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« Reply #325 on: August 23, 2017, 09:29:07 PM »
My thing has been time 2 years ago messed my back up bad last year didn't make out at all do to my back then lost my father just couldn't get my head right just now i am looking forward to hunting season just bought myself a polaris 570  quad and my wife a900 acer just went today for a ride things are looking up felt good to be in the woods used to post a lot of pics but my apple sucks trying to post pics love this site will try to start to contribute more

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« Reply #326 on: August 24, 2017, 05:36:54 AM »
Hambone looking forward to seeing that picture of you big buck this year.

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« Reply #327 on: August 24, 2017, 08:53:45 AM »
I really enjoy this forum & happened to find it when I was looking for info about my Goose Prairie bull tag years ago...I dont post a ton & only log on at home on PC... I used to share game cam pics until I seen others getting bashed & lost some spare time when I started my business...
It seems that for a time there was a group/crew/gang of members who would attack anything with a negative POV which may have encouraged others to gang up & post negative comments when they normally wouldnt...It seems native bashing & finger pointing was encouraged for a time or Ive grown immune to it...
I have had some great encounters with members when buying & selling gear...
I dont mind hearing/reading others thoughts on daily life as we need to have that to possibly open up our minds...
I really enjoy the pics & stories that is shared...most of the time Im late to the party like on this...
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« Reply #328 on: August 24, 2017, 10:19:34 AM »
This site used to have a lot of like minded folks. Now not so much. Constant bickering and not picking. I miss some of our lost members like bigger hammer and bango skank ect. The forum is just not what it used to be. Don't think there is a way to fix it. Things change. I used to come to this site 100 times a week or more. Now I just check in once in a while. I still share from time to time but it's just not so great anymore :dunno: the your way is wrong and my way is right attitude has also ruined it.
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Re: Lurkers.....Esteemed members
« Reply #329 on: September 03, 2017, 09:05:26 AM »
I want to thank everyone who commented, we listened, I hope the forum changes have provided an improvement in the H-W experience for most members.
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« Reply #330 on: September 03, 2017, 09:52:51 AM »
I want to thank everyone who commented, we listened, I hope the forum changes have provided an improvement in the H-W experience for most members.

Thanks Dale,
The level of hostility seems to be dramatically reduced.  Thanks for making this a friendlier forum!
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« Reply #331 on: September 04, 2017, 02:18:18 PM »
It seems as though I just haven't had the time lately. I do like to come on and research but haven't even been able to do that. I never have posted much but a lot less now but not for any negative reasons. I've met a lot of people on this site and will keep coming back as I've had nothing but good experiences.

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« Reply #332 on: September 07, 2017, 12:55:27 AM »
I read the entire thread in a single sitting then walked away for a few hours to give it some thought.  That didn't help. 

I think that the many members that posted so far have summed up pretty well what the negative issues are regarding lack of participation and loss of esteemed members.  Positive changes have been instituted and only time will tell if morale improves.  If nothing else, this thread served as an important outlet for members to vent their frustrations, which I believe is very therapeutic a positive step in the right direction. 

Personally, I joined the forum to learn more about hunting Blacktails.  The negativity and arguing, just for the sake of arguing never bothered me.  It is (or was) much worse on the Oregon forum I used to follow.  Seems to be just the way life is these days. For me, it is so very easy to close a negative thread and move on to some other topic that I rarely get caught in the quagmire.  I tried not to step on toes too often, (though I think I completely broke a few of Bone Addict's toes last season  - sorry again!), and I try to accept the fact that someone is probably going to disagree with my opinion before I post - that way I get less irritated when it actually happens. 

Sadly, many of the members that left the forum over the last few years were the ones who actually took the time to try to teach less experienced hunters.  I've read and re-read many of the archived/old posts for more information to the point that I rarely ever search for information there anymore.  Once the opportunity to learn something worthwhile here stopped, my desire to spend a lot of time here waned as well.  In past hunting seasons and off-seasons, I attempted to start threads or ask questions in order to stimulate conversation and perhaps create a little learning opportunity for those interested in my topics.  Many times, I'd get only a smattering of responses, sometimes none at all.  Often, the threads would go sideways without ever even discussing the topic at hand.   I've pretty much given up on that pursuit.  These days, I hit the deer hunting section, sometimes look at trail cam pics, read and send a few PMs to my buddies, and spend a few minutes posting to threads going completely ignored by others, just so that the OP feels like he/she at least got a response to their query. 

