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Thread: How much time (extended) do you spend in the field every year? Weekends not included

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    Default How much time (extended) do you spend in the field every year? Weekends not included

    The reason why I say weekends not included, is because I assume everyone here hunts on the weekends. I was just curious how much extended time everyone on here takes every year for hunting. The reason why I ask is because when I used to be a guide, I used to spend 2-3 months every year in the field. It was not uncommon for me to get my hands bloody 5-10 times a year on big game. Nowadays, I only get about 1-2 weeks a year to go hunting (extended), so I usually only get 1 or 2 animals a year. Just curious about others opinions.

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    Before my disabilty I was in the field any chance I could get, lol.

    My boss's knew when the hunting season opened up in my area that I would be gone for 2 weeks, and if they did'nt like it they could find someone else to fill my spot, they never did, lol.

    That was the only time of the year that I took leave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhack Jack View Post
    The reason why I say weekends not included, is because I assume everyone here hunts on the weekends. I was just curious how much extended time everyone on here takes every year for hunting. The reason why I ask is because when I used to be a guide, I used to spend 2-3 months every year in the field. It was not uncommon for me to get my hands bloody 5-10 times a year on big game. Nowadays, I only get about 1-2 weeks a year to go hunting (extended), so I usually only get 1 or 2 animals a year. Just curious about others opinions.
    Ha...!!! You sound just like me. So my answer is NOT ENOUGH...!!! But I hope to change that this year.

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    I would say better than three months but that counts weekends as I see no reason to come into town just because its a weekend.I like to be out a week to ten days come in for a shower to make mama happy and pick up a few things if needed and be back out a couple days later to do it again.
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    Before I started my own business, I had 4 weeks vacation. I would rent 3 horses and pull them to a trailhead in colorado. 4 weeks later I would return to the trailhead and back to the hustle and bustle of populated civiliation. It was a bit of a shocker coming off the mountain into Denver. I didn't really like to talk to anyone for a couple days until I got used to it again.

    I miss being in the mountains for extended time periods solo, even if those horses probably thought I was nutz for talking to them so much!

    Now days i usually can only take 10 days or so at most. We have 12-13 planned for a Griz/Sheep hunt in the N. Brooks this fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullelkklr View Post
    Before I started my own business, I had 4 weeks vacation. I would rent 3 horses and pull them to a trailhead in colorado. 4 weeks later I would return to the trailhead and back to the hustle and bustle of populated civiliation. It was a bit of a shocker coming off the mountain into Denver. I didn't really like to talk to anyone for a couple days until I got used to it again.

    I miss being in the mountains for extended time periods solo, even if those horses probably thought I was nutz for talking to them so much!

    Now days i usually can only take 10 days or so at most. We have 12-13 planned for a Griz/Sheep hunt in the N. Brooks this fall.
    I fell in love with the CO. Rockies back in 97' on an elk hunt with my dad. A former client and his son that I had guided here in AK. took us back in on horses. What I wouldn't give for a solid month in that "Dark Canyon" area in the Raggeds.

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    I found years ago, the expensive part of going hunting, was the GOING...so omce there i tend to stay there...but for the questiin on average i am weekly march through may..week to month ling durations may through sept and weekendly oct-feb as needed
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    about 120 days a year hunting is a norm the last six or seven years...if you include trapping in winter, flyfishing and rafting in summer its normally around 200 days in-field remote alaska...all extended stuff, sometimes in the field for thirty days at a time while guiding or trapping. the weekend thing for me only entails stuff like calling predators while dinking around near home in the off season or something. its a grand life.

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    I`m retired now and soon to be 63 years old and for the last 26 years straight I have taken a minimum of 9 weeks off every Fall to hunt and trap. I leave home 2-3 days before the early muzzleloading season starts and travel back into the woods about 8 miles. I "usually" come out of the woods Sunday around noon and go back into the woods Monday morning. My kids are grown and my wife of 43 years is very understanding. In addition to this schedule I have hunted in Alaska 5 times, Canada a couple times, and out West several times. I`m heading back to Alaska this Fall to chase grizzly. I also golf a lot in the summer,fish and boat when I`m not golfing, and gamble at whatever Casino I can when I can BUT I worked my Ass Off to get to be able to do these things. It is always about priorities!!!!

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    In my prime from age 24 - 40 I would spend about 75 - 90 days afield bow hunting deer alone. I went before and after work and when the rut was on I would sit several days in a row. I also tried to get in at least 1, 7 - 10 day hunt,every fall someplace - the majority of the time it was in Canada or western US...
    My mind still wants to spend that much time but my body is saying no, no. no!
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    i guide big game hunters about 120-180 days a year, not sure how many other days i'm out snowmaching/trapping and whatever...
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    I wish I could spend more, but in reality if I get 2 weeks of hunting in that's good.

    This year it paid off well, with a caribou and a moose. (that's not the norm unfortunatly)

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    So by "extended", I assume you mean 3 or more days at a time (which excludes weekend trips)?

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    Try to average 6 weeks a year between fishing and hunting, hopefully and usually a little more. Usually spend 3-4 evenings a week in the winter chasing bunnies or Fox here now and every night in the summer on the river or boat.

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