Originally Posted by westcliffe01
But I have to ask, when last have you spent time in the field hunting ?
Given your situation, why do you not use a rifle of a companion hunter ?
Hello westcliffe, thank you for the info.
First, I have never been hunting (55 yrs old) Well, I take that back, I went hunting with a friend during archery season a few years ago. he was hunting, I was pouring coffee. I can say, after he hit his deer, it ran off and it was getting dark so, we left and came back the next morning. There was no blood on the ground, no arrow anywhere to be seen and while he sat scratching his head, I looked around and tried to imagine if i were a wounded deer, where would i run to. I picked out a spot and walked through the woods about 200 ft and walked right up to the deer where it laid down and died. Maybe i am better at thinking like an animal than shooting a firearm ? :>}
Second, while your suggestion of borrowing a friends gun is reasonable, I'm the type of person who doesn't want to impose myself on others, if I can help it at all. So, buying my own gun would not pose that burden on my friends.
And owning my own rifle would allow me the ability to go practice at any time, unless a friend let me have the rifle until after hunting season was over.
I have never really had the urge to hunt my entire life. it is just, now that I have moved to Montana and most everyone I know hunts. I would like to join them. I actually enjoy taking pictures of wildlife much more than killing them.
I don't know if you have seen my post of pictures "outside my door" but, I have deer look in my door-wall every night while I'm watching TV. Just in town there are over 50 deer.
When I take drives out toward the mountains (15-30 miles away) I can watch herds of Elk over 100 just off the side of the road. There is one spot I go fishing at where I sit and watch Big Horn Sheep playing on the hillside across from me. I've been so close to them, I could reach out and touch them on the head ! I've had a herd of antelope behind my apartment until a mountain lion scared them away. I've had a moose walk up behind me (about 50 ft.) when sitting on the shore of a lake fishing. Had a Grizzly Bear come within 50 yd. of me while fishing and, one day I even caught more fish than a Bald Eagle who was fishing the same lake as I was.
So, I guess living among so much wildlife and, the people here being so much in to hunting. I just want to join my friends in what they consider having fun.
I guess I could just as simply go along with them without hunting.
My only thought is that if I were to kill a deer or elk, I could donate the meat to the Meals on Wheels here in town.
They have helped me so much that I want to somehow return the favor.