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buckykm1
07-19-2014, 07:29 AM
My regular hunting partner is retiring, and it sounds like he won't be making anymore trips out west with me after 2015.

I really don't have any friends interested or can afford to make yearly trips out west, So I thought that I would give this a try.

I am 61 years old, and my Wife says that I am to old to make anymore trips alone.
I have been going out west on and off sense 1986 and figure that I have 10 years left yet that I can still Elk hunt.

I live in the Kalamazoo, MI area, and would like to find someone interested in yearly DIY Elk hunts with me. It would be a Rifle hunt, I usually go the last 2 weeks of October.

The last 5 years I have hunted SW MT. and will probably continue to hunt there.

I have all the camping gear, and it is all first class.
The 2 week trip usually cost about $1800.00 each, that includes pretty much everything, license, gas, food in camp and a motel each way on the trip.

Ideally someone from Michigan or a near by State would be ideal.

If you are interested, lets talk.

I do have 2 rules in my camp that are Zero tolerance.
1 - no drugs.
2 - no alcohol of any kind during hunting hours.

Kevin

1_pointer
07-19-2014, 08:05 AM
Funny how hard it is to find folks in the midwest to head west with you. I've talked to lots of folks that are 'interested', but when it comes down to paying for tags or actually leaving on trips they don't follow through.

I might be interested in hooking up with you some year, but I can commit to an annual thing as I put in for lots of things in lots of states. The draws can drastically change my plans for a year. That said, good luck and I hope you find the person your looking for!

Khunter
07-19-2014, 09:16 AM
It seems half the nonresident hunters in colorado are from Michigan. Great guys too at least the ones I run across. You should be able to connect with some easily enough.

Most importantly, in what sad alternate universe does your wife get to dictate if you can on a solo hunt. Among other things there are options to stay connected if desired and that is the issue. Sounds like you have a ton of experience.

When i fail to turn up after a hunt I will then be "too old to hunt alone". But until that happens I am good to go.

sbhooper
07-19-2014, 04:00 PM
I have never much been concerned about my wife stopping me from going alone. She knows better than to try and if I die, she will live well!:) I just turned 60 and there are very few mountains that I cannot climb. I did one of the most treacherous hunts that I have ever done last January in Wyoming. I had a young friend with me, though. I will do it on my terms and not what someone else says.

Years back, I was in Colorado hunting cow elk. There was a guy named Jim Turner camped across from us that was 67 years old. He was a tough old truck driver from Indiana. He drove out by himself every year. He did not care to walk too far, but was in good shape. He knew his stuff and had a good camp. He had some friends around for a day or two, but was fine by himself.

The following year, he was camped in another location and we went to visit him the day before the season. He looked bad and felt worse. We went on, as he had friends coming. We found out later that he got so bad that a woman who ran an outfit near there took him to town. Turned out, he had a brain tumor and ended up in Denver. He had an operation and his relatives took him home. I had wondered about him and low and behold he called me one day. He did not sound good. He said that he had to have another surgery to get the rest of the tumor. I never heard from him again.

I guess the point that I am trying to make is that just like Jim, I will take my chances in the high country. If I die there, at least I am not rotting away in a stinking bed somewhere. Nobody makes it out of here alive and I would rather die on a mountain any day. I will go as long as I have the physical ability and desire to do so.

buckykm1
07-19-2014, 04:21 PM
Maybe your Wife doesn't care if you come back.
Mine does, and hunting alone in the mountains 1650 miles from home isn't a good idea for any one.
and life is much simpler when the Wife is happy.

But, I must say you guys talk pretty big, when your writing something you know your Wife won't see it.:hump::rolleyes:

Kevin

JohnCushman
07-19-2014, 04:29 PM
Once I got my inReach my fiancÚ is more ok with me hunting alone

sbhooper
07-19-2014, 06:03 PM
Maybe your Wife doesn't care if you come back.
Mine does, and hunting alone in the mountains 1650 miles from home isn't a good idea for any one.
and life is much simpler when the Wife is happy.

But, I must say you guys talk pretty big, when your writing something you know your Wife won't see it.:hump::rolleyes:

Kevin

I don't appreciate your tones and my wife DOES see it. If you doubt what I say, then ask her yourself. If you do not have the desire or ability to go alone, then you definitely SHOULD find someone to bail you out. Don't start talking crap about something that you do not know. I have spent a good part of my life hunting with partners or alone-no difference. If I want to, I will go. Yes, my wife is concerned, but that is not going to be the deciding factor. Don't look for a partner and then talk crap about people that are willing to go it alone.

