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Browan89
08-02-2012, 04:00 PM
Hi,

I'm afraid I may not have the most reliable hunting partner and more importantly, if he falls through, I may be hunting solo b/c I don't have any other friends that enjoy the hunting experience like me...ever happen to anyone reading this forum??

I'm new to hunting in Colorado and although I've hunted many years in the northern Rockies, I've never hunted the central Rockies of Colorado--let alone going solo. Given that my friend has never taken to the hills to bag a big game animal, I'm afraid he's drastically unprepared for November's 4th rifle season; regardless of all my "heads up's" around equipment, weapon care, ammo, and down right shooting practice and exercise/scouting. Needless to say, I feel like I'm a bit handcuffed b/c I never really considered a plan "B"...

I've done a TON of research, talked (on many occasions) to the DOW hunt planners and forest service folks, and will be the main source of getting into and out of the GMU we both drew tags for--doubt he's done anything. That said, does anyone have any suggestions for A) how to handle my flakey friend who said months ago and continues to say he's "all in" for this falls hunting trip, however continues to flake out on any/all hunt preparedness trips/planning sessions etc. and B) how to find a reliable and similar hunter as me to go with...perhaps in the same situation?

Basically, I'm beginning to get a feel for what plan "B" is going to be...solo or other.

Any suggestions for how to deal with a crappy hunting partner whom has never bagged an animal yet claims he's "all in"?

Thanks!

Old Hunter
08-02-2012, 04:13 PM
Solo is all I do, and I don't ever need a plan B. It makes life simple.

jenbickel
08-02-2012, 04:20 PM
Solo is all I usually do too. I don't like having to rely on other people or make plans and then have them broken so I just always plan a hunting trip for it to be solo and if someone wants to tag along, then that's fine. But if not then I am prepared and already anticipating going alone. I had people that saw me hunting alone last year tell me I was more than welcome to come with them so you may find that also. You may run into someone while you are hunting that is in the same boat you are. Anyways, that's what I would do.. Just plan on going alone so that you're not disappointed in the end that your friend flaked out..then if he ends up coming along, it will work out even better for you.

sjsmallfield
08-02-2012, 04:31 PM
I am pretty much in the same boat as you. All my friends are flakes for the most part and are not reliable enough to plan an out of state hunting trip with. I say start spending as much time alone out in the woods as possible. Start small with full day trips and work your way up as you go. If you sit around and wait for everyone else all you will be doing is wasting time. I know I have the last few years. Now I just try to let someone know where I'm going and I get out there and get after it. A Spot may be a good investment as well. Good luck this fall and don't let anyone hold you back.

jenbickel
08-02-2012, 04:36 PM
Yes!!! A SPOT would be a good investment! I finally got one earlier this year just because of all my solo trips. I'm as clumsy as they come and I figure it's only a matter of time before I trip over something, break my ankle and then fall down a cliff and break everything else and since I live and hunt somewhere that they obviously didn't film those Verizon, "can you hear me now?!" commercials, I take a little reassurance knowing I can call for help with my SPOT! And it gives them your exact coordinates and that's nice because I'm a woman and not good at all with directions.. Not even to save my life.

HuntWYODon
08-02-2012, 06:18 PM
Yes!!! A SPOT would be a good investment! I finally got one earlier this year just because of all my solo trips. I'm as clumsy as they come and I figure it's only a matter of time before I trip over something, break my ankle and then fall down a cliff and break everything else and since I live and hunt somewhere that they obviously didn't film those Verizon, "can you hear me now?!" commercials, I take a little reassurance knowing I can call for help with my SPOT! And it gives them your exact coordinates and that's nice because I'm a woman and not good at all with directions.. Not even to save my life.

