Traditional Archery Discussions on the Leatherwall


acclimation

Messages posted to thread:
shade mt 06-Dec-18
timex 06-Dec-18
Ross 06-Dec-18
StikBow 06-Dec-18
Glunt@work 06-Dec-18
shade mt 07-Dec-18
hawkeye in PA 07-Dec-18
K Cummings 07-Dec-18
timex 07-Dec-18
dean 07-Dec-18
South Farm 07-Dec-18
George D. Stout 07-Dec-18
George D. Stout 07-Dec-18
TrapperKayak 07-Dec-18
TrapperKayak 07-Dec-18
Supernaut 07-Dec-18
shade mt 09-Dec-18
3arrows 09-Dec-18
foxbo 09-Dec-18
George Tsoukalas 09-Dec-18
South Farm 10-Dec-18
George D. Stout 10-Dec-18
RonG 10-Dec-18
NY Yankee 10-Dec-18
South Farm 10-Dec-18
South Farm 10-Dec-18
dr22shooter 10-Dec-18
George D. Stout 10-Dec-18
South Farm 10-Dec-18
George Tsoukalas 10-Dec-18
George D. Stout 10-Dec-18
Nemophilist 10-Dec-18
ottertails 10-Dec-18
Supernaut 10-Dec-18
Nemophilist 10-Dec-18
South Farm 10-Dec-18
Supernaut 10-Dec-18
From: shade mt
Date: 06-Dec-18




Acclimation

In a nutshell it simply means to adapt to environment and conditions.

Inability to adapt might be our biggest weakness as bowhunters.

Adapting to environment.. There simply is no better way of becoming acclimated to cold and heat than just spending enough time in it to become "acclimated". Man has had to brave the elements since his beginning. However our innovation and modernization also makes us far more comfortable on the couch than in the field. So rather than spend more time outdoors suffering the elements and becoming more "acclimated" we adapt by innovation and specialized clothing and gear.....not necessarily a bad thing.

Top of the food chain...Hey man still lay's claim to it. However again it's mostly through innovation. We have become woefully ignorant of what goes on where the blacktop and concrete ends. Man isn't much of a hunter and gatherer anymore. Innovation and modernization have made it unnecessary, however as hunters it benefits us to know the game we pursue. The best way to do that is by "acclimation" spending time in the field. The more your out there, the more you learn. But true to form man has through innovation come up with way's to curb out around the necessary boot work and time afield learning about the game we pursue. We use trail cams to monitor, plant food plots, hang a stand and go hunting. I enjoy running trail cams, they are useful tools when used right along with a lot of time afield. Used alone they really do nothing in the way of "acclimation"

Weapons...Oh boy talk about innovation! We have come up with way's to practice less, shoot farther, faster and with flatter trajectory, rather than become more "acclimated" We have curbed out around the continual need to practice to stay sharp and the need to be "stickbow close"

I'm in no way anti technology or innovation I use it. But only right along with good ole fashioned "acclimation"

From: timex
Date: 06-Dec-18




my old Chesapeake bay retriever would put on such a thick undercoat after the first few days in the cold water she looked 20 lbs heavier...as for the rest of it well you can attribute that to the grocery store.

From: Ross
Date: 06-Dec-18




Very well said Steve ! If l had the patience and typin ability I might have beat you to it

From: StikBow
Date: 06-Dec-18




Interesting thread yep, we are lazy and take every short to success offered. Not all hunters, but certainly the majority

From: Glunt@work
Date: 06-Dec-18




Well, I spent the day acclimating my rear off. The truck heater felt pretty darn nice at quittin' time :^)

From: shade mt
Date: 07-Dec-18




Glunt@work..lol I hear ya, everyday in the winter I'm glad for that truck heater when the workday is done, that and a pair of carhartt's.

From: hawkeye in PA
Date: 07-Dec-18




Good post. I'm going to try to get among them this morning...but I'll have a disposable handwarmer with me. Not all technology is bad:)

From: K Cummings
Date: 07-Dec-18




"Top of the food chain...Hey man still lay's claim to it. However again it's mostly through innovation.

