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Old 11-21-2007, 09:08 AM
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I have experienced burnout before and since I primarily hunt alone sometimes the drive is hard to keep going through a long season- I found that if I keep changing my goals and that nagging little voice in my head that says there is going to be a big one out today is usually enough to keep me pressing -
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Old 11-21-2007, 09:09 AM
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Can't say I have. I've been frustrated at times when i'm having troubles seeing shooter bucks (125") but thats all part of hunting the way i look at it. Its just nice being out there and enjoying mother nature!
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Old 11-21-2007, 11:24 AM
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im on the verge of burnout now.... Deer went MIA, and missed my only shot at a buck this year.... (new bow wasnt tuned properly, and nerves.) im debating whether to relax tonight, and watch football all day tommorow... maybe hit it sunday... i dunno... is this what Apathy feels like?
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Old 11-21-2007, 11:39 AM
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I have been and outdoorsman all of my life. I went on my first hunt in 1962 with my Dad and Grandfather.I began to bow hunt in 1968. People looked at you like you were nuts going out in the woods with a bow back then.I have never lost the passion to hunt. I worry that I will someday. Now that I am a little long in the tooth I still go for it. It is a little harder sometimes cause I have no delusions what is like to sit in the rain and know all about cold feet and hands. It is a little harder to hump up and down the hills but I am still just as excited as I was back in the proverbial day. Everyone goes through "burn out" and frustration. It is the challenge that keeps me on my stand. just about anyone can blast a deer with a shotgun or high powered rifle. It is not so with a bow in your hand.
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Old 11-21-2007, 12:23 PM
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I have been and outdoorsman all of my life. I went on my first hunt in 1962 with my Dad and Grandfather.I began to bow hunt in 1968. People looked at you like you were nuts going out in the woods with a bow back then.I have never lost the passion to hunt. I worry that I will someday. Now that I am a little long in the tooth I still go for it. It is a little harder sometimes cause I have no delusions what is like to sit in the rain and know all about cold feet and hands. It is a little harder to hump up and down the hills but I am still just as excited as I was back in the proverbial day. Everyone goes through "burn out" and frustration. It is the challenge that keeps me on my stand. just about anyone can blast a deer with a shotgun or high powered rifle. It is not so with a bow in your hand.
Excellent post and well said!
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Old 11-21-2007, 12:28 PM
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Nope, and I hope I never do.
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Old 11-21-2007, 12:55 PM
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ORIGINAL: Vabowman

Ive hunted for over 20 years now, and have taken several wallhangers and some that would be for others, countless small bucks and does. I have, however, lost the drive to hunt before. About 10 years ago I went through a period of just not caring to go or to even shoot a deer. Thankfully, I have gotten my passion back and it is stonger now than ever before. I have made a lifetime of memories from this passion, and will never lose it again. I don't know why I felt that way for those 2 short years, but it is gone and I am refreshed and it is all because of the love I have for bowhunting specifically. What do you guys say, any stories like this??
I did lose the drive to rifle hunt, but never bowhunt.
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Old 11-21-2007, 01:12 PM
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I have come DANGEROUSLY close to "burn-out", this year. There was a time when I wanted to go hunting.....but didn't care to kill a deer (specifically a doe). I just went at the herd reduction thing too hard (IMO). Next year....I'm gonna employ a little help......OR...just tell myself that if I don't reach the goal.....it's no big deal. I'm also gonna mix it up a bit and target some specific does......just to keep it interesting.

Translation: Next year I'm gonna have MORE FUN.

I didn't like the way this season made me feel, at times. It was like "work". That's not why I hunt.
Hey Jeff I have done the same thing in the past.I have friends that bow hunt as well but they seem to have real problems getting an opportunity to shoot does, let alone a big buck. What I did was bring 3 of them on the property with the understanding that they kill does only, andthat they would not have access to my property otherwise. The three of them each shot three does and were VERY greatful that I had them come over. By doing this, it gives me more timeto hunt what I want and to manage the property more efficiently without it feeling like work. Just thought I would offer a suggestion that really worked out well for me. Good luck to you.
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Old 11-21-2007, 01:14 PM
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I'm experiencing it right now as I look out at the rain blowing sideways in 55 knot gusts. Guess I'll actually be going to Thanksgiving dinner instead of mtn. goat hunting tomorrow...[&:]
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Old 11-21-2007, 01:20 PM
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ORIGINAL: chris2216

I have been and outdoorsman all of my life. I went on my first hunt in 1962 with my Dad and Grandfather.I began to bow hunt in 1968. People looked at you like you were nuts going out in the woods with a bow back then.I have never lost the passion to hunt. I worry that I will someday. Now that I am a little long in the tooth I still go for it. It is a little harder sometimes cause I have no delusions what is like to sit in the rain and know all about cold feet and hands. It is a little harder to hump up and down the hills but I am still just as excited as I was back in the proverbial day. Everyone goes through "burn out" and frustration. It is the challenge that keeps me on my stand. just about anyone can blast a deer with a shotgun or high powered rifle. It is not so with a bow in your hand.
Excellent post and well said!
Great post Schultzy!!!!! Very well said. "It is the challenge that keeps me on my stand." You are so right...and it's refreshing to hear that from a fellow hunter to remind us what the shell we are doing up at 3Am and getting dressed to go outside in the freezing temperatures for hours on end. Thanks again!!
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