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Re: feet, knees and butts

Post by allaboutshooting » February 4th, 2015, 2:43 pm

I have a thick closed-cell pad that came many years ago with a Loggy Bayou climbing stand. I gave away the stand but I kept the pad and it goes with me to the woods. I'm pretty much a minimalist hunter other than that.

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Re: feet, knees and butts

Post by Adamj1218 » February 26th, 2015, 1:38 pm

I carry a cushion with me all the time but I catch myself in certain circumstances no using one. It really depends on the situation.

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Re: feet, knees and butts

Post by Greyghost » March 4th, 2015, 8:06 am

Before each fall/winter and spring season I practice shooting from it seems every conceivable position. Left handed, twisted, standing, kneeling, prone, etc. Go though about 1-2 boxes of 25 shells a box of cheap target loads.

The only thing with that is it gives me confidence but after what ever position I am in for a while my age catches up and I start to stiffen up. Yes I do stretching exercise before and during a hunt. Yes, laugh all you want but its just a psych thing for me. :mrgreen:

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Re: feet, knees and butts

Post by Hawgnman » March 14th, 2015, 1:55 pm

As long as I'm work'em, I'm happy. Usually in gobbler lounger.
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Re: feet, knees and butts

Post by mossy835 » March 14th, 2015, 8:21 pm

Where I hunt there are three choices; wet, wetter and rocks that are wet. I am usually dropped off on a ranch somewhere so my vest is always with me and my cushion is attached to it but it swings up and out of the way for moving on. I like having my lunch and water with me with extra sheels and my two calls.

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Post by Cut N Run » March 19th, 2015, 7:34 am

I've killed turkeys off my butt & knees when I was younger. These days I use a gobbler lounger and sometimes a vest with pad on top of that. I have 3 vertebrae fused together in my neck and my lower back hurts me for days if I hunt without some kind of padding. It sucks being broken down, but it beats not being able to hunt at all.

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Re: feet, knees and butts

Post by Jaybird » March 19th, 2015, 9:30 am

Gobbler lounger almost always due to the type of hunting I do. In last 3 years only shot one Tom kneeling behind a knoll, when I was scouting for the next day hunt.

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Post by appalachianassassin » March 19th, 2015, 1:15 pm

i use a vest/cushion about 30% of the time. most of the time i cover a lot of ground. this being the case i usually just have my gun and a couple mouth calls.
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Post by turk835 » April 14th, 2015, 9:50 pm

Killed one last year as I set up quick, missed my butt landing on my cushion but my butt didn't miss a sharp rock. The other bird I shot I had to raise up on my knees and shoot up and over the top of a ridge.


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Post by poorcountrypreacher » April 15th, 2015, 11:05 pm

Hal, I used to kill a lot just sitting on the ground, but after my back problems of recent years I go to great length to try to have a comfortable seat. I killed 3 sitting in a gobbler lounger this year, 1 sitting in my little lightweight nwtf seat with an aircushion, and one standing up.

I used to not give it much thought, but now back comfort has become priority one. Old age is not good.

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Re: feet, knees and butts

Post by hawglips » September 9th, 2015, 4:45 pm

I was thinking about this past spring, and seems like it was more of the same. In addition to a couple on a seat cushion, I killed 2 more while standing up (plus a miss standing up - first miss after 43 straight with no misses), and the first ever laying flat on my back after I was rudely awakened from a cat nap by a hen scratching nearby just in time to see the tom waltzing in. That one has to be the most interesting position I've killed one from.

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Post by Shooter » September 9th, 2015, 7:41 pm

I never thought much of this until this past season, cause I'm usually on my butt on a pad from the vest. Been that way for as long as I can remember. Usually in a depression I can find, instead of at the base of a tree. That way, by the time he can see me, and I can see him, I can kill him.
This year, I got on three gobbling turkeys at daylight. One to the left, one to the right, and one out front. A little later when everything got hot, and had them riled up from calling, mother nature decided to dump a hard rain on all of us just about flydown time.
An hour later, it stopped. I was just inside the woodline from a small field. After a few mins, I decided to get up, and ease to the edge and take a peek, just to see if anything was going on. Left the gun laying on the ground. :toothy7:
The grass was a foot or so high, but I see something red in the grass to my left. I just keep looking. Yep, it finally moved.
Dam,... The gun is 8 feet away. I finally managed to get the gun without him seeing me, until I start to raise it.
This cat and mouse went down for a few mins, but finally got the bead on him. Yep, history at 30yds. Just glad it was a Longbeard, cause I never saw his beard until after. Just kind of knew I guess.
Needless to say, that one was standing. Pretty sure my Kneeling days are over for me. Gonna have to be sitting or standing for this old boy from now on. :mrgreen:

