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I have definately hit what they call the sportsman stage!

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I'll go with the 5th stage. I get a lot of enjoyment with just being out. If I tag. It's a bit better.
As fast as time flies by anymore. In the, not so far away future. I can see a 6th stage. The "Adventure Telling, Remember When" stage. Still gathering your gear and getting out with the boys but with minimal participation. A sort of a camp steward.

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As much as I may want to say I'm in the Sportsman phase I'm still very much in the method stage. Hmmm seems I've been in the method stage for quite some time now......at least for the last twelve years or so. I just can't seem to get past it. lol

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If I wake up tomorrow the way I felt today, it must be the FINAL STAGE Big smile Big smile Big smile

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Hammer1 wrote:
If I wake up tomorrow the way I felt today, it must be the FINAL STAGE Big smile Big smile Big smile

Ha ha! I know the feeling. We've had one storm after another come through here and it sure feels like the final stage! Yes Are you feeling better today Hammer1?

I have to agree with Fuzzybear, they forgot a 6th stage, definitely need a story telling stage. That's when we get too old to hunt ourselves any more, but we'll tell all the young 'uns how great it was back in the 'ole days! Laugh

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This is too simple, don't you think?

Everyone has a bit of sportsman stage or they wouldn't bother to come out. You have to enjoy the whole thing.

But then, there's the method stage. Refining your skill is one of the best parts of hunting and I think everyone should still get some joy at knowing they are at their top in knowing the game and handling their tactics.

But then, come early December if there is still no venison in the freezer maybe a guy will switch over to bag-limit stage for awhile.

I do agree though that anyone shooting for fun without caring about clean kills is at an early, early stage.

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Somewhere in between Trophy and Method stage for me: it must be taken under a certain set of self imposed limits, but if it's not a nice buck I will feel a bit disappointed. But at the same time if that nice buck just happened to be standing on the garden of the farm where I hunt, I'd let it walk and grab the camera instead.

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I seem to have a bit of all the stages. When I'm hunting with our hunting party I feel we have to fill the tages , we only have one week together and If we don't get deer some don't get to fill the freezer.
I like to shoot but I'm always shure of where I shoot and where every one else is. I don't feel let down if I don't bag what I'm after, because if I'm out seeing wild life and in the woods it's a good day.
When I'm out by my self I have past on deer to let them grow another year.
I do enjoy the comradity of hunting with the guys and gals and th B.S. after the hunts.
The whole experiance is what keeps me going back into the woods.I love all of it.
Thats the way I look at things
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I seem to have a bit of all the stages. When I'm hunting with our hunting party I feel we have to fill the tages , we only have one week together and If we don't get deer some don't get to fill the freezer.
I like to shoot but I'm always shure of where I shoot and where every one else is. I don't feel let down if I don't bag what I'm after, because if I'm out seeing wild life and in the woods it's a good day.
When I'm out by my self I have past on deer to let them grow another year.
I do enjoy the comradity of hunting with the guys and gals and th B.S. after the hunts.
The whole experiance is what keeps me going back into the woods.I love all of it.
Thats the way I look at things
Regards Fisher King

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They forgot the Frustration Stage, where your activity in the sport declines due to access problems or excess regulation.

Then there's the Couch Phase, when mama lays down the law for spending too much time afield.

They also forgot the Realty Phase, when you buy a bigger house to hold the toys and taxidermy projects.

In Alaska, there's a completely different system:

The Truck Phase -- where you buy a truck to go hunting.

The ATV phase -- where you buy 4-wheelers to get away from the limited road system and its associated crowds.

The Snowmachine Phase -- where you realize that you can get more places when it's frozen.

The Boat Phase -- where you buy a boat to get away from the crowds in the ATV phase by accessing the rivers.

The Airplane Phase -- where you learn to fly and buy an airplane to get away from all those people on the river.

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