Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


How many of you folks are retired?

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JT 01-May-17
bwd 01-May-17
BOX CALL 01-May-17
2 bears 01-May-17
Phil 01-May-17
StikBow 01-May-17
George D. Stout 01-May-17
Missouribreaks 01-May-17
cyrille 01-May-17
Jeff Durnell 01-May-17
EF Hutton 01-May-17
EF Hutton 01-May-17
Earl Mason 01-May-17
dean 01-May-17
Kodiaktd 01-May-17
Mpdh 01-May-17
Jon Stewart 01-May-17
Bud B. 01-May-17
BIG BEAR 01-May-17
BigOzzie 01-May-17
Fats 01-May-17
Catskills 01-May-17
Phil 01-May-17
White Falcon 01-May-17
Mr.Griz 01-May-17
bowfitz 01-May-17
Hokie76 01-May-17
marc of PAW 01-May-17
RonG 01-May-17
Ken Taylor 01-May-17
David Mitchell 01-May-17
jk 01-May-17
Stycks 01-May-17
buddyb 01-May-17
Carolinabob 01-May-17
Gramps 01-May-17
reddogge 01-May-17
JT 01-May-17
tradmt 01-May-17
jimbow 01-May-17
Kodiaktd 01-May-17
Blackstick 01-May-17
BOX CALL 01-May-17
BowAholic 01-May-17
Stringmaker 01-May-17
Ben 01-May-17
bodymanbowyer 01-May-17
Shoe 01-May-17
Paul O 01-May-17
BOX CALL 01-May-17
Hatrick 01-May-17
Darryl Payne 01-May-17
Hatrick 01-May-17
Kwikdraw 01-May-17
Car54 01-May-17
larryhatfield 01-May-17
bowwild 01-May-17
RonL 01-May-17
rick allison 01-May-17
HillbillyKing 01-May-17
sig9 01-May-17
Wapiti22 01-May-17
MCNSC 01-May-17
nrthernrebel05 01-May-17
bigdog21 01-May-17
mudge 01-May-17
Knifeguy 01-May-17
kstout 01-May-17
M60gunner 01-May-17
RD in WI 01-May-17
Murray Seratt 01-May-17
newt 01-May-17
Jon Stewart 01-May-17
Magilla 01-May-17
AK Pathfinder 01-May-17
Straydog 01-May-17
Medicare Bhtr 01-May-17
Shifty 01-May-17
Newhunter 01-May-17
lawdy 01-May-17
David McLendon 01-May-17
Animal 01-May-17
Clydebow 01-May-17
Bob Rowlands 01-May-17
Stkbow3 01-May-17
Sipsey River 01-May-17
buster v davenport 01-May-17
Bowlim 02-May-17
MississippiBelle 02-May-17
TYR 02-May-17
Stickshooter 02-May-17
Nemah 02-May-17
George Tsoukalas 02-May-17
Arvin 02-May-17
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jjs 02-May-17
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Andy Man 02-May-17
SCATTERSHOT 02-May-17
MStyles 02-May-17
YanYeoman 02-May-17
Rock 02-May-17
MStyles 02-May-17
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Nutmeg 02-May-17
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wingman 02-May-17
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thorn 02-May-17
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ronald rector 02-May-17
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nomo 02-May-17
yeager 02-May-17
Wild Bill 02-May-17
ahunter55 02-May-17
TrapperKayak 03-May-17
Phil/VA 03-May-17
justinspicher 03-May-17
Ranger Joe 03-May-17
MStyles 03-May-17
sir misalots 03-May-17
TrapperKayak 03-May-17
BOX CALL 03-May-17
1sthound 03-May-17
ahunter55 03-May-17
Desperado 03-May-17
milehi101 03-May-17
donnyjack 03-May-17
mgerard 03-May-17
Bob Rowlands 03-May-17
MississippiBelle 04-May-17
MississippiBelle 04-May-17
Sniper 04-May-17
Babbling Bob 04-May-17
Vanhethof 04-May-17
Greyfox 04-May-17
Ken Schwartz 04-May-17
hawkeye in PA 04-May-17
NJWoodsman 04-May-17
smokey 04-May-17
4FINGER 04-May-17
Therifleman 06-May-17
BOX CALL 06-May-17
trad47 06-May-17
Kodiak 06-May-17
Kodiak 06-May-17
Stickbow Felty 06-May-17
buckthumper 07-May-17
Slayer NE 07-May-17
Andy Man 12-Aug-17
MStyles 12-Aug-17
Clinton Gowin 12-Aug-17
GLF 12-Aug-17
StickandString 12-Aug-17
Stickbow Felty 12-Aug-17
Andy Man 12-Aug-17
JT 12-Aug-17
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Fats 12-Aug-17
somedude 12-Aug-17
RymanCat 12-Aug-17
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HitorMiss 12-Aug-17
Billstick 12-Aug-17
Roadrunner 12-Aug-17
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Andy Man 12-Aug-17
Mike Mecredy 12-Aug-17
backwashrat 12-Aug-17
silverarrowhead 12-Aug-17
jhinaz 12-Aug-17
jrh24 12-Aug-17
1Longbow 13-Aug-17
Blackstick 13-Aug-17
Bob Rowlands 13-Aug-17
scienceguy 13-Aug-17
RD in WI 13-Aug-17
JT 13-Aug-17
Bowdoc 13-Aug-17
Nemah 13-Aug-17
shooterf150 13-Aug-17
Crossed Arrows 13-Aug-17
Babbling Bob 13-Aug-17
Bear 1955 13-Aug-17
webby 13-Aug-17
YanYeoman 14-Aug-17
Ludy 14-Aug-17
Babbling Bob 14-Aug-17
stykman 14-Aug-17
smokey 14-Aug-17
South Farm 14-Aug-17
bearfootin 14-Aug-17
Old_Bear 14-Aug-17
stagecoach 14-Aug-17
Coyote 14-Aug-17
Pappy 15-Aug-17
HillbillyKing 15-Aug-17
dm/wolfskin 15-Aug-17
Nodak 15-Aug-17
ron w 15-Aug-17
Uncle Lijiah 15-Aug-17
From: JT
Date: 01-May-17




Any advice? Hunts etc...

From: bwd
Date: 01-May-17




Yep, retired and I excel at it.

From: BOX CALL Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 01-May-17




Since July,1st,2014 from the school district as a custodian.don't miss it one iota.

From: 2 bears
Date: 01-May-17




I thought all Ole Archers were. :^) >>>------> Ken

From: Phil
Date: 01-May-17




Been retired for just over a year ... biggest mistake I ever made

From: StikBow
Date: 01-May-17




Retired Marine,then again after 20+ years as an airport executive. Retired on a Friday, left onTuesdayfor 10 dayelk hunt

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 01-May-17




Since November of 2010. I don't miss work much at all, but I do miss the camaraderie of a good workplace, I made a lot of lasting friendships through work. If your works sucks though, you likely won't miss it when you retire. 8^). We have to watch our budget since we didn't have a golden parachute (pension) but we have relatively few bills, house is paid for, and we aren't at all extravagant. Still get to do some travelling when we feel like it, and best of all we are pretty healthy for old farts.

From: Missouribreaks
Date: 01-May-17




I never plan to retire.

From: cyrille
Date: 01-May-17




Been retired since '96 U.S. Navy veteran and other odd jobs.&>)

From: Jeff Durnell Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 01-May-17




Phil, do you miss your job? Its challenges? The people? Are you bored? I'm just wondering because I don't think I've ever heard anyone say that before. Interesting.