JohnCushman
07-19-2014, 06:08 PM
Maybe your Wife doesn't care if you come back.
Mine does, and hunting alone in the mountains 1650 miles from home isn't a good idea for any one.
and life is much simpler when the Wife is happy.

But, I must say you guys talk pretty big, when your writing something you know your Wife won't see it.:hump::rolleyes:

Kevin

Does your wife tell you what you can and can't do in all aspects of your life? You like to talk shit, but yet you cow down to your wife's wishes about hunting. Grow a set and go hunting, partner or not.

Big Fin
07-19-2014, 06:48 PM
Dang, all the guy asked for was if someone wanted to go west and hunt with him. Who cares why he is looking for a hunting partner?

I'm getting tired of people getting their balls busted, no matter what they say or do around here. If you are tempted to be a wise crack to someone, I ask that you do it somewhere else.

Hunting season cannot get here soon enough.

My wife asks me to make sure I have a partner when I hunt in grizz country. Out of courtesy to her, that is what I do. If that makes me some sort of candyass, so be it. I am glad to be a candyass who gets to hunt a lot and comes home to a happy wife. :D

Good luck on your hunts, Kevin. Hope you find someone to tag along. For me, it's always more fun to hunt with another person. I enjoy the camaraderie and we can usually eliminate more country with two of us, than with one.

JohnCushman
07-19-2014, 07:03 PM
Asking for a partner was all well and good until he started in with his taunting about whether or not our wives read this and how big and bad we can be. I'm not going to argue with you, Randy, or try to get myself kicked off of the forum...but manners go a long way...and I know I have been close to getting the boot on more than one occasion, but I learned the hard way to be able to stay here. But, just like in school....dude popped off at the mouth and got it right back. I agree that hunting season can't get here quick enough as well.

Dave N
07-19-2014, 07:05 PM
It's the yearly thing that holds me up. While it would be great to do now and then, I have other things planned with my wife that would be taking up my vacation time. Trying to find a retirement home in Alaska and taking some trips there scouting out property as well as just spending time in the state. I just can't commit to every year but it sure sounds nice! Good luck finding a new partner.

Pagosa
07-19-2014, 07:11 PM
Kevin , I can't hunt early season rifle in Montana due construction. I'm planning to hunt late season last week or two. Im a resident and will probably plan hunts over 4-5 day periods. Don't know if that doable for you, but you can give me a call. Plan to hunt around Wise River/Dillon areas. Hope you find a group to tag along with. Preston 4062101697




My regular hunting partner is retiring, and it sounds like he won't be making anymore trips out west with me after 2015.

I really don't have any friends interested or can afford to make yearly trips out west, So I thought that I would give this a try.

I am 61 years old, and my Wife says that I am to old to make anymore trips alone.
I have been going out west on and off sense 1986 and figure that I have 10 years left yet that I can still Elk hunt.

I live in the Kalamazoo, MI area, and would like to find someone interested in yearly DIY Elk hunts with me. It would be a Rifle hunt, I usually go the last 2 weeks of October.

The last 5 years I have hunted SW MT. and will probably continue to hunt there.

I have all the camping gear, and it is all first class.
The 2 week trip usually cost about $1800.00 each, that includes pretty much everything, license, gas, food in camp and a motel each way on the trip.

Ideally someone from Michigan or a near by State would be ideal.

If you are interested, lets talk.

I do have 2 rules in my camp that are Zero tolerance.
1 - no drugs.
2 - no alcohol of any kind during hunting hours.

Kevin

brownbear932008
07-19-2014, 07:54 PM
Well I think the guy was just doing a little poking no harm intended probaly that is the problem with seeing something on a PC screen I guess you really don't know. Heck if I were you guys I'd be out finding my next trophy elk they should be getting some pretty good rack by now..... Kevin I hope you find someone that will fit the bill I am sure you will on here lots of good fellas. And once again hurry up opening day so we can take the edge off.

buckykm1
07-19-2014, 08:22 PM
I asked about a hunting partner, not on anyone's opinion on whether I need one or not.
I don't know why I even bothered posting it, when everyone just wants to be a jerk about it.
telling me what Macho men they are, and how I should hunt.



Kevin

recon6036
07-20-2014, 03:44 AM
I live in the U.P. and have been heading out west every since 2011, with a group of friends. One of my friends lives in Grand Rapids. We've been to Wyoming twice for Antelope and to Colorado once for Elk....heading to Colorado for Elk again this year. We've talked about hunting Montana a few times but haven't started planning yet. If I didn't have a group of friends to go with every year, I'd be real interested.

MTpubliclander
07-20-2014, 11:38 PM
Dang, all the guy asked for was if someone wanted to go west and hunt with him. Who cares why he is looking for a hunting partner?

I'm getting tired of people getting their balls busted, no matter what they say or do around here. If you are tempted to be a wise crack to someone, I ask that you do it somewhere else.

Hunting season cannot get here soon enough.

My wife asks me to make sure I have a partner when I hunt in grizz country. Out of courtesy to her, that is what I do. If that makes me some sort of candyass, so be it. I am glad to be a candyass who gets to hunt a lot and comes home to a happy wife. :D

Good luck on your hunts, Kevin. Hope you find someone to tag along. For me, it's always more fun to hunt with another person. I enjoy the camaraderie and we can usually eliminate more country with two of us, than with one.
I Agree with Finn,
Also buckykm unfortunately I would not be able to accompany on such an adventure but I do live in the vicinity you are talking about so if you get a trip planned you can surely PM me for weather updates or ideas for areas to look at while your here if you need a little help. Also I don't know if you would rather have meat or horns but some of the areas here in SW MT have changed a little allowing cow harvest on a general tag all season long so that may open up a few opportunities.
Best of luck with the hunting party and the hunt!:D

SFC B
07-21-2014, 08:12 AM
Dang, all the guy asked for was if someone wanted to go west and hunt with him. Who cares why he is looking for a hunting partner?

I'm getting tired of people getting their balls busted, no matter what they say or do around here. If you are tempted to be a wise crack to someone, I ask that you do it somewhere else.

Hunting season cannot get here soon enough.

My wife asks me to make sure I have a partner when I hunt in grizz country. Out of courtesy to her, that is what I do. If that makes me some sort of candyass, so be it. I am glad to be a candyass who gets to hunt a lot and comes home to a happy wife. :D

Good luck on your hunts, Kevin. Hope you find someone to tag along. For me, it's always more fun to hunt with another person. I enjoy the camaraderie and we can usually eliminate more country with two of us, than with one.

THIS!!! :hump:

baschmidt
07-21-2014, 12:53 PM
Kevin,
I am located in South Bend, IN and am interested in your offer. I PM'd you earlier this morning-I think we may be able to work something out. Thanks-Brian

WV Hunter
07-21-2014, 01:29 PM
These things read like a creepy singles section. Good luck on picking the right man :D

Just kidding. I've hunted with a few people I met on this site and plan to hunt with another this September.

JohnCushman
07-21-2014, 01:45 PM
These things read like a creepy singles section. Good luck on picking the right man :D

Just kidding. I've hunted with a few people I met on this site and plan to hunt with another this September.

I hope that guy isn't an ahole like he is on HT :D

WV Hunter
07-21-2014, 02:24 PM
I hope that guy isn't an ahole like he is on HT :D

We're going to work on your PR skills for the CSEH 2014 contest

SFC B
07-21-2014, 02:29 PM
Kevin,
I am located in South Bend, IN and am interested in your offer. I PM'd you earlier this morning-I think we may be able to work something out. Thanks-Brian

NICE!! Another Hoosier steps up!!

JohnCushman
07-21-2014, 02:34 PM
We're going to work on your PR skills for the CSEH 2014 contest

I'm still not going to shave my legs

buckykm1
07-21-2014, 02:38 PM
These things read like a creepy singles section. Good luck on picking the right man :D

Just kidding. I've hunted with a few people I met on this site and plan to hunt with another this September.


Yep, and you can see from some of the replies that I have got, there are some real know it all jerks out there.
the thread doesn't pertain to them in any way shape or form, but they have to butt in and try to cause trouble.

I have meet some real nice guys on the local Michigan forum, but I thought that maybe here I would find people more interested in Elk hunting. but yet still close to or in MI.

But, I would never hunt with anyone, before meeting them, and getting to know them.

Kevin

WV Hunter
07-21-2014, 02:46 PM
Yep, and you can see from some of the replies that I have got, there are some real know it all jerks out there.
the thread doesn't pertain to them in any way shape or form, but they have to butt in and try to cause trouble.

I have meet some real nice guys on the local Michigan forum, but I thought that maybe here I would find people more interested in Elk hunting. but yet still close to or in MI.

But, I would never hunt with anyone, before meeting them, and getting to know them.

