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30 years and done.
« on: March 01, 2017, 10:35:57 AM »
After starting hunting in the 4th grade 30 years ago hunting mainly duck and goose I'm retiring from all hunting for now.  With a hunting friend going through some good changes I don't see our schedules for hunting matching up anymore.  If he can go I will leave the ammo and just take the camo because it is fun but time to move on.  Good luck, kill them all so I don't have to think about hunting anymore. :chuckle:         

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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2017, 10:51:16 AM »
Well there's always football and fishing......  time to take up trail cams and get outdoors.  Change is good just don't let the recliner get to firm a grip on you  :chuckle:

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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2017, 02:19:12 PM »
Well there's always football and fishing......  time to take up trail cams and get outdoors.  Change is good just don't let the recliner get to firm a grip on you  :chuckle:

Since I got into my 401 several years ago I'm finding myself getting more involved researching and buying stocks, etf's, and mutual funds.  Got me thinking how much invested in feathers instead of markets over the time.  Could of spent the money then on google as one example instead of hunting, could of had land for all the outdoors today.  Oh well, maybe someday the investments will let me retire from work on time.   

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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2017, 03:00:16 PM »
You did it right - don't save it all for retirement when you and your kids and buddies no longer have the health and energy to enjoy the outdoors.  Believe me there are guys laying in care beds all over regretting they didnt spend the time and money to enjoy life when they could.   :tup:

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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2017, 03:56:52 PM »
:yeah:

Save your 15% diligently.  Or even 10%.  Invest it prudently and watch it grow.  Whatever else you have left after giving, paying bills and other necessities is there to enjoy.  You work hard and should feel no regrets over spending that extra money on fun things and activities.  All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2017, 04:08:32 PM »
save prudently your whole life, scrimping and saving for a awesome retirement. die when your 59. wasted life.

live your life awesome, while still dumping enough to retire comfortably is my goal, and what I have been doing. at the end of the day, it is most definitely not about the almighty dollar.

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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2017, 04:56:39 PM »
America is changing so fast right now and I have experienced why a portfolio is so important.  I was happy with my job paying bills hunting and all that, but technology is changing my work so fast it is making our heads spin. The people who made some small investments 20 years ago are going to be ok but the ones who didn't like me could be in trouble because we are still living. My  :twocents: to family and friends is to make sure they tell their kids to build a portfolio early in their careers these days before trucks and all that other stuff because making a living is going to be how well their investments do later in life.

Anyways got off the subject just responding many other ways to stay off the couch and keep your head in the hunt.     

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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2017, 12:31:06 PM »
I'd rather die poor in the duck blind than rich in front of the computer.  I will say that I was a saver even if when I didn't make much.  As a truck drive and later as a warehouse worked I paid off my home and put some away to enjoy the past eight years of retirement and never missed a duck season in the past 60 years except the year I was in Vietnam.
After the first shot the rest are just noise.

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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2017, 05:24:00 PM »
I have 34 years in of hunting and no plans on retiring from it anytime soon.  When I can no longer walk, I will have the grandchildren bring me loafs of bread so I can bait in the tweedy birds and have my pellet gun by myside.  It's not a job, it's a way of life and lifetime passion for me.  :tup:
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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2017, 10:23:02 PM »
To each their own. Investing at anytime is okay. But, starting young is what everyone is saying now. I wish I would have saved more a few years back. I maybe somewhat young but, I can say my portfolio could be a lot stronger instead of buying more/going out than I needed.

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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2017, 10:47:35 PM »
 :twocents: pay yourself 1st. put it away every paycheck..forget about it.One thing I did is that I didn't look till tax time..
now I have a small home on maui and one on the mainland..
hunt 3 states.
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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2017, 11:37:13 PM »
:twocents: pay yourself 1st. put it away every paycheck..forget about it.One thing I did is that I didn't look till tax time..
now I have a small home on maui and one on the mainland..
hunt 3 states.
Nice, I'll try to emulate for the future.

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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #12 on: March 11, 2017, 06:29:46 PM »
I believe you guys missed it. Basically I have no one to hunt with but still have to use my mind. What would you guys do in my shoes or do you see me as a failure?

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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #13 on: March 11, 2017, 06:45:21 PM »
I believe you guys missed it. Basically I have no one to hunt with but still have to use my mind. What would you guys do in my shoes or do you see me as a failure?

