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Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: springfeild twp,mercer co
For those who are losing the desire, I'll tell you how to fix that.
Make the hunt the challange. Quit shooting easy deer in familiar locations. When you know what's going to happen, and you don't really care, you are simply a deer shooter. Just shooting any deer, espessialy on your home turf is childsplay, and that becomes not so much fun pretty quickly.
My solution, hunt only bigger bucks in places iv'e never been. Forget does and yearling bucks, they're too easy everywhere, they won't bring your desire back. The actual kill has to be something meaningful, something you would be really disappointed if you failed to make it happen. If a doe gets your wind and walks away before you can shoot, you probably don't/won't care, but you won't feel the same when it's the only nice buck you've seen in a week in a new area you're hunting for the first time. You'll wish things had turned out different, you'll curse that wind, you'll wonder what you could have done different, you'll think about how you'll do things different next time. You'll give a crap, exactly what's missing in your current shoot any/every deer in the same old places kind of hunting that you now do.
I'm not suggesting holding out for only 140" or better bucks, or going to Iowa or Alberta. Just saying that hunting 10% of the herd on new to you ground will put the challange back into hunting, and the challange is what's missing if you're bored with hunting.