Page 22 of 22 FirstFirst ... 12202122
Results 526 to 545 of 545
  1. #526
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    North Dakota
    Posts
    1,444

    Default

    What a great friend you are sir!

    Pretty sure that dude is hooked for life, congrats to you both.

  2. Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Bwana View Post
    What a great friend you are sir!

    Pretty sure that dude is hooked for life, congrats to you both.
    He is still on cloud 9! (I'm still giddy too!)
    Just the whole experience was such a great time and I don't think the excitement will disappear any time soon.
    We've got him set up with a nice taxidermist down here and they are going to do a nice wooden plaque for him and a euro.

    Quote Originally Posted by Crossbowguy View Post
    That is a great buck and want to make sure I congratulate you on a fine FL buck!!!!! Also again what a year you guys have had- it's amazing!!!!
    It was the third biggest buck we were keeping tabs on and a fine buck indeed!
    You only get your first archery buck once, and he definitely got a nice one!

    Quote Originally Posted by Crossbowguy View Post
    I'm giggling a lil to myself thinking I want to see you guys pack one of our big northern ny bucks out like that. They sometimes dress out over 250# up in the great white north....
    haha I am betting your does weigh more than this buck.... he was probably 110lbs soaking wet..

    Quote Originally Posted by Bowhuntrben View Post
    That's great!
    Thank you!

  3. #528
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Newhartford Iowa
    Posts
    2,456

    Default

    Good job. Your buddy looks like a kid in a candy store.

  4. Default

    Quote Originally Posted by duckhunt View Post
    Good job. Your buddy looks like a kid in a candy store.
    Yes sir!!! He was (and still is) PUMPED!

  5. #530
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Mississippi
    Posts
    440

    Default

    Always good to see a buck killed in the old home country. Congrats on putting your buddy on a buck. What a good friend.

  6. Default

    Quote Originally Posted by 3855WIN View Post
    Always good to see a buck killed in the old home country. Congrats on putting your buddy on a buck. What a good friend.
    We have one phase left down here (Feb 10-19) and I am going to give it my best to put the big boy down that I am chasing.

  7. #532
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Location
    1000 islands area
    Posts
    204

    Default

    Good luck and I expect to be seeing some pics very soon!!!!

  8. Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Crossbowguy View Post
    Good luck and I expect to be seeing some pics very soon!!!!
    Thanks! I'll give it my best and that's the best I can do!
    I've got some more recent pictures of the buck that I need to text you here soon.... he's a dandy...

  9. Default

    Today is the last day of my 2017-2018 Florida deer season.
    The deer are just starting to move, but I just spent 2 1/2 days in Las Vegas with the family (took my wife to see a concert she's been dying to go to) and I'm leaving for NM tomorrow for a work trip.
    So I think it's time to call it a "year" and start prepping for the next one.

    At first I had the dream of doing some giant write up to end this year off, but I don't really think it's necessary.
    This isn't going to be just a one and done thread. I plan (and hopefully CJ isn't sick of me yet and will too) to keep this going, but just start a 2018 thread.

    So I'll keep this short and sweet because I can babble....

    In one of our first posts we mentioned that we just really wanted to share our experiences, hopefully help teach some people some new things, help people break out of their "I can't do it" molds, and show that with an established plan you can do anything that your desire.

    My year was filled with a small deployment, work trips, raising a newborn, family obligations, and more, but was still able to get out there and chase my passion.
    Tags were filled, friends were made, and fun was had. It really couldn't have gone any better.

    I want to personally thank everyone who followed us along this year. Whether you were a lurker or someone who participated in the thread, thank you.
    We truly appreciated all the feedback. I'm still BUMMED that photobucket did that third party sharing change in the middle of this because the first half of the thread we lost some cool pictures. The take away though is the next thread won't have that issue!

    Applications have already started for 2018, big planning is already underway, and I can promise you that the 2018 is going to be just as much fun as this one, if not better!

    I have no cool motivational quotes to end this on and I'm far from philosophical, but I do have a few final parting words for this thread and they are from experiences I had this year.

    If you have a passion, do it right or don't do it at all.

    This year I spent time trying to help a lot of different people start out hunting, fine tune their skills, scout areas, etc.
    Some of them, at the end of the day just wanted me to hand them coordinates because they didn't want to do any work that's involved.
    While others were just beyond grateful that I was even taking the time of day to help.
    This surprised me in two ways.
    One) Some of those people claimed hunting as their "passion", but they wouldn't put in any of the things that are involved: training, scouting, practicing with their weapon, etc
    Two) It amazes me how many people won't take the time to pass on information or try to help someone else. If something is TRULY your passion shouldn't you be helping pass it on for others to enjoy? Some of the best experiences this year were watching people take their first animal, learn a new skill, or just enjoying the experiences outdoors. I'd take that 3x to 1 over actually filling my own tags.