I'd hunt solo.  Or make new friends to hunt with.

You're not a failure, unless you chose to define it that way.  Hunting is a big time and money suck.  We all have to make decisions on how we're going to spend both.  Choosing to spend your time/money on something is just a choice.  Nothing inherently wrong with spending that on something other than hunting, as long as you won't spend the next 30 years regretting that decision.

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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #14 on: March 11, 2017, 07:28:25 PM »
I believe you guys missed it. Basically I have no one to hunt with but still have to use my mind. What would you guys do in my shoes or do you see me as a failure?

I enjoy hunting with others and my kids soon, but typically hunt for myself, by myself. I work harder so I can hunt more, I'm a part-time guide so I make extra money to hunt by hunting, win win! I figure by the time I am stove up and no longer able to hunt the way I want I will figure out something else to do or maybe just die. I would rather enjoy life while I am able as opposed to wasting my time making sure I have $$$ to count in my wheelchair or give to hospitals. I remember my technology teacher teaching us about compound interest as a freshman and building a program on an Apple II, pretty impressive stuff but not what I want predicate my life on. I bet there were a lot of people that lost their ass in the last crash that wished they had spent time hunting vs. minding their portfolio :)

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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #15 on: March 11, 2017, 07:43:23 PM »
I believe you guys missed it. Basically I have no one to hunt with but still have to use my mind. What would you guys do in my shoes or do you see me as a failure?

I enjoy hunting with others and my kids soon, but typically hunt for myself, by myself. I work harder so I can hunt more, I'm a part-time guide so I make extra money to hunt by hunting, win win! I figure by the time I am stove up and no longer able to hunt the way I want I will figure out something else to do or maybe just die. I would rather enjoy life while I am able as opposed to wasting my time making sure I have $$$ to count in my wheelchair or give to hospitals. I remember my technology teacher teaching us about compound interest as a freshman and building a program on an Apple II, pretty impressive stuff but not what I want predicate my life on. I bet there were a lot of people that lost their ass in the last crash that wished they had spent time hunting vs. minding their portfolio :)

I totally agree.  We all are dying.  Why not make the best of it and have some fun along the way.  I am a saver, always have been.  That just makes my future a little more set, but by no ways makes it the correct path.  Only when I'm at the pearly gates will I know if I did the right thing.   As far as giving up hunting?   That will NEVER happen.

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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #16 on: March 11, 2017, 07:50:02 PM »
Done my fair share of solo, boring until I got injured hunting alone then solo became no fun. Still don't know how I got out of there with deeks and all. Been harder to find others to hunt less people doing it or just look at hunting for spots.
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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #17 on: March 11, 2017, 08:14:23 PM »
 I have seen many a guy give up hunting because his hunting partner died or moved on to greener pastures.  After hunting with a good hunting partner for most of your hunting career, I couldn't blame them.  This is going to be the death of our sport.  Too many people getting old and not enough young hunters.  My advice, because you asked, find a camp / group to go with.  Save money by not hunting (buying ammo, guns, equip, ect....) but go and pass on your knowledge.  Be a camp cook and great companion.  Find other outdoor activities that you can promote youth involvement in the outdoors.  If it is truly a passion, you will find a way to make it work.  You don't need to carry a gun to have fun and pass on the sport.  Giving up cold turkey.....that would be the death of me. 

Also...stop dwelling on the past.  Should have, could have.... invested more, etc.  If everyone thought, the way you are, about investments we would all just drink the cool aid. Conversely if we all made the right decisions when we were younger we would all be millionaires.  Live life as it is dealt with you and keep your head up.  A manís character is worth more than any dollar amount.  Be proud of who you are......I'm done, sorry for my long-winded rant.

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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #18 on: March 12, 2017, 10:51:16 AM »
Done my fair share of solo, boring until I got injured hunting alone then solo became no fun. Still don't know how I got out of there with deeks and all. Been harder to find others to hunt less people doing it or just look at hunting for spots.

