It must come to mind each and every season after so many years ?
I find myself beginning to think about how many years I have left after so many of my hunting partners have passed on or just plain gave up hunting altogether .
Confession, sometimes I think about not being able to hunt due to health issues or just father time catching up with me. I for one do believe this is a normal process for we hunter's.
How do I personally cope with these thought's ?
I reflect on past hunts with those who have passed on and the good times with those who have put hunting aside. Great memories !
I then begin to think about the opportunities to be in the woods. To see the magnificence of nature. ( A blessed sight for sure ).
I think about this upcoming season. I think of my stand, my location, the trail to it. Will it be productive ? To be in camp, sharing long held friendships. The stories that will be told, some true, some not so much :^}
After all of this reflection I begin to think maybe, just maybe, the Good Lord will allow me many many more years to enjoy this sport of ours, to allow me to continue to appreciate the magnificence of his creation.
Then I take up my bow to practice some more, in the hope to be as proficient as I once was ?
Just an old hunter's pondering thoughts here .........
A thankful one
Boris, I wasn't planning on croaking anytime soon :^}
Just random thought's on how long, and at what age do most folks hunt before hanging up the bow for good. I have some former hunting partners who have decided to give up hunting. Some at what I would consider a young age. (early 50's) others older than me.
At 74 + years I have no plans of hanging up my bow anytime in the near future. I'm full of excitement for this season. My anticipation is high, and If I felt any better there would be two of me :^}
The thought of a campfire in the mountains of Colorado, is and should be a great motivator. I haven't met Paul, or Lou, personally, but from their input on Bowsite, you will be in good company.
My campfire will not be in Colorado, it will however be burning this year and for many many more years.
The good Lord willing.