A buddy of mine retired last Friday and he doesn't know what he's going to do with himself. He doesn't really have any hobbies. Another will retire in 9 weeks, but he's got plenty to do. None of us care much for our jobs though. Either way, it would be an adjustment for sure.

From: EF Hutton
Date: 01-May-17




Vested in State retirement, but did not stay full term so i must wait till age 55 to collect. Was a State game warden.

Now i operste an AC & Heat business

From: EF Hutton
Date: 01-May-17




operate

From: Earl Mason
Date: 01-May-17




Retired June of 2014. Don't regret it at all.

From: dean
Date: 01-May-17




Yes, I have always been exceptional at doing nothing, other than playing with this or that and dinking around with music.

From: Kodiaktd
Date: 01-May-17




30 years with the State of Pennsylvaia. Retired three years ago.

From: Mpdh
Date: 01-May-17




June 30, 2016 was my last day of being paid to work. I was 63+ at the time. Haven't missed it one bit. Being an archer and a fisherman and having 5 grandkids who all play multiple sports keeps me plenty busy.

MP

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 01-May-17




I retired at 51 from a local P.D after 25 years. That was in 2000. Do I miss it? Not in todays anti police climate but I do miss the good folks I worked with and the good folks out on the street.

Now, their isn't enough time in the day for all the crap I have to do. I am on here between fletching arrows and making bow strings.

From: Bud B.
Date: 01-May-17




2014 must have been a good year for it. I was in that bunch. 24.5 years as a local LEO, 1.5 years of sick time saved, and I bought my 4 years of military service time from the state to have a full 30 years creditable service. Retiring at 49.5 years old was and is great. I live low on the hog, so budget has never really been a huge issue. My mortgage will be gone this year, so I will have lots to use for hunting and bow buying ;)

Now I am a full time husband and grandpa. Iplan to make up for all those days being absent for my duties.

I do not miss being an officer at all. I pray my friends and colleagues remain safe who still protect and serve, both military and civillian.

From: BIG BEAR
Date: 01-May-17




I'm a Police Officer in Southfield John, the north border of Detroit. I have 23 years now and am looking forward to being retired. I could retire today but I will be staying for another 3 1/2 years to maximize my pension as long as my health holds up.

From: BigOzzie
Date: 01-May-17




my goal is not to work 30 years at this job. June will be 25.5, hmmm need to find another gig to replace it in the next 4.5 years. Will retire with a modest income but no insurance so therefore will be working, a second career to survive.

daydreaming about making enough of a wage in the archery industry to pay insurance and not be overworked. Just have not figured out how to make that wage, any advice or tips feel free to p.m. me and I will take all advice to heart.

oz

From: Fats
Date: 01-May-17




July 5 last year from welding I to miss the guys

From: Catskills
Date: 01-May-17




Close but not yet retired. Will always need projects couch sitting can be fatal!

From: Phil
Date: 01-May-17




Jeff,

I retired as director of research for one of Europe's largest medical device manufactures specializing in Neuro-Kinesiology. Making the transition from running multi million pound research projects and working at the very limits of knowledge to not working has been very difficult. I still teach undergrads and postgrads one day per week and in return I get to use the Neuro Sciences lab to follow my own research interests, which at the moment is studying the EMG and EEG activity of archers with target panic

From: White Falcon
Date: 01-May-17

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Retired Feb 10, 2010. Loving every minute of it! I now get to take a short cat nap with the cat most days after lunch! He keeps me on my toes. Great snake and mole catcher.

From: Mr.Griz Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 01-May-17




Buy out from Verizon in Dec. 1993. Took their pension and haven't looked back!!

From: bowfitz
Date: 01-May-17




Yes but not the mrs %^)

From: Hokie76
Date: 01-May-17




Coming up on my retirement anniversary ... May 3, 2010. Great 7 years.

From: marc of PAW
Date: 01-May-17




Worked as a captain for an airline and loved it. Retired 1n "98" and love it. Started elk hunting in "97" and only missed 4 years since than. DIY again this year at 79.

From: RonG
Date: 01-May-17




The wife and I retired two weeks apart in 2011.

Work! Work! What is that, I put in my 57 years working and was offered work after I was retired and politely told them Hell No!!!!

From: Ken Taylor
Date: 01-May-17




At 64+ I have to admit I have mellowed through the years. I call myself semi-retired and most likely will always be that way- that just means I take the jobs I feel like doing or do the work I really have to do, LOL!

Besides, I don't have time for a full time job - my wife is native, I live in a relatively isolated northern community, and I have to keep us supplied with fish and game... you know the old saying "it's a heck of a job but somebody has to do it", LOL!

From: David Mitchell Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 01-May-17




Well, I'm like Phil...:o) I tried retirement back in 2010 and didn't do well at it. I had spent 45 years as a pastor. Several months later I was invited to join the staff of a church in the area and jumped at the opportunity. Frankly, the very hour before the phone call came inviting me to come on board I had been talking with the Lord about what I might be able to do now. Fastest answer to prayer I ever had. :o) As a part time associate pastor I'm not as loaded down as I was and love every minute of it. I love mentoring the younger pastor I serve with and with him being a hunter and avid outdoorsman we share lots of things in common. But I have known several men over the course of my career from various walks of life who didn't do retirement well.

From: jk
Date: 01-May-17




I've always been a capitalist so I never worked for any gummint' (except for one year temporary public school teacher) and mostly worked solo, for myself. Proud to be fully unemployed rather than "retired." At 74 I'm not old enough to be "retired."

From: Stycks
Date: 01-May-17




Over 1 year for me, 52 now trying to master fly fishing and hunting when possible. Heading out for turkeys Wednesday. Military pension make it possible for me. Always looking for new fishing and hunting partners.

From: buddyb
Date: 01-May-17




Yep, since 2011 and love it. I have to watch my budget but other than that its great.

From: Carolinabob
Date: 01-May-17




Not by choice, had pretty bad stroke. Hope to be able to shoot this fall.

From: Gramps
Date: 01-May-17




Been retired for two years now and I am loving it!!!

From: reddogge Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 01-May-17




Retired for 10 years but work part time for a caterer delivering catered food 3 half days/week. To be honest the part time job is 10 times, no make that 20 times more fun that the real job so I intend to do it for quite some time.

My shooting buddy Hatrick just retired a couple of weeks ago and we played golf last week. We both had fun.

From: JT
Date: 01-May-17




Frank, I think you have the best insight because you worked in a state prison also. Thirty years of state service and mama says that's enough. Things are getting so dangerous you wouldn't believe it.

From: tradmt
Date: 01-May-17




Nope, but every time I go to work I wish I was. :)

Lots of hunting opportunities almost year round in the states, all depends on what you can budget.

From: jimbow
Date: 01-May-17




retired in 1992, then again in 2001. I'm 78 now still love bowhunting, just a little harder to get around

From: Kodiaktd
Date: 01-May-17




JT, It was a long 30 years dealing with criminals. I use to tell people it was the best job I ever hated. "LOL"

From: Blackstick Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 01-May-17




Two years at the end of the month. For the life of me, I can't figure out how I had time for a real job.

From: BOX CALL Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 01-May-17




My friend retired from the air force and works for the school district.68 years old now ,house paid for,and just received his agent orange selltement from exposure in Viet nam.has leukemia now,and won't retire.has the years in.he loves hunting,but says the school district needs him.he will probly drop in a hallway some day at school.next day the job will be up for bid.enjoy life while ya can.