Kevin

I've had nothing but positive experiences with folks on this site. I've been on 4 hunts with 3 different people I've met here. If it weren't for this site I'd probably still be trying to figure out how to go west and hunt.

And honestly, aside from hunting locally alone, I would never go 1800 miles one way to hunt an unfamiliar area by myself for a week. I enjoy hanging with others at camp whether it's by the truck at base camp or spiked out 5 miles away on my back.

JohnCushman
07-21-2014, 02:47 PM
I must be one of those 'know it all jerks'. Sorry, but I responded to your taunting, so don't whine. Besides, I've helped more people on this forum than I have given crap to, so your feelings don't really concern me. Now, I'm done with you and will continue on my merry way, being who and what I am, and helping those that I can help. Have a nice life. I've met and hunted with several guys from this forum, and I'm pretty damned cool :D

Triple BB
07-21-2014, 03:14 PM
A guy posts up about looking for a hunting partner and a bunch of d-bags jump his case about his wife not wanting him to hunt alone. Gotta love it...

buckykm1
07-21-2014, 04:09 PM
I've had nothing but positive experiences with folks on this site. I've been on 4 hunts with 3 different people I've met here. If it weren't for this site I'd probably still be trying to figure out how to go west and hunt.

And honestly, aside from hunting locally alone, I would never go 1800 miles one way to hunt an unfamiliar area by myself for a week. I enjoy hanging with others at camp whether it's by the truck at base camp or spiked out 5 miles away on my back.



Yep, I have made 5 or 6 trips alone over the years, and going for 2 weeks like I do, it isn't the safest thing I have done. being 16-1700 miles from home.
it isn't like living someplace, and going hunt by yourself for a day.
And like you, hunting with someone, and the stories back at camp at night, are half the fun of the hunt. IMHO.

Kevin

JohnCushman
07-21-2014, 04:14 PM
I got a delorme inReach satellite thingy and my old lady got cool about me hunting alone

buckykm1
07-21-2014, 04:30 PM
I got a delorme inReach satellite thingy and my old lady got cool about me hunting alone



Yep, but john. I will be 62 next month, and I go 1700 miles from home.
if I am hunting near home, hunting alone is fine.
but with my age, and being that far from home, she prefers I have a partner.
believe me, I am going with or without one, but I try to keep my Wife happy, it makes life at home a lot better.

Kevin

JohnCushman
07-21-2014, 04:35 PM
My fiancÚ doesn't care where I go or how far. I'm not sure if she loves me and supports my hunting, or if she just wants me out of the house for a while :D Have you considered Colorado as a destination? Have you thought about chasing antelope? I may be a jerk, but I can put you on antelope :D

buckykm1
07-21-2014, 04:44 PM
My fiancÚ doesn't care where I go or how far. I'm not sure if she loves me and supports my hunting, or if she just wants me out of the house for a while :D Have you considered Colorado as a destination?


My Wife totally supports my hunting, she knows that I am going Elk every year, the only questions she ever asks me when I am going, with who, and what State.

And yes, I use to hunt Colorado, but the last 5 years I have been hunting Montana.
I have never had much interest in Speed Goats.

Your not a jerk, I think that you may have just miss understood what I was trying to say.


Kevin

JohnCushman
07-21-2014, 04:52 PM
nevermind my PM I just sent about lopes...lol

Topgun 30-06
07-25-2014, 08:09 PM
Hey Kevin! I'm not very far from you over here in Allegan. I can't help you on the trip to Montana that you're talking about since I go out to Wyoming every year. However, I have a place up near Kalkaska on 20 acres with access to about 500 acres for deer season and I'm about the only one hunting there. If you'd care to think about going up, maybe we can meet one of these days and discuss it over lunch or something. I'm by myself up there and my DD pointer just died on Monday, so I don't even have him for company now. PM me if you might be interested in going up, as I'll be out in Wyoming for 6 weeks this year and then will be back here to go up to my place for the full two week season the last half of November.

old man
07-25-2014, 09:02 PM
A men to that.

Don K
07-25-2014, 09:11 PM
Reading this thread got me thinking of this.............

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OnpkDWbeJs

buckykm1
08-01-2014, 01:53 PM
My regular hunting partner is retiring, and it sounds like he won't be making anymore trips out west with me after 2015.

I really don't have any friends interested or can afford to make yearly trips out west, So I thought that I would give this a try.

I am 61 years old, and my Wife says that I am to old to make anymore trips alone.
I have been going out west on and off sense 1986 and figure that I have 10 years left yet that I can still Elk hunt.

