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GooseHunter Jr's picture
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Colorado
Joined: 09/28/2005
Posts: 3748
Welcome to the forum and back

Welcome to the forum and back to hunting.  Yeah all forums are kinda slow right now.  I have been busy chasing geese aroubnd the front range here.  Even my main waterfowl forum has been slow.  As application due dates creep up on us it will start to pick up!

Location: Florida,USA
Joined: 08/21/2003
Posts: 1585

A belated welcome to BGH James.

In my mind what you are describing as missing is woodsmanship. You will never be a complete outdoorsman unless you master woodsmanship. In todays hunting world with Greenfields, food plots and feeders it has become un-necessary to know the intricates of woodsmanship, you just plow, plant, set-up and fill the feeder and then sit in the box-blind and the deer will come to you, atleast thats the way it is in the south. Gone are the days of carefully scouting, reading the lay of the land and understanding game behavior. Today the big land owners, mostly timber companies, have turned to for profit hunting and will only allow access via leases.

I, like my father too me, am teaching my son these important lessons. When we come upon some tracks or other sign I'll ask him, "look around son and tell me what you see?" As was with me, the first answers were " trees, bushes and swamp dad". I then will point out the differences in the terrain and those ever so slight elevation changes that create the travel lanes, the certain type of foliage and what the deer use it for whether it be food or cover and then I'll tie it all in with a brief explanation of deer behavior as it relates to bedding, travel and food source. After 2 years now he is coming around very nicely. I do want him to not really notice just tracks, rubs, plantlife and terrain but instead I want him to use all the available information presented to him in a small and particular spot too form an overall picture of what is happening and why. From this he'll not only learn the secrets of hunting but he'll also come to know the wildlife and to respect the game that he is after, love the woods and completely enjoy what God has offered to him, mabe then he'll be more apt to respect the outdoors and learn how to interact with it, leaving the area just as he found it, pristine, for his future enjoyment and the enjoyment of his kids.

I am also proud to say that I have taken my Grandson out on his first hunting trip just this past summer. He was super interested in the tracks we found and it was all he ever talked about asking me everytime I saw him when we were going to go hunting. Just 4 weeks ago he went on an actual hunt. I picked a Box-blind for his first outing as he is only 5. we saw no deer but his demeaner and actions were enough to make any granddad who lives for the outdoors proud. It was also quite hilarious watching him try to eat animal crackers "quietly" and spending an hour scanning the area with the binoculars a whispering everything he saw thru them to me. LOL 

JamesJM's picture
Joined: 01/12/2012
Posts: 49
Nice post, JTapia,

I had never heard the term 'woodsmanship' before.  Thanks for the additional to my vocabulary, and it's pretty spot on as to my point.

My grandson's both seem to like the finding of 'tracks' particularly interesting, and fun.  I must confess that I'm a poor tracker, other than the specific game I'm hunting.  Looks like I have some studying to do.  - JamesJM

WesternHunter's picture
Joined: 05/05/2006
Posts: 2374
used to be

For some odd reason I recall there being a lot more activity on this forum for the first couple years after I joined.  Seems like starting around early 2009 activity here dropped off noticeably.  Seemed to start dropping off even a little before then.  I myself have been guilty of taking as long as 3 to 6 month breaks at a time from this forum over the last 4 years.

Seems like anymore we get a lot of new members here who sign up stating they don't have time to scout an area, then asking for advice, take that advice, go on their new hunt, and are never heard from again.  I just like to see more contribution here.  But that's just my observation. 

All I can say is welcome to all who join here.  Hang around, don't just take advice, but come back and at least let us kow how the hunt went, engage in discussions here as well.  There are many new members here who became seasoned experienced hunters long before this site existed and I encourage them to stay involved here.   I say to those who are even brand new to hunting and just joined here- join in and engage in discussion here, that's one way to learn, plus the more experienced members here are more likely to share information with other members that they are familiar with and see here involved often. Give and take is what has made this forum great.

BikerRN's picture
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Joined: 05/23/2011
Posts: 715

Welcome, much belated, and I too have come back to hunting and woodsmanship after a long respite.

I have much to learn, and have learned a lot in my short time here, and if I can help someone along the way I am greatful for the opportunity. I look forward to reading more of your post for you are a well versed man that obviously has the ability to put words to thoughts, exspressions, and ideas.


Retired2hunt's picture
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Location: Colorado Springs, CO & Fort Myers, FL
Joined: 07/28/2011
Posts: 1624
  Welcome to BGH and Glad to


Welcome to BGH and Glad to hear you being back into hunting!  I too unfortunately had a 19 year hiatus but like you I got back into hunting and was able to show my children safe and ethical hunting.  We all look forward to your hunting stories and pictures.


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