LAST EDITED ON Aug-12-19 AT 08:13 AM (MST)
LAST EDITED ON Aug-12-19 AT 08:11†AM (MST)
I have mixed emotions with these posts.
First I had one person from MM give me any specific hunting information. It was a guy who has a tag this year. Basically we where happy to help each other with reports of anything we saw. His tag is deer my daughters was elk, so it made sense we werenít competing. I feel I got the better end of the deal as he saw more elk than I saw deer but a positive net outcome. I did give him deer info. The elk we killed happened to not be one he had seen.
Second I donít live vicariously through my kids. I hunt way too much each year personally. However I cherish the opportunities and memories that hunting with my kids brings. My oldest is married and I already see that those hunts we shared during her teenage years are essentially a thing of the past. At this point in her life she doesnít have the time or resources to go much if at all.
Third as I reread what I posted I do think I can see that I was ďusingĒ my daughters tag as a way to tug on hearts to get intel. Though that wasnít really my thought process in hindsight I believe me saying ďmy daughter tagĒ makes that exactly what I did. My goal was to have the best hunt with my girl that we could. I really didnít mean to, and generally wasnít looking for any bodies special spots. My first questions were about camping spots and where to start.
Fourth I do feel that we as a hunting community are far to negative towards each other. Definitely I do not think that not giving information or handouts is negative (bad sentence structure). But harping on everyone who isnít from here, or hunts differently than me, or just happened to get drawn somewhere they arenít an expert in, or any other reason. These arenít reasons to hate on people. I may not a a gazillion posts but Iíve been on mm long enough to have seen the shift in our attitudes towards each other.
Fifth I really donít know why Iím making a numbered list but I hope everybody makes the best of whatever situation they are in. Whether they drew the tag of a lifetime or they were scouring leftover lists. Good luck all
Edit. I donít want anything Iím saying to be confused with me saying you should give people specific information in a unit. Hold your ďhoney holesĒ secret and dear. But if you feel inclined some basic general information may be appropriate. And PMís are a good idea