From: BowAholic
Date: 01-May-17




like BOXCALL I retired July 1, 2014, from a school, as a 36 year Ag/FFA teacher... and I barely miss it... :) My farm and my wonderfully helpful wife keep me plenty busy... LOL.

From: Stringmaker
Date: 01-May-17




Just past three years of retirement for La. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, a Marine Fisheries Biologist for 30 years.

I now continue to build strings (and normally don't have to stay up late doing it anymore), arrows and working on folks bow setups. Also do plenty for my church and umpire a lot . . . don't know how I got anything done when I was working, don't get it all done now! Not to mention my family . . .

Michael

From: Ben
Date: 01-May-17




I retired 11+ years ago. I set Structural steel for 38 years and ended as a Project manager for 6 years. The company I retired with asked me to come back, but no way. Like George I still miss the camaraderie but, not the work. Oh I do miss the paycheck though. I have plenty to do on the farm in between hunts.

From: bodymanbowyer
Date: 01-May-17




I wish,13 more years :-\ JF

From: Shoe
Date: 01-May-17




I retired from Norfolk and Southern Railway in 2011. I blinked when I should have had my eyes closed, and have been directing a food pantry for the last 5 years. Retirement is great, and I miss the guys that I worked with, although most of those are now retired as well. I still love the feeling on a Sunday night knowing that Monday morning no longer requires my red wing work boots. Retirement is just another chapter in the book of life, and it is up to you how the other chapters are written. Enjoy every minute, you deserve it.

From: Paul O Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 01-May-17




I have been retired since 2010 at age 48 from the State of PA in law enforcement. I went to barber school and opened my own shop a great move.

From: BOX CALL Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 01-May-17




Schools were getting awful when I left.the amount of destruction of school property,classrooms,and furniture just plain destroyed made my decision to retire easy.some nights coming in to work,ya just dreaded it.food,pop,spills,and just plain old trash.administration didn't care,so sianara baby.

From: Hatrick Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 01-May-17




Just retired myself on April 14, Good Friday. Just trying to understand the whole idea but I'm liking it so far. I turned 64 in February and would have liked to have worked another 2 years but I'm fed up with the business I was in. I saw enough government waste and BS to last 2 lifetimes. I have plenty to keep me busy. As soon as I can get my garage cleaned out of family belongings I'm going to start building bows again.

From: Darryl Payne
Date: 01-May-17




Retired due to on the job injury after 25 yrs in law enforcement and corrections at a local and state level.Worked with some real good folks during that time but do not miss the job in the least. We have a lot of property to hunt,fish,stump,and walk on now when I am able. finally able to understand what matters in life.

From: Hatrick Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 01-May-17




And planning another golf day this Thursday with reddogge as well as a shoot on Sunday.

From: Kwikdraw
Date: 01-May-17




Been retired from architect/custom builder since 2007, miss the design work, but not begging people to work! Had some really good subs that worked w/for me for over 20 years, but always some ragtags to deal w/. The illegals lowered the bar in our industry for the last 20 or so years, no more quality to speak of. Had to use them to compete, mostly. After 28 years of it, I had had enough, and am enjoying my retirement to no end. Like was stated above, don't know how I had time to work! We spend our winters in Central TX, (our home) and summer in CO mountains, hard to beat! Wyatt

From: Car54 Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 01-May-17




I is...somebody get a tee time....

From: larryhatfield
Date: 01-May-17




Not yet. Ranching full time since I was 20, 52 years designing and producing archery equipment, still ranching full time and doing some hydrology stuff for the gov't. when called on. I'm 82 and still have to have a purpose and something to look forward to. Health may retire me at some point, or death, but until then I will just keep working.

From: bowwild Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 01-May-17




I retired from my fish and wildlife agency in 2007 at 53 years old. I spent 30 years working for FW agencies (IN, KS, MO, and KY). Loved most of it.

I'm not currently retired but the president of a non-profit archery organization I started in 2002. I'm planning to retire from this in about 4 years. My wife doesn't think I can walk away from work. I'm pretty sure I can, but it (my work) has been a wonderful ride.

I've prayed for wisdom most days of my life. This means, the success I've enjoyed, I owe to He who answers prayers.

From: RonL
Date: 01-May-17




Been retired since January of 2011. I am lucky in that I get to shoot with a group every Wednesday and Sunday. Half of our group are compounders but good guys and gal. Couple are like M60gunner are here on the wall. Other wise I can't seem to find enough time to do everything like woodworking, learning to fly fish, making a rod. Don't take a lot of money to stay busy. Oh currently working on a box for my string making stuff RonL

From: rick allison
Date: 01-May-17




I'll be 65 in august and am still welding 10 hour days...this foolishness must stop...SOON!!!

Gonna hang it up after this calender year...can't wait.

But as I see it, one had better have a plan for retirement, and I don't mean financial. I grew up under the tutelage of a WWII veteran father, and worked a good share of my life with that outstanding generation. All these guys knew was work...and didn't know what to do with themselves when they stepped down.

I can't count the number of guys I knew who retired, went home and sat around, and were dead within a year or two. They just didn't know how to handle it...didn't know what to do with themselves after a lifetime of hard, physical work. Really sad.

So...I'm looking forward to doing work I WANT to do rather than that I have to do. I've got a couple golf courses in the area I've investigated...after a lifetime in the welding trade, spending my days outside sounds pretty good.

And...I love playing golf. So, yeah, gimme a call on those tee times...

From: HillbillyKing Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 01-May-17




Nothing like have 6 Sats and a Sun every week :)

From: sig9
Date: 01-May-17




Retired 2 years now. I was gonna work a while longer because I had the house paid for and started drawing SS so had 2 incomes and no debt. Working for state highway dept. so good benefits. Had to quit because hip wore out and couldn't hardly walk anymore. Living on farm keeps me busy and raising 5 yr. old Granddaughter. Loving every minute of it. sig9

From: Wapiti22
Date: 01-May-17




Retired finally the first of this year. 22+ years as a Military Officer and another 23 years working in Manufacturing. Loved every day of the Military, the private sector, not so much. Anyway, lots of time now to catch up on hunting and fishing and whatever else Old Farts do.

From: MCNSC
Date: 01-May-17




Less than 2 years to go,, I love my job as a jig and fixture maker, but Have limited vacation time and I HATE having to worry about and plan around every hour of vacation time I get.

From: nrthernrebel05
Date: 01-May-17




Semi. I still work 3 days and have 4 off.

From: bigdog21
Date: 01-May-17




55 and Also semi retired still work 3-5 months a year but not all in a row couple here and there.

From: mudge
Date: 01-May-17




I`ll be 62 in December. After 39 years I`m calling it quits as a Park superintendent. Then it`s on to that pile of osage in the garage and the grand kids. I know I will miss work, but I will be busy as ever. My dream - go west to hunt Elk.

From: Knifeguy
Date: 01-May-17




Retired in 2008, after 30 years as a machinist to care for my wife. I agree with George, I miss some of the people but not the BS. Was a shop Stewart for 12 years and helped my brothers and sisters in the IAM by negotiating 3 labor contracts. Lost my wife last year and still getting used to it. I finally did some traveling to CO and UT to visit relatives. My first "real" vacation in 26 yearsI was asked to return to work last year and refused because I'd of had to take a cut in pay! I don't regret a moment of the last 9 years. In fact, going on my first hunt this fall in CO. Lance.

From: kstout
Date: 01-May-17




I've been retired since 2009, and other than 6 months on chemo for leukemia, it has been great. I've been in remission since July of 2015, and doing great. I do a lot of hunting and fishing, but only during the week. The weekends are for relaxing!