Jen, you are a woman ? Dang, now I know why those other hunters wanted you to hunt with them... LOL !
I have the same problem if I hunt in Ca.. My best friend used to hunt with me but he has his own business and for last 15 yrs. has only been able to go on Az. archery deer/javalina in Jan. This year I thought I had him talked into going on a 20 yr. anniversary hunt in Wy.He knows I go ever yr. but I brought it up to him that the last time he went with me there was 1992 ! 20 yrs. ago. He bailed on me and I told him they had leftover Reg. F tags. Gave some excuse about his "25" year old son pulled the legiments in his knee. He doesn't even live with him. WTF ? I called up a friend that's is an older gent that talked about going. Told him thay had leftover tags. He jumped on it. He can't get too phyisical but it helps out with the cost of gas, etc.! I've had friends bail on my at last min, once too many times so for years I plan the hunt for myself because I know I'm going no matter what.
So Brownan89,
Might as well get used to it and plan it for yourself. If they do go, all the better.
Jen, now I know why you bought that new Garmin GPS :)

Kevin Root
08-02-2012, 06:38 PM
How about plan C Browan89. Keep looking for a better fit in hunting partners. Sometimes taking someone along that's not up to the hunt and adventure that you're wanting to do can be more of a safety liability, to both them and yourself unless you willing to compromise and bring the hunt down to their level of abilities and expectations. Sounds like their version of "all in" might not be at the same level as yours from what you've described. I hope the person you have with you works out but if not, I think it's wise for you to plan what you will do in case they bail on you or they decide they can't go for as many days on the hunt.

Plan B works or solo works and there are many good reasons to do so, but it's also nice having someone along for some added safety, comrodery, companionship and all the other attributes that make up a good hunting partner. It also can be awesome to share experiences with someone. Sadly hunting partners can come and go as the tide. Sometimes it's a good tide and sometimes, a not so good one ;). Hopefully on the bright side that great hunting partner that better fits in with you and your hunting style will come along soon. They are not always that easy to find, but when one does it's awesome.

Hang in there, and if you go solo or think it might come to that, I'd like to encourage you to try out some short solo trips before hunting season if at all possible to test the waters out if it will be new to you. Depending how far back you intend to hunt off the road, or backpack hunt it may be wise and a good time to test out the solo experience by testing out your solo gear, scouting and such ahead of November.

Fink
08-02-2012, 07:04 PM
Man, sounds like some of ya'll need some new friends.. In all seriousness, I'd just plan the hunt like I was going solo, and then if he makes it, thats great... If you're afraid he's not gonna be in great shape, I'd just hike in together to base camp, and hunt solo from there..

You might be surprised at what research he's been doing though, maybe he's doing his own thing, gathering up intel from different sources, and then as the hunt gets closer you guys can prepare notes..

It really helps if your partner or crew have different skill sets than you, I know that out of my group, I know more about the ins and outs of each state, from the workings of the draws, to the odds, what units to apply for, etc. While my partners are better at anything that involves electronics.. Maybe you should just give him a project to compete for the hunt?

Browan89
08-03-2012, 09:30 AM
Thanks to EVERYONE who responded! Sounds like solo is the way to go, although, I've always had a partner for safety purposes primarily. I’ll have to check out a SPOT and include that into my overall hunting system within due time.

Quote of the thread that made me laugh out loud…”Man, sounds like some of ya’ll need some new friends”—Fink. Ha…Just wish the friends I have were more into the outdoors rather than the bar scene and Jersey Shore…I think going solo is a good idea but I’m not sure my wife agrees. I like sjsmallfield’s recommendation of going out alone on a few short trips to get comfortable in the wilderness; I still have some warm weekends before October to give that a go…never spent much time in the wild alone so this will be an interesting experience.

Jen, never thought to actually connect with other hunters in the field. I suppose at the end of the day, we all have something similar in common and using that to one’s advantage is a great idea. I’ll keep my eyes out for other hunters in the field that may be in a similar situation as me. Thanks!

This year will be interesting…I feel like my friend is going to show up with a JanSport backpack including some gummy bears, trail mix, Mountain Dew and a Swiss Army Knife. If he downs an Elk, he will learn quickly that the work really begins when the animal is on the ground; I doubt he has given that any thought.

If anyone will be hunting CO in November, send me a message…I’ll be in GMU 26 (Flattops Wilderness) and could obviously use a buddy…

Much thanks and happy hunting!

jenbickel
08-03-2012, 09:54 AM
Don't diss gummy bears! I have cinnamon gummy bears with me at all times :) lol
Good luck this fall and let us know how it goes!

