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Clean and sober sportsmen.
« 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:
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #1 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:
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #2 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!

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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #3 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.
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2016, 11:42:50 AM »
Dr Pepper cool?  :chuckle:

Great idea bud!
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #5 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. 
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #6 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.....
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #7 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:
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #8 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:

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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2016, 11:48:16 AM »
That's an awesome offer ripper, good on you.  :tup:
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #10 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:.
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2016, 03:33:19 PM »
Yep, it's elk camp  not drinking camp. 21 years for me.

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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #12 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.

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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2016, 04:34:17 PM »
congrats on being sober..

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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #14 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.

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« Reply #15 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.
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2016, 03:06:00 PM »
Hang in there Ripper. It's not easy but it gets easier.

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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #17 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.   
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« Reply #18 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.
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2016, 05:17:23 AM »
Good job fellas  :tup:

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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #20 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!!
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« Reply #21 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:
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #22 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.
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #23 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:
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Re: Clean and sober sportsmen.
« Reply #24 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.

 

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