From: M60gunner
Date: 01-May-17




Been retired since 2007. I was "downsized" as company moved production to China. I was 62 1/2 at that time. Went back to school for fun, college has woodworking program where I learned to make bamboo fly rods and basic woodworking skills. Moved to AZ. 2013 shoot on Wednesdays with a bunch of "old guys" like RonL. I am one of the "longshot" guys. Not enough time to do all the stuff I wanted, think I had more free time when working if that makes sense?

From: RD in WI
Date: 01-May-17




I retired from the Army in November 2010, was a school teacher in SD for three years, and now I attend college in Wisconsin.

I miss having an important job but I do like the time I have to do the things I enjoy.

I turn 47 this fall.

I recommend antelope in SD and whitetails across the border in MN to keep you ready for those Wisconsin bruisers.

Good luck

From: Murray Seratt Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 01-May-17




I'm 67 and took early retirement from the local VA hospital with the last 20 some-odd years being in the GI lab. I'm CEO of my retirement, when my wife isn't looking. I've been very involved in raising a whole litter of Grand Babies, and love every minute of it.

Murray

From: newt
Date: 01-May-17




Retired 9 yrs. Stress "fell off the cliff" the very next day after retirement. Hunting, fishing, camping, traveling , honey-do projects and helping others fills up my days. There 'really is' Life After Work! Newt

From: Jon Stewart
Date: 01-May-17




Bunch of "olde" farts on this site. lol

From: Magilla
Date: 01-May-17




I retired in 2015 after 25 years in the fire service

From: AK Pathfinder
Date: 01-May-17




This old fart retired at age 58 and never looked back. Like others We don't have a lot of income but not a lot of bills ether. I just applied for my social security last week and starting in August we'll feel rich with all that extra cash…Till I get a boat that is! We have 6 acres and a house that needs some updating so I'm never bored with life But things get slow we have miles of old logging roads and millions of acres of national forest right behind us. Life is nothing but good!

From: Straydog
Date: 01-May-17




I retired 10 years ago after 40 years of shrimping. Very hard work but thanks to Stringmaker for helping to make it more profitable.

From: Medicare Bhtr
Date: 01-May-17




Glad to hear that most are enjoying retirement or looking forward to the day. After working 50 years I retired end of '05. Was an archery manufacturers rep for last 15 years of "work"! Have had time to enjoy hunting, fishing, camping and The Great Outdoors! Spend a lot of time with family and friends whom I am grateful for. Wish all of you a quality life upon retirement.

From: Shifty
Date: 01-May-17




Retired since 2012 ,so busy now don't see how i had time to work.Have made some trips back to Colorado,left there in early 70s but my Heart stayed.

From: Newhunter
Date: 01-May-17




A little retarded but not retired :)

From: lawdy
Date: 01-May-17




I am 71, what is this retirement thing everyone talks about? Between coaching 6 months of the year, recording and playing music, I put an honest 60 hour week. That is why I drift in and out of this site. I gig 4-5 times a week in the summer and spend winters in a studio doing educational cds along with demos for songwriters.

From: David McLendon
Date: 01-May-17




Retired at 52 in 2009, will be 60 this coming Saturday, still very active and feel about 40 most days. But on those other days...

From: Animal Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 01-May-17




I'm tired, does that qualify?

From: Clydebow
Date: 01-May-17




Retired in 2002. Buy out from S.W.B. TELCO.

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 01-May-17




Hatfield wins by a mile. Biggest badass west of the Mississippi.

From: Stkbow3
Date: 01-May-17




I have 9 more working days.

From: Sipsey River
Date: 01-May-17




Retired at 56 in 2004. But opened Sipsey River Traditional Archery, sold out to Big Jim in 2008/2009. Been writing books since then.

From: buster v davenport
Date: 01-May-17




Retired in 2010 due to the fact the company I worked for ran out of contracts. I inspected and assembled railroad journal boxes and other heavy equipment bearing housings for 20 years. Then I inspected subway car parts, cars and locomotives for another 22 years. I inspected Sounder line locos for Washington state, BART and Caltrans cars for California, Amtrak cars, Chicago transit cars, NY subway cars, Boston transit cars, North East corridor high speed equipment boxes, Maryland and SEPTA transit cars and BNSF locomotives. bvd

From: Bowlim
Date: 02-May-17




When you don't have a defined benefit pension, you never really know, anything could change at any time.

But otherwise since 01.

From: MississippiBelle
Date: 02-May-17




I took early retirement at age 60 in June 2013 after my husband died (3 months short of being married 40 years)......RN for 36 years. My nephew got me into hunting that Oct (first time ever)...bought my first bow and killed my first deer (was a compound). Took up traditional archery 2 years ago and I love it. Life's too short...enjoy family: 3 kids, 8 G'kids (4 which hunt with me), 1 great g'daughter, and life.....lack of money sucks at times but I wouldn't change a thing. I'll be 64 this month. Travel and hunt deer and hogs......life is good and I am blessed..... good health. My nursing license is current, but I don't have any desire or need to go back (just hard to let it lapse). God bless everyone that is able to retire, so many people do not get to experience that. Marsha

From: TYR
Date: 02-May-17




Not in my future, "don't'get old you will live to regret it".

From: Stickshooter
Date: 02-May-17




you mean I'll be still working for another 15 yrs to support you ole guys?

From: Nemah
Date: 02-May-17




I taught middle school science and coached basketball and track for 35 years, retiring in 2005. I now make bows, wooden boats, bow hunt, fly fish for steelhead, bass fish, and hunt for pheasants. Keeping up our 6 acres is a chore also. Richard

From: George Tsoukalas
Date: 02-May-17




I retired from the classroom in 2006 after 35 years of teaching science and chemistry.

I do miss interacting with colleagues and really good students but teaching is a young man's job.

Thank God...I've enjoyed retirement. My wife and I have been able to travel with our daughters and enjoy each other. Lord willing that will continue.

Jawge

From: Arvin
Date: 02-May-17




Simi retired! I love it . Wish I would have planed a little better. My wife and I are spending summers up north where it is cool!!! That's why it is simi retired . Have to make spending money for the summers. I love it though. Spent 40 + years building buildings. Due to city rules , bad architecture, engineering and computers it's not fun anymore. Arvin

From: Eric Krewson
Date: 02-May-17




I retired 17 years ago at age 52 when I got riffed, never regretted going to the house after so many years of shift work.

I retired form the power plant but not from working. Lately I have been slowing up a bit as I approach 70.

From: jjs
Date: 02-May-17




Retired from what, maybe when I am dead or in coma. Would like to go back to a job where I can call in sick, vacation, and holidays off, haven't had that for many yrs as being self-employed, my choice and wouldn't change it.

From: Fuzzy
Date: 02-May-17




I have 15 months and 22 days to go

From: sammyg
Date: 02-May-17




Been retired from one of the Ford plants here in Louisville,Ky since 10/01/2003. Left there with 32 years seniority, I was 50 years old.If I could do it over I would have stayed a bit longer. Ford was wanting the seniority people out and a couple of years after I left they started offering buy-out packages. They eventually offered a buy-out where you got to keep all your retirement benefits including medical insurance plus your pension but the buy-out was offering an additional $100,000.00 to leave. Yes that's right, a 1 followed by 5 zeroes. While I don't miss the place that much I do miss a lot of the people,made a lot of good friends in there over the years. But let me add this,Ford Motor Company was good to me over the years,made a very good living for myself and family. Not too many places you can do that this day and age with just a high school diploma.