HuntWYODon
08-03-2012, 12:41 PM
Hey Browan89,
I LOL when I read that from Fink also !
I just wanted to say that all my best friends/hunting partners but 2, I met while hunting. I have friends in Wy.,Ut and Az. I hunt with all the time. Everyone of them I met while in the field. 2 of them in Az. are some of my best friends and have known them since 1987. So I bet you will do the same. For me it sucks to go alone, especially out of state. I've done it many times but never regretted it. The part about not having anybody around to share the experiances is the worst. Also when the sun goes down, I get depressed and want to pack up and leave sometimes. I read in a wilderness survival book by Dwight Schue (He taught it in Army) the best thing he found to fight being lonsome/depression while hunting solo was to have a book to read and or a radio to listen to.A fire or light/lantern helps a lot. Also when hunting solo, you need to be extra careful and not take chances that you might when hunting with somebody else . I fell off a cliff in the dark coming down off a mtn. while elk hunting near Durango Co. in 1993. I was lucky I had a backpack on or I would have had a broken back from the rocks. Landed flat on it. I did cut my knee and hip pretty bad. Luckly the father of the friend I was hunting with was a Air Force Flight surgeon back at camp. I had needle and thread in my first aid kit I "always" carry. He showed my the correct way to sew a cut. I even practiced on my knee. The next day my knee was so swollen I could barely bend it. I hobbled back up the mtn. ( in the daylight) and spent the night again and shot a nice bull that morning that woke me up screaming at me from across the canyon. Then the work began. Never popped a stitch in my knee the whole time falling down packing it out (thick thread and correct knot).
I hunted out of Meeker, Co. in 1995 in the Flattops on a guided hunt. Shot an average bull. Beautiful country. Good luck and most of all have "fun" and be safe !
Gummy bears...? WTF ? :)

Fink
08-03-2012, 01:09 PM
Don't hate on gummy bears. Or Skittles. Both are delicious in the field.

I used to duck hunt about 50-60 times a year, about half of that was solo hunting. I've hunted with countless people that I've met out in the field, some small groups, others solo hunters themselves.. I've had some good hunts with some duck killin machines, and I've hunted with some guys that don't know which end of the call to blow. But, they've all been really nice folks, and I think I'd hunt with all of them again, if I ever ran back into them.

I've also had pretty good luck hunting with people on forums like this.. Two of my best friends, and probably some of the better duck hunters I've ever hunted with, I met on a forum..

jenbickel
08-03-2012, 01:11 PM
Once again, don't diss the gummy bears!

I cheat when hunting and take my camper. I have made lots of friends just by stopping by other peoples camps on the way to mine and have had other people do the same. I too have had that depression of being alone before. Last year I fought it off by watching elk hunting movies at night. Also if you drink enough, you can sometimes make up your own friends. I also brought my dogs and they were a big help in the evenings. Especially my extra cuddly lab. Or I would chop up firewood. Just keep yourself busy. If you just sit around the fire by yourself it tends to get kind of lonely.

jenbickel
08-03-2012, 01:12 PM
Don't hate on gummy bears. Or Skittles. Both are delicious in the field.

I used to duck hunt about 50-60 times a year, about half of that was solo hunting. I've hunted with countless people that I've met out in the field, some small groups, others solo hunters themselves.. I've had some good hunts with some duck killin machines, and I've hunted with some guys that don't know which end of the call to blow. But, they've all been really nice folks, and I think I'd hunt with all of them again, if I ever ran back into them.

I've also had pretty good luck hunting with people on forums like this.. Two of my best friends, and probably some of the better duck hunters I've ever hunted with, I met on a forum..


I agree!! I have met a couple people of this forum and would hunt with them again in a heartbeat!

HuntWYODon
08-03-2012, 01:13 PM
Don't hate on gummy bears. Or Skittles. Both are delicious in the field.

I used to duck hunt about 50-60 times a year, about half of that was solo hunting. I've hunted with countless people that I've met out in the field, some small groups, others solo hunters themselves.. I've had some good hunts with some duck killin machines, and I've hunted with some guys that don't know which end of the call to blow. But, they've all been really nice folks, and I think I'd hunt with all of them again, if I ever ran back into them.

