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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #25 on: June 30, 2016, 01:49:34 PM »
Congrats Seth, I knew you had quit but I wasn't sure how things were going. I have been to the Philippines 4 times but never sober. You'll have to tell what it's like there. Lol I'm looking forward to hunting and fishing with you soon.
  Ports are different being sober :chuckle:  Spent a lot less on things I did not need.   :tup: looking forward to getting back to the mainland and enjoying some quality time with friends and family!
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #26 on: July 03, 2016, 06:24:47 PM »
Hello everyone, I just home from a trip to Banks lake with the family. I have a bunch of PM's that I need to go through and I will respond to each one asap. I just want everyone to know that this thread is not just for me. Anyone who wants to post can do so without being accused of thread jacking. If anyone wants to get together to hunt, shoot, fish, hike, anything out doors related and clean and sober related, feel free to reach out and find those people that want the same thing you do. Stay true to yourselves my friends, one day at a time.
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #27 on: July 11, 2016, 09:49:24 AM »
My wife and I had a nice day on the water yesterday. It was overcast and a little !misty at times but no real rain or wind.  I still managed to get sunburned on my head though. We dropped 4 crab pots then trolley around the Tulalip Bubble for a few hours. No hits and I didn't see any boated. Went and picked up our pots after a 3 hour soak, and your 8 nice keepers. Some were over 7", very nice. Called up a couple of friends and had a cookout/crab boil. A great day to be alive and sober. I hope you all had a good and safe weekend.
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #28 on: July 11, 2016, 03:51:04 PM »
Ripper,

There are those of us out here that don't drink. I can't stand the stuff. I only just dropped into the thread today, so I didn't see it until now.

I'm not too fond of being in a group where the drinking is heavy at night, especially when they get falling down drunk. I guess it's because their wives would kill them for doing that at home; that's all I can figure. I think the scariest time was when we were out in a boat, and the guy driving was pretty wasted and still drinking, and wasn't looking where he was going and almost drove into another boat. I had a closer call than that on an airplane once, but it wasn't booze-related; a plane just cut across our nose so close and so fast we didn't have time to be scared until after the other guy was a half-mile past us. The boat ride was a long, drawn-out oh-crap-I'm-gonna-die trip around the lake. The other guys had a few beers, but even they agreed when we relieved him of driver duty so we could all get home alive.

So, count me in! It would be great to get to know some other guys who don't think heavy-duty partying goes with outdoor recreation.

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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #29 on: July 12, 2016, 09:52:31 AM »
Some people can handle booze and some of us can't. I'm one who couldn't, and didn't have the ability to know when to stop. Thanks for dropping in Dead eye.
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #30 on: July 18, 2016, 11:23:53 AM »
7 months sober. I had a great weekend with family and friends. No hangovers, no puking and I remember everything. It's good to be alive and well. Couldn't catch any keeper kings but got 3 limits of crab on Saturday. Had a nice crab boil and everyone went home full.
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #31 on: July 18, 2016, 11:30:02 AM »
I hear ya there, it's nice to wake up and know you kept your britches on and didn't do anything unbecoming :chuckle: I know I don't miss it and it sure makes getting out of bed early a whole lot easier :chuckle:
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #32 on: July 18, 2016, 12:03:54 PM »
8 hrs sober but looking to end that soon. Nothing like a beer to steady the shakes!!

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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #33 on: July 18, 2016, 12:39:26 PM »
Some people can handle booze and some of us can't. I'm one who couldn't
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Me too...will be 11 years the middle of next month.  However, it took a couple of judges and several police officers to get me started. :dunno:

  Congrats on 7 months!!

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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #34 on: July 18, 2016, 02:42:41 PM »
Congratulations Ripper on your 7 months.  It's a tough road and a change in lifestyle, but well worth the effort it takes. Keep it going. Sept 8, I'll be 33 years sober.

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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #35 on: July 20, 2016, 09:05:42 AM »
Wow, congrats Paw66, that is awesome! You too Dayton items, good work. Paw, I met you during my relapse years. I maintained pretty good control during that hunt but things went down hill from there. I still have your number in my phone, I will have to give you a call, see if you want to hunt sometime. Do you have any interest in going back to Quinault to hunt bear again? Maybe we could hook up with Rick again. Share a camp with the Bearman.
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #36 on: July 26, 2016, 07:24:10 PM »
Good for you ripper! My hunting partner just got out of rehab a few months back so our camp is dry. We do archery in 560 come on by man.

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« Reply #37 on: July 29, 2016, 11:16:09 AM »
Thanks Waycott, and congrats to your friend. I won't be close to 560 this year but I definitely would stop of I was. I'll be hunting the East side this year.
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #38 on: July 29, 2016, 11:33:45 AM »
Just a tip of the had to Ripper for anyone that may want or need to reach out for any reason....Mark is a stand up dude. I like a few beers and have never had a problem.  Id leave it at home anytime and gladly hang out. Id also say from the time ive hung out with him i eouldnt hesitate at all to call him if i needed someone to talk to. He's good people for sure.
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #39 on: July 29, 2016, 11:42:48 AM »
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #40 on: July 29, 2016, 12:33:58 PM »
Love the new avatar D-rock.