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Post by TRKYHTR » September 11th, 2015, 12:17 am

If I don't have my vest I feel naked. Plus it has all my gadgets in it, like thermacell and calls. I have a thick pad on the vest but for some reason I can't get it to stay underneath me when I'm hunting. I'm always mobile and have killed turkeys about every way you can. Some more thought needs to go into a good seat pad for a vest. They haven't gotten it right yet.
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Post by hookspur » September 11th, 2015, 5:17 am

I quit carrying the buttpad from my vest years ago. I just like sitting on the forest floor better....makes me feel more "grounded," I suppose, and it's one less bulky item to haul around. Of course, when nap time comes I sure miss having it along for a pillow. ;)

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Re: feet, knees and butts

Post by willie » April 27th, 2017, 5:37 pm

why were u bare butt? :cheers:

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Post by Fatmo » April 27th, 2017, 8:25 pm

I do wear a vest, but the first thing I do is remove the seat. Later in the season I find myself killing more kneeling or standing due to the vegetation. I also have a fold-up stool that I use sometimes...

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Re: feet, knees and butts

Post by Spuriosity » April 29th, 2017, 7:43 am

After only killing maybe three turkeys in my life before this year while standing up, I killed two out of the four I killed this year that way. I get antsy when I'm sitting in a situation where the bird is not going to be visible until he is inside 30 yds. So easy for him to periscope over a little rise, then pull that head down and get away. I really kind of like standing beside a tree when a bird is hot and coming in fast. You can see them a bit further out and are less likely to be surprised. Now obviously, if I am cold calling, or have time to set up in a place where I can see a reasonable distance sitting down, I will do that.

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Re: feet, knees and butts

Post by turkeyinstrut » April 29th, 2017, 10:07 pm

I killed my 130th gobbler yesterday morning and every one of them I was on my butt backed up against a tree (or something). I have shot them sitting against a separator on a well location, an old riding mower in the edge of a grown up field, stumps, logs and bushes but I was on my butt on every one. I wear a vest with a fold down seat and use the seat about 50% of the time, if I am on much of a slope I don't use the seat because like somebody else said it is like sitting on a sled. I called a bird in for a fellow one morning and he just stood up and leaned against a tree, I was setting about 30 yards behind him and I kept telling myself "this is never gonna work" but the bird came within 25 yards of him and when he shot I seen the bird up end backwards and then flew off. I asked him what happened and he said he didn't know but after talking to him for a little bit I found out he body shot it and then he told me that was the third one that year he shot that got away, the one I watched him shoot was a very nice bird with a really heavy beard and I am sure it never survived. I had rode up on the ridge with him that morning and after witnessing what I did I told him I would just hunt my way back to the house which was about two miles.

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Re: feet, knees and butts

Post by soiltester » April 30th, 2017, 7:49 am

MMMMMM .. I'm more of a "gentleman hunter now" than when this post was started :shock: :lol:
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Re: feet, knees and butts

Post by ncturkey » March 3rd, 2019, 12:05 pm

I use my cushion from my vest. But I have sat on bare ground over the years. I also use a Gobbler Lounge. I sometimes hunt small farms. The chair works great for long hunts I. The same spot.

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Re: feet, knees and butts

Post by Yule » March 3rd, 2019, 12:57 pm

I stopped wearing a vest, last year. If I know that I am going to do a lot of walking, I carry one of the small foam pads. On the days that I hunt small properties and food plots, I carry a Primos " low" chair. It sure makes long sits more comfortable.

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Re: feet, knees and butts

Post by willie » April 2nd, 2019, 7:20 pm

i just don't know why anyone would go bare butt like hawglips.i guess each his own.i don't feel bad now setting on a toilet when hunting (since i got old i learned DONT ignore stomach pains. :cheers:

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Post by hoobilly » April 3rd, 2019, 7:16 am

willie wrote:
April 2nd, 2019, 7:20 pm
i just don't know why anyone would go bare butt like hawglips.i guess each his own.i don't feel bad now setting on a toilet when hunting (since i got old i learned DONT ignore stomach pains. :cheers:

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Re: feet, knees and butts

Post by Grumpy » April 3rd, 2019, 4:25 pm

"Help I've fallen off the toilet and I can't get up."
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