I agree about the forum. I've meet a few really nice people on here and have plans already. Great idea.
You should change your name to Funny !

I've also had pretty good luck hunting with people on forums like this.. Two of my best friends, and probably some of the better duck hunters I've ever hunted with, I met on a forum.. :D I always get a chuckle out of your posts!

sjsmallfield
08-03-2012, 07:09 PM
This year will be interesting…I feel like my friend is going to show up with a JanSport backpack including some gummy bears, trail mix, Mountain Dew and a Swiss Army Knife. If he downs an Elk, he will learn quickly that the work really begins when the animal is on the ground; I doubt he has given that any thought.

I know how you feel on this one as well but take it easy on the Mountain Dew bashing. It is a backcountry staple. :D
On a serious note don't be affraid to ask questions on here. There is a great group of people on here and they are more than willing to help. Good luck this fall.

cali_hornhunter
08-03-2012, 07:55 PM
BRowan89 you brought up good points and i can see your pain as in i think alot of ppl have this problem of heres you having the drive desire passion and motivation to do whatever it takes to fill your tag and you want to find a hunting partner with those same qualities as you and ive found myself in the same boat as you wanting that partner to have that drive and share experiences with i have a couple friends that love hunting but they dont feel the same as i do with all other aspects just the kill no matter the size and so thats where i just started going hunting solo and doin my own thing and ive been much more successfull and have killed trophies in my eyes on solo trips and every chance i get i always have my father as he shares the same feelings as i do and thats where got my obsession from of everything outdoors and i know for some taking your pops out cant happen which is unfortunate but hold your head up high and whatever it comes down you'll get it down this season and sounds like your in the right forum and talking to the right people as everyone i think on this forum has the same motivation and drive to get it done in there neck of the wood anyways best of luck this year!!!!

BobT
08-04-2012, 12:46 AM
BRowan,
Like Jen, I always plan my trips solo and then if someone else wants to tag along fine, not required though. I would also add that you should screen your hunting partners very carefully. When I read your post about your buddy not getting ready it brought back some painful memories from last year. I invited one of my pistol shooting buddies to go pronghorn hunting with me, I take my pronghorns very seriously and I'm ready when it is time to go. We ended up with a late season hunt on left over tags, he asked if he could bring his youngest (30 yr old) son along. I said sure. Told him everything he needed to do to get ready and gave him a detailed list of what to take and more importantly what not to take. I left work at midnight, drove 5-1/2 hours to his house and he was not ready! Had a pile of crap in his garage floor that would not have fit in 3 trucks let alone mine. That was the highlight of the trip, it got worse from there, much, much, worse! The only shots fired were when Jr. who had not ever shot his rifle past 100 yards took a poke at a buck in excess of 600 yards in what was probably a 40 mph cross wind. he missed about 6 feet low and 12 or 15 feet to the right. Then he stood up when the bunch took off running and shot again off hand. I think he shot one more time at something just after the now badly spooked critters went over the ridge. He ended up spooking every single animal we saw on huntable land for the duration of the trip.

Point I'm trying to make is, if your buddy is not ready, leave him at home. The guys that are going with me this year have been getting ready pretty much like I told them to. We are going shooting again tomorrow morning in fact. I have them both shooting out to 500 yards from field positions. Been gathering stuff for months and have been taking them out in the heat for hikes in full gear. i think this trip will be better.

Good luck! I hope it all works out.

Bob

HuntWYODon
08-04-2012, 04:14 AM
Once again, don't diss the gummy bears!

I cheat when hunting and take my camper. I have made lots of friends just by stopping by other peoples camps on the way to mine and have had other people do the same. I too have had that depression of being alone before. Last year I fought it off by watching elk hunting movies at night. Also if you drink enough, you can sometimes make up your own friends. I also brought my dogs and they were a big help in the evenings. Especially my extra cuddly lab. Or I would chop up firewood. Just keep yourself busy. If you just sit around the fire by yourself it tends to get kind of lonely.

