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    Good morning to you all. I do not mess with Facebook or know anything about YouTube, so it does not look like I will post any video's. I do thank you for letting me know how it is done. I will just share some pic's, that's good enough for me. Tell you all the truth it took me since 2004 just to post to the NC Sportsman. I'm just one of the guy's that sit back and look at and read your posts. I do take some of your knowledge that you all share and apply to some of my hunts. I'm far from a expert on whitetail hunting, but I can assure you all I put my heart and sole into the hunt. I can tell you that I like to hunt the old fashion way. I like very much to scout, find where the deer are moving, find the big rubs and scrapes, put a plan together and hunt. I have never used a camera until I moved to NC. I have never feed deer anything, always hunted food source. The camera's, the feeding, get me all screwed up. We can all count our chickens before they are hatched, meaning that now we seen him on camera it will be easy, that is Bull Crap. I had a nice one on camera last year, had him on the wall opening day, NOT. I hunted almost every day, at least every chance I had, that deer went nocturnal, he would not come near food or camera in daylight. Well,I will share with you, I moved away from camera , deeper in woods, I called it my staging area or should I say his. On November 28th 3:00pm, on a real crappy day, raining very hard, wondering why I was up in tree and not down in ground blind, he showed up. By the way that was the first deer I shot, I missed my opportunity prior, my own fault. That is just a example on the rewards that I get out of hunting. The feeling when you get down out of climber, look at that deer on the ground, it's overwhelming sometimes, brings tears to me eyes. Yup, a 54 year old guy being that thankful, that blessed, that he tears up, man I love that feeling. Tell you guy's it gives me goose bumps talking about it. If you never had that feeling, I pray you do. I believe that some of this chatter and hype can get us off track. I think our ego's gets involved, I have seen my own for sure. Focus on why do we go to so many extremes to hunt, thank God we can. Thank God for every day you get out there whether you squeeze that trigger or not, just hunt like you mean it. God Bless.
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    I hear ya
    If I ever lose the feeling of the excitement, adrenaline, and pure awe that I feel about hunting, I know that would be the end of it for me. And I'm not just talking about harvesting - even when I decide to let them walk, just watching their body language and being amazed at how well they blend in and how quiet they are.
    As far as the cams go - when I see a big buck on one of my cams it just pumps me up to see what is in the woods. Not that I'm claiming them (although I'd like to lol) but just to know that they are there and it is a possibility. I shoot does along the way and fill my freezer with venison and enjoy doing that but I ain't gonna lie - I'm always on the look out for them boneheads.
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    Thanks!!
    What a great post LTHNC!! That is what it is all about man...If you do not get that kind of satisfaction from this sport them maybe it is just not for you. Thanks for not being a spectator all the time and contributing to the forum....

    BTW...Those are two really nice bucks....That first ones looks likes a PIG!!
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    well said
    great post my friend, its nice to get some fresh perspectives on the worlds first and greatest sport!! I sense your passion and it reminds me of myself lol. Im 50 years old and ive been hunting for 43 years. Its my favorite thing to do. In fact sometimes the prep work ie. scouting stand building shed hunting shopping ect. is as enjoyable as the kill itself. Or more so even' its a passion you have or you dont. Live to hunt -hunt to live!!..jager..
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    He had a nice neck
    He is on the wall, he became a hard deer to hunt. He never figured I'd be there in pouring rain, hehe that's why they sell rain suits. Dropped the hammer on him, Rem 308 the rest is memories.
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    Well Said
    WOW LTHNC!!! Your thoughts Mirror my very own. I'm only 42 but have Hunted and Fished as long as I can remember, Sure I got Tattoos and was a little wild at Times but I knew at a early age that My heart and Soul belonged to the woods...Both of my marriages have ended with Hunting and Fishing tossed in there somewhere lol...I have even went as far as telling everyone that when I die I want to be cremated and have my ashes mixed in with the powder of some Number 5 Turkey Loads to get me out there 1 more time LOL. Even though I have always hunted, When I moved here to NC I had never heard of a Box Stand? We Called them toilets where I was raised and we hunted against a tree trunk and I was against feeding for years!! That was the craziest thing I had ever heard of and my Grand-Pa would skin me if he knew I was shooting anything with the aid of bait but I was the Lone Guy Not killing anything so I adjusted accordingly, I still don't Hunt right on Top of it but rather sling it everywhere to keep them happy in a area. I do like Trail Cams but I don't get married to a stand site because I seen a nice Buck there because we know what happens when the Rut comes!! I love anything outdoors and I don't have to kill a animal to enjoy GOD's creation. I have took a few decent deer that I'm proud of but I could write a book on the ones that got away and I'm proud to say that only 1 (Last year) was shot standing in Corn. I feel blessed anytime I'm in the woodlot because it sure beats the alternative!! God Bless you as well as all the Sportsman that we share the woodlot with!!
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