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I am sure that any of us who post on here with any regularity has gotten into some lively discussions with opposing points of view. It can be frustrating but is just part of being on an internet chat forum. Even so, you can get an awful lot of good info on here. But that is not what makes me stay on HPA. It is the people who you meet on here. Good people who share a passion for the outdoors. I have been fortunate enough to have met quite a few folks who have been members here. The concern, knowledge and generosity on here is outstanding.
My latest instance was with Pahack. He made a thread about reloading for the .300 Blackout. I innocently commented on there about needing to buy some dies for myself and start loading for mine. Pahack sent me a PM saying that he has an extra set of dies and if I want them I can have them. I told him I'd like them but would prefer to send him some money for them and for the shipping. He replies saying no just take them and the fact that I will use and appreciate them is good enough for him. He told me to just pay it forward and do something nice for someone else who I encountered. It was an amazingly generous and nice offer for him to make to someone he doesn't even know. And is a great example that we could all follow. I received those dies in the mail today and can't wait to use them.

I wanted to forward this along to everyone as an example of what truly great people we have on here. Thanks Pahack!!! I appreciate it.

As I was typing this I thought about what a great thread it would be for anyone to post great interactions that they've had with other members. So let's hear it guys. Who are the members who have been good to you? This is the kind of stuff that keeps me a member here on HPA and what makes HPA great.
 

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You for one, Mike, RSB for another, TurkeyMike, Finn Anthony, attackone and CANEFLYFISHnGSPs have all been extremely helpful and giving in one way or another. Just some really really great people here!!!
 

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Great to hear Kudu, and a big Ataboy to Pahack.

I've been a member for a little over 12 years and have enjoyed it immensely. I would say even more so now, as my mobility has become severely restricted to the point that I'm doing very little hunting here in Pa anymore. It's been great sort of living vicariously through various On The Hunt type posts and threads the past couple of years, and sharing in the joy of others success.

As a person in general, but certainly as a hunter, I've spent most of my life as somewhat of a loner, but as many of you HPA old timers may be aware, through HPA, I became fiends and hunting companions with Bumblehick, Muttleysgone and JM59, and have shared many a hunt and camp with them over the last 10 years. Now that I'm getting older, it's been great to have a few good friends to share adventures with.

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When I first joined it was to keep up with hunting in PA while living in NC. I have seen a lot of good information and helpful people. Some I have not met yet but hope to now that I am back living in PA! I am glad that I have been a member.
 

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I've bought a shotgun and a snowblower from 2 guys on here. I don't recall their names, but they couldn't have been more straight forward and easy to deal with.
 

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I could fill the entire thread. Bigguy 54 was supposed to hunt with me one day but we got rained out. So instead we just sat in the camp and chatted for a while. Out of the blue he gave me some sausage made from the PA elk that he got that year.

Buckethead invited me to hunt bears with his group without even knowing me and still does invite me just about every year.

LonePine gave me a tremendous amount of help with my elk hunt without even knowing me. And I can't even list the number of other members who sent me info about my elk zone.

And RSB has given me quite a bit of info as well.

Too many instances of goodwill to name them all.
 

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I 've been on for about 10 years, a lot of good information shared and a lot of stuff to think about . even though I haven't met anyone yet seems like a lot of fine people on here too
 

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Sdowns took the time to PM me quite a bit of information, links and maps of an area I want to hunt. Must have taken some thought and time to put it all together. And I've never even met him.
 

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I've been here since 2007. I found the site while looking up something about PA hunting history. I don't recall exactly what I was looking for but sure am glad one of the search results was a place called HuntingPA.com. :thumbs:
One of the first threads I read was a Spirit of the Hunt type thread, and I immediately joined!
Being overseas, this site has kept me up to date on changes and happenings in the PA hunting world. So much so that I've had to correct some friends and family members on a few occasions regarding reg changes.
I've seen a lot of members come and go, but very happy with the ones that stay. Well, mostly. :grin2:
 

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I guess I've been on here over 15 years ? I do remember a "feedback" thread that was a sticky. Pretty sure it was "stuck" over in the For Sale forums. It would allow people to post the MOSTLY positive interactions folks had while buying/selling with members. I'm pretty sure it went away though for some reason.... though I could be incorrect about that.
 