    Stop worrying about what everyone else thinks.

    Whether it's social media, your hunting buddies, or whoever..... stop worrying about what everyone else thinks and worry about what makes YOU happy.
    This is YOUR passion and your life to live.... not theirs.

    This year I watched hunters (both new and experienced) go the whole season passing on animals they truly wanted to kill, but were not "social media" worthy.
    Now they are looking back on their year wishing they wouldn't have done that or have some level of regret.
    If you spend your time trying to please everyone else you're going to be severely disappointed. You can't always please everyone.


    Stop saying you can't.

    I firmly believe that anyone with a plan is unstoppable. If you want to do something then build a plan for it and attack.
    Anyone out there can do this kind of stuff.

    Every year I know I am going to do some serious hunting so I plan for it physically, financially, logistically, etc.
    This entire hunting season was budgeted for and I borrow a single penny to make it happen (I hate debt and refuse it!)

    If you've dreamed about some sort of hunt, but continually talk yourself out of it because "you think you can't do it" then you're missing out on some of the best experiences of your life.

    So no more excuses, no more lies.....get out there and do it.




    Ok, this post is getting a little too long.
    Thank you ALL again for being a part of this and for letting us share our season with you.
    Keep your eyes open because a new thread will be starting here soon enough and I promise you we will try to keep it as fun, helpful, and useful as possible!


    Take care,

    Daniel

  10. #535
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Newhartford Iowa
    Posts
    2,456

    Default

    I absolutely loved your 2017 season and cannot wait for the start of the new thread. And also your last post was very inspirational.

  11. #536
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    North Dakota
    Posts
    1,444

    Default

    Thank again to the two of you for your service to our country and for sharing your outdoor experiences with us!

  12. Default

    Quote Originally Posted by duckhunt View Post
    I absolutely loved your 2017 season and cannot wait for the start of the new thread. And also your last post was very inspirational.
    Thank you for following along with us this year duckhunt, it was a pleasure having you around.
    We look forward to seeing you in the next thread. A little teaser...... there's a good chance I'll be hunting turkey and deer in your state this year. Dysart area.
    Thank you again!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bwana View Post
    Thank again to the two of you for your service to our country and for sharing your outdoor experiences with us!
    Thank you again for your support and for following along with us this year. It was a pleasure having you around Bwana.

  13. #538

    Default

    Great job to both of you guys this year! Thank you for taking us along on your adventures! Great job also on getting others involved and helping them experience a great time outdoors.

  14. Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Bowhuntrben View Post
    Great job to both of you guys this year! Thank you for taking us along on your adventures! Great job also on getting others involved and helping them experience a great time outdoors.
    Thank you for following along Bowhuntrben! We appreciated having you around.
    We are hoping to help even more people this upcoming year.

  15. #540
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Location
    1000 islands area
    Posts
    204

    Default

    You fellas had an unbelievable 2017 season, your hard work, dedication and time away from your families was rewarded big time with some great animals. I'm proud I served in the same service as you, and getting to know you guys have been a blessing!!!! I know the work never stops so enjoy what downtime you guys do have, I will be in the woods looking for some sheds and improving my lands for this next fall!!!! I look forward to the 2018 season!!

  16. Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Crossbowguy View Post
    You fellas had an unbelievable 2017 season, your hard work, dedication and time away from your families was rewarded big time with some great animals. I'm proud I served in the same service as you, and getting to know you guys have been a blessing!!!! I know the work never stops so enjoy what downtime you guys do have, I will be in the woods looking for some sheds and improving my lands for this next fall!!!! I look forward to the 2018 season!!
    Thanks for following along this year and it’s been a pleasure getting to know you.
    I look forward to seeing some of the sheds you find and the improvements you make to the property this year. 2018 is going to be great for everyone!

  17. #542

    Default

    I've written, deleted and re-written this summary at least 15 times by now. I've been trying to narrow down how this season was so special, and give some personal thoughts about life and hunting. You can take it however you want. Unlike most of my posts, I'm going to keep my summary relatively short.

    I feel as though the thread does a good job of showing how I feel about the season, but in case you didn't catch the drift... the word is "blessed." And I'm not referring to the animals I was lucky enough to kill this year. I'm blessed because I am able to hunt. I'm blessed because I have a wife who supports my passion. I'm blessed because I have 2 healthy children to share my passion with throughout the future. I'm blessed to have amazing friends and a fantastic community of hunters not only on this forum but everywhere I've been this season. The mix of solitude and people are what made my 2017 season one I can honestly say has changed me.

