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60 or older
How many are 60 or older. I still get out quite often. It relaxes me. The only thing that have changed.... most of my climbing sticks and hang ons are down. Not the agile monkey that I once was. I've traded them in for comfortable two man ladder stands.
I feel so left out. I'm not under forty or over sixty. :^C
^X2....Ha!...I thought the same thing. We're tweeners.
61 darn it didn’t take long to get. Here.
You guys are in your prime :)
60 a week ago, the older I get the tougher it is to get up early the second or third morning! And the recovery time from a 2 or 3 day trip is 2 or 3 days! Still get out about 60 days a year, just wait til I retire!
60 this year. I figure I've got another 30 years of bow hunting in me. :0
65, and I still hunt 60+ days a year in the West, on the ground and mostly solo.
76 and i just finished 10 days in the wilds of northern Arizona......well.... with my tent trailer.....and my quad....and a ground blind...and cell service.....and a generator....Maybe I am getting a little soft but I thoroughly enjoyed it !!
Really...there is no sense worrying about old age....it doesn't last very long !!
61. It takes me all night to do what I used to do all night long.
Well...I’m closer to 70 than I am 60. Heck Keith, it takes me all night just to remember what I used to do all night long! Ha!
65 this year. Just a pup.
Turned 75 in October. This is my 63 year bowhunting for whitetails.
I AM 63 and i got 2 antelope one deer and a elk this fall and going strong
62 and still go as hard as I did when I was 30 but slower. I’ve found out age has made a more patient hunter as I’m not in a huge rush to get to a certain spot ahead of everyone else. Put on 85 miles on my gps last elk season in the Big Horns and did not connect but saw a lot more. One thing I’ve noticed more this whitetail season is that I get cold a lot more than I used to. Told my wife that my toasty toes inside my artic pro mucks seem to not keep up as well. I’m thinking battery operated socks will cure that problem. I have a plan that when I’m to old to hike the mountains and sit in a tree stand I’m probably dead.
will be 68 in a few weeks. I am out there fishing or hunting at least 20 days a month.
63 and got my best buck 2 weeks ago. Still using sticks and hang one except I I have several ladder stands out. I get around pretty good hanging stands yet even after both knees replaced.
60, and still guide fly fishers 130 days a year and still get to climb trees hunting whitetails. I've lost a step for sure, either that or I can't remember where I put it.....
61 and a half. elk and antelope this year. going to Wyoming Saturday for whitetails! still deadlifting over 500 lbs at 199 bodyweight! still in the game 47 yrs behind the bow
Turned 62 this fall. Still see the world thru my 25 year old eyes till I look in the mirror. Knees hurt this year. Still can hunt.
65 the 1st of May. Still hunt quite a bit, but these single digit temperatures lately make it tough!
Just turned 60 this past February.
66 years old and currently sidelined from 4 level fusion back surgery 3 weeks ago.(TLIF) No bending, lifting. or twisting but able to walk 2x a day 1/2+ mile walks. No hunting this year and a 3-6 month recovery. Looking forward to chase elk come September.
67 and still enjoy getting out there. Mostly ladder stands now.
Almost 70 and getting a new shoulder put in so I can keep going.
I'll be 78 in about a week. I started Archery/bowhunting in 1956. Did 8 days Antelope hunt in Sept. with my son & we tented it. He took a nice Buck & this was his 1st Goat hunt. I went & took my 1st Antelope at age 68. I rekindled my tournament shooting in 2010 & love it. My knees are shot so I no longer Elk hunt but I've been blessed with many adventures in the past. We have 8 in the family that enjoy my love of archery (Kids & G-kids) so they keep me going. My 16 yr old G-son arrowed his 1st Whitetail yesterday in 10 degree weather & snow. It just keeps getting better.
