anyone getting more interested in hunting and stuff?

anyone getting more interested in hunting and stuff? I was really into training, I owned a LMT rifle at 18 (first gun, saved up for a year) did drills etc. chased that for years.

but last year it stopped being enjoyable. Seemed like was losing interest in shooting. for about a year i didn't shoot more than a handful of rounds.

then I inherited a .22 which most people use to shoot squirrels. I went on a walk in the woods with it and shot some squirrels and fried them. My imagination was captured. since then i have got a C&R license and have 5 revolvers, one mauser sporting rifle, two double barrel shotguns, one bolt action .22, one semi-auto .22 and a lever action rifle.

Ultimately I think the burn out was caused by the training more than anything. every resource online bascially hits you over the head that you HAVE to train for WROL. your AR HAS to have lights and lasers. you HAVE to own nods. You HAVE to carry a full size rds w/ reload everywhere or you WILL die in the streets. I spent so much money on influencer branded gear.
The whole time i was training for something which i quite frankly don't believe will happen and is not applicable to anything i can think of.

on the other hand actually using hunting guns for their intended purpose is so rewarding. I've never taken drugs but the feeling after shooting down a squirrel or outsmarting a coyote can't be far off.

I plan to shoot a deer this year. πŸ™‚

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Good you've developed some common sense. Stick with it and try out some turkey hunting, it's a good beginner with a entry level of cost.
    And remember the happening will never happen, you'll just wake up 60 years from now and realize this America isn't your America, same as every other geriatric white man since 1740.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >And remember the happening will never happen, you'll just wake up 60 years from now and realize this America isn't your America, same as every other geriatric white man since 1740.
      It's not that i think nothing will ever happen, something certainly, but i don't think the product being sold by the industry at large is anything but a money grab or at worse will get people killed.
      Learning to fight like an infantry man is functionally worthless IMO. I, as an individual have none of the massive systems that a infantry man makes. I do not have a logistics train nor a field hospital or fire support of anykind. And there seems to be a fascination with room clearing when i can't imagine any situation where i would EVER do that. literal suicide.
      consumerism basically.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >And there seems to be a fascination with room clearing when i can't imagine any situation where i would EVER do that. literal suicide.
        Yeah, I've noticed this a lot, it's pretty dumb really, there's this emphasis on urban warfare and room clearing that just doesn't make sense for the average person if you think about it. In an actual happening scenario you're better off leaving the city and trying to go somewhere safer in the countryside rather trying to be some kind of urban scavenger who regularly goes into buildings potentially inhabited by hostile individuals.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          there's still buildings and rural areas and you very well might have to clear them or just go into them.
          But people definitely take this shit too far. At the end of the day you're a normal guy with a life and a civilian career, not a trained soldier who gets paid to know and do this stuff. You're time will be much better invested in your normal life than trying to become an operator on the side.

          Is it a bad idea to watch a youtube video on room clearing and practice it for 15 minutes in the hopes you'll retain some of it in an actual home invasion? Not at all.

          Is it a bad idea to have 5 different AR-15s for different purposes in SHTF TEOTWAWKI? Probably if you're not a richgay with more time and money than you know what to do with.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            I think one indicator is when it's going to far, is when people start putting their "defensive/prepardness/whatever" goals, ahead of normal life ones.
            I'm not going to move to bumfrick no where and start my prepping homstead while working a the dollar general. I'm going to train with my cc and carry it so I can have a good job in a city while mitigating my chance of getting killed by a future doctor.

            One day when I am a rich gay, I probably will move back to a rural area and work 100% from home. But until then I'll use weapons to reduce the risk of jogger interference to my normal life, not fit my life to what's most defensive, if that makes sense.

            • 3 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              >I think one indicator is when it's going to far, is when people start putting their "defensive/prepardness/whatever" goals, ahead of normal life ones.
              >I'm not going to move to bumfrick no where and start my prepping homstead while working a the dollar general.
              Yeah, sure, but who is recommending that?
              I'm not going to say you're attacking a straw man because there are some people that go too far down the rabbit hole (Doomsday Preppers got more than enough episodes to prove that) but those people are a tiny minority. I've never seen anyone recommend being prepared for the chance that things might go wrong in the future at the expense of your life in the present. I'm sick of seeing people use the extreme outliers as an argument against prepping at all, it's as if people pointed to PrepHolegays who've bankrupted themselves leveraging shitcoins as an argument against investing at all.