A camper helps with the lonely part for sure and the weather too ! I've done the video thing too when hunting from a truck/camp. Good idea. When you back pack in, some things you can't take. If you have a solar charger I guess you could watch movies on your phone with out killing the battery??? A paperback book and a little radio don't weigh much .I used to take my lab sometimes too when I packed in by myself. Less trouble than some people...It helped me sleep easier because of how alert and protective he was. He was over 16 yrs. old when I had to put him down. Only the dead are without fear. Bears!
Drink enough and make up your friends, Jen... LOL ! I guess I never drank enough ! I never sad anything bad about the Dew...It's about the only soft drink I drink. Gummy bears ? LOL ! Don't like any bear !
BobT,
I see other people have delt with that kind of thing before...Unbelievable sometimes. I'm lucky that I don't have any hunting buddies like that anymore. the cost for the whole out of state gig is too much $ to waste on such non sense.
Browan89,
Did you ever think you would get such a responce ? Great topic/situation to bring up !

BigT
08-04-2012, 05:45 AM
I guess I am lucky that i have a good hunting partner. I can see going solo but enjoy all the other things when a hunting buddy goes like, the 21 hr car ride to ID, smoking cigars until one of us can take it (in the car trip), gathering up equipment for months before hand, chasing buddies damn mule 2 miles down the trail when it gets loose. (i hate taking mules)
Our big problem is other guys wanting to throw in and go with us. It has never worked..... 4 years ago me, hunting buddy, and a good friend went to Co (12 hrs away) on an elk hunt. first 3-4 days were a bust not many elk. day 5 relocated 60 miles south and were in the elk. on the 2nd day of finding the elk our friend is ready to go. (and we took his truck!!) so after getting back home and explaining to wife that i and buddy still had 12 days off (which she didnt see it like i did) 12 hrs later me and buddy back in Co. we did kill out and o what fun it was giving the friend heck about not staying.

Me personally, i like sharing the hunt with a good friend and luckly i have a good hunting buddy. If you cant find a buddy get a mule. Mules always make for a memorable hunt good or bad. mostly bad I hate mules. lol

Colorado Cowboy
08-04-2012, 07:53 AM
The last couple of years I have faced the problem of who to hunt with especially for big game. I hunted with a good friend for 40 years all over the US. He retired about the same time as I did and moved here to Colorado around the same time as my wife and I did. He and his wife lived about a mile away. She passed away a couple of years ago and he moved back to California to be near his kids. Last year I went on a guided elk hunt alone and this year I'll be hunting elk here in Colorado alone. (I am going to Wyoming antelope hunting with another friend from California who I have hunted with for a long time) My wife is a little worried about me hunting alone. I have ordered a SPOT from Cabelas which helps with here concerns.

But the issue is still there. I hunt waterfowl alone near my home all winter. It's fun but really a lot of work alone. Putting up and taking down 4 or 5 dozen goose decoys alone (in addition to taking them to the field) is a lot of work. Sitting in the blind watching the sun coming up is just magic tho and makes up for all the hard work. I am not a loner and I enjoy the companionship. My wife has hunted some with me, but it is just not her deal, even tho she jumps at the chance to go fishing.

My son is busy running his own trucking business, so another hunting partner is unavailable. Another problem is I am 70 and most of the guys my age who are retired I shoot with and know are not near as capable physically as I am.I guess solo is the only way to go for now! The older I've become, more and more of my old hunting/shooting friends have either died of quit for various reasons.

BobT
08-04-2012, 08:14 AM
on the 2nd day of finding the elk our friend is ready to go. (and we took his truck!!)

Had the same thing happen on an elk hunt 25 years ago, there were 6 of us with 5 horses and a mule :D. We went in 2 trucks but needed both to haul our junk/stock. Truck owner killed his elk first morning at daylight and too cheap to buy a deer tag, was ready to go that afternoon. Afraid we would wake up to find him gone in the middle of the night we simply took his keys. Problem solved, we ended up with 6 elk and 3 mulie bucks.