My biggest recommendation for improving this forum, especially for those trying to learn hunting skills and tactics, would be to have a beginners sticky thread in each of the hunting sections (elk, deer, bear, waterfowl,  etc. ) where members could post ideas and techniques that they believe are important to learn in order for a beginner to be successful.  A lot of this information is already available and could be copy/pasted easily.  Additional information could be added over time as questions arise.  Eventually, a single sticky thread for each major game species might just become a great resource of knowledge for neophytes and reduce the amount of repetition of the typical questions we all see frequently.   If we are successful in teaching someone to hunt well, they will likely be a hunter for life and become an advocate for hunting.  If we choose not to try, many will just move on to some other activity.  Time in the woods is hugely important in learning to hunt, but if we can reduce the amount of time required to learn basic skills, then everyone benefits.

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Re: Lurkers.....Esteemed members
« Reply #333 on: September 07, 2017, 09:58:20 AM »
I read the entire thread in a single sitting then walked away for a few hours to give it some thought.  That didn't help. 

I think that the many members that posted so far have summed up pretty well what the negative issues are regarding lack of participation and loss of esteemed members.  Positive changes have been instituted and only time will tell if morale improves.  If nothing else, this thread served as an important outlet for members to vent their frustrations, which I believe is very therapeutic a positive step in the right direction. 

Personally, I joined the forum to learn more about hunting Blacktails.  The negativity and arguing, just for the sake of arguing never bothered me.  It is (or was) much worse on the Oregon forum I used to follow.  Seems to be just the way life is these days. For me, it is so very easy to close a negative thread and move on to some other topic that I rarely get caught in the quagmire.  I tried not to step on toes too often, (though I think I completely broke a few of Bone Addict's toes last season  - sorry again!), and I try to accept the fact that someone is probably going to disagree with my opinion before I post - that way I get less irritated when it actually happens. 

Sadly, many of the members that left the forum over the last few years were the ones who actually took the time to try to teach less experienced hunters.  I've read and re-read many of the archived/old posts for more information to the point that I rarely ever search for information there anymore.  Once the opportunity to learn something worthwhile here stopped, my desire to spend a lot of time here waned as well.  In past hunting seasons and off-seasons, I attempted to start threads or ask questions in order to stimulate conversation and perhaps create a little learning opportunity for those interested in my topics.  Many times, I'd get only a smattering of responses, sometimes none at all.  Often, the threads would go sideways without ever even discussing the topic at hand.   I've pretty much given up on that pursuit.  These days, I hit the deer hunting section, sometimes look at trail cam pics, read and send a few PMs to my buddies, and spend a few minutes posting to threads going completely ignored by others, just so that the OP feels like he/she at least got a response to their query. 

My biggest recommendation for improving this forum, especially for those trying to learn hunting skills and tactics, would be to have a beginners sticky thread in each of the hunting sections (elk, deer, bear, waterfowl,  etc. ) where members could post ideas and techniques that they believe are important to learn in order for a beginner to be successful.  A lot of this information is already available and could be copy/pasted easily.  Additional information could be added over time as questions arise.  Eventually, a single sticky thread for each major game species might just become a great resource of knowledge for neophytes and reduce the amount of repetition of the typical questions we all see frequently.   If we are successful in teaching someone to hunt well, they will likely be a hunter for life and become an advocate for hunting.  If we choose not to try, many will just move on to some other activity.  Time in the woods is hugely important in learning to hunt, but if we can reduce the amount of time required to learn basic skills, then everyone benefits.

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« Reply #334 on: September 07, 2017, 10:05:03 AM »
I am trying to post more.  I do prefer Rokslide as my first forum but do my best to support this as well.

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« Reply #335 on: September 07, 2017, 10:05:57 AM »
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« Reply #336 on: September 08, 2017, 11:37:23 AM »
I have benefited a lot from this site and won't let the bad apples ruin it for me.
I was on here a lot before I started looking for deer. This place and a few really good friends helped my son shoot a deer on his 2nd day of hunting.
That was 2012 and I have yet to shoot one but I will keep reading the posts and hitting the hills until I do.

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« Reply #337 on: September 13, 2017, 11:38:06 AM »
I have been on this site for several years. Usually lurking and reading the threads during the day at work  :yike:.

I really do not have a lot of time for posting. If something interests me or I can add potential value I will post or reply. Also, some folks may post and they never get a reply....I"ve seen those and thought, poor guy, got gaffed by everyone...lol

I have a bad habit of hanging out in the classifieds! lol

I've purchased and sold numerous firearms on this site and have met some awesome folks here! 

Now that hunting season is coming up, I find myself logging on more as I'm trying to get excited for the upcoming year...




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« Reply #338 on: September 15, 2017, 08:32:03 AM »
I'll post photos If you can figure out a way of keeping coordinates off of pictures. I usually have my GPS off but it's not worth the risk of ruining a spot to show off a picture of a buck to people I'll never know.

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« Reply #339 on: September 15, 2017, 08:32:45 AM »
I'll post photos If you can figure out a way of keeping coordinates off of pictures. I usually have my GPS off but it's not worth the risk of ruining a spot to show off a picture of a buck to people I'll never know.

