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Title: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper on June 24, 2016, 11:03:19 AM
As a sober guy I know it can be tough to find other clean and sober people to hang out with. This is especially difficult for people in early recovery. It's hard to sit around the campfire at night while everyone else is passing around the bottle or joint while you sit there sipping your diet coke.  If you are in this situation I thought it would be a good idea to have a thread where you or I could go to find like minded people. I live in Arlington and if summer ever gets here I plan on having  a couple campfire nights out at my place for a clean and sober get together. If you are interested, post here or if you want to remain annonymous, pm me. I think it would be cool to get a deer or elk camp going where we can sit around drinking coffee and diet coke without the other temptations.  Anyone else interested? :dunno:
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: huntnphool on June 24, 2016, 11:06:52 AM
As a sober guy I know it can be tough to find other clean and sober people to hang out with. This is especially difficult for people in early recovery. It's hard to sit around the campfire at night while everyone else is passing around the bottle or joint while you sit there sipping your diet coke.  If you are in this situation I thought it would be a good idea to have a thread where you or I could go to find like minded people. I live in Arlington and if summer ever gets here I plan on having  a couple campfire nights out at my place for a clean and sober get together. If you are interested, post here or if you want to remain annonymous, pm me. I think it would be cool to get a deer or elk camp going where we can sit around drinking coffee and diet coke without the other temptations.  Anyone else interested? :dunno:

 Good for you Ripper, keep it up! :tup:

 Now......you have to see the humor in this post, when you consider your avatar is a picture of a man that made his fame and fortune doing beer commercials. :chuckle:
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Maverick on June 24, 2016, 11:23:51 AM
As a pepsi man you lost me at diet coke.  :chuckle: this is a great idea and I'm sure youll find some guys to join up with you!
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper on June 24, 2016, 11:29:01 AM
Ha ha huntnphool, I never even thought of that. Now that his face is associated with all of the Facebook memes, I guess I forgot about the beer commercials.   :chuckle:  Hey Maverick, we don't discriminate around my campfire, Pepsi is welcome.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: cbond3318 on June 24, 2016, 11:42:50 AM
Dr Pepper cool?  :chuckle:

Great idea bud!
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper on June 27, 2016, 10:35:02 AM
The good Dr is welcome. I really thought I'd see more interest in this. Could it be that I'm the only one? I'm like the kid in the corner with the dunce cap on.  :chuckle:  That's OK, I wear it well. I will post when I'm going to have an camp fire at the house. 
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Gringo31 on June 27, 2016, 10:37:12 AM
I drink but would much rather see guys stay away from it than some of the things I've seen that appear normal at elk camp.  I don't even understand why those guys buy a tag.....
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: CoryTDF on June 27, 2016, 10:52:55 AM
I have always said that I go to "Elk Camp" not "Drinking Camp" as I take hunting too serious to get all hammered and try and hunt. I am a social/casual drinker and I do bring a few beers up to camp but it is never my intention to get all sloppy drunk while I'm up hunting. I actually really hate when I see people doing that as it really makes a bad name for hunters. The time for celebration is after you fill your tag not during the hunt.  :twocents:
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Axle on June 27, 2016, 11:43:57 AM
I have always said that I go to "Elk Camp" not "Drinking Camp" as I take hunting too serious to get all hammered and try and hunt. I am a social/casual drinker and I do bring a few beers up to camp but it is never my intention to get all sloppy drunk while I'm up hunting. I actually really hate when I see people doing that as it really makes a bad name for hunters. The time for celebration is after you fill your tag not during the hunt.  :twocents:

