In response to another thread. It's tough to find a hunting partner to go out with as you get older. The young bucks just don't seem all that interested, and the old guys start backing out, complaining of all kinds of ailments. The younger crowd is addicted to social media, football, and Nascar to the point you can hardly get their attention. let alone get them into the outdoors.
If you are a younger fella who enjoys hunting, or want to learn. look to the older guys and discover the joys of hunting.
We have the gear. Lots of it. Knowledge. Patience (usually) Time, etc. We know how to blood trail, and will teach you. We will get out of bed in the morning (sometimes not moving so fast, but we'll be ready by daylight) If you have a question, or even lots of them, we probably have an answer. We might tell you the same stories more than once, but hey, they are our stories and experiences and we sure do remember them well.
Read some Patrick McManus. Especially the one about choosing your 'old man' wisely. It would be good to have some McManus quotes ready at a moments notice, because we have all read him a lot, and did things much like he did growing up.
If it wasn't for my son, I would be out there by myself, or likely not going at all a lot of the time.
Kid get cold. Old man says, "Hey Bub, I ever show you how to make a fire?" Waves his hands over the ground, break a few sticks. Strikes a wooden match with his thumbnail. A few minutes later they are standing over a nice fire. That's McManus, and that's hunting with an old man.