From: Buzz
Date: 02-May-17




"I never plan to retire."

I'd like to say the same, but we will see.

From: Andy Man
Date: 02-May-17




working on it right now

will be 64 in 2 days, hope to have time to take better care of myself

Kinda scary to be truthful

fear of the unknown?

just don't want to work to the point I cant do anything when I retire

From: SCATTERSHOT
Date: 02-May-17




Been retired 15 years come Saturday. I finally found aomething I'm good at, and plan to stick with it.

From: MStyles
Date: 02-May-17




I retired on 12/28/13. I had just turned 63, and I wasn't even considering retiring, but my wife gave me the green light. I'll admit I miss my trade and many of the people I worked with. I don't miss the worthless, corporate micro-managing that was inflicted on my trade. I like the flexability of being retired. Like anything else, retirement is both good and bad. Make an exercise and weight resistance program part of your daily routine. That will make retirement better. If it's possible, donate some of your free time to volunteering at a food pantry or homeless shelter.

From: YanYeoman
Date: 02-May-17




I am just TIRED. I will probably never retire.

From: Rock Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 02-May-17




Have no real plans to retire even though I am old enough, I enjoy my work but may look into just working part time, taking off January, April, August, September and November every year.

From: MStyles
Date: 02-May-17




Oh yeah, "Sitting is the new Smoking".

From: NormF
Date: 02-May-17




Retired on 07/31/15 after 43 years on the railroad as a switchman/conductor.Miss some of the guys but not the work so much since the safety nazis took over.

From: LuckyStrike
Date: 02-May-17




2055 is my project retirement date. Until the then only easy day was yesterday!

From: RymanCat
Date: 02-May-17




I always figured if I wasn't spent then I must not have worked hard enough yet. LOL

That's why I keep working hard so I'm not spent plus it cost money to hunt and fish and traveling. LOL

At least I'm long past wives costing me and that's not a wives tails anymore either.

Plus I will burn both ends till the day I die.LOL

From: Mule/IN Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 02-May-17




Body forced me to retire in Sept. of 2016. Had a double knee replacement on Nov. 28 and am doing very well with that. Doing physical therapy twice weekly for shoulder and hand issues, but that is coming along as well. 2 years as a laborer and 39 years and 8 months as a pipefitter just took a toll on my body I reckon. Enjoying retirement and looking forward to a black bear hunt in Maine this fall. I will be 62 in October.

From: Nutmeg Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 02-May-17




Retired as a therapist on 4/20,2016. Don't miss it at all. Love retirement!! (nut)

From: tobywon
Date: 02-May-17




I tell my retired friend that I still have to work to pay for his Social Security:) Hopefully it is still there and I am still here when its time for me to retire in another 15 years.

From: SWAG
Date: 02-May-17




Started out in the Marine Corps 7 days out of High School. Then went AGR full time in the National Guard. Retired in 1997 with 24 years 2 Months 15 Days. Been retired for 20 Years now an working every day to stay that way... RETIRED an listen to my Dad!

From: wingman
Date: 02-May-17




Retired 6/01/2011 at 63 yrs/old. I was 38 yrs in the insurance claims dept. and can't say I miss it. I volunteer with my church and that keeps me moving and learning and meeting people. Able to visit the kids and grandkids more often and that is GREAT. shuffle in shooting the recurves and hunting and life is fun and been good to me.

From: oldcrowkiller
Date: 02-May-17




Retired in 2003. I'm now a full time caregiver.

From: BACK YARD
Date: 02-May-17




Retired 2012. Factory closed so drawing social security and work part time some.Do miss the old gang and the job but spending more time with the wife is nice also. Bless all the old folks on the Wall and stay healthy

From: nybubba
Date: 02-May-17




I thank Henry Ford every day I should happen to drive pass the plant, especially when it's not "0dark30" in the morning. Of course the VA is a big help also in contributing to my retirement, even though I'm not as good as I once was.

From: thorn
Date: 02-May-17




Been retired since Feb. 2009. Best thing I ever did. Now every day is Saturday.

From: oldhunter1942
Date: 02-May-17




Yeah its great. I should have retired when I was (21)

From: reb
Date: 02-May-17




Been retired since 2010.

From: JusPassin Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 02-May-17




I thought I retired, turns out I'm just unemployed.

From: Bobbin hood
Date: 02-May-17




45yrs. behind the Badge! Love & Hate Job! Now I hunt and Fish only! Loving every minute!

From: ronald rector
Date: 02-May-17




Retired nov l989 from dept correction.

From: YH2268 Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 02-May-17




RETIRED!! Joined Marine Corps in 66, got out in 70 started working construction. Joined Army National Guard helicopter unit in 86 to get back around helicopters, [weekend warrior]. Got on flight status in ten months and stayed 16 years, retired from Unit September 01. Started working for Postal Service in 94 and retired from that in October 09.

From: nomo
Date: 02-May-17




Retired from Ford Motor Co. in 2007. Will be retiring for good in June 2018 from a university. My life likely won't change much. I might take the wife to the Grand Canyon and do an Alaska cruise. After that we'll see. I'm not real big on spending a lot of money on out of state hunts. If I spend money on travel my wife's going with me and she doesn't hunt. I'm quite content to just hunt local.

From: yeager
Date: 02-May-17




Retired Navy and commercial airline pilot. For advice, don't tell your kids unless you like to baby sit. The best thing, for me, is that I never have to worry about not getting vacation time any more, whether it is for hunting or family matters.

From: Wild Bill
Date: 02-May-17




At 68 I retired last November. All through the holidays I felt like I was on extended vacation and very enjoyable at that. But now I am questioning/evaluating my purpose. To please my wife, I am preparing to sell the house and move closer to the grandchildren. The move will also reduce our cost of living due to lower taxes. But the move is away from many of the people and places I/we enjoy. I'm sure God has a plan for me/us, I daily ask his help. Someday this new lifestyle will be more familiar to me. It's OK, but nothing like I imagined it would be.

From: ahunter55
Date: 02-May-17

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Retired at age 60 after 32 years in a steelmill & fron H.S to 5 years active duty Navy/Marines & 3 years Army reserves. I'm 75 now & compete in most of our bigger state & National tournaments & Bowhunt all I want. I've bowhunted 2 Canadian Provinces & 14 States for various biggmae. 5 kids & 15 G-kids with 8 archers in the family. I try & make 1 sometimes 2 trips in the off season for Hogs in Tx or Ok, Deer at home & maybe some other out of state bowhunt. I've been blessed with many adventures..

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 03-May-17




Nah, still working, never figured on retiring before 65. 61 now and been working for Fed (Us Fish and Wildlife, Army Corps and Now Air Force since 87, Montana State before that, and lots of construction outfits and restaurants b4 that. Working since I was 12 basically if you count paper routes and trapping, lol. Trapping since 6. But I did alot of adventures in my younger years when I was physically able and now I am behind the game with retirement since my wife would like to travel and me to be done and not obligated to work. I should have had more foresight and been less,self centered all those adventurous single years but who knew what would play out? Play now, pay later...only who's paying..? She is... feeling bad for her she has to wait while I work. At least I,get,decent vacation and am saving dough, as long as there is time and good health to put it to good travel use, eh? Praying there is...

From: Phil/VA
Date: 03-May-17




Retire at age 63 in 2010.

From: justinspicher
Date: 03-May-17




I retired from the Army in August 2016. I went to work for the US forest service directly afterwards as a seasonal employee doing trail maintenance and wild land firefighting down here in SW Colorado. I'm on me second season now, hard to find a better job. I get paid to exercise and scout for the upcoming season.