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« Reply #340 on: September 15, 2017, 08:35:31 AM »
I'll post photos If you can figure out a way of keeping coordinates off of pictures. I usually have my GPS off but it's not worth the risk of ruining a spot to show off a picture of a buck to people I'll never know.

You can always take a picture of the photo while looking at it on your laptop etc. No way those coordinates could ever get out that way. Not the best pics but a extra safe guard.
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« Reply #341 on: September 15, 2017, 08:36:35 AM »
I'm super paranoid so I use the snip tool and capture the photo that way on my desktop.  Plus it helps me to crop out what I don't want in there.

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« Reply #342 on: September 15, 2017, 08:37:11 AM »
I'll post photos If you can figure out a way of keeping coordinates off of pictures. I usually have my GPS off but it's not worth the risk of ruining a spot to show off a picture of a buck to people I'll never know.

You can always take a picture of the photo while looking at it on your laptop etc. No way those coordinates could ever get out that way. Not the best pics but a extra safe guard.

You can screen shot the picture with your phone too. You'll get a quality picture that way.
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« Reply #343 on: September 15, 2017, 08:37:49 AM »
I'm super paranoid so I use the snip tool and capture the photo that way on my desktop.  Plus it helps me to crop out what I don't want in there.

Real easy to crop from your phone also.
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« Reply #344 on: September 15, 2017, 08:40:01 AM »
The other solution, of course, is to use an actual camera rather than a phone to take your photos. Doesn't anybody carry a camera in their pack anymore?

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« Reply #345 on: September 15, 2017, 08:42:13 AM »
I'll post photos If you can figure out a way of keeping coordinates off of pictures. I usually have my GPS off but it's not worth the risk of ruining a spot to show off a picture of a buck to people I'll never know.

You can always take a picture of the photo while looking at it on your laptop etc. No way those coordinates could ever get out that way. Not the best pics but a extra safe guard.

You can screen shot the picture with your phone too. You'll get a quality picture that way.

Yes indeed. I email most pics to myself rather then posting from my phone as well.
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« Reply #346 on: September 15, 2017, 10:38:55 AM »
I joined a couple years ago as a novice bowhunter. A buddy at work got me hooked on archery and I jumped all in. The Forum was very helpful to me with all kinds of helpful information, and some members gave me some great advice. I don't post unless I have something to share, and I am more in the learning mode at this point. I didn't kill anything my first season, and a shoulder injury has prevented any hunting since.
I do enjoy the comaraderie between some of the "senior" members who are well known, and try to learn as much as I can from those more experienced. (I always wondered what happened to the guy with the Seahawks gloves logo who had some controversy/trail cam issue, as he was very informative as well).
I have met a lot of hunters and ask if they are on the forum and each one has told me no for various reasons. I tell them to check it out.
So for me, it is THE resource for all it's information on a "local" level as opposed to all the other hunting media, and the personal exchanges of info are valuable. The pics, videos, stories and tips get me pumped and serve as my mountain motivation.
That's why I come to the forum, all the other stuff is prevalent everywhere else. I see this as a brotherhood of responsible hunters. Thanks to all of you who have taught and inspired me! :twocents:

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« Reply #347 on: September 15, 2017, 10:43:36 AM »
The other solution, of course, is to use an actual camera rather than a phone to take your photos. Doesn't anybody carry a camera in their pack anymore?
Not when most phones are 16mp the same quality as a pocket digital camera. Only issue is no zoom really on your cell, but it's way more convenient.
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« Reply #348 on: September 15, 2017, 01:35:10 PM »
I haven't been on this site since last year. Over the last several year I typically show up each year to see which lucky SOBs get special draws, and again when I want to see early success stories. When I found this thread it occurred to me that I've been hitting this site for a few consecutive days and hadn't become completely enraged.... not even once. I didn't have the urge throat punch anyone and have in fact (dare I say it) ENJOYED being here.

I didn't follow this thread since it started back in august and was wholly unaware of the changes that were made, but based solely on the facts above I'd say things are looking up. Thanks.

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« Reply #349 on: September 23, 2017, 10:37:23 AM »
The other solution, of course, is to use an actual camera rather than a phone to take your photos. Doesn't anybody carry a camera in their pack anymore?

If you don't own a smartphone like myself, then you carry a camera in your pack. Unfortunately like Smossy's Girl pointed out, the 4mp resolution of my point-and-shoot leaves much to be desired (reference this video I just posted...http://hunting-washington.com/smf/index.php/topic,218579.0.html). Wish I had a smart phone strictly for photo purposes.

Alternately, one could carry a GPS unit and then have the GPS turned off on the phone so you wouldn't have to worry about the coordinate metadata being attached to the photo.