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Loosing my passion to hunt elk.

When I was young, it was important to my manhood to find, kill, and bring home the bacon (elk).

Lately, I could give a rip, if I kill an elk/deer. Even pass some shots at deer the last time I was out. I can't figure it out. Maybe it's old age setting in?

I do enjoy the sense of purpose hunting gives and being out in the mountains, the sights, smells, communing with nature. I like riding my horse and being with friends and being alone. I like testing my skills against an animal in his "own crib."

But I don't know. I just don't seem to have it in me to kill them anymore...Anybody else ever had those thoughts?

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Loosing my passion to hunt elk.

My father and I hunted together for many years deer,elk and moose. He start hunting less and less when I decided to question him about what had happen, he told me that growing older (he's in his late 60's) change his view of killing animals, he just can't bring himself to hunt any more. I have and uncle that shared the same opinion with me, he also is in his 60's. Maybe it just a part of a hunter life. They both still love being in the outdoors.

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Loosing my passion to hunt elk.

For most people hunting is a recreational pasttime. It's supposed to be fun. If you don't need the meat, and it's not fun, then leave the rifle at home and bring a camera.

My Dad quit hunting around the time I was born for the same reason, but he invented a new game to play with deer: In the summer when the deer were feeding and bedding in alfalfa fields, he'd crawl through the hay to see how close he could get before he spooked them. He said that it was way more fun than shooting them from a stand 200yds away.

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I have been feeling the same for some years now.
Growing up we needed the meat so hunting was a must.
My parents are long sense gone and my wife doesn’t mind wild game but if there is beef in the freezer it seems to get cooked up first.
Don’t get me wrong I love to hunt and be in the out doors, BUT, I was raised with the view that we never kill what we don’t intend to use.
I had just lost the challenge that was involved, especially with deer.
About 20 years back I was speaking with an old friend and he had been thinking on the same subject, we decided to make our hunts more challenging so we started archery hunting. That worked for a few years but then archery came to the forefront and it started to be something everyone was doing and thus allot harder to enjoy.
10 years ago we changed to traditional black powder, flinters and caps locks none of this new fangled stuff. Neither of us had much luck the first couple years. Then one-year things clicked and things became second nature.
I myself do not need the meat so I know hunt for others that need it. I simple buy a tag and donate the meat to those I know can really us it. That and the feeling I get being out in the woods, even during general season with my long gun has given me a whole new look on hunting.
An old friend that joined us a few years back told me:
There is many different ways to be a hunter
You have matured as a hunter and no longer feel the pressure of filling your tag. he said he gets as much joy out of staying in camp and hearing the stories as I ever did traipsing these mountains

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Loosing my passion to hunt elk.

Beef Jerky; sounds like you have lost your gutting, skinning, packing out partner.
It’s the darn hard work that does it to you. It begins when you pull the trigger.

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Loosing my passion to hunt elk.

i don't hunt to "put meat in the freezer". beef/pork, etc is a lot cheaper to go buy from a prime butcher. so, if you hunt to put meat in the freezer, then think again.....

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I don’t know where you live but not the case here in Idaho.
Last year my weeklong deer/ elk hunt cost me a little less then 300. That’s tags, gas and food. For my money I got a week vacation away from momma, great scenery, fresh air and some relaxation. I also managed to help the family down the road who was going through some tough times.

Now I just bought a 1/2 beef with a friend from the local slaughterhouse along with a pig. My cost after cut and rap was just under 600 and I have only meat to show for it. Not to mention the taste is something to be desired “ like an old dairy cow “and I always have the question in the back of my mine as to if this is really the meat we paid for and can it be as good for my family.
Can you imagine the cost of 1/2 a beef that has never been given shots, growth hormones, and antibiotics and is as lean as wild game? not to mention NOT walked in its own waste for most of its life

I think I will keep me hunting trips as the cheaper mode of life.

sorry off topic

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Loosing my passion to hunt elk.

GP is right. The cost of putting meat in the freezer from hunting wild game costs more if you take a week off. Figure the cost of the lost wages. and the cost of buying food and gas.
Losing the passion of hunting has alot to do with not finding what you are looking for. I sometimes get burned out by hunting to much till I start finding bigger animals. Then the passion kicks itself right back in. Or I take someone else with me then the help of getting there animal sets precedence. I love this as alot of people have problems with finding animals. I know alot of hunters think this is bull but its true. Some people just dont have the knack of finding anything and others see game all the time. So I try to take kids with me and watch there eyes light up when finding an animal. Might not be a huge animal but just kicks there passion in. That helps me start it up also.

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Loosing my passion to hunt elk.

Interesting thread...

From discussing with friends and relatives I've come to the conclusion that some of the following factors are why people either lose interest or lose their passion for hunting.

1. Difficulty finding open land to hunt on. Most farmers/ranchers (at least in Colorado) no longer allow hunting on their land without charging big $$, and public land gets tremendous pressure.

2. Not drawing out the tags you want. In our family no one has drawn a mule deer tag for 3 years! Pretty crazy when you live in the middle of them and can't even draw out a tag.

3. Increase in rules/laws & restrictions.

4. The high cost involved, particularly if you have to start paying for access to private land, increased tag costs, etc.

Since we enjoy the outdoors, we turn more & more to other activities, like flyfishing, camping, nature photography, etc.

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Loosing my passion to hunt elk.

You're worried about losing money while hunting?!?!?! You might as well bag camping, hiking, playing with your kids, spending time with family or freinds, or any other kind of recreation.

I thought hunting was about nature, friends, family and just getting away from the hussle and bussle. Oh yeah, sometimes you get some meat and horns out of it if you're really lucky and its much better for you than beef or pork.

This is part of the article I'm writing;

"When we pulled into camp it was dark and the snow was coming down. Everything was covered in a white blanket and I wanted to jump out play in it like I was a kid again....I had just come from a bustling city with all the pollution and noise that go with it so I was looking forward to a long weekend of elk hunting. I’d been waiting all year in anticipation of hunting this new area...

The 3-hour drive seemed like 6 and with all of our gear packed inside with us I couldn’t wait to get out of the truck. We found the spot we wanted and pulled in. As soon as I turned the engine off it was dark and quiet. The kind of quiet you can only find in the wilderness. There was no fan or furnace buzzing in the background. No clock ticking in another room. There were no cars passing by in the street outside, just complete silence. You forget what quiet sounds like when you live in a big city. The clouds covered the moon and the stars and the darkness was thick. I couldn’t see anything no matter how hard I strained to see through the windshield. I opened the door and the smell of the pines hit and the chilly mountain air entered my lungs and I began to take it all in. All my senses told me where I was, I was in the Rocky Mountains in the fall hunting bugling bulls."

I guess I've never felt any other way.

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On 2003-10-06 16:50, rather_be_huntin wrote:
You're worried about losing money while hunting?!?!?!

That's not what I said. The topic of this thread is 'reasons that a person may lose their passion/interest in hunting'. Like I stated above, there are multiple reasons why a person may lose interest in the sport. For the working class, cost can become prohibitive. You're lucky, you live within 3 hours of hunting and most likely don't have to pay trespass fees, however many folks do.

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... All my senses told me where I was, I was in the Rocky Mountains ...

I live in the mountains. So I know how fortunate I am to experience this on a daily basis, and we still go camping, fishing, hunting, etc. with family & friends. However we hunt less than we used to, for some of the reasons stated above.

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