Bob

xtreme
08-04-2012, 11:24 AM
My nephew was scheduled to go with me on my deer hunt. He called to say his son needed him for a youth deer hunt in Arkansas. Thats okay, my son never hunted. Thats okay too. I can still go solo.
A friend may archery hunt elk while I hunt bear, thats good, he is fun to hunt. We will probably be 2-7 miles apart, maybe with radio commo. I like evening hunting and he should hunt late too, so it should work out that if either is need help retriving game the other will be available to hunt. Should he not go I can still hunt solo.

ljmelea
08-04-2012, 11:25 PM
I have the best partner in the world;my wife.She didn't know much when we first started,but can hold her own with anybody now.Never worry about her not showing up,great shot,good ears,great cook. Larry

dihardhunter
08-06-2012, 03:36 PM
I've been blessed with some great hunting partners over the years. Same hunting philosophies and styles, push each other to continually extend our physical and mental limits in the field. Unfortunately, in a lot of cases, the saying - "If you want something done right, do it yourself" - is usually spot on. Best of luck with the hunt. Hopefully either your buddy sees the light or you link up some with quality guys out on the mountain.

Wyoflightmedic
08-11-2012, 02:04 PM
Solo is the only way to go. No one is relying on you and you are not relying on them. A lot of folks have reommended the SPOT. Look at its sister divice the CONNECT. It does the same but you can Blue tooth an IPod to it so you can communicate via text.

tommyp
08-12-2012, 08:47 AM
Solo is not that big of a deal, if you have never done it, try a short trip. A SPOT is a must. I have a hunting partner, we have hunter together each fall, for the past 13 years, but during that time we have also hunted separately, sometimes you pull a tag and your buddy cannot go, so you just do it solo, I find it really exciting. In fact I am doing a solo archery mule deer hunt september 1st, and my had wanted to go, but due to an antelope hunt and work, he is not going to be able to go, so no big deal. I am actually very pumped and will just rub the stories and photos of the adventure in his face, and say "man you should have been there". he will enjoy being teased about it, if I am not successful, I will go back to Wyoming in October with my buddy, and his father.

Sawfish
08-13-2012, 03:49 PM
All of these comments sound painfully familiar. Some years back, I was in the process of completing my NV Mule Deer application, when I got a call from a friend who asked if he could apply with me. Even though I had four points and he had none, I agreed. We applied for two years, and then drew our tags. As things go, I also drew an AZ Elk tag that year. Problem was that the NV deer season started three days before the AZ elk season ended. Trying to learn from my previous unfortunate experiences, I telephoned friend before I left for AZ to find out if he was really serious about the NV Deer hunt, as it would necessitate me cutting my AZ Elk hunt short.

He begged and whined that that was going to be his big hunt this year, and he had put off everything else hunting wise to make time for the NV hunt. I gave him my cell phone number and told him to call me if anything changed. I also told him to find us a place to stay, and get our gear together for the hunt, as it was going to be a quick turnaround for me. Hoping for the best, I left for AZ with Jeep in tow. As I was headed up the Mogollan Rim, it started snowing to beat the band. Things were coming together! I arrived early enough before the season started to have a full day of scouting.

By Noon before opening day, the temperature was in the mid seventies, and every smidgen of snow had melted creating a myriad of watering holes, which eliminated one planned tactic. The snow had driven the elk out of the high country, but the rising temperatures drove them right back up again. The only thing left of the elk were their hundreds of tracks. The light at the end of the tunnel was that the weather was supposed to turn cold with snow predicted the last three days of the season. But wait, I was supposed to be going to NV with friend. I called my Wife, and told her that I was seriously considering canceling on friend, due to the circumstances, but I would not like that to happen to me. So, I would be coming home the next day. She agred.

I packed up my gear, hitched up the Jeep, and got back to California at 11:00 PM that night. I had fueled up the vehicles, and was getting ready to repack, when I decided to check my e-mail to see if anything exciting had happened at the office. There it was. An e-mail from friend telling me that he had gotten so busy at work, he was not going to be able to make the hunt in NV. I called him, and got him out of bed, demanding to know why in the H---, he did not call me on the cell phone, instead of sending me an e-mail? He said that he just didn’t think of it, and besides I was coming back anyway. I asked him if he had made the arrangements for accommodations-NO; did he have the gear and food together like we discussed-NO.