JTV better off smokin real bud. That helps the joints and aches and pains. I don't make this numbers game but getting closer to 60. Shawn
71 and still kicking, quadruple bypass last January but still shot a bear in Ont. in June, didn't get an Antelope in Sept, got a sitka blacktail on Kodiak in Oct, a doe in Iowa last week and a buck on last Sat. in Mn. Going back Iowa tomorrow. Clint Eastwood said to stay young " don't let the old man in" I don't plan too!
I'm 61 and honestly feel better than I did than when I was half my age. I have no aches and pains. I still feel physically limitless as long as I continue to train.
This next year I'll be running the Boston Marathon in April, a half IronMan in June, and a 100 mile trail race in October, along a few other shorter trail and road races. I feel truly blessed!
I got turned on to full spectrum CBD in September by someone I trust. It has made a marked difference in my knees. I have three other close older friends who use it for different things, two with arthritis and the other with a joint problem, and they insist it makes a huge difference.
I put a few drops under my tongue morning and night. As long as it keeps working, I'll keep using it.
81, Bowhunting over 65 years. Been a few changes since, some good and some not so good.
63 in August. After talking it over with my flight doc I started my KETO lifestyle about 3 weeks ago. Still in transition but the ketones are kicking in and my strength is returning. Been a sugar addict my whole life. Feeling like a totally new man. Looking forward to a lot more years chasing the critters.
I'll be 66 the first week of January, been Bow hunting 42 years and shot my First coyote with a bow this past week, a Longbow.
75 years old. Hunting with bow since 1952. Still sit in trees, but spend most time spot and stalk. Love to hunt. Collect antique Bear bows. Hunt about 60 days a year still.
Wyld makes a good cbd product.
For those that get twisted up on Internet forums you might get the 1:1 thc/cbd. It’ll take the edge off.
Turned 60 last Saturday, November 2nd and believe me I feel it.... Was forced into retirement a couple years ago from one phone company after 30 years, so now I'm back outside climbing poles, this time for a cable company and it's kicking my arse...
70 , had a good fall took my target buck, had a hip replacement about 7 years ago time to replace the other one. Tree steps seem to be getting farther apart LOL!
2 days short of 65. can buy a lot of things in life, got to earn this one.....
67...high school hockey practice just kicked off, so my hunting time's about done!
Just turned 68. Knees are 9. Some of my teeth are only a couple years old. Don't know how that all adds up, but did solo 18 day elk hunt this fall. Guided two months wilderness fishing and 5 weeks elk hunting, so still hanging in there. I really don't feel much different than I have for many years, but it takes me longer to recover from a big effort. Great to see so many of us still getting after it.
72 - mind is still pretty sharp, but body can’t move as fast as it once did, but still moving.
I would say I’m running more in 5th gear than 6th gear, but can sometimes still stay in cruise control mode.
I just don’t “hate’em” like I once did ( except coyotes and loose dogs). I realize I don’t have to prove anything to anybody or try to impress others. I savor quality, rather than quantity.
I love the outdoors more, pay more attention to the outdoors and the details and beauty of nature. I enjoy just being in the wild alone more these days.
In summary, I’m thankful to be alive and to still be able to hunt and enjoy the outdoors. I admire those “Duracell guys” who are older that me, and still pursuing to hunt. They help me strive for the future. At the same time, I realize I have a responsibility to pass things on to those who are younger and are willing to receive what I know and have learned.
80 yrs old. Took a 4x4 mulie, an antelope buck, an 11 point whitetail, a doe and a turkey. Solo hunted for 27 days. Would have chased elk but have no one to hunt with! All my friends are dead or crippled!. I stay in shape by hiking the mountains ( up to 7000 ft ) every other day between 4 and 6 miles, Hope to be the oldest Bowhunter at 100. Yea, good luck with that! LOL!
Thank you old guys for your posts. Your posts say things that I can identify with or admire. I can really appreciate things like Brun and Ursman doing those solo bowhunts especially at our ages. Solo was tough for me 40 years ago. I now enjoy taking my adult sons and grandchildren bowhunting and value their experiences and success more than my own. Jaq, I will be looking into that CBD stuff that sounds pretty interesting. Good hunting and health to all you old guys..........Bob
My dads 81 and we still hunt together every year. He started hunting better in his 70's. Had to slow down with new knees!!
