I don't know if this is just a part of getting older or just a phase in my life at this time but I just don't get that excited about myself being the one to kill an animal. Don't get me wrong I'm not becoming anti hunter by any means but I just don"t feel like I have to be the one to do the shooting. Part of it might be the many years of guiding other hunters through the years not doing a lot of hunting for myself but since then I have enjoyed teaching my son how to hunt and fish and enjoy the outdoors in general. I find when my son can"t go with me I seem to always look for another relative or close friend to go with me. I still love getting the gear, food and tents together, planning the trip , going over maps and packing the horses into a hunting area, and always take my rifle but I always end up helping someone else get an animal. As I write this thread I've been getting together a new string of horses and new pack gear and a new spike tent in making plans for a long trip to AK in the next couple years to take my nephew for a month long bou and moose hunt. Has anyone else ever lost the will to kill or is it just me? Ron.