From: Ranger Joe
Date: 03-May-17




Just retired 3 days ago,... 27 years with City Fire Dept. I`m a bit apprehensive right now. I`m sure the feelings will change with time! (That honey do list is getting bigger!)

From: MStyles
Date: 03-May-17




It's an adjustment. Easier for some, harder for others. It took me a year before I could sleep the whole night through.

From: sir misalots
Date: 03-May-17




I wish

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 03-May-17




I can assure anyone who wonders, that I will have No/Zero/Zilch/Nada problem adjusting to and relishing the free time and free-dom retirement promises. I will have absolutely NO PROBLEM finding ways to spend my time being productive, having fun, or just being - and will have NO trouble sleeping. LOL! No problem finding ways to spend my $$ either. Only four more years if all goes as I wish and pray for. I can find ways to make money if it runs out. NP.... LOL! (But what EVER goes as planned?... :^) I just can't figure out why so many people have problems finding things to do or just sit around, and then pass on without ever having enjoyed the time after retirement. Can't understand that... work should not brainwash you into being a slave to it in such cases. :^/

From: BOX CALL Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 03-May-17




I still have trouble sleeping,and sometimes the quiet can be over whelming.

From: 1sthound
Date: 03-May-17




Two years retired now, Still feel sometimes like I am doing something wrong. A guilty feeling like I am faking sick. Then I have a dream that they force me to come back. I go there and quit every time! strange.

Still wake with a start if time is later than 4:15 a.m. Thinking Im late. So it has been a bit of an adjustment for me.

Now I have pretty much gotten past the guilt feelings and just feel thankful that my time is my own. Now If I could just convince the wife that my time is my own and not for "tHE lIST"...

From: ahunter55
Date: 03-May-17

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Never had a problem when I retired & wonder how I managed doing so many things & still work a full time job +. I "earned" retirement for sure going to work weekends when others were doing fun, family stuff & more. Now, I hunt, fish, make sure our 15 G-kids know a little about FUN things. Wife & I enjoy photography outings (she's the photographer for sure). I do the bigger State, National archery tournaments. Wife was extremely sick 2 years & practically bed ridden. I took care of her & we both suffered, basically never leaving the house for much of anything. Now, we are past that & yes, we try to enjoy everything to the fullest.. Pray your health stays good & DO THINGS even if it's a day trip. MAKE your life worth it. I have had so many friends pass & without really enjoying their life or family.. It comes with an expiration date, we just have no idea when.. I just finished marking calendar for events in S.D. (4 days July, 3 days Sept), N.Mex.(2 days Aug), Tx.(4 days Sept.) & Ws (3-4 days Oct) PLUS trying to figure out a photo vacation for wife this summer.. Yep, us oldies Go-Go-Go, just a little slower.

From: Desperado
Date: 03-May-17




Retired as a high school teacher after 37 years in the classroom. Miss it a lot but do not miss the crap and the politics. Now I "suffer" with bow hunting, fly fishing,kayaking,riding my Harley, driving my 1929 model A Ford and traveling with my wonderful wife.Thank you Lord for these blessings !!!

From: milehi101
Date: 03-May-17




That is what they call it. I don't seem to have as much time as when I was working at a real job.

From: donnyjack Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 03-May-17




I'm on my third day of retirement so I think I'm going to have to work on it a little longer before I can say I'm RETIRED.

From: mgerard Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 03-May-17




Retired June 2014. Worked 2 years part time until June 1 2016. That day was my LAST day:>) I miss some of my colleagues. The rest...

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 03-May-17




Upon rereading my comment above about Larry Hatfield, I now see it as being disrespectfull. Therefore I apologize to those of you that were offended.

From: MississippiBelle
Date: 04-May-17




What it's like to be retired........... Marsha

https://www.facebook.com/439716019739557/videos/484456768598815/

From: MississippiBelle
Date: 04-May-17




From: Sniper
Date: 04-May-17




Upcoming.....June 30th 2017. Major milestone at 62 1/2 years old. Will retire from life as a sales exec to life as a an almost full time outdoorsman. Oh joy!

From: Babbling Bob Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 04-May-17




Still do the same traveling job I have for 35 years, which is traveling and consulting on golf courses. Worked at a university for five of those 35 years when times were tough, but through an agreement with the school, kept my company rolling forward and consulted about as much as I do now.

Go overseas looking at golf courses two to four times per year. Might slow down in the old foggies home after 90 in 20 more years, if I'm not planted in the forty-four cemetary north of Bristow, OK, with my '60 and '62 Kodiak Specials.

Today in Oklahoma, checking on the old folks like my brothers, one of which who just had a stroke and who was working seven days a week operating a ministry at 78. Slowed him down for a month, but he'll be OK. Eleven days ago, I added some replies on the Leatherwall from Johannesburg, South Africa. In two weeks, I'll go to Japan, China, and Malaysia, and in October and early November, I'll add Bahrain, Spain, Portugal, and north Italy to that list. The money keeps me in paper plates to shoot out back and a cottage with enough room for two people to turn around in the Adirondacks. Still have some drama in my life but don't have to worry about what time of day it occurs.

But I ain't retired -- yet.

From: Vanhethof
Date: 04-May-17




On June 30 after forty years I'll be taking off a uniform for the last time...for the second time. Then its off to Isle Royale on an 8-day canoe trip at the end of September. I return on September 30 only to leave for the bow opener. That'll keep be busy through December. I'm blessed.

From: Greyfox
Date: 04-May-17




Retired in 2007, been a good ten years. Still work on the farm, will do that till I'm planted. Hunting and fishing has been good lately.

From: Ken Schwartz
Date: 04-May-17




Retired 2005.

From: hawkeye in PA
Date: 04-May-17




Semi retired. After 38 years of being on call 24/365 I retired. I'm subcontracted back now and not allowed to work over 40 hrs a week. And I love it!

From: NJWoodsman
Date: 04-May-17




I'm enjoying a stint of pre-retirement. It's taken a couple of months after I got the envelope with my name on it to finally feel like I don't have a lot to catch up on. I've long thought I'd follow in my family footsteps and retire early, but my younger wife is "putting on an addition", so I'm looking for a job and forgetting about extra-curricular activities in October!

From: smokey
Date: 04-May-17




Almost two years now. Retired from law enforcement, 29 years of service, three years Army.

From: 4FINGER
Date: 04-May-17

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Some Places and Experiences Embed themselves deeper and with more meaning than others...awhile back I noticed that a lot of my once Dark Hair was turning Grey & a lot of it was Turning Loose :)...My Wife "Sweetie" said it was time to Visit More of Those Places and Have More of Those Experiences...I Agreed...March 2017 was My last Month of Being "Gainfully" Employed...Time to Clean the Camera Lens and Hook up the Trailer...We are Blessed...4finger

From: Therifleman
Date: 06-May-17




I just retired after 35 of service in the field of developmental disabilities. Throughout my work life I had always considered my job low stress, but now look back and see if differently. Not sleeping much the past 5 years was just such an indication---I won't get into the dynamics of the job, but overseeing an agency that impacts the lives of several hundred people and doing so in a way that allows individuals to live their own lives while ensuring health and safety was the challenge. I am now into my fifth week of retirement and sleep through the night. I have quickly adjusted to being blessed to now have my time to do what I want---turkey hunt, fish, shoot the bow, rove with our little Jack Russell pup. I don't think anyone can really appreciate that freedom unless they have put in at least 40 hours a week (in my case 50-60 most weeks) for over three decades. My wife keeps telling me that I will be bored, but I'm willing to give boredom a try too---always looking for new hobbies.