    I spent a lot of time in the field alone this season, and I will always appreciate solitude. There was a moment from early last summer that set the tone for my entire season. As I was walking out the door for a quick scouting trip, my wife said, "enjoy your solitude." She didn't say it in any special way, and I honestly didn't really think much about it at the time. But two words kept ringing in my head all throughout the season.

    Enjoy... Solitude.

    I believe solitude is a key ingredient to maintaining my sanity and it gives me the time to know who and what I stand for. The Norwegian explorer, humanitarian, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Fridtjof Nansen explained it better than I can when he said, "The first great thing is to find yourself and for that you need solitude and contemplation - at least sometimes. I can tell you deliverance will not come from the rushing noisy centers of civilization. It will come from the lonely places."

    I don't think you can enjoy civilization without having spent some time in solitude, and vice versa. My time in solitude made the times I spent with other people much more meaningful. I had some very special moments in the field with great people this season, and I couldn't be more thankful for all of it. But did I "enjoy" it? Of course! How could you not?

    Lastly, I believe the best motivation is self-motivation, and my hope for this thread is that maybe, just maybe, someone who's made it this far might find some self-motivation to do something they otherwise wouldn't have. Though ironic, and possibly hypocritical considering we just did a long thread about our seasons, I don't believe anyone should try to compare themselves or create standards for themselves based anything they see on social media or other outlets. Be yourself, set your own goals and standards, challenge yourself, be uncomfortable, always improve, and most importantly enjoy your time in the field.

    I look forward to what 2018 has in store, and I'll do my best to share it with you as honestly as possible. Good luck to everyone in the draws, and THANK YOU for following along.

    ~CJ
    "Never follow your passion, but always bring it with you." ~ Mike Rowe

  18. #543
    Join Date
    Nov 2016
    Location
    1000 islands area
    Posts
    204

    Default

    Awesome Post and well said!!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by sn.outdoors View Post
    I've written, deleted and re-written this summary at least 15 times by now. I've been trying to narrow down how this season was so special, and give some personal thoughts about life and hunting. You can take it however you want. Unlike most of my posts, I'm going to keep my summary relatively short.

    I feel as though the thread does a good job of showing how I feel about the season, but in case you didn't catch the drift... the word is "blessed." And I'm not referring to the animals I was lucky enough to kill this year. I'm blessed because I am able to hunt. I'm blessed because I have a wife who supports my passion. I'm blessed because I have 2 healthy children to share my passion with throughout the future. I'm blessed to have amazing friends and a fantastic community of hunters not only on this forum but everywhere I've been this season. The mix of solitude and people are what made my 2017 season one I can honestly say has changed me.

    I spent a lot of time in the field alone this season, and I will always appreciate solitude. There was a moment from early last summer that set the tone for my entire season. As I was walking out the door for a quick scouting trip, my wife said, "enjoy your solitude." She didn't say it in any special way, and I honestly didn't really think much about it at the time. But two words kept ringing in my head all throughout the season.

    Enjoy... Solitude.

    I believe solitude is a key ingredient to maintaining my sanity and it gives me the time to know who and what I stand for. The Norwegian explorer, humanitarian, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Fridtjof Nansen explained it better than I can when he said, "The first great thing is to find yourself and for that you need solitude and contemplation - at least sometimes. I can tell you deliverance will not come from the rushing noisy centers of civilization. It will come from the lonely places."

    I don't think you can enjoy civilization without having spent some time in solitude, and vice versa. My time in solitude made the times I spent with other people much more meaningful. I had some very special moments in the field with great people this season, and I couldn't be more thankful for all of it. But did I "enjoy" it? Of course! How could you not?

    Lastly, I believe the best motivation is self-motivation, and my hope for this thread is that maybe, just maybe, someone who's made it this far might find some self-motivation to do something they otherwise wouldn't have. Though ironic, and possibly hypocritical considering we just did a long thread about our seasons, I don't believe anyone should try to compare themselves or create standards for themselves based anything they see on social media or other outlets. Be yourself, set your own goals and standards, challenge yourself, be uncomfortable, always improve, and most importantly enjoy your time in the field.

    I look forward to what 2018 has in store, and I'll do my best to share it with you as honestly as possible. Good luck to everyone in the draws, and THANK YOU for following along.

    ~CJ

  19. Default

    Just a little preview for the upcoming season.... but CJ and I have NM elk tags....

  20. #545

    Default

    Congrats and good luck this fall!

Page 22 of 22 FirstFirst ... 12202122

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •