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This Will be New For Me

I've mentioned before that since my dad passing away, i've always hunted alone. Next year i'll not only be camping for the first time in 50 years, but i'll also be in a group. I think it's 3-4 plus me so far. Plus my dog. (he can guard the camp) I can still go off on my own to hunt, but the company in camp will be kind of nice.

 

Plus i'll have help with the meat.  Big smile I'm going to take the next 10 months to prepare for this hunt. I think it will be fun.

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It is always nice to have someone in camp with you, and it is safer, i have went out west severial times now for a 2 week Elk hunt alone, and my Wife hats it, she worries the hole time i am gone.

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This sounds like it will be a

This sounds like it will be a great new experience for you and you may be surprised how much you like it. It's great to hunt alone but even better when you get back to camp and share all your experiences from the day that you just had out hunting. And the best part like you mentioned is having all those extra backs to help carry the meat out if your lucky enough to knock one down.

Good luck with the new adventure and keep making those plans.

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Very cool Still!  I think

Very cool Still!  I think it's great that you're getting back out there and onto the horse, so to speak.  I can't imagine losing my ad, he is my favorite hunting companion, and I will actually be joining him in a couple of days.  But, it sounds like you are moving on, and going to make the most of it.

Sounds like a good little group, and you should have alot of fun.  Make sure to tie that dog up if he's guarding your camp, don't want him getting into any trouble... Wink

I too am trying to plan a hunt for next fall.  Going to ask my dad is he wants to do a combo-Colorado hunt instead of a Kansas/Illinois deer hunt.  Hopefully he'll say yes.  Anyway, I am sure you will enjoy yourself.  Keep us updated on the progress of your planning.

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Thanks guys. I love this

Thanks guys. I love this forum.

 

Good luck getting your dad to come to Colorado CA.

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That's sounds like a pretty

That's sounds like a pretty good group size.  I guessing these other fellas are guys you know well and enjoy their company.  Not only does a small group help with packing out the elk, but it helps with camp chores, meals, driving, etc.  It kind of makes the whole trip a little less work, making time for more hunting and much more fun.  I enjoy hunting, by myself or with friends.  But if I can choose, I would rather hunt with friends--it just seems to make the experience more enjoyable for me.

10 months to prepare?  Is that going be enough time?:D

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I'm getting a funny feeling

I'm getting a funny feeling i've never had before. One guy just bailed out of the hunt. This is something i've never experienced in my life. My dad would never do that, and i've hunted alone since then.

I've read some threads from you guys about guys bailing out at the last minute. I would certainly plan my hunt differently if I was going to hunt alone. I belive who is left is dependable, but stuff happens.

Should I just go alone and not worry about the disappointment, or take a chance? I've never been this undecided about a hunt before. I like to keep my life simple.

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At least he is bailing with

At least he is bailing with enough time for you to make other plans.  Doing it in November is a lot better than the night before in September or October don't you think? 

As far as plans I would plan it with those that are left but don't be surprised if one or two more bail out for some reason.  I would also be ready to go by myself if it comes down to it, I've done that quite often when plans just don't work out. 

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Him bailing wasn't hard to

Him bailing wasn't hard to take. He was out of state and a long shot to begin with. It just gave me a feeling of what it would be like if everybody did it.

I have faith the others will go. It's a dad two brothers and a cousin. Sort of an all or nothing deal. Once they actually buy the tags i'll feel better.

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Ya, that's a bummer when the

Ya, that's a bummer when the friends bail on you at the last minute.  That's exactly what happened to me this year.  I should have known better with this fellow.  He's a good friend, but kind of unreliable.  He will still be a good friend, but I won't make hunting plans with him again.

Funny thing about that though.  Another hunting buddy called the night this guy bailed on me to discuss another hunting trip (Nebraska Deer in December) and wanted some feedback on the final planning he was putting together for us.  After hearing about my newly developed situation, he encouraged me to call another buddy of his whom I had never met.  (I felt really awkward about contacting someone I'd never met the night before I was leaving.)  Turns out this other fellow joined me and I really enjoyed hunting with him--felt like I'd hunted with him my entire life.  He didn't have a tag, but was a great partner.  After the trip he told me it was one of the best hunts he'd ever had in his 40 years of hunting.  I look forward to hunting with him again in the future too!

Kind of a convoluted way to finding a new friend, but it worked out great...somehow.  I wouldn't worry too much about others deciding to bow out.  With so much time to prepare, you can easily plan around it if they bail.  But I'm guessing they will enjoy hunting your company too and will be looking forward to the trip as well.  

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Your thread came to mind when

Your thread came to mind when the guy bailed on us. I probably over reacted. I'm sure the others will be reliable. If I end up going alone, it won't be anything new to me, except the camping part. Which is what i'm looking forward to the most. I'm sure i'll be over there a few weeks before the hunt scouting and trying out my new camping gear. Big smile