I was diagnosed with MS in 1980 and have had to use canes to walk. I used 2 canes for over a decade and obviously my hunting conditions changed too. I did more still hunting and road hunting from a boat in Alaska. Now for the last decade I do not use canes but cannot walk far or on too rough of terrain as severe fatigue sets in. So walk a while, sit and rest. The difficult part is getting any game back to the camp or boat. So, I carry a plastic tarp and siwash it if needed overnight. I always carry an old style canteen with metal cup and dry soup mixes with a bit of bisquick in a plastic sack for a meal or 2 and have used it on occasion. A bowl of soup, twist, and either heart and liver over a small campfire is mighty tasty. As for the unplanned over nighter, I just enjoy the success of the hunt, the opportunity to still be able to hunt, and be part of the great outdoors is all the more memorable since time is getting shorter and shorter.Davemuzz said:There is a certain "Psychology" about men discussing their "limitations". Most men for most of their lives have pretty much been able to do what they want to do, when they want to do it. Then, either thru a health issue, or an accident, whether it became sudden, or progressed over a period of time, when a man's physical abilities begin to decline, some men (not all but some) refuse to ask for help. It's my amateur opinion (as one who has been diagnosed with MS and has watched my physical health decline over the last 5 years) that men refuse to ask for help and refuse to accept offered help, as this shows an "outward" sign of a "weakness". And believe me, no man want's to be perceived as having any type of weakness when he is out in his "neighborhood".
I refused to use a cane to assist me in walking for almost a year when I should have. I remember walking up a hill in muzzleloader season....got near the top.....was very exhausted (this MS stuff will kick the stuffing out of you right quick), my leg gave out and I went #$% over tin cups down the hill. I threw my gun away from me hoping it would not go off (it was not cocked but had pan powder) and when it was all over, my ram rod snapped in half, my bore was jammed full of mud, and my pride was hurt again. More importantly I realized that it was one of the most stupidest things I've ever done.
Anyway, IMHO, forums like this are tough because men don't like to come and boo-hoo (ahh...so too speak) about their physical issues.
That's what I think, but then, I could all wet on this.
As we get older and sometimes wiser, most of us have had to revise our hobbies and sports to comply with limiting physical conditions. This is only a change in direction and not submission of our habits. I too use a walking stick on the shoreline in front of my house. I made it from a piece of old air cured ash 5/4 X 8 ripped down into 5/4x2 and rough turned round. Tipped the end with a piece of soft copper pipe to fit and fitted a small lanyard near the hand on the 6' staff. Handy and I couldn't agree with you more. I don't try and use both for hunting with a rifle though. It is much too awkward.Graybeard said:I've used hiking staffs as opposed to canes for a great many years to keep me from busting my butt out in the woods. They have saved me many a time too. I do at times when the back is really hurting badly resort to a cane to aid me in walking and around my yard almost always at least use a staff.
I can no longer go far and am not at all sure I could pull a deer out if I shot one especially if I were out of site of where I could drive to. It has made me rethink my hunting and has severely limited the amount of deer hunting I do. My shortness of breath issue and low blood oxygen level definetly have changed my life for the worst.
I want to write a bit more later , dont have time now, but just got kick out of your "girl Watching " was something I also enjoyed until about 2 years ago,,, The old buddy wont rise to the occasion anymore. And doubt I could breath long enough to complete the mission anyway,buffermop said:I too had to revise my outdoor activities with copd and a weak heart. Hunting on flat ground, I cannot walk too far, as oxygen levels bottom out. The same predicament as GB. One the bright side, I still can do my other hobby ,girl watching.
Didn't say I was about to remove it. What I said was we've tried this idea several times in the past over the years. Each time it got to where six months to a year would go with no posts and I removed it since no one wanted to participate. There is no set level of participation needed to maintain a forum in the index but when one goes six months to a year with no posts I figure it's time to drop it.jjamna said:Graybeard- You do what you have to afterall it is your website, but leave this forum as long as you can. I think if you help just one person it will make it worthwhile.
Just my $.02 worth