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The guys in my club come to camp only on weekends. I drive up for the entire season from Fl, and so I have the place all to myself all week long in between their short stays. They always ask me, " Isn't it lonely up here all week, alone? ".  I always reply that, I might be alone, but I'm never lonely. I love the solitude of being the only one on the mountain and in camp. My wife suspects that I might be a sociopath. There might be some truth to that.

I do admit to deeply missing my dad and grampa, but in reality, they're with me every time I step in the woods.

 

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Not sure where the op is coming from and he means by alone. Maybe he is European like myself where hunting is really, really organized and  are driven hunts that's totally different and I mean transport to from the stand/spot, the beaters in place, official start/end of a hunting day, after hunt celebration, etc. In the US though I would say 95% is hunting alone as in "no one in your near proximity" and you start/end the day at the camp with buddies. I actually prefer it this way and like other have said, I'm addicted now to see "the day wake up" no better feeling in the world and sneaking in, in the dark gives me chills. I never really "hunted" in Europe, I was way too young for that but was aflield many times pushing the game to hunters, that's the deal over there and I doubt that "hunters" in Europe ever skin their own deer, that's more for the service people to do. Over here though it's more survivalist/hunter loner attitude and I love it, that is real hunting IMHO. Your mileage may vary of course. I can't imagine nothing better than tranquil solitude and being in peace with nature, listen, observe and learn. But that's me... :-)

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While anticipating my very first true wilderness hunt,  the thing that I most looked forward to was to be on the tundra, in the middle of nowhere, all by myself...

I had a partner on the hunt , but he is also a solitary hunter, and we hunted in different directions, teaming up when there was game to be taken care of....

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My favorite days to hunt are during the week and usually, there is much less pressure... these days I enjoy hunting alone.  Weekends my hunting buddies come around and I enjoy that too... I would say it is 50/50 for myself


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I hunt with the old man when he is able to make it up to NY, but I go by myself a fair bit with the occasional trip up near Rochester to rover in a few drives for some friends. 

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I do lots in bow, ny gun get out with my dad on opener and weekends/thanksgiving. Pa gun is a huge party at camp.

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I still hunt alone quite often . When I do , I make sure I have my cell phone and that someone knows where I will be located . 

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Since losing my dad, my best friend and hunting companion in 2016.. 95% of my deer and turkey hunts are solo. It sucks, Would much rather hunt with someone else.. makes it fun regardless. My wife gets out on a very rare occassion and i absolutely love it. But Im slowly losing my ambition to deer hunt because of the solo-ness, but getting more into predator hunting instead  

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I hunt alone quite often. But also will hunt with family on different watches. And I spent a bunch of watches side by side with my son the last few years which was great. Now his older sister wants to join me so this year I hope to get some time with her in the stand.

 

I would years ago from time to time get that eerie feeling walking way back in during the pitch dark, now I love it. I have some spots I know the way so well I usually don't even use a small light. Don't get me wrong I've almost crapped my pants a couple times having roosted turkeys take off right over your head in the pitch dark or a ruff grouse! Good thing my heart still works lol..

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90% of the time I hunt alone.  I have got the feeling Bionic mentioned, but less so over the years.  I have hunted the same land for 30+ years, so there is a certain comfort level.  It's farmland, so it's not "in the middle of nowhere".  The only thing that I worry about is trespassers, thieves and poachers.  

I prefer hunting alone, but occasionally team up with one friend during ML season.

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I personally hunt by myself 99% of the time. It is tough to find someone that has the same hunting style as yourself and visa versa.

I find hunting by myself is more enjoyable because I can come and go as I want, scout when and how I want and I am more attentive.

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On 8/11/2019 at 2:39 AM, ny hunter said:

Hunted alone 1 time ,everyone had left at lunch time last day of gun season I went back in the woods dropped a big deer and had to drag up a nasty hill...long story short had to call a friend to come back up and help me get it out.......

I've dragged two good-sized deer out of the woods by myself around 1/3rd (maybe a touch more) mile each time, with a net gain in altitude. Same spot both times at at the end there is a drop off and then a final 45 degree incline just to ensure total exhaustion. After the second time doing this alone, without any equipment, I purchased a game cart and a sled and most importantly some tackle. I still hunt that spot alone and next time I will have a two or three to one purchase system with paracord and climbing gear. As the gulley is extremely sharp I'm even contemplating stringing up a pulley between trees on the opposing hill and sending the deer across. If I ever do this I promise I'll post pics on the forum of the deer zip-lining.

I get those who get creeped out at night. I have no problem going in pitch black in the morning but when you're in the stand a healthy walk from the car and it starts getting dark it's a bit unsettling.

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I've dragged two good-sized deer out of the woods by myself around 1/3rd (maybe a touch more) mile each time, with a net gain in altitude. Same spot both times at at the end there is a drop off and then a final 45 degree incline just to ensure total exhaustion. After the second time doing this alone, without any equipment, I purchased a game cart and a sled and most importantly some tackle. I still hunt that spot alone and next time I will have a two or three to one purchase system with paracord and climbing gear. As the gulley is extremely sharp I'm even contemplating stringing up a pulley between trees on the opposing hill and sending the deer across. If I ever do this I promise I'll post pics on the forum of the deer zip-lining.
I get those who get creeped out at night. I have no problem going in pitch black in the morning but when you're in the stand a healthy walk from the car and it starts getting dark it's a bit unsettling.

I’m the opposite, I’m so anxious walking in in the dark because I feel like I’m blowing everything out of the woods that I hurry and get all sweated up.
Coming out at night I don’t have a care in the world


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I did a lot when I was younger. These days I worry about heart attacks, falling out of trees, slipping on the rocks....so I try to have a partner. Same thing on out-of-state trips, I like having another auto driver these days. But obviously you are now dealing with another hunter or two, which generally means compromises. 

And of course there is always fall turkey hunting with Maizy, the best hunting buddy a guy can find. :D

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4 minutes ago, Uncle Nicky said:

I did a lot when I was younger. These days I worry about heart attacks, falling out of trees, slipping on the rocks....so I try to have a partner. Same thing on out-of-state trips, I like having another auto driver these days. But obviously you are now dealing with another hunter or two, which generally means compromises. 

And of course there is always fall turkey hunting with Maizy, the best hunting buddy a guy can find. :D

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I mostly go alone. I do leave a note about where, I will park and a map. Yeah-- once you hit your early 40s or so--- the thought of a possible Heart Attack comes into ones mind now and then .  I don't like to hunt to Sundown though and then head out. I usually slowly move out at 1 hour before Sundown so, I Don't trip and take a Bad Fall.

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For many many years, I walked into the woods in total darkness, and walked out in total darkness....Never was afraid for a second... What is there to be afraid of  ??  Boogeymen...??  Sassquatch  ..??...

Now that I am a doddering old fool, I am much more afraid  of slipping or falling down and being incapacitated.....I don't go  into real ROUGH country any more in the dark, simply for fear of falling and getting hurt....I still may walk a mile in or out  morning and evening in full darkness, but it will be over a planned route, and I'll have my cell phone with me just in case...

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I hunt mostly solo. I do hunt with family a handful of times each year for deer and turkeys.
Hunting to me is about connecting with nature and learning my quarry so I do my best hunting solo, though I do enjoy being a part of someone else's successful hunt whether it be calling in a turkey or pushing a deer.


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13 hours ago, The_Real_TCIII said:


I’m the opposite, I’m so anxious walking in in the dark because I feel like I’m blowing everything out of the woods that I hurry and get all sweated up.
Coming out at night I don’t have a care in the world


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True, there definitely is that to think about!

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