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Having been a member for almost 17 years now I guess I am one of the old timers of the site. I have met a lot of great people because of posting here. Way too many to name.

Back in the days when I was still working I met members who drove long distances to spend a day on ride along as we examined habitat and deer impacts to our forests and clear-cuts. Many came from all parts of the state to attend game lands/deer management tours we held here in Elk County. Many others drove the whole way across the state to attend our volunteer workdays held on our local game lands then turned around and drove for hours to get back home.

Some I have enjoyed hunting with and we have become great friends. Friends I value and have great respect for.

Many others have kept me on my toes and forced me to do more research and to learn about things I might never have learned had it not been for the lively discussions we have had on this site. Sometimes I might get disgusted, blunt and even angry with some of the posters, but even the most outrageous of them have helped in some ways.

I have often said that if it weren't for those posting the non-sense and incorrect information on this site there would be no motivation or reason for those who know better to post a rebuttal. It is those back and forth rebuttals that put the best information from all sides and angles out there. That allows all the site members and readers, many of which almost never post, information and thoughts so everyone can evaluate and think things through, then develop a well informed opinion, right or wrong, on the various topics. Though some will never admit they are wrong it at least gives everyone pause to perhaps rethink their preconceived opinions on some of the subjects, me included at times. Without a few knuckleheads it wouldn't be likely for the correct information to ever make its way onto this site. So, I am thankful for the knucklehead even though I would sometimes prefer and even enjoy punching the lights out on some of them. But then for some of them I have felt that way one day then the next day agreed with their thoughts on some subjects as well. There have been a few on this site that I once completely disagreed with who are now among some of my best friends.

Those are the things that make this site so great and worthy of our time in my opinion.

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I joined in 2009 and did not come in with good intentions. That was the year crossbows were being voted on for inclusion and I was in a panic because I felt it was going to be the end of archery . Think I stumbled on HPA doing a search on the matter. Funny thing is though that some of the members I enjoy the most are the ones who were pushing for them back in 2009.
Times have changed and so have I . Like to think I matured over the years and have become a little more open minded. With that being said I still have my slip ups from time to time when a topic comes up that I am passionate about. As recently as the last few months. I have had a couple exchanges with a few members that got me so frustrated I was ready to leave. Not with just them but also myself. Always end up coming back though.
There's a bunch of really good guys on here and even though we have never met in person I feel like I know them. Two years ago I did hook up with one of the members and got in his bear gang. Great group of guys and this coming bear season will make it three in a row.
Lots of great advice and opinions on here along with some great stories.
Really looking forward to turkey season. I will be on that forum day and night come May.
 

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Hey Kudu, Thank you very much for the kind words! and your welcome for the dies, now when I get my suppressor, we will share our sub recipes!


As for me, Night eyes... the awesome service he gave me, the info on preds, and leading me to Mr. Ulmer who is cutting and threading my 30/06 barrel for my can.


and Beagler.... My brother in arms... gave me a lot of training on preds.
 

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Some of the "newer" folks may not know about the assorted goodwill missions that have transpired on here over the past 17 years.

Like the family that lost almost everything in a fire not long before Christmas and the terrific response from HPA members, in offering them a bit of cheer. It even included "Santa" and a sleigh, drawn by a pair of goats, or "something"? Just kidding 'bout the goats.

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The "Looking For Someone" thread is in a class all by itself and should soften the hardest heart.

Plenty of other nifty things have happened, when folks pitched in to bring someone else a bit of comfort and happiness, during hard times and tragedy.
 
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