 :yeah:
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Smossy's Girl on June 27, 2016, 11:48:16 AM
That's an awesome offer ripper, good on you.  :tup:
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: teanawayslayer on June 27, 2016, 11:52:51 AM
Great idea ripper. Been sober for 6 years. Wish I would have had something like that back then. I'm kinda used to it now. I just head to bed early at camp. Don't have to listen to all the bs.  :chuckle:.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Eli346 on June 27, 2016, 03:33:19 PM
Yep, it's elk camp  not drinking camp. 21 years for me.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Rainier10 on June 27, 2016, 04:20:36 PM
I am a casual drinker and will have one in celebration at camp.  I wait all year for 10 days of hunting, there is no way I am going to screw that up by being hung over even for one day.  If I tag out, one cocktail for me and then off to bed I go so I can be up and ready to help my buddies pack the next day or at least have a second set of eyes in the woods for them.  Hiking the next day without a bow or tag in your pocket weighing you down is a breeze.

Best of luck in your sobriety, one day at a time my friend.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: rasbo on June 27, 2016, 04:34:17 PM
congrats on being sober..
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: heronblu on June 27, 2016, 08:50:38 PM
Id be into meeting other sober hunters. Thanks for starting this thread. Sometimes it's just nice knowing that there are other folks out there.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper on June 29, 2016, 10:54:39 AM
Well addiction is hereditary and 10%  of the population is stricken with this affliction. There are a lot of us out there, it's just that some don't want anyone else to know and others like me, dont care if anyone knows. I want to be successful in staying sober this time and the only way that is going to happen is if I surround myself with others that want the same thing. The more people that I spend time with, the more accountable I am. If I would have stayed sober the first time I tried, I would have 11 years. Instead, I didn't do what I was told and now I have 6 months. I hope that I learned from my mistakes and now I hope to help others. We can do it together, I know that I can't do it alone.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Eli346 on June 29, 2016, 03:06:00 PM
Hang in there Ripper. It's not easy but it gets easier.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: seth30 on June 29, 2016, 03:14:46 PM
 :tup:  I quit drinking last November, and its a challenge out here to find a liberty buddy that doesn't want to drink.   
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper on June 30, 2016, 04:57:37 AM
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.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Bean Counter on June 30, 2016, 05:17:23 AM
Good job fellas  :tup:
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: jackmaster on June 30, 2016, 06:24:05 AM
I quit drinking years ago, I came home one day with an ice cold six pack, drank one and a half, next thing you know I was outside puking my guts out, never drank again, my favorite was crown royal and even that didn't taste good!! I don't miss it one bit, especially when all my buddies tie one on and come morning they look,smell and feel like a big pile of dog flop, and I get the joy of helping them feel worse!! One good thing though Is they always have a sober driver and I am perfectly ok with being that person, I know I will get them when they gotta go safe and sound!!
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper on June 30, 2016, 07:43:50 AM
 :chuckle: I'm with ya Jackmaster, it's always fun to wake up feeling great while the others feel like dog crap! You would think they would learn to take it easy . I was a slow learner so I can't say anything bad about them. To sit here and think about all mornings that I missed in the field and on the water because of drinking. All of the hangovers, all of the puking! I don't Miss's it at all. In fact when I think about drinking today it disgusts me. I know that if I take a drink there will be no fun. There will be no pleasant buzz, All there will be is a race to finish everything I can get my hands on then wake up wondering what happened. Nope, I can't do it anymore. It's a horrible disease that lays there in wait for me to let my guard down then bam! Off and running again. Stay strong my brothers and sisters. Support one another. May the higher power of your understanding bless you today.  I love that line!  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: vandeman17 on June 30, 2016, 08:06:56 AM
I have always said that I go to "Elk Camp" not "Drinking Camp" as I take hunting too serious to get all hammered and try and hunt. I am a social/casual drinker and I do bring a few beers up to camp but it is never my intention to get all sloppy drunk while I'm up hunting. I actually really hate when I see people doing that as it really makes a bad name for hunters. The time for celebration is after you fill your tag not during the hunt.  :twocents:

When I head to camp we generally bring a few of the little airplane bottles that are only opened if we are successful. It is a nice little way to celebrate success but not enough booze to get drunk. Personally, I don't know how guys do it because after getting back to camp well after dark, eating and getting prepped for the next day I am always ready to pass out. Drinks are the last thing on my mind.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: jackmaster on June 30, 2016, 10:45:52 AM
I know a couple guys, one of them is on here, he is the hardest elk huntn wingnut there is, he can get back to camp, have a few beers or drinks and still be up and ready before most, those types can handle it no sweat, others gotta drink, drink and drink until they are passed out in the bushes :chuckle:, that was me in my younger days.. :chuckle: and when I was in the army, when we made it back for a couple days it was all about getting our drink on :chuckle: what I do know is I don't miss it at all and I commend the guys and gals that can easily control themselves and don't get stupid drunk, for the people that have to battle the urge to not drink keep fighting the the good fight, the urges will go away, the best thing you can do is talk about it, tell someone young of your mistakes because of alcohol or tell anyone else that wants to listen, just don't be a preacher about it, just because we have issues with it and couldn't control doesn't mean it's the same for everyone else :tup:
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Bill W on June 30, 2016, 11:17:09 AM
Back when I was in the Navy we figured why waste a perfectly good time off base by being sober.   I may be a tad slower than others but after about 4 years of that I noticed a trend.

We had a friend get so drunk he fell off of a bar stool 3 times.  The third time he couldn't get himself back up.  The other two of us who weren't as bad off decided he was too drunk to drive himself home.  Duh!   We drove up and down the streets trying to find his apartment.  He couldn't tell us the address.  Finally he spotted what looked familiar and the key worked in the lock.   I headed home and in the middle of a toll bridge decided I needed to puke and my choice was barf in my car or get out and lean over the bridge.  My preference was the bridge but I knew that just beyond the toll booths was the state police barracks.  Nothing good would come of that.   As I continued home I decided "this" was getting old and maybe I should quit.

Years later I realized everytime we went out the driver, whoever he was, was probably driving over the limits.    It's amazing how poor judgement youngsters have and still consider it normal.

I don't mind people drinking as long as they keep it social.  I may have one or two, but two is my limit.   Why waste good booze getting drunk when bad booze will do the same thing.    I don't have any friends who choose to drink more than me.  No need for drunks.

Another time on the night before a fishing trip a friend drove out to meet us.  He walked to the door and we wondered where his car was.  The next morning he noticed it was missing and said he thought he got stuck in a corn field.   We drove the surrounding farm roads until we spotted a car out in the middle of a field.  He'd knocked the tire bead loose on the rim.

I don't think the Navy would tolerate stuff like that these days.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: seth30 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!
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper 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.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper 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.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Dead-Eye 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.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper 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.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper 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.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: jackmaster 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:
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Skyvalhunter 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!!
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Daytonite 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
:yeah:

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!!
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: PAW66 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.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper 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.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Waycott15 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.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper 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.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: h20hunter 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.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: D-Rock425 on July 29, 2016, 11:42:48 AM
 :yeah:
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Rainier10 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.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Waycott15 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 :)
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: PAW66 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
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper 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.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: passing-thru 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.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: dune on August 04, 2016, 01:49:57 PM
Great job guys I'm not a big drinker. Hunting is enough of an addition  :hello:
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: 300UltraMagShooter 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.

You're doing it the right way this time.   :tup:


Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: nontypical176 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.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: jcamp86 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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Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ellensburg on August 04, 2016, 06:02:02 PM
8 years for me.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper on August 09, 2016, 09:23:11 PM
It's good to here from some others in recovery and those offering encouragement and support. Congrats to those of you with some time under your belts. Jcamp86, Covington is a ways, but if you wanted to hunt sometime we could meet somewhere. Maybe we could meet at Ellensburgs place? I plan on going over that way this fall.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: 4fletch on August 12, 2016, 08:02:11 PM
May try going to AA in Snoqualimie at hope hall. they go on camp trips fishing trips and quite a few guys get together and go hunting n this weekend is there camping trip in carnation I believe
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper on August 15, 2016, 09:59:02 AM
Thanks a lot 4 fletch, I wish they were closer. I may have to start my own meeting , I don't know of anything like that in my area.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: 4fletch on August 15, 2016, 02:13:38 PM
I would think you could go and check in let them know your out of the area and go to their outings. These people like to help anybody out that wants to stay sober
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper on August 16, 2016, 06:43:31 AM
I think you are right. We are all in this thing to help each other. I will go check it out and report back soon.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Cougartail on August 16, 2016, 08:04:02 AM
I'm all for clean and sober sportsmen. I have noticed that sober sportsmen don't leave beer cans & bottles laying around the woods nor do they leave fire rings full of cans and broken glass. On my last scouting trip I saw some fire rings that really chapped my tail. I always pick up cans and bottles but didn't have the equipment to deal with the fire rings.

A sober sportsman is usually a cleaner sportsman, but not always.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: 4fletch on August 16, 2016, 09:20:57 AM
On some Saturday nights . They have a live band which I here that they rock
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper on August 17, 2016, 11:03:35 AM
I can't speak for all sober sportsmen/women but the people I hang with would never leave their trash behind. If they did I wouldn't Hunt with them anymore.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper on August 31, 2016, 12:26:31 PM
How are all of my clean and sober friends doing?  :hello: Just a reminder to be careful at those family get together this upcoming long weekend. Have another person along for sober support if needed. Family can be some of the toughest people to be around when fighting this disease. They usually don't understand at all, yet speak like they are the authority. Oh just one won't hurt.  :yike: No, but for me 1 will lead to my early death.  1 is to many and 1000 isn't enough. Have fun and be safe. Go kill something, that always makes me feel better!  :chuckle:
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: csaaphill on September 01, 2016, 11:39:59 PM
 :rockin:
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: jennabug on September 08, 2016, 11:50:20 AM
My first post in the forum and I stumbled across this first, haha.  I'll have 10 years this winter.  I'm new to hunting though. ;)

Anyone new to sobriety, I'd echo the previous suggestions.  Get some supportive friends, hit a meeting, and follow the suggestions.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: jackmaster on September 10, 2016, 04:40:58 PM
My first post in the forum and I stumbled across this first, haha.  I'll have 10 years this winter.  I'm new to hunting though. ;)

Anyone new to sobriety, I'd echo the previous suggestions.  Get some supportive friends, hit a meeting, and follow the suggestions.
well a huge congrats ma,am, and it's better late than never getting into huntn, you came to the right place to start learning.. Again congrats on a great acomplishment  :tup:
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: jennabug on September 10, 2016, 07:10:04 PM
well a huge congrats ma,am, and it's better late than never getting into huntn, you came to the right place to start learning.. Again congrats on a great acomplishment  :tup:

Thanks jackmaster!
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Post by: Ripper on September 14, 2016, 07:45:35 AM
Hello and congrats jennabug. 10 years is awesome. The fact that this thread is your first post tells me that you have some wisdom to share that someone needs to hear. I don't think it was an accident. Anyway, 9 months for me today. I feel great and don't miss the stuff at all. I hope to get outside to hunt this weekend, the berries are almost gone so it's crunch time.
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Post by: Mr Mykiss on September 14, 2016, 08:16:17 AM
950 days
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Post by: jackmaster on September 14, 2016, 08:48:46 AM
It's been a little over 8 years for me now  :yike: damn I feel old.  :chuckle:
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Post by: Ripper on September 14, 2016, 10:10:52 AM
That's awesome everyone. I know a lot of you are not up in my area but I will be at the fog lifters meeting on Saturday morning at 7:30. It's at the Buzz Inn In Smokey Point. It would be cool to meet some of you. We may have to plan a get together in a control location. Might have to wait until after hunting season, but we will see.
I'm Mark W by the way.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: jennabug on September 15, 2016, 05:15:25 AM
Hello and congrats jennabug. 10 years is awesome. The fact that this thread is your first post tells me that you have some wisdom to share that someone needs to hear. I don't think it was an accident. Anyway, 9 months for me today. I feel great and don't miss the stuff at all. I hope to get outside to hunt this weekend, the berries are almost gone so it's crunch time.

Congrats on 9 months!  That's a big deal.  The first year is a rollercoaster.  I don't believe in accidents, so I think it's for a reason too, yet to be revealed. ;)
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Post by: jennabug on September 15, 2016, 05:17:55 AM
Congrats to everyone on all the sober time!  :) :tup: :tup: :tup:
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Post by: jackmaster on September 15, 2016, 10:32:59 AM
It's been a little over 8 years for me now  :yike: damn I feel old.  :chuckle:
talk about time flying, as of exactly yesterday it's been 10 years on the button, the wife had to correct me, I thought it was a day or two over 8. I will never forget the day the last beer and a half crossed my lips.. It's crazy, I wasn't a huge drinker, but When I did I figured if a six was good a half rack or two had to be better :chuckle: of course the mornings seem to disagree, one thing I never did after one hellacious hangover was drink on a work night, except in the army, but we were still drunk when we started p.t and each day started at 5 am with no less than a 5 mile run and as far as 15 with the occasional 25 to 27 with push ups and sit-ups at every 5 mile mark so we skipped the hangover part :chuckle:
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Post by: rasbo on September 15, 2016, 04:06:07 PM
good job all of you,
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper on November 02, 2016, 09:45:33 AM
Sorry I haven't checked in for a while. This is important to me so I can't get complacent, that's what doomed me before. I am fortunate to have a few sober friends to do things with, but it's not just about me. I want to help create a network of people who want to get together and support each other. On October 25 the Daily Reflections talked about unity. I know that I can't do this thing by myself, so  not only do I need the support of all of you, I need to give this gift away to others. Through giving and receiving we all become one. Stay connected my friends, it's a matter of life and death. Speaking of death, has anyone killed anything this Year? Post it up and tell us your story.
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Post by: Ripper on November 02, 2016, 09:49:46 AM
Here is a link to my spring bear hunt.

[url]smf/index.php/topic,194359.0/url]
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: jennabug on November 02, 2016, 10:09:13 AM
Ripper, glad you checked in again.  I was thinking about this thread maybe a week ago.  We definitely can't do this thing alone.  I'm fortunate to have the opportunity to help others with the steps, and it's sad when they don't stick around or try to go solo.  Social media can be a curse then too, because you get to watch the spiral of doom via facebook.  :( What I've observed is that the things an alki/addict puts in front of their sobriety is the first thing they lose.  Being consistent with my commitments helps me, and keeps me a little more sane.

A few ideas came to mind on community... You may check out the OSAT meeting on tiger mountain if you get a chance, which will have more outdoors people.  PSYPC does a lot of neat stuff, and there's a great softball league on your side of the state too.