Innovation is it's own form of acclimation.

:)

KPC

From: timex
Date: 07-Dec-18




iv never been in grizz or brown bear country & was just wandering if ya still feel like the top of the food chain when there ???

From: dean
Date: 07-Dec-18

dean's embedded Photo



A Hammock seat does NOT make a good cold weather hunting chair. Wrong material for below freezing. Does anybody ever take a good picture sitting in one of those?

From: South Farm
Date: 07-Dec-18




"iv never been in grizz or brown bear country & was just wandering if ya still feel like the top of the food chain when there ???"

Only with the 300 Weatherby by my side!

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Dec-18




I grew up in the 50's, so I know how to survive if I was pushed to that point. Some of us haven't lost anything except the real need to fend for ourselves. Pushed to the need, most of us out here in the Pa. woods would do just fine, as long as the hoards from other areas didn't infiltrate the wild as to eliminate any chance of doing that. Hopefully it will never come to that. I also like picking up pork rib steaks at the local grocery and doing them over my stainless steel grill. I guess that would make me lazy in the grand scheme of things.

We can use the term 'lazy' as it applies to humans, but lazy is an intent, not just an action, and I'm partial to driving my truck to my hunting area rather than walking. I've become acclimated to doing such.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 07-Dec-18




I grew up in the 50's, so I know how to survive if I was pushed to that point. Some of us haven't lost anything except the real need to fend for ourselves. Pushed to the need, most of us out here in the Pa. woods would do just fine, as long as the hoards from other areas didn't infiltrate the wild as to eliminate any chance of doing that. Hopefully it will never come to that. I also like picking up pork rib steaks at the local grocery and doing them over my stainless steel grill. I guess that would make me lazy in the grand scheme of things.

We can use the term 'lazy' as it applies to humans, but lazy is an intent, not just an action, and I'm partial to driving my truck to my hunting area rather than walking. I've become acclimated to doing such.

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 07-Dec-18




"never been in grizz or brown bear country" I have, alot, and I do....this time of year they are underground. :)

From: TrapperKayak
Date: 07-Dec-18




I was out for six hours this morning. Twenty F with wind. Single digit windchill, and stood for over an hour til bright light. Started getting chilled a bit. Then still hunted the rest and was plenty warm. Those three days below zero at TG really helped acclimate. Now 20 is pretty tolerable.

From: Supernaut
Date: 07-Dec-18




I spend my time at work in the field or office about 50/50. 14 degrees this am when I stepped out of the truck at the job site. I'm looking forward to second season here in PA but I always laugh at how I'll gladly freeze my stones off to hunt but not too fun at work, same with rain.

From: shade mt
Date: 09-Dec-18




Jim same here.

Working all day in the rain, or cold never seems like fun, but i'll stick it out to the bitter end when hunting, especially if I have a buck tag to fill.

My wife ask me... "how can it be fun sitting all day on stand in the cold or rain, then you shoot a deer and work your butt off dragging it all over the countryside "

Lol..she has a valid point , but somehow I've become "acclimated" to that sort of fun...

From: 3arrows
Date: 09-Dec-18




dean,a foam pad makes the hammock seat warm and quiet.

From: foxbo
Date: 09-Dec-18




dean, that would be a better pic if you could see more of the chair. :)

From: George Tsoukalas
Date: 09-Dec-18




I try to limit the tech in my bow hunting but the older I get the more difficult that becomes.

I don't like the cold anymore nor do I like the extreme heat.

I just do the best I can.

Jawge

From: South Farm
Date: 10-Dec-18




"I grew up in the 50's, so I know how to survive if I was pushed to that point."

You mean like hiding under your classroom desk in the event of a nuclear war? LOL!

J/K, I get your point...especially the part about hoards of others inundating the wilds of your survival area. Truth be known, when push comes to shove, I don't think those types would make it that far.