From: BOX CALL Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 06-May-17




Some of the custodians in my school district that retired were right back subbing the next week.same as the administration, my thought was,why retire.I'll never go back.

From: trad47
Date: 06-May-17




70 yrs old and still working.

From: Kodiak
Date: 06-May-17

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From: Kodiak
Date: 06-May-17

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From: Stickbow Felty
Date: 06-May-17




118 days left but who's counting.

From: buckthumper
Date: 07-May-17




I'm just tired.

From: Slayer NE Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-May-17




I "retired", or rather due to the ag market was forced to retire, from my career as a farmer at age 54, sold out of everything and moved 3 states away! Don't miss it a bit!

I now do mission work, travelling to the other side of the world 2 - 4 months a year for that, work on our 140 acres, and learned and work 30 - 50 hours a week at blacksmithing - plus get to go hunting or shoot a bow once in a while! DON'T MISS THE HASSLES OF THE "REAL" JOB ONE BIT! Working all hours, handling employees, and just all the associated stress - GOOD BY! I had some great employees, who are great friends, but I don't miss not having to schedule work and "keep everyone happy".

The key to "retirement" is have a plan, have something to do. I probably work almost as much as ever, just work at doing what I want. If I want to work in the forge, or take the dog for a walk, or drive to another state, I just do it! My wife is very supportive, I love her dearly, and we have an incredible, blessed life. The time we have to do what we want is well worth the lessened income! I think the money is the least important thing to plan for with retirement. If you absolutely love everything about your work - stay at it, enjoy it - if your job is a burden, get out and find something more pleasurable to do. Don't confuse "living" with "making a living". A lot of people never learn how to live!

My only regret is that I didn't make these life changes sooner, but maybe then I wouldn't have had the wisdom to know how to do it ...

From: Andy Man
Date: 12-Aug-17

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Its official

I just did it-yesterday

Now Retired-guess gotta let it sink in and move on to the next chapter

From: MStyles
Date: 12-Aug-17




Congrat's, you made it! Look's like your 4 legged buddy is giving you a tip on what you can do with some of your time. After 3 years of retirement, I can say I enjoy it more every day. Now, if only my wife would retire, we could start taking some cool roadtrips that we both enjoy.

From: Clinton Gowin
Date: 12-Aug-17




I retired in July 2014 after 24 years of military service....some of which was reserve duty. I now work as a FED LE Agent and life is pretty good. I bought my military time back and have 25 years of FED svc as well. Spent some time at the Federal Bureau of Prisons as well as FEMA and the DOD. I am ready to retire for good NOW.....but too young. I am only 45. I plan to punch out for good at 57...if I live that long. 80% disabled vet now....titanium plates here and there and a handful of screws scattered about, holding things together. Have a hard time sleeping myself....like BOXCALL mentioned. Hunting and the outdoors provide an escape for me. Gives me a chance to find myself. Helps me to stay centered and makes me easier to live with (wife and kids). When I do retire I wont miss it. Never had a "low stress" job. Should be plenty of $$ to play, if/when I ever get there. I am envious of you fellas that made it to retirement...but I know you all did your time. God bless!

From: GLF
Date: 12-Aug-17




I started drawing my VA disability 8 or 9 years ago. So yeah sorta retired.

From: StickandString
Date: 12-Aug-17




Getting close. Giving it about 1 more year and then I am retiring. Looking forward to having 40 extra hours per week to do what I want to do.

From: Stickbow Felty
Date: 12-Aug-17




Congrats James.My last day of work is August 25th.

From: Andy Man
Date: 12-Aug-17




Kinda a wierd feeling right now having worked so song

kinda feeling like a worthless old man now

guess gota get over the initial shock

From: JT
Date: 12-Aug-17




Beat of luck to Jim and Greg! Have some big fun.

From: badgerman Professional Bowhunters Society - Qualified Member
Date: 12-Aug-17




Retired 20 years ago at age 62. Worked in Probation and Parole, and the last 30 years in Mental health and Alcohol and Drug treatment. Love retirement. At age 82 shoot my recurve almost daily, and lately have been scouting and building ground blinds for the up-coming deer bow season. My health is good but may tire more quickly than I did when I was 40. Good to hear all the great stories of happily retired folks. Joel

From: Nutmeg Professional Bowhunters Society - Associate Member
Date: 12-Aug-17




Since 4/20 2016. Love it!! (nut)

From: Fats
Date: 12-Aug-17




Since July 5 last year seams like I haven't stopped working so much around the home to do but that's ok

From: somedude
Date: 12-Aug-17




I am disabled retired since 2012 when I broke my neck. Retirement SUX!!! I am fortunate in that i am not paralyzed. Hopeful to be able to shoot well enough to hunt this year. It has been a while since I shot well enough to hunt. Maybe I will connect this year. ><> del

From: RymanCat
Date: 12-Aug-17




Some days I'm retired, other days should be retired and then some days just plain tired.

Will have to work till the day I am called up.

From: rick allison
Date: 12-Aug-17




In 7 months. But who's counting...

From: HitorMiss
Date: 12-Aug-17




I just retired August 4th of this year. I am 62 and felt it was time to stop, 40 years of corporate life got to me.

From: Billstick
Date: 12-Aug-17




Retired in 2013 after 37yrs.at a national laboratory , now 6 saturdays and a sunday.

From: Roadrunner
Date: 12-Aug-17




I retired from full time work in 2014, but continue to do some part time consulting to keep things interesting. I started preparing for the consulting about 8 years prior to retirement. Sure havent been bored so far.

From: Biblethumpncop
Date: 12-Aug-17




Eligible to retire from the Police Department in 191 days. I will be retiring in the Spring of 2018, with 20 years. If you include my time in the military, I've done 25 years. I hope to relocate to the Roanoke/Salem VA area and start a second career (hopefully in the ministry). I'm ready...

From: Andy Man
Date: 12-Aug-17




Bible thumpingcop

there is a a good archery club at Roanoke (sherwood archers)

they have a nice big shoot every year

would look into them when you move there

From: Mike Mecredy
Date: 12-Aug-17




From the Air force. But I was 39 when I did that, so I'm technically not retired yet.

From: backwashrat
Date: 12-Aug-17




retired in 2013 went back to work in 2014 I got bored, all my friend were always at work plan on working till 2018 then try again.

From: silverarrowhead
Date: 12-Aug-17




Retired at the age of 66, in December 2014. I miss the comraderie, and the money, but not having to answer to people I don't respect is well worth it. Seems like the only problems with these days are with the insurance company for my medical insurance.

From: jhinaz
Date: 12-Aug-17




My first day of retirement was April 1st, 1998 but I didn't 'feel retired' until I stopped shaving every day (3 years later). I took to retirement like a duck takes to water, and never regretted one day of it. Like many others have stated, I too missed the people/camaraderie when I first retired, but in time I've found new friends to share/enjoy my recreation with. My wife and I are in good health....life has been good and I am blessed! - John

From: jrh24
Date: 12-Aug-17




Retired after 37 years as a union sheet metal worker in 2013. I never would have believed it would be so much easier on my body to just work 40 hours a week at Lowes. Best move I ever made!! John

From: 1Longbow
Date: 13-Aug-17




I'm at the age 63 where I could retire ,but kinda scared on the medical insurance side things. What are you people doing for medical insurance? I have a retirement plan. The insurance not so much.

