With the coming of Summer, hunting possibilities change, typically for the better. Prairie dogs, ground squirrels, and gophers are all fair game. And so are pigeons, Eurasian doves, and house sparrows. Oh goody!
Started by steveoh, January 09, 2022, 12:19:42 PM
Quote from: Steelhead on January 09, 2022, 06:06:46 PMAge, exercise, denial, and how it applies to the outdoor sports. Here's a couple of things that I don't do anymore due to age and/or physical fitness:1) Abalone diving. Granted the season has been closed indefinitely but even before that I had to shut it down. Overweight, getting pounded by waves, feeling like I'm going to drown or have a heart attack...all good reasons to not go anymore.2) Driving a shifter kart. I was terrible at it, never competitive, and I was on a razor's edge all of the time just to stay alive. A matter of time before I crashed big and shattered my legs and my livelihood.3) Snow ski. Went once and had so much fun I knew I should never go again. It's not 'if' I blow a knee, it's when. Can't afford that for work.4) Play softball. Did it for almost 30 years. But I rely on my body for my living. That and 9:00pm starts on a Wednesday were rough.Those are a few that jump right out at me. Common sense and the big picture win the day. Buuuttt...here's some of the things that I do NOW that I thought I never would:1) Own some amazing and really cool airguns.2) I still hike miles when hunting and fishing. I'm in way better shape than a few years ago and I still get after it pretty good.3) Taking care of myself better so that I CAN enjoy the things that make me happy. If I do stupid shit like play pickup basketball, pick up trailer tongues without help, carry bags of cement with bad posture, etc. my back is shot and I'm down for the count. It takes discipline to be smarter than what can hurt you.I'm grateful for these opportunities and I want to drink up what life has to offer. As far as shooting exercises, walking briskly (or running depending on your physical abilities) and then stopping to take an accurate shot is a great fun exercise. You look forward to the shooting part, so you push forward through the walking part. Just something that I've done and it's worked for me. I'm just grateful to be able to do things I do and have the wherewithal to (for the most part) know what my limits are, but also to expound on what I'm ABLE to do and be the best I can be at it. I know it sounds philosophical but as Morgan Freeman said in Shahshank Redemption, 'get busy livin' or get busy dyin' I'm not always successful but I try to be proactive and choose the former. The brain is Velcro for the negative and Teflon for the positive and it's hard to overcome that.