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#528868 11/16/18 10:49 AM
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I did something yesterday I never imagined doing. The bank I'm a director of had a 'fun' meeting at a swanky local released bird "plantation" yesterday morning and a quail 'hunt' arranged for the afternoon.

Lately, I've begun to have balance problems leading to being a little tangle-footed walking in rough cover. I consider that to be a safety issue and advised I'd go along but wouldn't join in the shooting.

They insisted on providing me with a Polaris ride and driver so I could just get out and shoot the covey rises. I took the ride and thoroughly enjoyed the outing and watching the others shoot. However, I think my decision was sound and did not shoot. Well, that's not completely true; one Tennessee Red lit in an oak tree over the Polaris while the others were out on a round. I got off the wagon and shot him.

I'm only 70 and in pretty good physical condition considering both a stroke and open heart surgery, so I wonder if I made the right decision. I've hunted birds with older guys I didn't think were safe to be in the woods with anymore. Once a man makes that call, its not something that's easily reversed. I think I'm the only one who can make that call.

So what do you think?...Geo

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George, sounds to me you are very conscientious. All of us age differently so the call can only be made by you. I have seen older men continue to hunt long after they had lost much of their cognitive ability. And they were dangerous to be around with a gun. Doesnít sound to me you are anywhere near that though. Just the fact you are asking the question indicates you still belong in the field. Iím 77 and have been blessed with pretty darned good health but I know my limitations. If anything I think Iíve become an even safer hunter, being far more concerned about proper gun handling than I ever was years ago. But the time will come.....

One of the most enjoyable aspects of growing older is I no longer have any desire to fill a bag with dead birds but primary emphasis has become the social aspect of the hunt. Iím no longer competing with others for bragging rights.

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Oh I ain't quitting by any means. I just don't think I'm going to shoot with a group at kick-em-up quail anymore. Too often that turns into a Chinese fire drill!

No wild birds left anyhow, so I'll just take my personal frustrations out on the 'bird of peace'. I like shooting doves too much to quit till they make me...Geo

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I am 77 and have a duck hunt planned next week, thank god for four wheelers!

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I hunt with plenty of older guys.

I'd say when your physical limitations take the fun out of it.

Changing HOW we do things is a necessary part of getting older.

So, if you were always safe, you'll probably always be safe.
But, if the way your friends do released birds creates unsafe shooting circumstances, then do't do that.

I don't do skirmish lines or "group" blasting.
If 2 guys want to walk up the covey, you take right, and I'll take left flying birds.

You can ease up to the point alone if you want. I'd just do the next one.

Otherwise, sit in the wagon and enjoy the day.

It didn't sound like you were the unsafe member. More the circumstances surrounding you.


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George, you'll know when it's time. Just as Joe and I will know when to quit flying. Complacency is more of a danger than physical prowess, believe me.

I'm really old, balance an issue. Upland here mostly solitary, man and preferably a dog. Waterfowling is guns cased to the blind in the company of buddies who know the drill. Invited meet muster.

Practise does wonders for balance, particularly on springy ground of branches after a woods operation, a stick in hand to assist confidence. Those quail, dove, prairie shoots down there look like Manhatten lawns to me.

Practise, practise. Attitude, attitude. With good buddies, it's still heaven.You're good for another 15 years.

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Originally Posted By: Geo. Newbern
one Tennessee Red lit in an oak tree over the Polaris while the others were out on a round. I got off the wagon and shot him.

So what do you think?...Geo


I don't think you should go out with a quail shot off a limb....

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Well I am 84 and just came in from pitting out buck lore and will be in my ground stand in an hour or so. I have a talk to myself and if find myself doing anything stupid then I will hang it up but so far so good. That said you will be just fine George you will know when it's time.

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Originally Posted By: HomelessjOe
Originally Posted By: Geo. Newbern
one Tennessee Red lit in an oak tree over the Polaris while the others were out on a round. I got off the wagon and shot him.

So what do you think?...Geo


I don't think you should go out with a quail shot off a limb....


jOe, that bird was in the air and all I can tell you was he did not have a foot on the ground. No ground sluicing! And I ain't 'going out'! I just ain't messing with group shooting kick-em-up quail anymore...Geo

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Just ask your daughter.
They seem to have all the answers for this kind of thing.
Beware of them getting a bee in the bonnet about your drivers licence.
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