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I havent been twelve yearsold for a very long time. (26 yrs. to be exact.
) But I do remember with great clarity, the night before my first buck season at my families camp in Southern Clearfield County. lets just say i was so worked up that I was vomiting and visiting the bathroom very often. My mom and I thought I had the flu, dad KNEW I had buck fever. I killed a beautiful 8 pt. at 8:30 opening morning after about forty deer filed past our treestand. I got pretty worked up over that buck, and so did my dad. I had spent two opening days previous to that in the same stand with dad. Never made it past 7:30 either of those years. Dads good shooting made sure of that. To say we had a good spot was an understatement. Many years later, Im older of course and so is dad. Artheritis, and cancer have made their marks on dad. A family of my own has put me in the position dad was in years ago with me on that windy morning I killed my first buck. Regardless, we still hunt and hunt often. Dad is still my best friend. We are going to Colorado on a guided elk hunt this year. First time with an outfitter. I lived in Montana for several years, and dad made the pilgrimage west more than once. We are not strangers to elk or hunting them. However, Dad told me this may be the last hurrah for his elk hunting for health reasons. It kills me to think it might be true. But it makes me that much more determned to ensure his success. I am dedicated to give him back what he gave me so many years ago. A burning passion for the outdoors and all things wild. I love you dad, and hats off to you. We will give' em [censored] in Colorado. Updates to follow fellas ;), and thanks for reading this.
 

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Good luck, just a suggestion, don't necessarily base the success of the hunt on a kill. Make every moment count, and take lots of pics.
 

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In the same boat as you Mike and I understand how you feel. I too lived in Montana for a while(went to college at U of M....go Griz!) but ended back here in PA for work and now family. My dad's 76 yrs old and my brother's and I went elk hunting with him in Wyoming(my one brother lives in Cody and the rest of us flew in to join him) this past fall. He was the only one with an elk tag and I burned 3 precious personal days from work to go on this elk hunt ......and I wasn't even hunting. But it was well worth it!

You never know when the last hunt together will occur and it does sadden me knowing the years of hunting together are limited. At 12 years old, you feel the hunts with dad, other family members, and friends will go on for a thousand years........

This past elk hunt might be the last time that dad and all my brothers were together on a hunt....but I hope not. He's still in pretty good shape and can hike quite a bit, even after stints and prostate cancer.

His dream has always been to take a bull elk on a DIY hunt with us. We had a great time and lots of laughs this past fall, even though he didn't harvest an elk. We'll try again next year.

Cherish every day you can spend with your family hunting or other wise and good luck to you and your dad this coming fall.

Oh, and I second the importance of pictures.....




Dad glassing for elk......










Dad on a late and long walk out the trailhead.......








Elk camp, October 2011........









Dad with 3 of his 4 sons in Wyoming elk country......




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God Bless Mike, nice post...i hope it all falls into place.

My dad is 71 and we always figured we would get that type of hunting adventure in someday, I am not so sure....we still hunt PA, but never did a trip.

GO GETTUM!!
 

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Montana Mike and Huntman you guys have it spot on! Hunting for most of us is a family tradition. My father who raised me has passed on to the Happy Hunting Grounds but I always reflect on him when I'm out hunting. I love him for so many things but especially for introducing me to fishing, hunting, and the great outdoors. I wish your fathers success this year and I hope they shoot the bull of their dreams. GOD bless and happy hunting!
 

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I hope you both have the hunt of a life time. I got to hunt with my dad for 6 years before leaving for the Army, and when I returned home after a few years, health problems had taken their toll on him, and he just gave it up. He passed away two years ago, but he made sure I was woods wise early on, and gave me all the right tools to be successful. Good luck Mike.
 

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enjoy and cherish every minute with your dad. ain't nothing i wouldn't do for one more day afield with dad. its been almost 4 years now since he passed on.
 

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Best of luck to you two out there!

You guys need to listen to me when I say this. Don't wait to take that trip or put off hunting with your dad for another time. Just do it. Because you never know what life holds.
 

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You guys have it right for sure . I have a brother and a sister that live in Montana near the Absorka Beartooth area for 34 years and neither one hunts or fishes . What great times you all must have and vivid memories to last a lifetime . Best of health and luck to you ......Finn
 

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Best wishes for a great hunt and many memories. I also have many memories of hunting with my Dad. He passed about 3 1/2 yrs. now. I wish he would have gotten to see the sheep I harvested back in August.

Keep us posted!
 
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