My goal for 2013 is to be a Stone Cold Ridge Runner, Death from Above! 2012 was my first successful elk hunt using the spot from above and stalk technique used in Arizona. Hunted 7 hard days and finally shot a bull at last light on the last day. Really got hooked on the technique, but suffered from being old and out of shape. Can't do anything about being old but can try to lose 50 lbs and get in better shape. Trying to draw a tag for a hunt near Flagstaff for 2013, but if I am not drawn, the technique would be great for the Pine Ridge in Nebraska around Fort Robinson for trophy mule deer. When I was younger hunted those ridges every year. Made myself a motivation T shirt to work out in that probably only has meaning to me.
Our goals this year (my husband & I) are to successfully hunt the new Goshawk we've obtained with our 2 yr. old mini dachshund as a team. Can't say it's a smashing success, but not an utter failure either. This bird came to us as a 5 yr. old imprint that was taken from a nest and raised by humans, so humans had to teach it how to hunt. The previous falconers hunted her successfully for 2 yrs., then she went to a breeder for 2 1/2 yrs and was not hunted. We picked her up post-season last year and have been hunting her since our season started in October. On another note, I continue to dream of a keeper striper, which still seems to allude me! I live in New Jersey on the Tuckahoe River and they swim by our dock during spawning. I've caught plenty of under sized, but alas, no keepers! I'll keep trying! (Just like the weight loss--lol)
Paul. Those are some great goals. Next year I'd like to hunt in a new state that I've never hunted before. Also, I'd like to greatly expand my wild game recipes/foods I make for the family. Good luck with your goals!
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My goal for next year - See my dad get another deer, to see Rachel get her first buck and to see Heather get a deer. I have a handicapped daughter that I am trying to figure out how I can get a shot at a deer for her.
This year goals was for our little hunting party to get 2 deer. We got 3 deer in the freezer. The hunting party consists of Grandpa who is limited in what he can do but still gets deer, my twin daughters (Rachel and Heather) who would rather sleep in than hunt and myself who is color blind and can not see deer unless they are moving in the woods.
I did not get a deer myself which is fine. The goal for me is to fill the freezer.
I selected a spot for a new blind based on some observations from last year. Opening day Archery - my dad got a deer from that blind. First Saturday of gun season - Heather got a buck from that blind. Opening day (Monday) my other twin shot a doe I pushed by her blind during a drive I was putting on for them. We hunt a little flat area in our gun club which allows us to get a couple deer a year.
Just to be clear - in years where the freezer is not filled and the season is near an end - I will drag a twin with me to rough terrain and hunt down a good size deer. I am successful at this because it snows usually in the late season. With snow on the ground - the deer stand out like they have neon signs. This year there was no need to kill additional deer.
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