Screwed up Elk hunt; screwed up deer hunt; my 4 NV deer points blown! I cannot repeat the atrocities that I thought of inflicting upon friend at that moment. He called me later to apologize, and said that we could apply again next year-NOT! I told him that we would not be applying for any future hunts together. He asked if he was still my friend, and I replied that the fact he had breath in his body was mute testimony to that fact. That was the end of my planning hunts with casual hunters. To take a page from Jen’s book, drinking also makes people disappear!!!

HuntWYODon
08-13-2012, 04:28 PM
Hey Saw,
I'd a kicked his ass anyway !
I had something similar happen in 1997 and 1998 with the same so called friend. I had hunted with this guy in 6 different sates prior. In 1997 I had drawn an Az. antelope tag. We had also drawn antelope in Wy.. I left my house a few days before him and went to Az. and "hurried" my hunt up and shot an average buck (since that mistake I've accumulated 13 pts.) on opening day so I could meet him back in St. George Ut. and park his truck there and drive "mine" to Wy.. He had never hunted loper's before. He shoots a puney little buck but didn't get a doe tag because he thought it was unethical to shoot does...Not me. I had one doe tag. I was peeking over a hill with him and I spotted a nice buck with 3 does. I shot the buck right before it went over the edge. He said I missed. I said don't think so. Went down over the edge and there he lay. I gut it and was walking back up and here come the 3 does. Shot one of them. All done. This guy could squeeze water out of a nickel he was so cheap. I paid for most of the gas up and back and he made more money than me plus a dual income. He worked for the state. Huh ? The following year we drew deer and loper in Wy.. He wanted me to drive from Oceanside Ca. all the way up to Coarsegold near Yosemite to pick him up then procede to Wy.. I said think not. Why don't you drive to the 15 frwy and park it. and we'll drive up together. He calls back next day and says he has to work the next two days and can't leave yet. He says he'll meet me in Cody. I took off. I asked my friend who owned the motel if he had called every time I came back in. Nope. He never showed up or ever called me then or after and I never called him or spoke to him from that day on or since. I figured he wasn't the type of friend I needed. That's why like I said before here. I plan my trips for myself. If someone else wants to go,fine. But if they back out it doesn't bother me in the least. I'm not ruining a years worth of palnning and $,$$$.$$. This is a good thread. I think it has Energizer batteries in it....

Fink
08-13-2012, 08:29 PM
Gawd Dayum.. No wonder you guys hunt solo... The worst hunting partner story I ever had was when my brother decided to get married on the 25th of September this year, effectively ruining my first choice of dates to hunt, and ruining his ability to go with us.

Oh, and there was the time that my old hunting buddy tossed me an arrow with a broadhead on it (tossed like you would throw a dart), and hit me right in the eye glasses... The dot on my specticals for the next year or so reminding how much of an idiot he was.

460s&w
08-13-2012, 08:51 PM
i know just what you guys mean, I have a lot of friends but none have the passion for back country hunting like i do and i have to end up hunting alone with a outfitter or not going. i can fish all the back country there is and have but hunting makes me nervous for some reason maybe because its alot of work to pack a elk out myself or have someone to bounce ideas off of. but i just started a new job and a couple of guys seem to very interested so maybe one of them will fit the bill. my biggest worry is going into wilderness i have not been or planing a trip to a place i never seen.

Sawfish
08-14-2012, 02:59 PM
[QUOTE=Fink;33567]Gawd Dayum.. No wonder you guys hunt solo... The worst hunting partner story I ever had was when my brother decided to get married on the 25th of September this year, effectively ruining my first choice of dates to hunt, and ruining his ability to go with us.[QUOTE]

Some years back, my Brother-in-Law decided he was going to get married again (in Las Vegas), and asked me to be his best man. I agreed (hot future Sister in Law), and asked him the date of the wedding. He told me that it was on Halloween, and I told him that I had to change my answer to No! Why not he asked. My answer: First of all, only a damn fool would get married in Las Vegas on Halloween. Who is doing the wedding, an Elvis impersonator in a Halloween costume? This has to be a bad omen. More importantly, you must have lost your mind to expect me to miss half of the second split of Colorado Elk Season to be at a wedding!!! Much hue and cry from the family members, but they did get married on Halloween in Las Vegas with no best man. I went to Colorado solo (more flakes!), and killed an Elk on his wedding day that was uphill from the truck! I celebrated the elk and his wedding with a good steak and a bottle of good red wine. Some years later, they got divorced (see-bad omen), but the elk is still dead.

