PHSD - Post Hunting Season Disorder

Discussion in 'Long Range Hunting & Shooting' started by Shawn Carlock, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. Shawn Carlock

    Shawn Carlock Sponsor

    Jun 11, 2007
    Post Hunting Season Disorder (PHSD), here in Idaho rifle season (at least in my areas) is over and I morn its' passing. Even though the season was successful I still find the empty hollow feeling from lack of time in the field with friends and family. I know there is varmint hunting to do and this helps with PHSD but is not a cure just a temporary band-aid.

    I believe in this day and age of "the world owes us" and "there is no way that could be my fault even though I did it", we could get PHSD recognised as an official illness / disorder. It is real and it exists, once it was recognised as an illness I'll bet I could find a doctor to write me a prescription for an overseas hunting trip to curb the PHSD effects for mental health issues. Yes honey, the doc says I need to go somewhere in the summer where a hunting season is open for a week or 2, like Africa. I can just see the insurance guys face when that one came through. Better yet it could degrade to such a case it became a disablilty and SSI could foot the bill (if a drug addict can get SSI for his/her disability where they tell them here is more money for drugs and don't get a job I should have no problem). Maybe I'll start a support group and apply for a grant to study the effects of PHSD this of course would require exploring and possible cures. A guy might have to go to New Zealand to see if the effects on the other side a of the world are the same or if living in a country where there is a constant big game season helps, this research should only take 5 or 6 months. I am sure some research to find out if over saturation would cure PHSD would be in order, like going to Scotland where there are guys shooting 300-400 red deer a year to curb the current over population (like we would ever have that problem here). I am sure there are other potential cures to be explored, like does getting a Grand Slam put PHSD in remission? Does putting in for tags in all 50 states and drawing more than you could possible hunt help curb PHSD effects? Would purchasing a new long range rifle in the winter help get a guy along until next fall? Ah the list goes on.

    Well since it is clear that my PHSD policies won't make much headway with the current administration I guess I'll have to do like everyone else, keep working to support those on welfare, hug my kids, kiss my wife and count down to opening day 2012.

    My name is Shawn Carlock and I have long range hunting problem.

  2. sniperjwt

    sniperjwt Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2009
    I have PHSD as well.

    My name is Jonathan Trivette and i have a long range hunting problem.
    Its been 12 days since my last long range hunt

  3. Dr. Vette

    Dr. Vette Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    No problem.
    You'll just have to take me along as your medical supervisor.

  4. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

    May 2, 2001
    Too funny --- and sad at the same time.
  5. texan79

    texan79 Well-Known Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    God gave us hogs in TX to prevent this very problem.

    HARPERC Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    If I was CEO of that insurance company I'd take one of 2 routes: Plan one is, no absolutely not, but to be fair knowing they paid someone $150 an hour (many hours) to listen to my ex whine about her parents, I'll spring for 2 wolf tags (copay waived) to keep you busy until March 31. Second plan, if I leave work one day and check my trunk to find a brand new Defensive Edge long range rifle in it (specs to follow) your chances look good enough to start shopping them short pants they're so fond of in Africa.
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  7. Southwest Hunter

    Southwest Hunter Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2011
    I'm really happy someone finally diagnosed the problems I have every year.
  8. BillR

    BillR Well-Known Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    Boy talk about PHSD, I work hard all summer whenever I can, anytime I can to stretch my shooting capability to its limit. I apply for my tags on time to get drawn in the fist draw. I do everything I can to better my chances of making my shot. I finally get a chance to go out. I hour after beginning my hunt I get my deer. The elation of what you just did lasts about 4 days. Two of which you spent helping your shooting partner get his deer. Then the depression begins. The only thing that holds back the depression is shooting. The only thing that stops the shooting is when you burn out your barrel. Then the fun of getting a load worked up and getting your drops set up all over again begins which finally gets you out the the depression and up and going again.
  9. Broz

    Broz Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    Shawn I feel your pain. But, I have found somethings to help. I have been hunting my butt off chasing Mountain lions. Then yesterday we stopped to call in a yote. Plus I have a trappers license to go after a bobcat or 8 and I am preparng for spring bear season. Not to mention, my wolf tag still carried daily close to my heart.

    I know some of this medicine is done from a close distance and is a short fix. But I have found the use of a bow or handgun makes it a bit more of a challenge.

    Maybe you should come over here and join me for one of these. You know you are welcome to.



  10. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2008
    Very nice Jeff!!! I apply the same remedies, bobcat set and coyote snares are going out while looking for wolves and calling. In our best lion areas the wolves have been around so we've been reluctant to let out till we find the wolves and dispose of them!! I just got the last deer put up form this season, now we've got about 500lbs of sausage meat to put up here in the next few weeks :D

    Already scheming next years plans, we'll have a couple more long range shootersgun)
  11. jmden

    jmden Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2003
    Too funny, but very real for many of us! :D

    I still have 'til the end of the year and am trying to get an anterless elk, but the area I can go is a fair drive and very restricted, so I'm a little concerned and am starting to exhibit some symptoms of PSHD even now! I can waterfowl hunt 'til February, but what about after THAT!!--7 months until September...might as well be eternity.:D
  12. Nape.270

    Nape.270 Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2008
    I scouted and hunted harder this year than I ever have and diden't fill any tags so as any one would I have a pritty bad case of PHSD.

    This is just what the Doc ordered.

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  13. sp6x6

    sp6x6 Well-Known Member

    Dec 8, 2009
    I have it also and 20 days out in Nov. and saw 5 bucks, all small doesnt help.Still looking for a wolf
  14. Buffalobob

    Buffalobob Writers Guild

    Jun 12, 2001
    Nice pictures, Shawn and Broz.