61 and still hunt hard. Work outdoors so cold not an issue. More of a solo hunter the older I get.
Today is the oldest I have ever been and the youngest I will ever be again.....71 Still hunting as much as I can. I enjoy it as much as ever. Hunted Bears in Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan this year......successfully too. Next week it is off to Saskatchewan for Whitetail.... I am a firm believer in "Use it or Lose it".....and that covers a lot of things.
64 on Jan 4. Engine still running, bearings good, tire pressure still good, tread good. Drive train and computer still operating at > 95%! And I keep the fuel tank full.
If you live long enough you get to be a kid again.
Be 73 in February. Hunt a couple days a week. Go Javelina hunting for a week every year in S. TX.
61 and God bless a good ladder stand. Still spend 30+ days each spring, hunting turkeys, just can't hunt every day of the turkey season any more.
60. I'll be 61 in 2 months and 3 days. Love my senior discounts especially at restaurants.
73 today. Still hunt, but not as mad at them as I used to be. Gave up my climber a couple years ago, use ladder stands now. Love to hunt pigs/javelina in Texas. Shot my fist bear this year.
73 as of last Sunday Lewis
62 Don't quite have the itch like I used to. Physically still in good shape. Looking for quality over quantity.
My experience with CBD is I sleep more soundly and dreams are more lucid. Using a cream now on some tendonitis in my wrist, it helps.
Turned 60 this past July still going strong.
63, near 64. I keepthinking I'm closing in on Paul and some others but they keep pulling out ahead.... funny how that works.....
Hunting and adventure is about the only reason I try to stay in some kind of shape when all the natural forces seem to say round is the default state..... Normally hunt every week. All year. This year some house projects getting in the way,missed a few weeks. Painting it right now..... the only thing less enjoyable than painting to me is prepping and sanding for painting..... watching it dry turns out is the best part....
"If you live long enough you get to be a kid again. "
I'll change my own diapers if you don't mind.....Hey! You kids!.... GIT OFF MY LAWN!
Paul is probably out hunting while the rest of us are stuck on our electronics :=(
62 till February, pulling 63lbs and using a climber.
76.Try to hunt or fish something every day.In Ks in a tree as I type.Weather screws up a few days but not many.
67 last March. Started bowhunting in 1967. And, I still enjoy the view from above. I can't remember when I last sat on the ground with a bow.
62 next month. Hope I can still get around when I draw a sheep tag.
WOW, some incredible stories. Good luck to all us guys that many more years are ahead. Just got back from MAYO in Rochester. Good news..... the prostate cancer that spread is in the "curable stage". Radiation for 36 days and hormones for 3 years. Hopefully this will fix the issue.
pointingdogs, Glad to hear the good news and thanks for starting this thread.........Bob
61 in a month. Glad to see so many of us keeping on, keeping on. Inspiring for us youngsters with our 70+ year old brothers and sisters. Looking forward to retiring when I can hunt a little bit more.
68 next month and still using my LF climber and hunting as much as I can. Just missed a nice buck tonight in Ohio, guess I don't see as well as I used to!!!
63 since July, turning 60 sucked.
66 and still using sticks to climb in my tree stands, along with a few ladder stands, which are starting to become more appealing.
62 and still climbing trees to whitetail hunt. I did my first solo archery elk hunt this year (my buddy was injured and could not make it this year) and had a blast. I can say that those things on my body that used to bend/flex well, don't anymore. And the thing that did not used to bend/flex, does. " Old age and treachery shall overcome youth and skill".
67 with one knee 8 months old and the other 1 yr 8 months. The new knees have helped me quite a bit. I only use ladder stands now.
Will turn 68 next month. Have been hunting with a bow more than 60 of those years. And although a little slower now, with the good Lords help, i will continue on, continuing on.