I relocated due to my job and had to find all new hunting partners at my new location.  I still do a week long hunt with my old hunting partners and stay in contact.  Sometimes change comes at unexpected times.  Roll with the times.  Easy to find hunting partners it takes a while to find good ones though that you can trust not to post all your spots on a forum or bring other to it.
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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #19 on: March 12, 2017, 12:03:04 PM »
I'd hunt solo. I have a few hunting partners that I go with on occasion but hunt solo a lot. I like things about both. If money was an issue I'd cut back on how much I hunt and only hunt locally. I grew up in a very poor family. Deer hunting was still the best time of year. So it's doesn't have to be about money.

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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #20 on: March 13, 2017, 04:31:47 PM »
I have seen many a guy give up hunting because his hunting partner died or moved on to greener pastures.  After hunting with a good hunting partner for most of your hunting career, I couldn't blame them.  This is going to be the death of our sport.  Too many people getting old and not enough young hunters.  My advice, because you asked, find a camp / group to go with.  Save money by not hunting (buying ammo, guns, equip, ect....) but go and pass on your knowledge.  Be a camp cook and great companion.  Find other outdoor activities that you can promote youth involvement in the outdoors.  If it is truly a passion, you will find a way to make it work.  You don't need to carry a gun to have fun and pass on the sport.  Giving up cold turkey.....that would be the death of me. 

Also...stop dwelling on the past.  Should have, could have.... invested more, etc.  If everyone thought, the way you are, about investments we would all just drink the cool aid. Conversely if we all made the right decisions when we were younger we would all be millionaires.  Live life as it is dealt with you and keep your head up.  A manís character is worth more than any dollar amount.  Be proud of who you are......I'm done, sorry for my long-winded rant.

Your not ranting you just know what's going on.  I have another buddy who I hunted with back in the day and he moved on to greener pastures as well.  He claims the group he is in got 2500 ducks and geese on private land.  My two friends will always be friends but they just won't be hunting friends by two different scenarios.  Now looking at the big picture it's just weird how one group can get that many and mainly public hunters pay for the lucky few and I believe many are starting to see themselves on the short end of the stick.  Just hard to think paying the same as a solo for mostly poor hunts. I have no solutions because there probably are not any. 

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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #21 on: March 13, 2017, 05:01:12 PM »
take a year completely off try to not even think about it and I will bet you will be back with a vengeance within a year or two. Or if you are just tired of it do something else!   

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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #22 on: March 15, 2017, 10:21:01 AM »
I believe you guys missed it. Basically I have no one to hunt with but still have to use my mind. What would you guys do in my shoes or do you see me as a failure?

 I bet there were a lot of people that lost their ass in the last crash that wished they had spent time hunting vs. minding their portfolio :)

The people who lost their ass were the responsible ones.  Basically what happened banks were forced to ease up on restrictions loaning out money to people for housing.  The housing market exploded in value because now anyone could get a loan for a house.  To make matters worse these people then started to get home equity loans on the increased value of their home, then many took that money and spent it like drunken sailors on fancy cars, vacations, and etc.  Not only they were over their head on the mortgage payment they couldn't pay to begin with, now they had to pay the home equity loan, car payment, and cc.  That is why many banks folded like a deck of cards along with portfolios.       

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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #23 on: March 15, 2017, 12:56:36 PM »


"The people who lost their ass were the responsible ones."

 :dunno: Not sure I follow that one. As far as your original post, it sounds like you don't enjoy hunting anymore. Find something you enjoy and pour yourself into it. Hunting takes too much time and money to do it if you don't enjoy it. Life is too short. That 'something" is out there, you just need to go find it.
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Re: 30 years and done.
« Reply #24 on: March 15, 2017, 01:57:18 PM »


"The people who lost their ass were the responsible ones."

 :dunno: Not sure I follow that one. As far as your original post, it sounds like you don't enjoy hunting anymore. Find something you enjoy and pour yourself into it. Hunting takes too much time and money to do it if you don't enjoy it. Life is too short. That 'something" is out there, you just need to go find it.
Best of luck,
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Well it is pretty simple because I lived it , was saving for a house the housing market artificially exploded on paper when the money wasn't there. My gut told me not to buy but panic set in to buy now or that house will be way to expensive.  Now the past is history but the history is still haunting me today with this house that is still not worth what I paid for.  About hunting I love it and maybe hope to come out of retirement but not solo only.  And you know how hunters are not eager to invite if they don't know the person which I understand because have been burned. 

 

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