I live in the Kalamazoo, MI area, and would like to find someone interested in yearly DIY Elk hunts with me. It would be a Rifle hunt, I usually go the last 2 weeks of October.

The last 5 years I have hunted SW MT. and will probably continue to hunt there.

I have all the camping gear, and it is all first class.
The 2 week trip usually cost about $1800.00 each, that includes pretty much everything, license, gas, food in camp and a motel each way on the trip.

Ideally someone from Michigan or a near by State would be ideal.

If you are interested, lets talk.

I do have 2 rules in my camp that are Zero tolerance.
1 - no drugs.
2 - no alcohol of any kind during hunting hours.

Kevin


Please read my original post carefully, this will be a 2 week DIY Elk hunting trip, if you don't have the vacation time to go for 2 weeks, your not what I am looking for.

Kevin

greatwhitebuffalo
08-01-2014, 02:44 PM
I hunted SW Montana by myself last year and have a 2014 combo tag in hand. I went solo last year with no issues, but have an open ear to anyone looking to pool resources within reasonable limits.

As it stands, I'm planning on two trips. But, don't have exact dates. So, I'm pretty flexible at this point.

I know what it's like to drive three days for a DIY by yourself. Worth every second.....

My wife might not have been with me, but she was behind me every step of the way; God Bless her. It's going to be another great season.

putm2sleep
08-02-2014, 10:13 AM
We're going to work on your PR skills for the CSEH 2014 contest

Good luck! hhahahahahaha
Where are you and Cush going? Are you guys hunting his food plots?

putm2sleep
08-02-2014, 10:24 AM
Good luck to you Kevin - I think it is awesome you still want to get after it. Cant say I wish I was 60 and retired and would nod to be your partner.>>> Have too many fun years to go here with my kids :) I do know good hunting partners seem to be like great hunting dogs.....almost one of a kind.
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I met some the of greatest guys 20 years ago = on the mountain. Bucky and Vern. We keep in touch throughout the year, buy each other xmas gifts, they bring cheese from their farms for elk opener, we dine at night and we use each others horses if need be.
You may meet that kind of kid/guy like me where you go on your next hunt, and yer all set. This online #findmeahuntingpartner and tell me your gps coordinates and hunting location crapola is for the birds, but its the lifestyle.

Happy hunting and happy hunting for a great partner.

buckykm1
08-02-2014, 01:17 PM
Good luck to you Kevin - I think it is awesome you still want to get after it. Cant say I wish I was 60 and retired and would nod to be your partner.>>> Have too many fun years to go here with my kids :) I do know good hunting partners seem to be like great hunting dogs.....almost one of a kind.
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I met some the of greatest guys 20 years ago = on the mountain. Bucky and Vern. We keep in touch throughout the year, buy each other xmas gifts, they bring cheese from their farms for elk opener, we dine at night and we use each others horses if need be.
You may meet that kind of kid/guy like me where you go on your next hunt, and yer all set. This online #findmeahuntingpartner and tell me your gps coordinates and hunting location crapola is for the birds, but its the lifestyle.

Happy hunting and happy hunting for a great partner.



Yep, good hunting partners are hard to come by, that is why I am starting to look for one early. So that I have time to meet some people, and get to know them.
I know some people seem to just want to pick your brain for hunting areas, but I wont play that game, I hunt by Ennis, MT, that is about as much information I will give out, till I meet the right person.


Kevin

idnative1948
08-02-2014, 03:36 PM
Yes, good luck to you. Truly hope things work out for you.
Myself, celebrating my double 6 today. Luckily we have brought up another generation to hunt with and pick me (and Montanaborn) up when I fall. Besides, the young guys give us things to chuckle about. You don't learn if you don't try, but sure is hard to convince them sometimes on decision making.

devon deer
08-02-2014, 05:20 PM
Yep, I have made 5 or 6 trips alone over the years, and going for 2 weeks like I do, it isn't the safest thing I have done. being 16-1700 miles from home.
it isn't like living someplace, and going hunt by yourself for a day.
And like you, hunting with someone, and the stories back at camp at night, are half the fun of the hunt. IMHO.

Kevin
You got me beat on age Kevin but not distance, i will be 4500 miles from home and on a different continent this October and chasing Elk in Montana, my wife doesn't want me to go back this year, but i am going, and hopefully meeting up with a couple of guys on this forum.
Good luck on your hunt and i hope you find a hunting partner.
Cheers
Richard