Jaquomo - what strength are you using? I use mostly 250. Have some 500 but the taste is strong. Helps with the aches and I often sleep thru the night now
72 with two new knees and my forth pacemaker plus several shoulder surgeries.
Turned 60 this past elk hunt in Oregon. Wheels gradually falling off. Pacemaker helping though. Was able to score my elk runnin-n-gunnin rather than treestand. Got lucky on a 300 yard packout and forum member help moving! But still strained my back. Lately my public land whitetail routine back here in Indiana has me more sore. Must drive 2 hour round trip daily, hike back in 2 miles round trip daily, carrying my gear and climbing stand. All to get to dinks I pass on anyway. Reformulating this part of my plan.
63 1/2 got an elk and a deer this year, hunt alone unless I can get the old gray mare to go with me, which happens less and less. I miss the time with her. Scott
Paul must have fallen out of his tree stand ???
65 and a few months...I have been Very Blessed as My Guardian Angel has been Worked VERY Hard since I was a Kid...too many stories to tell (of which we all have) and the assurance of "Knowing I Once did...when those Abilities cease...will bring me Comfort as I sit in My Rocking chair on the Front Porch...watching the Sun go down in the West"...4finger
Going on 71, hope to be flying and bowhunting for a long time... http://www.angelesflying.com/aboutus.html
(That's an invitation...)
Guys, include some pics of what you're doing, working, retired, hunting, whatever...
87 TODAY, just ordered my new bow because my bow had a cracked limb. Did not draw for Kansas this year or last year but scored on two bucks the 2 previous yrs, and 7pointer in NY last yr. I have not posted as much as I used to when I hunted with G. Chase a lot in NB for bear,
65 and holding. Hoping to get on the elk more after full knee revision/replacement on Dec4.
I will be 80 years on March 7,2020. Just returned from 15 days deer hunting in eastern Colorado. I thought I might be the oldest post until NYBOB chimed in. Nicley done MR, BOB. Still riding high at 79. my best, Paul
There he is....Looking good sir!
I’m 66 next month and still going strong but I can feel it for sure. Hunting smarter helps a lot. I don’t bust out climbing those mountains like I used to but I still get it done. Started bowhunting 58 yrs ago. Where did all that time go? Heading out to the Chiricahuas in two weeks to hunt some Coues where I’ll celebrate my 66th. My Dad just turned 105 last month, so I don’t know how long I have to keep it going, however it may be a while!
I'm 66 this coming February and I'm still packing elk out on my solo hunts this year.
With two years in a row bad Rib injuries (eAssit mountain bike wreck in June 2018 and a damn ladder crash on Memorial Day 2019) on the same dang side!, it has slowed me down during my training but I've still done lots of hiking and keep my pace with in reason for the rib pain on big deep breaths type deal.
I just got home from a last week of Spot-n-Stalk Whitey hunt in Wyoming and I did notice that as long as I am moving, even if it's slow still hunting speed, I stay pretty warm but that dang wind is more noticeable as I age.
1 more elk tag to fill so I am hope full to have a good year on packing another elk out solo fun.
Good luck, Robb
Yep, I am definitely over 60.
63 and counting. Never let the old man in!
David, I spend my time keeping up with my younger girlfriend, working out, fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, volunteering, managing two fisheries and on three boards. Retired from the corporate world 5.5 years ago, and retired from writing for money two years ago.
Life has never been better!
Almost 69 years old. Went on spot stalk elk hunt in Colo in September. And I arrowed a nice bull. Hunted whitetails in Kansas, also pheasants. No plans to slow down. I work out on a tread mill and weight machine several times a week.
Turned 69 sat and got my birthday buck a nice 9 ptr
Nice Lou, Now we're talking!
Jaq, great pics. Is that a rainbow? steelhead? About how many lbs.?........badbull
It was a big buck sockeye from the Kenai this summer. Didn't weigh him but he was way bigger than any of the others we caught. Hit the second run at the peak. Also had a great week in Patagonia, catching jumbo browns on big articulated streamers. And tons of nice rainbows at home. Retirement is grand!
