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#3335917 - 08/25/13 10:33 PM Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone....
gator-n-buck
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I remember years ago when I was young and learning the ropes of TN hunting. I hunted with the same buddies (5 0f us) all the time. We went on several draw hunts together each year and woke up with hang-overs. I'm talking about probably 12 years in a row....... \:\)

Now that we have got older and have busy schedules. We don't get to hunt much together anymore. I have spent many of morning hunting the mountains of E. TN by myself and sending a text to one of my buddies, where my location would be.

There's a trade off for everything.... In the early days we didn't really care what we killed. We would shoot the first thing that walked by and drink all night. It was all about spending time with friends ad having a good time. Since those days I let more deer walk and give more focus to detail.

My point is..... The early days I killed very few deer. Since I been hunting a lone, I have killed my biggest bucks.

Which one would I prefer..... Drinking beer around a camp fire and talking about all the deer we didn't kill..... \:\)

Yes... I did post this under the serious deer forum.... \:\)


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#3335926 - 08/25/13 10:43 PM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: gator-n-buck]
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I prefer to hunt with others for the safety aspect plus it's nice when a friend has a successful hunt. Even if I come out of the woods empty handed seeing a friend tag one is nice.
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#3335933 - 08/25/13 11:10 PM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: UTGrad]
stik
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I used to hunt alone a lot more than I do now. usually the younger boy or BOWd or both accompanies me now. we have always gotten the gang(up to 7 of us) together for bow opener campout and muzzleloader camp.

i am most always alone while actually hunting while the others are in their spots.
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#3335934 - 08/25/13 11:11 PM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: UTGrad]
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I love both, would not want only one or the other. Solo hunting, I have it all my way, take it the most seriously, and enjoy being alone in the woods. Hunting with buddies, I like being in the woods with a friend, sharing the experience and making memories that aren't just in my own head. Plus two or more minds can make for a completely different method of hunting.

When hunting alone, I usually am in communication with at least one other hunter via text message, whether they are at home, hunting the same property or another property. Oh, and I don't hunt without checking Tndeer. In fact, I don't live a day without checking Tndeer......... many times
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#3335935 - 08/25/13 11:12 PM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: UTGrad]
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I would much rather hunt with my buddies. I was just as happy when my brother killed his first. It was better than when I killed my first. The friendship part is the best part
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#3335974 - 08/26/13 05:05 AM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: gator-n-buck]
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My cousin and I go to our property in separate vehicles, meet up, talk just a bit , then go to our respective properties and hunt alone. We stay in contact throughout the hunt, cell service permitting, but we hunt alone always.
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#3335975 - 08/26/13 05:05 AM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: broncohunter]
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I hunt totally alone. Haven't hunted with anyone in several years.
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#3335998 - 08/26/13 05:50 AM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: bowriter]
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#3336022 - 08/26/13 06:32 AM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: HOOK]
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In the past I've always hunted with friends and I do miss meeting at the cabin and talking about what we saw over dinner. Or helping each other put stands up, I always liked having others input and eyes.

However since moving to TN I've been on my own and I'm liking that some.

I think idealy I'd have 1 or 2 other good friends that hunt that we could work a lease or property together would be my ideal.
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#3336031 - 08/26/13 06:42 AM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: HOOK]
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Most often I hunt alone except for the few times when my wife, daughter or Grandson want to tag along. 99% of my hunting is stepping out the back door now. I'm also retired so i'm lucky in that I can hunt just about anytime I want.
When I first started hunting [many, many, years ago] about the only places that even had a huntable deer population were WMA's, so I hunted with friends. It was a lot of fun planning and going on those hunts but as the years went by some of my friends either lost interest or their interests changed. I still relish those memories, but now a days it's just easier to hunt by myself. I've also found that I hunt harder and have had better success when hunting by myself.
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#3336050 - 08/26/13 07:20 AM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: bigtex]
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I'm 50/50 on this one. Most times I prefer to hunt alone but over the years I've usually had one or maybe two at the most serious hunting buddies. The properties I hunt are usually not big enough to allow more than that and have a serious hunt. The older I get though, the more I prefer to hunt alone. Now my seven year old daughter likes to go with me on occasion and I love that....
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#3336051 - 08/26/13 07:22 AM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: MUP]
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 Originally Posted By: MUP
My cousin and I go to our property in separate vehicles, meet up, talk just a bit , then go to our respective properties and hunt alone. We stay in contact throughout the hunt, cell service permitting, but we hunt alone always.


