Three myself but been in on others kills in regard to being there helping and packing out. Also, been up close to plenty on scouting/hiking trips.
Edit: Also many years of not being successful were the keys to finally learning some things and being somewhat successful. With what I know now in regard to the animal and the area I hunt I feel I always got half a chance to fill my tag. As long as I am out there doing the work for those nine days the odds are at least one opportunity will present itself. Then it's up the hunter to close the deal.
Failures tend to be better teachers then successes if one is wise enough to recognize it
True enough Romey. The other aspect is loving it like nothing else. Some people like the idea of it until they get a taste of the work involved. For others the work involved enriches the whole experience and fuels the fulfillment it gives us. We're truly fortunate to get to experience it.
I have a system I use in Whitetail hunting during the rut that seems to work for me. When I make a mock scrape in the area I wish to hunt I will place a couple of 35mm
film canisters (film removed of course) in the scrape after I have cleared out all leaves and other debris. The film canisters are filled with cotton balls and saturated with doe in heat urine. This keeps the urine from soaking in the ground and can be refreshed on each trip if needed. I will also use the tarsal gland of the buck...