I am a social drinker but have no issue not having it around.  I am always available to reach out to if anyone needs.
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #41 on: July 29, 2016, 04:15:31 PM »
Thanks ripper. Well if you're on the west side you're always welcome. It's going to be a dry camp for years to come because I'm not giving him any chances to slip :)

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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #42 on: July 31, 2016, 07:28:16 PM »
 
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Wow, congrats Paw66, that is awesome! You too Dayton items, good work. Paw, I met you during my relapse years. I maintained pretty good control during that hunt but things went down hill from there. I still have your number in my phone, I will have to give you a call, see if you want to hunt sometime. Do you have any interest in going back to Quinault to hunt bear again? Maybe we could hook up with Rick again. Share a camp with the Bearman.

Always looking for a hunt. The Quinault hunt was a good time, would be interested in a return hunt. Rick would be a very good addition, enjoy hearing him call. Give me a call and we can discuss sobriety and hunting. Pat

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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #43 on: August 02, 2016, 11:19:01 AM »
Thanks H20, Drock and everyone else. I have hunter with H20 and Drock. Both are super cool. I will be calling you Paw, thanks. I haven't gotten out to hunt yet, but I hope to do something this weekend. With the poor salmon forecast I will probably be hunting a lot more than usual. I think I can live with that. Good luck this fall everyone, stay safe.
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #44 on: August 02, 2016, 12:47:01 PM »
This is great thread. 5 yrs ago this passed Aug I sat down and figured up times I'd had contact with LE and times I'd been sober and had contact. Numbers were scary. I always believed that next to God and family, hunting was my biggest passion. Agsin I thought of times I'd been drinking night before and overslept, been hungover and not made out of camp till 10, and times I'd failed to meet up with partner cause I was just to drunk. I realized that drinking had replaced my passions. I decided to stop drinking. Since that day I've never missed an opener, left camp when it wasn't dark, or let down friend or family. My health has improved, I've progressed it work place, and make amends with those my drinking effected. I still have a daughter that won't talk to me, a granddaughter I've never met, and people who still have "old" image of me, but I trust with time and Prager, and my faith in God, that one day that will change.
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #45 on: August 04, 2016, 01:49:57 PM »
Great job guys I'm not a big drinker. Hunting is enough of an addition  :hello:

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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #46 on: August 04, 2016, 02:19:19 PM »
I've been lucky.  Very independent thinking, so I've never been tempted to drink, ever.  Never had a drop.  Never interested me in the least.  I use to hang out at bars and shoot pool and have a good time, but always drinking my soda.  I don't mind hanging out with drinkers as long as they don't get stupid trashed.  That being said, I'm more comfortable around people who don't drink.  95% of my friends don't drink around me...  don't think they ever felt a need to.  We always have a good time without it. 

I've been to many hunting camps and not once did my buddies get smashed, so I can't relate.  Most I ever seen any of them drink was one beer here and there.  As far as I know, never heard of them drinking a lot when I wasn't there.  Guess I can't relate to having to beat the habit, but I can relate to people with addictions.  I've always told my friends who have let drugs or booze ruin their lives, you can't beat it by hanging out with people who do the things you want to avoid.  (Doesnt' mean they are bad people.  I've known plenty of great people who were addicts.  Just means that, good intentions and all, you'll drag each other down.)  Happens every time.

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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #47 on: August 04, 2016, 03:24:08 PM »
Hi....recovering alcoholic, drank for about 20 years, going on 2 years sober now.  Still a struggle every day.  Wasnt a fall down drunk, no DUIs, destroyed property, or fighting, and I could go a few days without drinking and didn't have a problem.  For many years I'd had stomached problems, got worse and then finally I ended up in the ER.  A week later and I'm back in the ER at OHSU this time.   Dr looks at me says "buddy I don't know you and you don't know me, but I read this chart right here and I see a 38 year old alcoholic with liver and kidney problems and a major life decision to make."  I got out of OHSU 4 days later and quit drinking.   Couple weeks went by and I was back in the hospital for an overnight stay because my body was shutting down from alcohal withdrawals.   The first 30 days of sobriety fighting through withdrawal was a nightmare I couldn't live through again.   

I don't preach sobriety but stress moderation.  Nobody not even my family seen the damage the booze was doing.  It's sneaky.   Honestly didn't know I was a drunk til I had to quit.    I don't hunt with people now like I used too and I'm only fishing with the right crowd too.   I really wish I'd respected the alcohal better.   I'd like to be able to have a couple now and then but it's not an option and I can only blame myself.   

Good luck to everyone with their sobriety and for the rest of you practice moderation or you might end up like me and won't have an option.

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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #48 on: August 04, 2016, 05:51:10 PM »
I'm glad I found this thread! I passed the 6 year mark May 11th.  I haven't been hunting yet, but would love to go some time with others who are also sober.  I'm in Covington, so a ways from Alrington.     

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« Reply #49 on: August 04, 2016, 06:02:02 PM »
8 years for me.

 

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