Re: Do you hunt big game with a bow?
I'm 56 yrs old and I too hunt mostly 4500 to 7000 ft along the back bone of the Cascades in Oregon. In Colorado our home sits at 9200 and we can pretty much hunt out the back door. Due to time and circumstances most of my hunting now is done alone as I can find no one who will or has the time to hunt the tough country with me. One does have to be careful and even then, some bad stuff can happen...I slipped while walking on a slick pummy road while elk hunting in 2110. Tried to tuck and roll but just drove my shoulder into the ground. Broke my neck, dislocated my shoulder and both clavicles at the SC joints. Will be finally getting the last of my surgeries done June 11th this year so if I do shoot rifle this year, it most likely will be southpaw. If you hunt alone, leave notes in your camp and vehicle as to where you're hunting and watch your step! I've never needed a compass or GPS but have them and a Sat radio in case I need to talk someone to me to haul my tail out. So far (not all do to hunting) I've had my back broken 5 times with 12 surgeries to keep me upright and mobile, both knees worked on several time with a knee replacement this past March, and both shoulders worked on with one more coming up. In 1998 was shot by a careless hunter who had put a loaded rifle behind the seat of his pickup. I think we need to be careful of those we hunt with.
"I travel the far blue mountains, a place of thundering cascades and simple waterfalls, breathing air so fresh and crisp it crackles in the mornings golden light. I climb the tree studded ridges, shouldering up against the blue, a hawk circling above...this and much more call, but of those who answer, few find the freedom which is mine"