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I don't know just how one gets a hunting partner let alone a great one. A great hunting partner is hard to find and a treasure worth more than a ton of gold. Finding one is a matter of great luck.
I've had several hunting partners guys from work who decide we are combatable enough to be around each other with guns and sharp objects. Most of these outings are going out for a day of hunting a certain game animal such as rabbits or partridge, some times it is fishing. Most time there is a agreed time and place to meet for these hunts or fishing expeditions.

One of my best hunting partners was a great one. We spent 45 great years hunting and fishing and a few other things together. We helped each other on building projects as well as other project not hunting related.
I don't have any Idea why we clicked so well, I suppose it was mostly his doing since I am on the hard side of being a nice person. Like at work I was called mister personality by most every one.
How we met was at some sort of function my Aunt was throwing where family and friends of her family gathered for a day of fun, food and more fun. I had not been home from Viet Nam a long time so was getting the third degree from family about my being there. When Some one finally got the nerve to ask If I had killed any body I got up and left the table going for a walk in the field behind my aunts house. Isn't some thing I feel needs to be talked about even today.

As I was returning this tall drink of water met me about half way across the field. He starts off with did I shoot trap with a shot gun. I tell him NO, I didn't even have a clue how it was done or where. He says to me that if I am not doing any thing the next day to meet him at his brother in laws and we would shoot some informal trap behind the BIL's house.

I met him the next day at the appointed time, he had told me to bring several boxes of shells telling me that shot size didn't matter .
Finally they set every thing in place with about 4 boxes of clays. My new friend started explaining how their rules were and the object of what they were doing.
We had a good time with a lot of ribbing and such. I got an invite to join them several times after that.
It came on pheasant season and I was invited to do a couple hunts with them. We had a really good time doing those hunts. In return I invited them to go duck hunting with me. We had a real good time doing that in my hunting area. I got invited to hunt ducks where they hunted them, I was told to get some chest waders as they hunted by sneaking thru flooding. I liked doing that even better than hunting from blinds around beaver ponds.
I invited him to deer hunt my dads farm with me. Being as my dad wasn't much of a hunter when it came to deer I only knew what I had read in books about it. My new hunting partner taught me nearly every thing I know about deer hunting today. We hunted deer together for 17 years together, both rifle and bow. It was getting crowded what with only 60 acres of wood land. My brother had friends who hunted with him as did my dad there was one of my sisters and my hunting partners son and the second ready to hunt alone too.
He went and found a place for him and his sons to hunt deer.
We still bow hunted together since he his sons and my brother were the only ones who used a bow.
We also fished together a lot.
I kept hunting my dads place for about 5 more years during firearm season. Then my dads friend brought his son to hunt there and he just seemed to always show up where I was at and want to stay. Being the cranky SOB I am I told him he had been assigned a very good area to hunt in so he should get back to that area and leave me in piece.
That evening I told my dad I would find a new place of my own to hunt as I was packing to leave.
Just before the next season My oldest sister called and said her Husband wondered if I would hunt with him since his brother in the Air Force had been sent to Texas. I gun hunted there for two years. I was nearly alone all that time as my BIL didn't hunt on Sundays.
Finally Kare and I decided we would buy a place to retire too in the UPPER. After many trips to look at property a realtor would call and talk to me about and leave the directions to the property in a place for us to pick up and look at the by owner places we saw we bought 37 acres on Big Bay De Noc surrounded with sever thousands of acres of state and federal land. We closed the Deal Nov 3d 1991. I didn't deer hunt there that fall.
The next year I had two guys from work who I had hunted with say they would go up and hunt that year with me staying in our travel trailer. Three days before we were to leave they backed out saying that was a awful long ways to go and they didn't have doe permits in that area.

Kare went with me for my first time hunting there. She used to laugh because I would be down in a cedar swamp and the deer were laying right behind where I parked the travel trailer.

When I got home I called My friend and asked if he was still hunting with his son, one was in the the service stationed in Colorado and the other was married and living a good distance away. He said no he was just hunting some small woodlots near his home.
When I asked if he wanted to hunt the UPPER with me he asked for directions. He called me back in two weeks and said he had drove up there and looked around and liked what he saw. We both worked second shift but his was finished well before mine was and we were an hour and a half apart me being the most southern. So on November 12th 1992 I called him and said I was finished at work, I was running home for a shower and a change of clothes and would be at his place by 6:00 AM. I got to his place and a fresh cup of coffee was waiting for me as I walked into his house. We loaded his gear up and I told him to drive and I would get some sleep. I never did sleep that day we had so much to catch up on it seemed.
We did some scouting in the afternoon when we got there. We unpacked our gear from the truck and the next day we scouted some more.

ON the forth day I shot a nice 8 point and he shot a nice 4 point about the same time. We got them back to camp and hung them in a big oak tree near the trailer. The next day we were out hunting and got soaked during a rain storm. All our hunting clothes were wet and we just couldn't find a place to hang all of them to dry. I fixed that by the next season.
We hunted for 14 more years together there till he died in May 2005.


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When you are hunting you sure need a friend that you can trust and rely on. Nothing worse than a trigger happy guy. There's been some horrible hunting 'accidents' lately where their 'friend' was shot in the head, mistaken for a deer. I can't begin to imagine how they must feel afterwards when reality sets in.,
 

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I've tried to hunt with others since the passing of my partner.
I took 2 with me in 2006. They were such lazy slobs who thought I was a free maid or some thing. I had my wife call me with an emergency to come home early to rid my self of them. They have asked a few times about going with me again. I flat out tell them I'd rather go my self and wait on my self and not have to wait on them.

There are things that just has to be done and washing dishes ,punping, carrying water, cooking, and carrying in wood for the furnace and filling the furnace with said wood is some of the what I coinsider automatic chores and you shouldn't need to be told to do them like children.

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My Dad was my all time favorite hunting/fishing partner. He knew more in his pinky finger than I do in my entire body about hunting/fishing. He passed away in 1999 of cancer. I still carry a picture with me everytime I hunt of him and Grandpa Peacher. They still both go with me everytime in my heart.

Dad's old hunting partner Bill Blackwell is still living. He's a retired minister. I used to call my Dad when I shot a deer right up till he died. Now I call Bill.

Hunting/Fishing is something that I cherish. When you have someone to share it with that "gets it" you got something very special in my book.
 

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Thanks for the story. Sounds like you were blessed to have a good hunting partner. I haven't spent much time in the woods in the last 15 years, this year I bought my hunting and fishing combo licenses and I'm determined to get back in the woods. I have a ten year old boy that needs to learn about the outdoors.
 

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A 10 year old should be started today with a fishing trip. They also should be taught there is more to hunting than the kill. There is chores to be done in camp and you shouldn't have to be told to do them. While hunting enjoy the other wild life around you and the beauty of the woods and sky.

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Ernie N Ky said:
Thanks for the story. Sounds like you were blessed to have a good hunting partner. I haven't spent much time in the woods in the last 15 years, this year I bought my hunting and fishing combo licenses and I'm determined to get back in the woods. I have a ten year old boy that needs to learn about the outdoors.
Ernie, I'll let you know when our Quail Forever chapter has it's next youth outing. We introduce kids to the great outdoors.
 

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I don't care for a child to be taught about the out doors in a group session where they roam about with guns and ammo.
Bonding with a adult like dad first or grandpa is best for learning, after they are correctly taught then may be join one of those group bashes.
Our sports man club doesn't allow a child to mingle with others except at parties and banquets.

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