              • 3 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                just look at any video about night vision and see all the comments about people indecisive about it and all the people going
                >just save up bro, $200 every X months and you can buy it in a year or two
                something like nightvision is very much one of those
                >if you have to ask, you can't afford it.
                Granted, I spent more on my motorcycle than I did on a decent set of night vision, but I can ride the motorcycle almost any day I please. Whereas unless I'm a rancher hunting hogs, I probably won't get nearly as much use out of NVGs. That $2k or whatever would certianly be better spent on something else than buying NVGs for the George Floyd 2.0 riots. Also ironic, considering I doubt anyone would've benefited from having NVGs during the riots, except maybe the rioters. Personally I think that's a great test for if something is fantasy or realistic, would anyone have significantly benefited from having this in the summer of love?

                Yeah I did use the moving to the sticks as an extreme example, but this one about the NVGs is the stuff I'm talking about too. And of course you can apply this to many other gadgets and guns.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      what are some other (medium-ish) game that doesn't require breaking hip bones to field dress?

      That's the thing that irks me about field dressing durr. I can deal with the guts, but breaking the hips always irks me πŸ™

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I was raised on fishing, hunting, guns, just thought it was normal at the time. You can hunt with a homemade spear and zero formal training, it is not rocket science and does not require some sort of authority figure to coach you through it.

        It is such a broad and ancient activity that there is no fixed or standardized way to hunt. You still have to chose a means. A fully powered rifle like a .308 is suitable for most game, medium and large. A .22 is suitable for small game and deer.

        Blood and guts is part of hunting. I was shooting and skinning game at six and have seen four year olds bag deers with their dads using a bow.

        The meat at the grocery store does not appear there magically. With a lot of things related to guns and hunting people have a lot of apprehension and uncertainy.

        If you want to do something then just do it. It's all in your head. It really isn't as big of a deal as you think it is, you just make it so in your mind.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I would rather go durr hunting than attend the best training class with free ammo, 10/10 times

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    three years ago I got into hunting, I spent $3,000 on Sitka clothing and gear, $1,400 on a rifle, $5,000 on a scope, and I have gone hunting exactly 4 times, and never harvested anything.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I don't think camouflage matters much for Deer and small game. Duck and turkey are a different story.
      My .22 bolt was 190$ (mfg 1933)
      SxS 12ga was 600$ (mfg 1966)
      My Durr rifle was 525$ (Mfg 1927 NIB)

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        meant to say that you can get very good and quality sporting guns for a fraction of what they would run you to day. That SxS i mentioned is every bit of 10,000 dollars today or more. (Merkel) The rifle was a sporting mauser.
        since neither were military or especially famous guns they are dirt cheap.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        meant to say that you can get very good and quality sporting guns for a fraction of what they would run you to day. That SxS i mentioned is every bit of 10,000 dollars today or more. (Merkel) The rifle was a sporting mauser.
        since neither were military or especially famous guns they are dirt cheap.

        I mainly got into it for Coyote hunting. Which I have done three times, and Deer once. My scope was $5,000 because it's a thermal scope for night hunting.
        I just bought Sitka shit because I'm a buy once cry once kind of guy. Rather buy whatever the better or best stuff is than spend money on something and have to buy better shit later anyways.
        My biggest problem is there is absolutely fricking nowhere to hunt near me that doesnt require applying for permits years in advance or knowing a shitload of people with acreage I can hunt on. All the good coyote hunting is several hours from my house and requires a weekend trip at the very least and after working all week the last thing I want to do is have to plan all that shit and go frick off somewhere.
        I'm lazy, I just want to sit on my ass on the weekends and watch TV with my wife and dogs.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I got in to duck hunting last season and enjoyed it. Now I practice trap in the off season. Wanna try for turkey too

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I live in Florida. Are there public Hunting guilds I could join? I have no friends but would like to make some!