Same thing me and my cousin do. Meet up at the barn, seperate, text all morning about Hardees and the little deer we see, go eat hardees, come back and hunt til dark, head home in opposite directions. It sounds dumb, but it is so much more fun this way we rarely hunt if the other one isn't. If he isn't hunting I go to one of my other farms that isn't nearly as good hunting.
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#3336055 - 08/26/13 07:29 AM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: Lost Lake]
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To add to that, sorry guys, on draw hunts on WMA's I like hunting with buddies and sitting around the campfire and acting like kids and cutting up. That's what I call my social hunts. Not that I Dont take the hunt seriously cause I do. These type of hunts for me anyway are best enjoyed with friends and family.
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#3336058 - 08/26/13 07:34 AM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: Lost Lake]
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it's nice to have someone nearby but I do not ride with them or let them ride with me, unless they have no other way. I tend to stay much longer than most hunters I know..lol.
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#3336107 - 08/26/13 08:06 AM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: bigtex]
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Alone. you dont have to worry if your hunting buddy is where they should be or you dont have to wait on anybody to wake up and get ready.
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#3336141 - 08/26/13 08:25 AM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: cecil30-30]
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Back when I was hard-core about my hunting, I hunted alone most of the time.

Now that I'm more of a social hunter, I rarely hunt alone. Hunting with family, and sharing stories back at camp, is what it is all about for me now.
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#3336166 - 08/26/13 08:39 AM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: BSK]
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I prefer to only hunt when I'm by myself or with somebody. \:\)

If you and a friend leave camp, walking in opposite directions, are you hunting with a buddy or hunting alone?

As to just what I prefer, depends on the circumstances and the buddies. I'm usually on stand by myself, and usually have one or more friends also on a stand within a mile or so, with our knowing where each other is hunting.

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#3336179 - 08/26/13 08:46 AM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: Wes Parrish]
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Anymore, I'm never actually alone....I (shamefully) text back and forth as to what my friends all over Tn are seeing. \:\) This did, however, nearly cost me a deer last season, as I was turning off my phone, and actually got busted by a doe that had slipped in from behind me in the fog. Live and learn...hopefully. \:D
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#3336271 - 08/26/13 09:40 AM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: MUP]
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I have a few good friends I'll hunt with sometimes though not to many people has a third of their season off for vacation so not to many puts the time in I do around here I know. I hate having to walk someone who you take with you to a spot or when their late showing up. Couple of my buddies and I will hunt 30yrds apart or closer in bow season. It's fun to watch each other shoot one and laugh and make hand signals to each other. Really I don't care as long as I'm hunting to be honest. If it's my time to kill one then I will even if I'm with 20 people.
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#3336291 - 08/26/13 09:46 AM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: UTGrad]
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 Originally Posted By: Wes Parrish
If you and a friend leave camp, walking in opposite directions, are you hunting with a buddy or hunting alone?

I actually didn't know how to answer for this reason. I always hunt alone (as in up a tree or in a blind) but either dad and/or brother are almost always up a tree somewhere else on the farm. We may walk in/out together but that's about it...we don't hunt "together."

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#3336315 - 08/26/13 09:58 AM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: Boll Weevil]
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I do quite a bit of both, if you count "hunting together" as hanging out at camp, meeting up somewhere and/or riding together. I have hunted the same feature as a friend before, really just for the fun of it, but in most situations, we'll decides what we each are going to do and intentionally hunt entirely different areas.
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#3336324 - 08/26/13 10:04 AM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: Poser]
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I like to hunt.

