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    I went to WY with a guy this year that I met off another forum that is from my state. It went great, however I made sure he knew things about me up front and he did the same. We also did a couple fishing/turkey hunting trips to make sure things would jive between us. We have established a friendship and I feel very fortunate.

    It is hard to find someone that has the flexibility as I do, let alone the passion/style I have for hunting and the outdoors, but if I meet someone on another forum that wanted to hunt I would give it a try in a heartbeat.

    Some of my best friends and hunting buddies here in TN would likely become my worse enemies if we went on a couple week Western hunt together, actually I do not hunt with one of my best friends anymore because our two styles do not mix well. So its tricky to find a good hunting partner and if it takes a online forum to do so then I have no problem with it.

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    I consider three guys who I hunt with and another guy who I met thru them from Missouri very close friends. We all met each other via a hunting forum. I've learned quite a bit about hunting in the Colorado mountains from them. Now, it is my pleasure to host them in Oklahoma to allow their kids to hunt whitetails on our farm since they are not old enough to hunt in Colorado yet. It's also nice that our kids get along so well and love playing with each other.
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    It took me 3 yrs to find a buddy to go out and elk hunt the west. I considered trying to hook up with someone off a forum but was uncertain with lack of experience on my part. As well as someone stated earlier, I would have needed to find someone from the east to make the drive out with as well. I would probably give it a shot if I found the right partner. What's funny is that I tried to get a couple buddies to do it for yrs with no takers, but now that I finally took my first step last yr and did all the leg work, all those guys now have an interest. Go figure!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EZ7 View Post
    What's funny is that I tried to get a couple buddies to do it for yrs with no takers, but now that I finally took my first step last yr and did all the leg work, all those guys now have an interest. Go figure!
    Been there done that! Same thing happened to me, its hard to ignore them or tell them no but I have put in all the hard work.

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    This is a great topic! I've spent the last 17 years mostly hunting with my son... and all of the sudden I see college on the horizon and then wife and his own family, and while we are very close, the day is coming (as it should) that old dad will have to take a back seat to his own friends and wife and kids. Who knows, he may end up across the country or in ANOTHER one... And hunting once a year isn't going to work out for me... hahaha..... So, I find myself wondering who I will hunt with next. This year I did a solo Muley hunt in Hells Canyon (for my 50th birthday). I had a blast backpacked way in there. And for the first 3 days or so had a grand time. About day 4 I was kind of wishing for some company, and someone to bounce ideas off. Sadly, most of my friends that are my age aren't in the same shape physically, so they are at a point that they don't want to go. Either that, or since I am new to living in WA they have friends and groups they hunt with already and I don't want ot be a third wheel... So, I'm planning on more of those solo hunts, as I have points for several states that I haven't been putting my son in for (I put him and I both in for just AZ, WY) so I guess Nevada Antelope is going to be solo, along with Elk and Deer if I ever draw, and I apply in ID, NM, CO every year so those would be solo too. I guess it will be interesting these next few years to see what lies ahead. I guess all in all, I'd be open to hunting with someone I met on the internet. Especially somewhere in the lower 48, where you could always just head to the truck and go home if things went south. I don't know about a float hunt in Alaska though... you can't just "Get out" in that situation. Perhaps I will meet one of you out there in the mountains someday... that would be fun!
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    Regardless of hunting with friends or strangers...I think the key issue is to thoroughly vet the people you hunt with and know what you are getting into.

    Over the years, I have seen people sweep others with the muzzle, accidental discharges, after two seasons of hunting...& riding up and down the mountain with them in the hunting vehicle...lean over and say; 'Do you know that if you unload your chamber before you remove the magazine that it chambers another round?', and watch someone shoot an elk 35 yards away with me standing 45 yards directly beyond. Everyone of those individuals...I no longer hunt or shoot with and the last example changed what I carry in my pack...added QuickClot and a CAT tourniquet.

    There is a difference between having 50 years of experience and one week of experience, fifty times over. Know what you are getting into and have the courage to say, 'No Thank You.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by B'tyne View Post
    Regardless of hunting with friends or strangers...I think the key issue is to thoroughly vet the people you hunt with and know what you are getting into.


    There is a difference between having 50 years of experience and one week of experience, fifty times over. Know what you are getting into and have the courage to say, 'No Thank You.'
    Welcome to the forum B'tyne!

    I agree to a certain extent. A person does need to "Know what you are getting in to..." But if all of us with 50 years experience always say "no thank you" to people with 1 week of experience the future of hunting is going to be bleak. Not to mention missing out on the joy of teaching new (sometimes young) people, or of watching the joy they feel at just SEEING an animal... or even just having an opportunity... the simple joys that sometimes get lost with years of experience, as we start to take things for granted. Personally, there are a lot of new people I would OVER some of the more exerienced hunters I know. But I do agree that I would always make it a point to "know what I was getting in to...." before I commited to a huge trip, and with new folks I never let my gaurd down when it comes to safety.

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    Hi Chad,

    Thanks!

    I agree with your point and did not mean to imply that you should rule out a newbie. On the contrary...we took a young man with special needs deer hunting here in MN the day after we returned from CO on an elk hunt. My point was to suggest that you dig a bit deeper when someone says 'I have been hunting for X years.' There are people with no experience and I would hunt or shoot with them without hesitation, if they showed an interest. And, for those that are leadable and teachable...those that have the knowledge have a responsibility to the sport to pass it along to them. And I view myself in both of those categories. :-)

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    Ive done it a few times. Started by planning a hunt for a local forum and since we have turkey hunted and are planning Wyoming this fall. Another guy Im friends with now I met on the same forum, we duck hunted today and are going again in the morning. Just do you research and hope for the best!

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    Met some new local friends and have hunted with 1 of them. And it went well, right Tristan? Lol
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