From: Blackstick Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 13-Aug-17




1Longbow,

When my wife passed away, I retired at age 63 and I went on Obama Care. It was $5.56 per month. The next year it went up to $56 per month. Then, when I turned 65 I was mandated to get the entitlement called Medicare. I have to pay $166 per month now or pay more later on down the road. Never paid so much for insurance in my life, even when I covered my family. :-(

From: Bob Rowlands
Date: 13-Aug-17




I'll work until I can't.

As far as health care, if you look at health problems on the whole, people that frequently see docs are fat, get no exercise at all, are smokers, and heavier daily drinkers as well. All interconnect and most disease is related to that. Stay lean, stay strong, quit tobacco and drink moderate or light. You'll likely be healthy into very old age, and not need medical care on a regular basis.

From: scienceguy
Date: 13-Aug-17




Two more years in the classroom/science lab for me!

From: RD in WI
Date: 13-Aug-17




I retired from the Army on 30 NOV 2010.

Currently a college student at the age of 46.

It has been going well for me.

From: JT
Date: 13-Aug-17




Best of luck to all. I'm on the short list to get out the door soon.

From: Bowdoc
Date: 13-Aug-17




Oh yeah the bowdoc done with it in 2014 don't miss it at all bd

From: Nemah
Date: 13-Aug-17




I retired in 2005 after 35 years teaching science and coaching track and basketball at the 8th grade level. Now I make a few wooden boats and a few bows. Richard

From: shooterf150
Date: 13-Aug-17




Retired Jan. 2005 the best thing I did.34 years as a Letter carrier..

From: Crossed Arrows
Date: 13-Aug-17




I don't remember.

From: Babbling Bob Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 13-Aug-17




Kinda but not completely yet. Would guess there are a diverse sampling of us on this site who are all ages.

Still relatively young and only born in October, '46, so not old enough to hang it up, at least up completely. Wife said we were tight on funds lately so worked weeding bunkers with a weed hoe on a golf course as part time help the last two weeks to assist some friends and almost over did it --- for good. Still recovering. We are all so different, but there is a time to just take it slower and enjoy the fine art that goes into a good piece of apple pie, especially when it's along side a cup of Tim Horton's coffee.

Here's a completely different example from many of us. Have a brother eight years older who runs a bicycle ministry long hours, seven days a week, plus goes down to skid row in the middle of the night to help out. Don't know how he does it. Unfortunately, even he found his limits and had a minor stroke earlier this year which slowed him down. But he's back at work. I'm not as tough - yet.

From: Bear 1955
Date: 13-Aug-17




I have 15 more working days day's left to go. 62 1/2 years old and I'm so ready to retire. Sept 2 is opening day archery that's were I plan to be. I will not miss work.

From: webby
Date: 13-Aug-17




retired 7 years from teaching . Enjoyed my job most days but always considered the job as an interruption in my day. Fishing, music, hunting, drive my tractor around the fields and move rocks for shits and giggles. nap- start over. Been wonderful and highly recommend.

From: YanYeoman
Date: 14-Aug-17




I am just 'tired'.

From: Ludy
Date: 14-Aug-17




Retired on 7/1/2006 from Bellsouth with 35 years with buyout. Went before AT&T took over worked some small jobs to get by but busier than ever. Think I made right decision. Its been great for me. I'm 67

From: Babbling Bob Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 14-Aug-17




About insurance. I found a job at a state university when I was 62 and it lasted five years when I could get medicare plus a supplement. At that time, the university was hiring a bunch of us over sixty for skilled odd jobs. Found that out through a PA when I went to one of the campus doctors for a workout physical. He said the university was full of older people hired about the time I was. The university got reliable folks, and most likely most of us will leave long before we are qualified to get full retirement benefits or need a lot of medical attention. I was healthy until I got back home six years later.

From: stykman
Date: 14-Aug-17




Me be retired. Recommend it highly.

From: smokey
Date: 14-Aug-17




I am just on my second year of retirement. Sort of tuff adjustment at first but feels good now. 29 years law enforcement. Always looking for new adventures in the outdoors.

From: South Farm
Date: 14-Aug-17




You'll know when I retire when you read it in the obits..

From: bearfootin Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 14-Aug-17




Yep..... retired in 2003. Put in 30 years as a machinist at a steel mill and a couple years before that in an automotive machine shop. Been retired for 14 years and I was 53 when I did it. Don't miss it at all and have lots of other "hobbies" to keep me busy. Life is short and getting shorter LOL. Lloyd

From: Old_Bear
Date: 14-Aug-17




Plan to retire 30 September after working for the Army for 32 years. Looking forward to setting my own schedule. I've never been much of a napper but I may have to try it......I'm told it can be habit forming.

From: stagecoach
Date: 14-Aug-17




Been retired 8 yrs it's great. Even let my hair grew again. Lol I be been getting my $ start next mouth it comes out of fund, (I'm knocking on wood) I hope I live long time.

From: Coyote
Date: 14-Aug-17




Used to be tired, now I'm retired. Been retired a little over a year from selling motorcycle parts and accessories. Don't miss the work, but do miss a few of the people. Had worked for a paycheck since I was 11. 71 now and lucky I could retire.

From: Pappy
Date: 15-Aug-17




Retiring the 29 Sept. Not quite sure how I feel about it yet, worked since I was 14 so it will be different for sure. I do have a farm /Hunt and build bows/knives and lots of other primitive/traditional projects so I think I will be able to stay busy.I will let you know in a year or so how it is working. Pappy

From: HillbillyKing Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 15-Aug-17

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Was put out too Pasture 2009 and didnt want too go liked my work legs hips and lower back busted up on me Lifetime as a horsetrainer + 26 years Philip Morris & 9 yrs as a Barber !

From: dm/wolfskin
Date: 15-Aug-17




Retired May 1, 2017, from Universty of Georgia at 40 years of service.Life is good.

From: Nodak
Date: 15-Aug-17




I retired 10/31/2011 at age 56. My wife had retired two years earlier. I saw how much fun she was having so I had to join her!. I had 32 years in the insurance business and just got burned out I guess. My wife's retirement provided us health insurance or no way could I have retired. I still needed to feel productive so I do a lot of part time things. We live in a small town very rural so most kids are bused to the school so I took on a school bus route through the area I hunt so can see what's happening. Also found out I enjoy the part time work and helping the kids, you kind of become a mentor to them. I never have any trouble with them. I am now the primary caregiver for my 93 year old father and part time babysitter to my three grandchildren who live in town, so I keep very busy! Anyhow, when it's time to hunt I seem to find a way. I have to say I never missed my full time work at all, am thankful I had it but glad to be done. Pray now my health holds out just getting started making friendships with more experienced hunters who have kindly offered me a chance to go huntj hogs in Texas, antelope in SD and bear in Canada so hopefully be able to go someday. God is good, I thank Him everyday for all things, if you have your health seems you have everything!

From: ron w Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 15-Aug-17




Worked as a toolmaker for GE R&D for 38 years. Retired in 2007 at age 55. Been out for 10 years now, best move I ever made. I have hunted all over the country, rode motorcycles all over, been to Baltimore shoot and Comptons a few times.....Kayak and hike, rides bicycles. Now My wife is also retired and it is a great thing. Got a couple of grand kids in Georgia and plan on moving down there in the near future.

From: Uncle Lijiah
Date: 15-Aug-17




I'm retired from my first job and now I'm working on my second retirement. I may have to work full-time until I drop. :) My wife is 6 years younger than me and self employed, so my full-time job with benefits provides her with health insurance.





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