Alone, with a friend, or with my kids doesn't matter. Nothing like spending a sunrise in the morning woods!
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#3336428 - 08/26/13 11:22 AM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: de novo]
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Last few years alone, got tired of driving all the time, getting permission to hunt the land by with no help from anybody, they even thought I was crazy for buying my land to hunt on, that changed when they saw the deer I was killing. No way I took them on my ownland
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#3336432 - 08/26/13 11:24 AM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: buckaroo]
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\:D Good move buckaroo. \:\)
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#3336488 - 08/26/13 12:16 PM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: bigtex]
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It really depends on my mood but normally I like hunting with somebody, if for no other reason just to have someone to text in the stand
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#3336504 - 08/26/13 12:27 PM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: Boll Weevil]
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I like bringing someone with me to hunt. I don't really like hunting nearby anyone though. If it is my little sister, my kids, or my wife, it would be different. I hunt alone more than anything though. Then I can stay as long as I want to.
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#3336511 - 08/26/13 12:30 PM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: gator-n-buck]
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Always good, for safty, to have someone else to hunt to hunt with. That way if you don't show up at the truck, camp or where ever at the agreed time someone knows that you might need help.
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#3336578 - 08/26/13 01:09 PM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: oldmanelrod]
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Now regardless if my cousin plans to show up or not, I'm going...and still text him what I'm seeing. ;\)
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#3336580 - 08/26/13 01:12 PM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: oldmanelrod]
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I like both. My cousin hunts with me maybe 1/4 to 1/3 of the season. Mostly I hunt alone though. When we are together though, we sit seperately. I just enjoy the stories when we get back together mid morning to go eat. Having two hunters doubles the odds of one or the other having a good experience to tell. Plus it's a lot more fun when one of us gets a deer and you can share that with somebody real time rather than just showing pictures.

When I squirrel hunt with my daughter we sit together. She's 12. When she was 10 she would sit in my lap because she was afraid of sitting on a "bug". \:\) No amount of solitary hunting can compare to hunting with your kid.

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#3336585 - 08/26/13 01:13 PM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: Hunter 257W]
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Oh yea, I like anticipating hearing what he really saw, vs what he texted me, and, if I have a good one to tell him as well. ;\)
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#3336608 - 08/26/13 01:32 PM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: Boll Weevil]
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i hunt alone .
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#3336663 - 08/26/13 02:17 PM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: bigtex]
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I generally hunt alone,but i like to get together and hunt in a group when I can.
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#3336675 - 08/26/13 02:23 PM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: Bone Collector]
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Both have their place! I used to hunt quite a lot by myself but nowadays Nothing I like better than hunting with my Dad and my boys, and I also have some other great hunting buddies. All this said I still enjoy hunting alone from time to time, especially with a Bow in November!
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#3336709 - 08/26/13 02:59 PM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: Winchester]
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i like them both
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#3336749 - 08/26/13 03:34 PM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: bigtex]
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I like both,fun to have someone to talk to after the hunt
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#3336778 - 08/26/13 03:58 PM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: bigtex]
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#3336779 - 08/26/13 03:59 PM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: Football Hunter]
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If I'm hunting one particular buck, then you best believe I'm hunting alone. If its a draw hunt or trying out a new place then I don't mind to hunt with other people.
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#3336790 - 08/26/13 04:10 PM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: climb_higher]
348Winchester
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I hunt alone most of the time. My favorite hunting partner has become my little girl. The ol' lady hunts some and I have an old friend that comes up to hunt a couple of times each season.
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#3336850 - 08/26/13 04:56 PM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: 348Winchester]
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Mostly alone! I do enjoy going on a draw hunt with buddies and sitting around a camp fire swapping stories.
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#3336901 - 08/26/13 05:32 PM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: Deer Assassin]
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i like them both


Ditto . I hunt with a few of my friends actually we just end up at the same property . My grandson hunts with me some now but I will not hesitate to go by myself .Proably have killed most of my largest bucks hunting by myself .But like MUP said the cell phone texts keeps us informed .When we had the large lease in Lewis County opening days all of the gang was there and I do miss that especially if one of us missed of course the largest buck I've ever seen .We all would eat at the same place and ride one another , boy that was the good ole days !
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#3337038 - 08/26/13 07:17 PM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: Snake]
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just depends I like them both. I love hunting with my dad and uncle and back in the day my paw paw. but I also love hunting alone some days. just depends.
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#3337355 - 08/27/13 01:24 AM Re: Do you perfer to hunt with buddies or alone.... [Re: deerhunter10]
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I like to Turkey hunt with buddies but I'd rather deer hunt alone.
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