HuntWYODon
08-14-2012, 03:44 PM
[QUOTE=Fink;33567]Gawd Dayum.. No wonder you guys hunt solo... The worst hunting partner story I ever had was when my brother decided to get married on the 25th of September this year, effectively ruining my first choice of dates to hunt, and ruining his ability to go with us.[QUOTE]

Some years back, my Brother-in-Law decided he was going to get married again (in Las Vegas), and asked me to be his best man. I agreed (hot future Sister in Law), and asked him the date of the wedding. He told me that it was on Halloween, and I told him that I had to change my answer to No! Why not he asked. My answer: First of all, only a damn fool would get married in Las Vegas on Halloween. Who is doing the wedding, an Elvis impersonator in a Halloween costume? This has to be a bad omen. More importantly, you must have lost your mind to expect me to miss half of the second split of Colorado Elk Season to be at a wedding!!! Much hue and cry from the family members, but they did get married on Halloween in Las Vegas with no best man. I went to Colorado solo (more flakes!), and killed an Elk on his wedding day that was uphill from the truck! I celebrated the elk and his wedding with a good steak and a bottle of good red wine. Some years later, they got divorced (see-bad omen), but the elk is still dead.

Fink, you still crack me up !
Saw,
You have some dam good stories. I always look forward to you PM's too. I'd of told him the same thing. You getting an elk on his wedding day was Righteous ! (elk steak and redwine sounds pretty good right now. Think I'll have some tonight:) My dumbsht brother years ago decided to tell me two days before that he was getting married New Year Eve in Lake Tahoe (Nevada side). I already had plans and was not happy about it. So I show up there on New Year's Eve. It had just snowed and the parking lot was iced over and full of cars and to top it off was not level. It was on a hill/slanted. I'm driving around the parking lot at 11:50pm sliding all over the place in my cherry 1970 Dodge Charger R/T almost hitting cars about 5 times. Couldn't find a place to park. Left the lot and parked on the "level" street out front. I walked in at 2 min. before midnight just to hear "I Do" . Big whoop. What a joke. He couldn't of done that where he lived ? The only good thing about it is the next day I got to sit in the bar and watch the Raiders beat the Redskin's badly . I think Redskin's only scored once and got beat by 30 plus pts. or something like that. I did like John Riggins who played for Redskins though. He was one tough running back that took more than one guy to pull down and good for at least 5 yds. everytime he carried the ball. Him and Larry Csonka for Miami I loved to watch. Both hunter's also. This was in 1980. We had Our best president ever "Ronnie" back then too. Remember when he called the Redskin's "America's team ? Well Bro was divorced a year later. What a dumbsht.

Sawfish
05-07-2014, 03:34 PM
This is an old thread. but worth revisiting. The upshot of my review is: Never sacrifice a good hunting trip to go to a wedding-even if it is your own. A case in point. Three years ago, my wife's best friend's daughter was getting married on the same weekend as the wedding, and my wife was serving as wedding coordinator. I declined to attend because in my opinion, most young folks these days get married more times than you get chances at quality deer! I ignored all of the P-----g and moaning about not being at the wedding, and nailed a white muzzled 4 x 3 Blacktail with my 25/06 Encore pistol at precisely the same moment the vows were exchanged. As I gave the old deer his final farewell, I remarked to him, "I know you are not doing too well right now, but there is one other SOB in this world, who is worse off than you!" (thinking of the father of the bride). After returning from the hunt, I told this story to him, and he told me how all of the members of the groom's family were late; gorged themselves at the hosted bar;, and were generally obnoxious! He agreed with my decision not to attend!