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Bowwild
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Hi Mike,
Glad to see you are doing well even after all the physical challenges! Super great to see you are in high spirits and having fun.

Our mutual buddy Jim, in Lafayette is doing well except he can't shoot the bows he likes best. That tree stand fall two years ago boogered him pretty good.

I love my time hunting here at home with my son, son-in-law, and more and more the grand children. My so and are enjoying our new property as well, most of the work is just bush hogging to keep it from becoming a cedar forest.

My brother, son, Jim, and I still try to make it some place for something economical and not too rowdy (black bear, pronghorns, and turkey). I have a chance to go on first (and last?) moose hunt this next year (Alberta) but I don't know if I'll do it yet.

I'm planning, if God agrees, to retire at 67 (I'll be 64 in Feb.). I do delegate a lot more these days.

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Jon Stewart
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You did it right Mike. I retired at 51 from a local police department (we had a 50/25 and out and I took it). Wife and I traveled a lot by riding a bicycle self contained across the United States which was of course our longest trip but we did many other long rides around the U.S, Europe and Ireland. Now at 68 I read the obituaries to make sure my name isn't in them and thank the Lord for waking up on the right side of the grass everyday.
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George Vernon
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Mike,
Thanks for sharing. Having gone through a similar ‘awakening’, I beginning to think/wish I’d done it 20 years sooner.

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Life is always about what makes you happy. At 65 I still like to do a trip out west somewhere each year. It was aways hunting but I am now planning fishing trips as well.

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52, 2 knee surgeries, I just cant grind in the woods every day like I used too. Sometimes just need a sleep morning. Mike

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JNewton
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Mike,

I think you & I are a lot alike. I'll be 62 in a month, 1 knee replacement, a pacemaker, and packing 2 cow elk out, and hunting 2 weeks ago reinforced the need for another new knee....

I've told my wife if we ever move anywhere, the only requirement is that we move near a good hardware store. Need to be able to easily buy parts for myself, hee hee......

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I dunno. I'll be 72 soon and still greatly enjoy a two-wek hunt out West. Love chasing the whitetails around home and spend two-three weeks pre/during/post rut doing that as well, but I won't stop going out west until I can't hack it anymore. Figure I don't have too many years left to hunt the mountains so doing all I can while I can.
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Mike,

I am in the same boat just without the land to hunt. I hunt public land not easy to find a good area. I am 64 but still have the passion to bow hunt I go as long and hard as the body allows, sometimes maybe a little too much. Enjoy your retirement!

Bill

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Mike. I'm coming around to your way of thinking. I'm at home now recovering from double knee surgery. My priorities are changing now. The last 15-20 years I've done a lot of hunts away from home. Now I'm wanting to just spend more time with my wife doing camping trips or whatever and just hunt on the farm here for whitetails. Physically I can still do just about anything but am looking at what is most important.

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Good to hear from others like me. I'll be 67 in the spring. Sometimes it is hard to stop doing the thing you've been at for 50 years. Had a knee replacement shoulder replacement at the rate things are going I think I better retire soon. Whitetails are what I like to chase and I've got 160 acres to hunt so I best get at it! Great kids and 8 grandkids all bowhunters. I guess I better get busy.
Good luck to you all

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I'm not quite to retirement yet at 48 but close.
I've been on several hunts out west and it just burns so much vacation time so fast. Most years I choose to just burn a hour or so vacation every afternoon and that allows me to bowhunt virtually every single day from our opener on sep 15 until our gun season starts second weekend of November. It's hard to give up hunting every day for one animal and 2 weeks.....
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Mike my life story reads just about the same as yours. I was a union carpenter for years. I was forced to medically retire a couple years ago after having back surgery. Prior to that I had two shoulder surgeries ,loved my job but the trades sure aren't body friendly. My desire to hunt is sometimes more than I can physically do, at times I push myself a little to hard and pay for it later on. My wife keeps saying You cant do things you used to but in my mind I'm still in my early twenties.
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Phillip Fields
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I just turned 71 in November. I still like to make trips to other states. I also enjoy my deer hunting on our property down in NC.

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I'll be 82 in March, if you guys think it's bad now.... wait until you look like this

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When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.

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How did you get my photo......... [dunno] [biglaugh]

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In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities. In the expert's there are few...So the most difficult thing is always to keep your beginner's mind...This is also the real secret of the arts: always be a beginner. Shunryu Suzuki

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