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    • paleoman
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      Ever been told “you look like a trad guy”? I got that comment because I was wearing old green wool pants and the classic green and black checkered “Adirondack” style wool jacket. Old Bean boots too. It’s quiet, warm and comfortable. It wasn’t meant as a “poke” by the commentor but I got a kick out of it.

      Couple pics of a few days on the UP with an old friend who had an awful past year. I didn’t bowhunt half as much as I would have liked, but it was good time. The range tent I bought after a couple drinks for courage:lol:, leaked a bit at the seams ( I did pre-soak it w the hose a home) but seemed to settle down after the 2nd night.

      I’m at that crossroads in life where my hunting flame is not burning as bright as it did 10, 20 or 30 years ago and struggling to find some peace with that. I was always a “hard charger” out all the time back then. I know it’s somewhat normal, but odd in that it defined me for so long. Now what:shock:?

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    • RalphRalph
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      Like the flag:D Like the tent:D

      How do those range tents hold up to high winds? I see you have windbreaks, me not.

      Now what:shock:?

      You won’t get over it but you won’t get over hunting either. So do what you do and treasure the fact that you can.

      I’ve found that in my 7 years of retirement it seems I’m not hunting as much as I used to. I put the pencil to it, I’m hunting as many or more days than I used to but now it’s at my leisure instead of being crammed into a few vacation days and a few weekends during hunting season. So maybe it ain’t as bad as I thought.

      There is a difference though, it’s not always about the hunt anymore. There are things to see that I never took the time away from hunting to look at.

      Maybe that’s the part you’re discovering.

    • Bruce Smithhammer
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      I’m hunting as hard this year as I ever have, if not more. But, at the same time, I think I have a more relaxed attitude about it than I ever have, if that makes any sense. Whether it be hunting sharpies and Huns with a shotgun behind my shorthair, chasing elk or bear with a bow, I’m just enjoying the entire experience this season, more than I probably ever have, rather than stressing about the desired “end product” – i.e, meat in the freezer.

      Frankly, I just want to be relishing the experience of hunting, in its wonderful, many-faceted approaches, for as long as I can. That said – my freezer is already filling quickly this year, so I guess the lesson for me is to work hard and enjoy it, rather than feeling any pressure – I seem to still see the same number of animals and enjoy the experience even more.

      And yeah, I get the “you look like a trad guy” comment (or at least the look that implies it) more and more lately… 😉

    • RalphRalph
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      Ummm… I could go trick or treating as a “young” trad looking guy. 😀

      Don’t think I’d have any believers though. 😥

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      Maaaan! UP! Beautiful country, great camp! I just saw a YouTube clip of shrew haven that Ron LaClair posted on TG! That was pretty cool! Have you seen it?

      Here’s my “November rut” jacket that earned me a couple of “you must b a trad guy” comments!:D

    • paleoman
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      Alex – I haven’t but will check it out. Thanks.

      I’m so grateful to be able to hunt and enjoy it all. I’m hoping in my drooling years to get some sense of my youth back, right out the back door for my hunts! That’d jazz me right back up:lol: It’s all good!

    • paleoman
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      Here’s my “Heidi Klum with a string” hanging out in a Yooper (Michigans’ UP) tree. Maybe she ain’t as pretty as some, but long and lean she is. I’m really enjoying being a woods bum with a bow and camera more and more.

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    • paleoman
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      aaah bugs! She rolled over on me in the pic up there:?

    • paleoman
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      R2 wrote: Ummm… I could go trick or treating as a “young” trad looking guy. 😀

      Don’t think I’d have any believers though. 😥

      I like the idea! Dress up like a bowhunter with a foam deer dragging by a rope behind you as you trick or treat:lol:

    • Etter1
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      Put a stormy kromer on your head. Then you’ll be “super trad” like me! Lol.

      Unfortunately, in GA, most people would never even expect someone to go the trad route. I was quite the unicorn at bear camp last year.

    • Cameron UnruhCameron Unruh
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      I recently began to wear a bit more of the trad wear in the woods. I really like that I can walk in the woods or make a stop in the local market and not stand out as a typical hunter. Some do not even view me as a hunter just a woodsman. I kind of like that.

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