexpected.
All it takes for me is some time in the woods and to see some wildlife. If I get an animal it just makes my day in the woods that much better.
My favorite trips did not involve firing at all.
every time i get out to go hunting is a sucessful hunt might not come home with dinner but i always come home with memories to last a life time. with the exeption of one time they were all good memories we decided to go hunting in the middle of winter in the middle of a huge field it was lightly snowing and there was about 6 or 7 inches on the ground no big deal......but right when we were in the middle the wind picked up enough to knock me down the snow was light so it was blown up into my face and eyes the snow was coming down the hardest ive ever seen we ended up having to link arms and walk back to the truck just to find it was frozen shut by a good 1/4 inch of ice but we eventually got in and got home...very very cold
being in the woods and maybe seeing game,if i kill something that just tops the hunt off.canping out with friends and family.
just being out and seeing things in nature and making memories of a life time with all my huntting friend and meeting other hunters and sharing stories of things we have seen is great. a kill is a good bonus thow thats how i see it as i have gotten older and have a few good kills on my wall. and it really makes things better to work with a young new huntter to help injoy just being out thier hunting and see them use what you have showed them pay off.
Definitely just the time in the woods. Away from email, no phone, no mobile messaging. Where the biggest source of anxiety is the squirrel in the next tree making more noise than a fleet of jet aircraft.
I love just being outdoors. Getting a kill and being able to eat it just adds to the experience.
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