15 replies [Last post]
Offline
Location: centennial, co
Joined: 03/24/2003
Posts: 59
New Here

Hey all! I'm new here and new to big game also. Have hunted upland and waterfowl, but am looking to expand a little. Looking to chase some turkey this spring (1st time doing that too), which will hopefully also allow me some good scouting for the big boys, but come fall....

I've already had a lot of my questions answered i.e. calibers, rifles, etc., but am a sponge for new information - where to go, strategies, how not to drive you're wife crazy with all your hunting trips.

Thanks in advance!

Kupe

Offline
Joined: 02/27/2003
Posts: 16
New Here

Welcome! I'm kinda new here too. Its a great place just a little bit slow.

Offline
Moderator
Joined: 01/27/2002
Posts: 7916
New Here

Welcome Rookie! If you haven't already done so, check out our article section:

http://www.biggamehunt.net/articles/

A number of the articles will be useful for somebody getting started big game hunting.

Your right Big Horn, it has been slow the last week or so. I think everybody is side-tracked with following the war and I don't blame them.

bitmasher's picture
Offline
Moderator
Location: Colorado
Joined: 02/27/2002
Posts: 2973
New Here

Quote:


how not to drive you're wife crazy with all your hunting trips.

Hey now if anybody has pointers on that one, I would like to hear it too! Wink

Where are you planning to hunt turkey?

Welcome!

Offline
Location: centennial, co
Joined: 03/24/2003
Posts: 59
New Here

Thanks for the welcome guys!

As far the turkeys go, I've been looking at GMU's #51, 39, and 46 (Pike National and Arapaho National) - probably in that order. A guy that I work with lives around Evergreen and told me that he has seen quite a few birds and a lot of feathers around lately. I was hoping to do some scouting this weekend, but seems like that would be an excercise in futility, with the snow and all. Being that it's my first time going for turkey, I'd like to stay relatively close to home rather than hauling my happy hiney all the way out to Durango.

Thanks again guys!

Kupe

[ This Message was edited by: therookie on 2003-03-26 07:07 ]

bitmasher's picture
Offline
Moderator
Location: Colorado
Joined: 02/27/2002
Posts: 2973
New Here

That is interesting, I didn't realize there were turkey running around in 39 and 46. Those are definitely high country units. I heard guys hunt (and have seen the turkeys too) around Rifle which I'm guessing would be unit 32, 33, or 42.

Yeah I think your going to be slogging through white stuff if you scout this weekend. :smile: Supposedly more is on the way.

Offline
Location: Utah
Joined: 04/21/2003
Posts: 5
New Here

Quote:


how not to drive you're wife crazy with all your hunting trips.

I have been hunting all my life and I have found that women generally don’t understand the reason for hunting. Here are some of the things that I have used over the years.

1. Don’t try to explain it or justify it to them. Hunting will never make sense to them because it is so far from their world (unless they are an avid outdoors woman).

2. Women will give you a thousand reasons you shouldn’t go. My wife use to continually grill me on my hunting outings stating all sorts of problems it caused. The key to this is to help them determine what the real reason they have trouble with your hunting. I used to do door to door sales and people would give you all sorts of reasons they couldn’t buy your product. I learned that the true reason was usually the third one. The others were just smoke. I found that my wife’s biggest problem was the freedom that I had to go and just abandon here and leave her with all of the work of caring for the family and also the fact that she felt that she could make better use of the money that was being wasted. My solutions to these problems are to make sure she gets a trip each year where she gets away from the home life and give here matching funds to spend on what she wants.
3. Specialize on the hunting you love the most (mine is Elk). Don’t try to hunt everything you can. With your extra time you could used a few of those weekends and stay home with the kids and let her get out with her friends. This will pay big dividends when hunting season comes around. Just like us, women like to brag to their friends. So give them something to brag about.
4. Take your boys out with you especially when you go scouting (maybe even the girls). This helps in several ways. It reduces the load on her with less kids to watch. The best part of hunting is sharing your experiences with others, especially your kids. You build lasting relationships with your kids that will last a lifetime. Hunting traditions last for many generations. And it will tie your family together and your children will want to return well after they have grown and have families of their own to participate in these traditions and reminisce. I tell my wife that I am teaching my boys how to be men and building lasting relationships with them.
5. If all else fails try this last tool. Tell her that she married you for who you are. Hunting is part of who you are. It helps you deal with the rat race that you have to deal with everyday. Surely she could spare you for a couple of weeks a year so that you can keep your sanity. Hunting is your escape from the grind that makes life worth living. Just make sure she gets the same opportunity.

Good Luck, Harlan

bitmasher's picture
Offline
Moderator
Location: Colorado
Joined: 02/27/2002
Posts: 2973
New Here

Good thoughts, Harlan, thanks for sharing them. Sounds like you have given this some thought.

Only thing I would add is that take your daughters too (not maybe) if they are interested. While there is no denying that hunters are mostly men, hunters should be blind to gender, especially if a daughter shows interest....

Offline
Location: centennial, co
Joined: 03/24/2003
Posts: 59
New Here

It all sounds so easy! Actually, you guys aren't going to believe this, but my wife actually supports and WANTS me to go hunting...and she insists on cleaning!! What's this??? Well, as she said it, I don't need to understand why she likes to clean and she doesn't need to understand why I like to go run around in the woods. Far be it from me to ask.

Kupe

Location: Utah
Joined: 02/24/2003
Posts: 596
New Here

Thats great shes eager for you to go hunting! Just do yourself a favor and keep an eye on the milkman! :smile:

Offline
Location: centennial, co
Joined: 03/24/2003
Posts: 59
New Here

Haha very funny!!!!

[ This Message was edited by: therookie on 2003-04-24 13:27 ]