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Unread 12-01-2012, 12:02 PM
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Getting Old

I know I am on the downhill slide in life as evidenced by deteriorating eyesight and other bodily functions that I once thought was important. The decline has become critical now. I was shooting at a mile yesterday, the wind was a little cantankerous and it took three shots to hit a 12 inch gong with the 338/408.

I decided to let it cool off to air temperature so I started picking up pecans while I waited. I got distracted and spent about an hr in this endeavor before returning to the gun. I wiggled the rifle deep into the bags and was waiting for the sweet spot when I saw movement. It was a big dog coyote with his nose in the air working into the wind. Suddenly he froze dead still and stared intently at a big pile of rocks. After a little bit he began to sneak and stop, sneak and stop. Suddenly he rushed the rock pile and a very vigorous chase took place.

He caught whatever he was chasing, a rat I suppose, then carried it a little ways and had dinner. He ate most of it then picked up what was left and trotted over the hill.

The moral of the story is that my killer instinct has gone, I knew I was slipping but this is ridiculous.
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Unread 12-01-2012, 12:15 PM
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Re: Getting Old

Dont know if this will help but here goes.
When I was youg I killed everything legal I could,burned barrels out of prairie dog guns trying!! As I got older I was content to take only the exess.....If they where plentifull i would take a couple and when the numbers where down I was content to just watch the few go about their business.
Now that the hair is graying and thinning I dont even mind eating tag soup all that much
Dont be too hard on yourself watching a coyote hunting has always bought them time for me=fun stuff to witness!
"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler." -Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
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Unread 12-02-2012, 08:53 AM
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Re: Getting Old

Agreed. Just because you can shoot a yote does not mean that you must or should feel guilty because you did not. Personally, I prefer watching red and grey fox or yotes to shooting or trapping them.

But, that does not mean you are not getting old... we all ARE, I'm just being nice.

Have a happy holidays Terry.

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Unread 12-02-2012, 01:46 PM
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Re: Getting Old

And a Merry Christmas to you and yours, also I forgot to send the info on the Smithy. PM on the way.
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Unread 12-12-2012, 02:08 AM
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Re: Getting Old

Don't feel bad. Not so many years ago I was such a rabid hunter that I filled not only my tags but my freezer full of venison usually by the end of the first week or so of the season.

Now I spend most of the season working then I run out and sit in the truck or just go sit on a fence line watching fields for the last half hour of daylight.

Tonight in less than a half hour I had 22 does and five pretty nice bucks all in range. The closest I came to pulling the trigger was just getting steadied up and fingering it a little.

I tell my wife the same thing every year, the perfect deer hunt is one where I see lots of deer, maybe some other citters, and come home with a smile and a clean knife.

This weekend I was watching a herd of 11 including one pretty nice buck and two youngsters on a wheat field when they started acting odd... The kept looking back to the southwest like something had them buggered. After a minute or two a 300lbs plus boar came screaming across the field, right through the deer and into the yearlings my neighbor had just turned out and he and a couple of hundred heifers all left northbound at warp speed.

I never did figure out what inspired him, say no one over there and heard no shots. I found out today though the poor hog comitted suicide on the highway shortly thereafter HA!

Sometimes nature is just an adult (for grown ups, not porn) comic book and the nice thing about Texas is you never know what you'll see till you start looking.
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Unread 12-12-2012, 10:57 AM
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Re: Getting Old


I can relate. I too have learned that some body parts are not as important as originally thought. Loosing some of them result in hugh scars and constant reminders that they are there. Other parts seem to slowly go south leaving one up north feeling kind of sluggish.

I received one of those eye opening comments from a young shooter yesterday. "Your that old and STILL doing this?"

I too let some things pass mostly by simply not taking game/predators where I don't think its needed. However, behind the house where the yotes out populate the deer I let nothing escape. It's fun to observe the whitetails and muleys raise their young after they get to keep them. I haven't shot a buck back there in years.

I have my MOA size gong on the mountain. May take the goats and make a first serious trip up there an see if I can ring it a little later today.
I may be the slowest guy on the mountain . . . . but . . . . I'm on the mountain!
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Unread 12-12-2012, 11:04 AM
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Re: Getting Old

Last hour of the season a bunch of does were feeding around one of my backstops. An un shot pumpkin sitting on a hay bale in the middle of them. Shot the pumpkin just to let them know I could have.
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