BULELK1, You are about the youngest looking 66 that I have seen (judging from the pics that I have seen on here). So keep doing what you have been doing!........badbull
Thanks Jaq, that sure is a Whopper! Caught some nice steelhead but nothing that big. I do agree with you regarding retirement. It can be the best time of your life. Stay healthy and you can be like Paul at the Fort at his age. Good hunting and fishing to you and your yoga partner......badbull
I am going to be 70.... had heart surgery in 2017.................. saved my own life... should have been dead at 20, survived an operation in the field,,,,,,,,,,,,,, should have been dead at 27, on the job, guy shot at me at 6 feet and missed, he died.................
I take every day as a gift... I go like hell...................... Paul at the Fort is my Hero
for those of you who feel old, but have really no serious issues, here is my advice, get off your ass, change your diets, quit whining, and go for it.............
they are never taking me alive
Bunch of old bastards on this thread. I'm out...
Rick, with that awesome gnarly beard you have a healthy start on the "looking 60" part, though! :-)
Good news is, you'll never catch up to us old bastards. We'll always be a couple (wobbly) steps ahead!
No cigs, no booze, daily workout of some kind and adding a Life Coach as she has been a great benefit for staying positive for life.
Tasty looking fish right there Lou.
Good luck, Robb
74 and counting. Staying in decent shape, eating and drinking in moderation and always looking forward to something are key.
Don't make me post a shirtless pic, Rick! :):):):)
Keep Going Forward Right?...Chasing Desert Bighorn Sheep...Youngest Sons tag 3 weeks ago...always Leading from behind haha...65 with more in store...4finger
Now be Nice...this is My Sweetie...weve been married almost 42 years...with dating almost 48...shes 64...Sweetie takes Great Care of me :)...4finger
She looks like a sweetie, 4FINGER....congrats!
Did your son score a ram?
Thanks Nick...I forgot to say that Sweetie "Hates to Shop"...shes One in a Million LOL... After 20 days...Brady shot the Only Ram/Sheep he had seen...(We feel very Blessed)...So...Now there are No more Sheep on the Unit hahaha...Tough Hunt and one that will Live in my Memory as I was right next to him when the Ram went nightnight...Thanks...4finger
61 but always excited about the next elk hunt
I had to read thru the posters to see if I had already responded. 63 in Jan still trying!
61 here... steve congrats on a nice birthday buck, and 4finger you are a fortunate man.
Still work a lot, farming 55 years, married 55 years, still hang some tree stands, switch to a tree saddle, seems easier. will be 80 next June.
Peter, 1940 was a great year to be born. Lots of conflicts around the World but here we are ready to enter our 80th year next year. Like me, Glad to see you active. my best, Paul
65 and still getting it done but lots slower than I used to be. I love taking angles now when I am going up the hills. Used to be straight up. Those days are long gone!
Paul, thanks. I can remember my dad talking about the war, river coming up and flooding. You are right, lots of going on in those days, as is now these days. Take care, Peter.
Paul and Pete, thanks for the inspiration. When I can no longer hang stands, something will be lost for me. You offer hope I can still do that for awhile. Thanks!
67 and still tending 12 plus hang-on's with ladder sticks but it's getting harder. Gonna start switching over to ladder stands and turn the hang-on's over to my son. Paul you are my assurance that it is possible to hunt productively into the twilight years. Your a inspiration to us all!
You guys getting AARP flyers? Keep your damn shirt on, Nick!
AARP flyers start around 55. They'll pretty much take anybody who "seems" old now, but with the trendy FIRE movement happening and people retiring at 40 they may need to lower the age even more. I guess there are some good discounts but I don't belong because I don't want my dues money going to liberal political causes and candidates.
Jaq, they stopped sending me the fliers when I expressed that very sentiment to them. LOL!
I'm 63 now, I think about how much it's going to hurt before I do something before I jump in, not like when I was young but I still jump in.. Other than that I still do young stuff.