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 10-Dec-18




South Farm, they still teach that, in case you haven't been paying attention, so a smart ass comment like your's doesn't mean much to me. We grew up in a pretty poor family and had to rely many times on what we got out in nature. We know who we are and what we can do. For that matter it's a moot point nowadays with the amount of people in the cities who couldn't take care of themselves. Where to you think they would be going? Just better hope we never get to that point.

From: RonG
Date: 10-Dec-18




Mr. Stout, ditto on what you said, we also had air raid drills which in no way was funny either.

Like you, we didn't have much, my dad was working in another town 100 miles away, Mom had three of us at the time and three later when we moved to Florida to get my dad a better job.

I have no problem as you with survival.

Like you said I hope it doesn't come to that because food is more scarce than what it was in the forties and fifties and a lot more people will be looking for it in not so nice of a way.

From: NY Yankee
Date: 10-Dec-18




Back on the farm, we used to just call it "getting used to it". Referring to the winter weather.

From: South Farm
Date: 10-Dec-18




Wow, George, wake up on the wrong side of the bed today? Come to think of it you've been grouchy for a while now, so never mind. Next time read the whole post and maybe you'd see it was all in good fun...you do remember what fun is, don't you??

From: South Farm
Date: 10-Dec-18




Oh, and for the record, we were pretty "poor" also growing up, so don't think for one second you had the market cornered on that, because you didn't.

From: dr22shooter
Date: 10-Dec-18




you also have to become acclimated to your better half even if you think you love her dr

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 10-Dec-18




""""I grew up in the 50's, so I know how to survive if I was pushed to that point." You mean like hiding under your classroom desk in the event of a nuclear war? LOL!"""

???

From: South Farm
Date: 10-Dec-18




PM sent George.

From: George Tsoukalas
Date: 10-Dec-18




I remember the "getting under the desk" days too.

South Farm, in fairness to George and me, that was not our idea. LOL.

Well, I grew up pretty poor too which was good in many ways in that it taught me self reliance and how to make things.

Jawge

From: George D. Stout Compton's Traditional Bowhunters
Date: 10-Dec-18




Okay guys, my bad...and my goof-up. I assumed when when he put down JK at the end, it was referring to another member here...but it meant just kidding. Anyway...I'll blame old age, or maybe the shorter days, but it was just me...not reading completely. So I owe an apology to South Farm and this is it. I'll take some extra vitamin C today as well...maybe I can blame it on that. ;) Anyway, Dave was J (just) K (kidding)...and I'm a little red- faced.

From: Nemophilist
Date: 10-Dec-18

Nemophilist's embedded Photo



Yep growing up on a farm teaches one a lot about self-reliance. My families farm house was originally a log cabin that was done over. We still had a coal furnace, and a well water. Working on the water pump seemed to be a annual thing. We had black angus cattle, pigs, goats, horses, sheep, chickens, geese, etc. What ever we hunted or fished for we ate. It was a great place to grow up as a kid. There was no days off of school because of snow. They just put chains on the wheels of the school bus. And we had bomb shelters at school and drills.

Here is a picture of my families farm in 1969.

From: ottertails
Date: 10-Dec-18




I can remember those 'bomb shelter' signs. Good on you for your last post George.....ya ole grouch! ...J/K! (As in just kidding) :))

Acclimated....doesn't take long if you worked outdoors your whole life. And now, since I don't anymore, it takes me a bit longer...but not by much. Love hunting the late season!

From: Supernaut
Date: 10-Dec-18




Cool pic Frank!

From: Nemophilist
Date: 10-Dec-18




Living on a farm things had to get done no matter what the weather conditions were. It was a good way to teach us kids work ethic.

From: South Farm
Date: 10-Dec-18




No harm no foul, George. Sorry for the confusion and perhaps it was I that got up on the wrong side of the bed today. Thanks for the apology, and back at ya.

Carry on guys!

From: Supernaut
Date: 10-Dec-18




I never met a lazy farmer.





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