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#3751472 - Today at 01:22 PM Seriousness vs. Enjoyment
Mud Dauber
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Registered: 07/28/10
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It doesn't have to be fun to be fun.

Wild & crazy, can't be stopped. Only the strong will survive.

Keep your knife sharp and your skillet greasy.

#3751505 - Today at 01:47 PM Re: Seriousness vs. Enjoyment [Re: Poser]
Master Chief
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Registered: 10/11/11
Posts: 2716
Loc: Henderson County

Weird article. I'm not sure he knows what it means to be passionate about hunting. I think about it all year because I am passionate about it. I work hard for it because I am passionate about it.
It's not what you got, it's what you give-Tesla

Don't go ridin' on that long black train ;\)

#3751602 - Today at 03:36 PM Re: Seriousness vs. Enjoyment [Re: Master Chief]
Jerkasourous of the non-typical kind

Registered: 03/11/99
Posts: 65093
Loc: Nashville, TN

I agree with several of the author's points, but I strongly disagree with his view that hunting is most enjoyable when done instinctively, and not something that should be done from a base of knowledge gained through study. For me, the thrill is in knowledge gained through study.

Guess that's just another example of "to each their own."
"Know where you stand, and stand there" --Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan

"There is no reasoning someone out of a position he has not reasoned himself into." --Clive James

#3751638 - 41 minutes 52 seconds ago Re: Seriousness vs. Enjoyment [Re: BSK]
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Registered: 11/10/10
Posts: 16343
Loc: Franklin TN

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One of my main goals is to learn as much as I can through experience, however, if I understood absolutely everything about deer and deer hunting, I don't think it would be as fun to hunt. A big part of the thrill to me is the unknown. I don't really know what kind of deer are in here, or what they are going to do - I just know this is a good trail going through a patch of white oaks and I should hunt it, for example. If I go a few hunts without seeing a deer, it makes it that much better when I do see (or kill) a deer. So I'm not trying to wrap my hands around horns every time I go. Two ideas are always in the back of my head - "will I kill a deer" and "will that big buck show up" - but ultimately, I have a habit of trying to make myself expect nothing but hope for a good hunt, every time I go. Lower expectations make the hunt much more enjoyable as does the appreciation for the peace and quiet of the woods.
Haven't been this excited about deer season

...since last deer season

#3751664 - 2 minutes 50 seconds ago Re: Seriousness vs. Enjoyment [Re: catman529]
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Registered: 11/15/09
Posts: 2446
Loc: TN & Western KY

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I'm like BSK, weird story
Hes trying to be a paid outdoor writer..putting down TV hunting shows, like all of them are bad? not all outdoor writers or stories are good either, lets face it stories of people killing
big animals or lots of animals runs that industry, kinda like TV..

He's also on a few Pro-Staffs...wonder how he got on them, by not being serious about hunting?

I agree life changes makes you look at things differently
to me managing my place is just as important as what I kill
or what I pass on

Serious...I'm still very serious about it, but serious and
killing the biggest or the most are too different things to me
- Will Rogers

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