I had my first kills ever this year, which was excellent.  1 turkey and 1 grouse.
http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,201574.msg2705430.html#msg2705430
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper on November 03, 2016, 06:47:49 AM
Nice job! I haven't killed a turkey yet. I had a real nice tom in my sights last year, about a 8 to 10 inch beard. I got within about 50 yards of him but couldnt close the deal. I was on my spring bear hunt and brought my 20 gage with me. 50 yards with a 20 on a moving bird didn't feel good to me.
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Post by: Ripper on November 07, 2016, 06:32:35 AM
Happy Monday friends. No hang overs for me this last weekend, Halliluah!  My plan is to hunt around Colville this next weekend. I hope to fill my deer tag and maybe pop my first turkey, I need to check the regs before I go though. I saw tons of deer last year during my moose hunt including 5 legal bucks. If anyone lives in the vicinity and would like to meet up and chat, let me know.
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Post by: Mr Mykiss on December 08, 2016, 09:21:37 AM
Hit day 1000 a little while back.
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Post by: Ripper on December 18, 2016, 02:05:34 PM
Nice job Mr my kiss. I just went over a year on the 15th. Life is good, looking forward to a sober holiday season. I have a sense of freedom today that was missing while drinking.. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas.
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Post by: Ripper on January 01, 2017, 01:26:46 PM
Happy New Year to all of my brothers and sisters. I hope you all were able to spend some quality time with friends and family over the holiday season with a clear head and clean body. Holidays can be tough for us but now we can get on with just living life. Don't look back, don't future trip, just live in the moment, one day at a time. There really is safety in numbers, so go to meetings and find like minded friends to surround yourself with. If anybody needs someone to talk to, pm me your number and I will call you. Stay strong my friends.   Mark
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Post by: jennabug on January 01, 2017, 02:30:24 PM
 :yeah: I'm happy to help as well.  Happy Holidays! 
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Post by: jackmaster on January 01, 2017, 07:07:51 PM
Happy new year ladies and gents !!! I am to the point now where it doesn't bother in the least to be around people drinking!! My son got to come home for xmas, he is in the 82nd airborne unit, and deploys to a really bad spot in Iraq in march, I won't see him again until next September or December!! Well he turn d 21 on the 11th and it was awesome going to a bar with him, buying him a few beers and me having my Diet Coke  :chuckle: I actually though about having a beer with my boy now a man going off to fight for those that can't fight for themselves but I chose not to and it didn't bother me at all  :tup: just keep fighting the good fight and living life to its fullest, the rest will take care of itself, and we benefit big time because we don't have to wake up wondering what kind of dumb stuff we did or waking up with no clothes on next to someone you don't remember going to bed with ... :yike: :chuckle: those days are way in the past, never to return , now it's just a funny memory  :tup:
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Post by: jennabug on January 01, 2017, 07:28:11 PM
Way to go jackmaster. Having a non alcoholic drink in hand helps.  When I'm out with friends, there are some particular smells that can momentarily tempt me, but for the most part it doesn't bother me either.
My husband served in Iraq about 8/9 years ago and it wasn't easy.  I'm grateful for your son's service, and will pray for him.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: jackmaster on January 01, 2017, 07:33:56 PM
Way to go jackmaster. Having a non alcoholic drink in hand helps.  When I'm out with friends, there are some particular smells that can momentarily tempt me, but for the most part it doesn't bother me either.
My husband served in Iraq about 8/9 years ago and it wasn't easy.  I'm grateful for your son's service, and will pray for him.
thank you very much ma,am !!! Serving was the greatest honor of my life and now MY son will feel that honor as well, thank you very much for the prayers, I just need my son home safe and sound!!! He has a great mental attitude and is as tough as they come , I couldn't be more proud !!! Pas on my thanks to your husband if you will, and congrats ma,am!!!
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Post by: jennabug on January 01, 2017, 07:41:26 PM
thank you very much ma,am !!! Serving was the greatest honor of my life and now MY son will feel that honor as well, thank you very much for the prayers, I just need my son home safe and sound!!! He has a great mental attitude and is as tough as they come , I couldn't be more proud !!! Pas on my thanks to your husband if you will, and congrats ma,am!!!
I will pass it along. Thank you for your service as well! I'm sure your son will appreciate having you to talk to about it all when he gets home safely! :)
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Post by: jackmaster on January 01, 2017, 08:15:35 PM
thank you very much ma,am !!! Serving was the greatest honor of my life and now MY son will feel that honor as well, thank you very much for the prayers, I just need my son home safe and sound!!! He has a great mental attitude and is as tough as they come , I couldn't be more proud !!! Pas on my thanks to your husband if you will, and congrats ma,am!!!
I will pass it along. Thank you for your service as well! I'm sure your son will appreciate having you to talk to about it all when he gets home safely! :)
yes ma,am it sure helps to have someone that has been there and done it, people that haven't would never understand, which is totally fine, we just as well would like to keep it that way  :)
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Post by: jennabug on January 01, 2017, 08:23:05 PM
 :tup:
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Post by: Knocker of rocks on January 01, 2017, 08:46:59 PM
Day 8700plus.  The first thirty were the hardest.  The last 8200 have been easy.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper on January 05, 2017, 06:31:24 AM
Congrats KOR, that is a good start.  :tup:

 :chuckle:
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper on January 01, 2018, 12:38:07 PM
Happy New Year brothers and sisters. I can't believe it's been a year since I posted here. I don't get on the site much anymore, I just don't seem to be into any social media much anymore. A lot has changed this last year but I am happy to say that I have 2 years of sobriety as of Dec 15.  I got medically laid off after 30 years on the job due to my arthritis issues, it just got too hard to go in and be productive anymore. I was missing at least 1 if not 2 days a week so it was time to go. Thank God I never had to pick up a drink but then I found myself with an endless supply of pain meds. I was worried that if I took them it would lead to another addiction but I use my program and friends and family to stay true to my journey. I can't take any anti inflammatory meds because I'm on blood thinners for an artificial heart valve. Anti inflammatory drugs thin the blood even more, and I don't want to bleed to death. Lol 
Now days I'm in physical therapy so I hope to either go back to work one day or at least be able to enjoy life a little more than last year. I didn't hunt or fish nearly as much as I used to. I've become more of a road hunter than I have ever imagined. I know a lot of people on here consider that slob hunting, myself included, but I'm going to get out anyway possible. .
I hope all of you out there who are fighting the same demons find the strngth to stay on the straight and narrow. God bless you all. Happpy  New Year.
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Post by: h20hunter on January 01, 2018, 12:40:54 PM
 :tup: Good to hear things are going well.
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Post by: Ripper on January 02, 2018, 08:18:15 PM
Thanks buddy, I hope things are going good for you also. Time to put in for spring bear tags again.
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Post by: jennabug on January 03, 2018, 07:10:56 AM
 :hello: Glad all is well!
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Post by: Ripper on January 05, 2018, 02:53:06 PM
Hi Jenna, thanks. I hope you are doing good also.
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Post by: Russ McDonald on January 05, 2018, 03:01:51 PM
@Ripper.  Good to see things are going well.  I might be joining you on those roads.

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Post by: jennabug on January 05, 2018, 04:46:50 PM
Hi Jenna, thanks. I hope you are doing good also.
For sure. Celebrated my anniversary last month. Staying busy and living the dream!
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Post by: BEARHUNTER1 on January 06, 2018, 10:23:44 PM
I live in the Sultan area and I archery hunt deer,elk,bear and turkey on the eastside.I am 58 and can hold my own and most of the time I hunt alone. My buddy hunts to but he doesn't drink ether. Been archery hunting for 30+ years and take it seriously.


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Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper on January 09, 2018, 08:09:09 AM
I don't archery hunt bearhunter1 but during Bear season we could hit the woods sometime. Looking forward to meeting you.
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Post by: wt on January 13, 2018, 07:53:32 PM
Ripper, I'm totally sober, 10 years plus. I archery elk hunt and  go rifle for bear/deer. I'm fine around other people drinking, but not while I'm hunting (unless they have invited me on a hunt and are in control of themselves). Maybe we can get together sometime. I hit the DC and strong coffee pretty hard most days so sounds like we are in agreement on the beverages lol.
Title: Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
Post by: Ripper on January 30, 2018, 05:27:15 PM
Hey wt, sorry it took so long to respond, I got a new computer and phone recently and I finally got around to adding this app. 10 Year’s is awesome, congrats. Let’s go hit the woods sometime.