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Location: Southern Virginia
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Why is it, that when we're young, we will do almost anything to parade a big buck through town on the back of our truck? This morning, as it was just getting light, I was semi-sleeping, when a rifle cracked down at the highway. Then, we heard the four-wheel drive truck speed off, as if the guy had robbed a bank. My wife asked me why somebody would shoot a deer, only to speed off? I told her that most hunters don't want to be seen firing from the comfort of their plush pick-ups(on the road), and that the guy would return later to retrieve his deer. Well, the young guy did come back later, and I saw him down in the field looking for his deer, but he must have only wounded, or missed it. When I was young, it was really easy to ride around in early morning or late afternoon, and kill nice bucks. Yes, I always had permission to hunt the farms where I shot the deer. And they were all in legal shooting hours. But, as I have grown older, it is not sportsman-like to shoot a deer this way if you are healthy enough to climb into a tree stand. I sometimes think about parking on the edge of a field, and using my truck as a "blind", due to failing health. But would that be non-ethical(or legal), now that I cannot get in a tree easily due to my health? Kinda like going through my "second childhood", although I KNOW I'm too young for that!!

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Location: new brunswick
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tesoronut wrote:
Why is it, that when we're young, we will do almost anything to parade a big buck through town on the back of our truck? This morning, as it was just getting light, I was semi-sleeping, when a rifle cracked down at the highway. Then, we heard the four-wheel drive truck speed off, as if the guy had robbed a bank. My wife asked me why somebody would shoot a deer, only to speed off? I told her that most hunters don't want to be seen firing from the comfort of their plush pick-ups(on the road), and that the guy would return later to retrieve his deer. Well, the young guy did come back later, and I saw him down in the field looking for his deer, but he must have only wounded, or missed it. When I was young, it was really easy to ride around in early morning or late afternoon, and kill nice bucks. Yes, I always had permission to hunt the farms where I shot the deer. And they were all in legal shooting hours. But, as I have grown older, it is not sportsman-like to shoot a deer this way if you are healthy enough to climb into a tree stand. I sometimes think about parking on the edge of a field, and using my truck as a "blind", due to failing health. But would that be non-ethical(or legal), now that I cannot get in a tree easily due to my health? Kinda like going through my "second childhood", although I KNOW I'm too young for that!!

...If you have failing health or are in some other way disabled you can apply for a disabled hunters licence ...age has nothing to do with it

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Location: Southern Virginia
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I've checked into the disabled license thing, and if you are still working(which I am), it's hard to do. Yes, I have an easy job that requires little manual labor, but it's still a job.

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tesoronut wrote:
I've checked into the disabled license thing, and if you are still working(which I am), it's hard to do. Yes, I have an easy job that requires little manual labor, but it's still a job.

...you might try getting a written report from your doctor and approching them with that .

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Thanks, Rat River.....I think I'll try that again. I do see alot of young folks that appear to be in excellent health, who are disabled. And on the other hand, I see alot of folks who can't hardly get around, and obviously have problems, yet they are not on "the system". Anyway, Thanks...

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What you should do is set up in the woods with a friend. Have some lawn chairs and a table. Have a young guy run off his energy walking through the woods, and push the deer towards you while playing cards. Laugh

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Yes, French, that sounds like a winner. Might take a drink or two of bourbon, also. Only thing is that I ain't no good at playing cards, but I do know how to take a drink. Yes

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Location: Minnesota
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Well... If you have permission on private farms, look into putting up a couple of blinds. Go into the property in the summer, and work on clearing out a small area to sit and putting up some structure, like sticks and branches, to break you up. Take your time and complete the project over several days. Also, work on clearing a trail and a way to get to the place. Buy a $20 chair from a local store and leave it there. take time to set up this blind in an easy to get to spot. When you do go, set up a helper. Someone you can call or radio to give you a hand getting the deer out of the woods.
I'm in great health, and do a similar routine. My dad and i go out late summer and get some blinds ready for hunting weekend, since we only get one. When that Saturday rolls around, we all know where the blinds are, and just go kick out the leaves and have a sit. works great. Good luck... Heck. If your in my area, i'll help you. I've done it before.

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Good advice! Thanks, Tater. So far, I'm still able to crawl up into my ladder stands, but when it's cold, it's the devil on my joints, and sometimes I'm a little sore the next day. But, next year may be a different story, and I will make some blinds out of the abundance of limbs and storm blow-downs that we have. One thing for sure---- there's no shortage of material to build them with, and it's all free!!

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tesoronut wrote:
Good advice! Thanks, Tater. So far, I'm still able to crawl up into my ladder stands, but when it's cold, it's the devil on my joints, and sometimes I'm a little sore the next day. But, next year may be a different story, and I will make some blinds out of the abundance of limbs and storm blow-downs that we have. One thing for sure---- there's no shortage of material to build them with, and it's all free!!

...The only thing i don't like about blinds is your at ground level ..what i mean about that is your the same level as the deer , I have seen bullit holes in sheet of plywood left beside a hydro pole that some one probably sat behind also seen abondoned vehicles full of holes that people have shot at not knowing if there was anyone in there or not just someting to keep in mind at least in a tree stand even the stupidest of hunters know deer don't climb trees ! take care

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Location: Minnesota
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well, you have to know and scout the area you are going to set a blind. High foot traffic, and permiscuous shooting are not good areas for hunting period. but a brushy fenceline, with a wooded background would be. An Oak grove full of deadfalls would be good also, if you can set up with the wind in your favor. the wooded backdrop of a funnel is also great. It also depends on weapon choice. I've hunted on the ground for many years. I would not overlook it as a viable option, especailly for someone who may not be able to get around as well as they used to.

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