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    > Bought some fudd guns for pennies on the dollar
    > Took up hunting
    > Sold all of my plastic shit to zoomers for 3x what I paid for it
    > Now living the fudd life

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Id like to live fudd life and just hunt whatever is in season. I dont think Id ever sell my other guns though. I dont have a lot of guns but when I started buying them I made sure I was getting one of everything I could want for different types of game ie 12g, 22lr, 30-06 for durr
      I do kinda regret buying my hunting rifle in 30-06 though instead of 308 because ammo is expensive and I have lots of 308 for my PTR91.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >hunting rifle
        >ammo is expensive
        You'll be shooting, what, 100 rounds a year max? Likely less than 20? Buy a lee loader, a digital calliper, and a trimmer bit for a drill. Find a cheap hunting bullet you like, and a temp-stable powder you like. You'll need 50 new pieces of brass every 10 years or so.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I plink with 9.3x62. few hunnerd rounds a year.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Then why are you complaining about the price of 30-06?

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          My rifle is in .375.
          I need to start reloading.
          And get a smaller rifle.
          And stronger shoulders.

          When's bison season open?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >M77 Mk-II
      Just spoke to the based department, they have you on file.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Ultimately I think the burn out was caused by the training more than anything. every resource online bascially hits you over the head that you HAVE to train for WROL. your AR HAS to have lights and lasers. you HAVE to own nods. You HAVE to carry a full size rds w/ reload everywhere or you WILL die in the streets. I spent so much money on influencer branded gear.
    Can't say that's been my experience. Sounds like a zoomer problem.

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Is it normal to shoot parallel to the ground above a dog like this?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      NO
      Dog is not trained to heel

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Finally got into hunting several years ago. Never got into the extreme tacticool LARP territory - hell, I hunt with a $500 M4 flat top with a $300 Leupold scope. No free float and a fixed front sight post! I'll never make a shot at a coyote over 300 in my state so why buy a $3000 AR? Ironically, I want nods and a night vision scope for coyote hunting, though I don't know if any of the farmers would want me out in their fields at 1am waiting to blast a coyote with .223 out of a 16" barrel with no silencer, lol. Maybe I'll have to get a good silenced .300 or maybe a 9mm. Who knows, though, I still need to go permission searching as I'm on public land ATM.
    >on the other hand actually using hunting guns for their intended purpose is so rewarding. I've never taken drugs but the feeling after shooting down a squirrel or outsmarting a coyote can't be far off.
    After walking miles with all that junk on your back (I have a small stool and some shooting sticks, water, etc.) for hours in the cold and wind it's extremely rewarding. I sat probably 20-30 minutes today because I noticed while setting a trail cam that a ton of squirrels were starting to come to my area. Sat dead still on my stool with my tripod rest. One climbed along the brush and logs maybe 15-20 feet from me. I would say my camo helped me blend in but I was wearing a orange mesh vest lol. Finally shot one while the sun was about to set. Going to have one I shot a couple days ago for breakfast tomorrow.
    The only thing I use that I'd call fancy is some trail cams but they're really not. They're the cheapest Tasco trailcam you can get, camo painted with flat spraypaint and I carved shit into it. I usually hide them well but I wanted to make it as worthless as possible for anyone moronic enough to steal trailcams. My only regret using them is that they tend to take a couple seconds to wake up and start recording when something happens and then only record maybe 20 seconds; they're older models.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Also, a good thing about hunting is that you get to learn how good your equipment really is. Every little frickup will show at some point. Bad rings? Bad groups. Bad scope? Your zero will shift when you bump it into things and load it into the car, etc. Heavy? You'll feel it. Bad trigger? You'll know it. Unreliable? Oh boy, you will find out. Scope can't handle the setting sun? That shit will get washed out and you will get a better scope or a compatible shade! Red dot eats batteries? Oops, there goes the day for hunting, better keep some spares. Do you have a Freedom Group-era Remington? Boy you will find out what they meant by "Rustington" quickly. Shitty sling? You will fumble with that shit and the animal will run off. Shitty oil, grease, or other protective finish on that bluing? You will find out just how bad it is. Assuming you don't just sit in one spot all day and do some walking, you will find out what does and doesn't work, and just how easy it is to get dirt or snow in your barrel, especially while your gun is on your back or to the side. Even if you do want to get crazy into the SHTF WROL TEOTWAWKI tacticool etc., it is an amazing way to test your shit assuming you can hunt something with said gun and equipment (don't forget laser, light, and night vision hunting regs) in your state legally.

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    It’s kinda boring tbh

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Sitting in a rented stand once a year to bait deer to a known spot and plink it might get boring. Stalking a deer with a bow, night hunting hogs and coyotes year round with thermal optics, tracking cougars through the mountains is not. Life is really what you make of it.

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