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Old 01-04-2018, 01:33 PM
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I use to see in color but today I can only see white and some shades of grey. I think it might be a global warming thing that effects sight. What do you think?
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Old 01-04-2018, 03:29 PM
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There has been no change in my sight but I am very hard of hearing. My right ear is nearly dead.
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Old 01-04-2018, 04:19 PM
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My point was with this storm dumping snow on our coast that all things are white with a tad of grey. Wax in ears is a problem with us old ones so check that out.
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Old 01-05-2018, 01:44 PM
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Yes, the wax should be checked. But I have had hearing problems for 25 years. Its only certain pitches. For instance, I cannot hear the coffee pot signal that the brewing is finished; yet, I can hear the faintest gobble a mile away.
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Old 01-19-2018, 06:41 PM
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I use to see even the slightest movement at 550 yards and with some concentration I could see whatever it was standing absolutely still, like a golf ball. I use to hear very well but not so well that anyone noticed other than when the refrigerator opened. I use to stay up /out late three or four nights in a row without an issue. I use to be 30, now I'm 70 and "use to" is a very common discussion around my house.
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Old 01-20-2018, 03:03 PM
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I have either a bruised or cracked rib from falling into the shower this week. At 81 I don't have the balance issues I once enjoyed. Both of us walk to our ground deer stands with a cane.
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Old 01-21-2018, 07:55 AM
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Balance is one thing that I really see go bad as you get older.

Another hobby over the years from my youth is ham radio, and for that getting up on a roof, high ladder, trees whatnot was common. A couple of years ago, I needed to replace a seal around a vent on our ranch home. It has a steeper than expected hip roof design, and I got up on the ladder, went to the roof, took a look at the vent beyond reach from the ladder and said 'no way'. 5 years earlier I would have been climbing and jumping up there with no concerns.

At 81, Frank, you have to extremely careful, as you know. If you don't already, get hand holds installed around all key entrance/egress points in showers, baths, doorways etc. Because of my wife's balance issues, we have those already and they will save you trips to the ER or worse.

A broken hip at your ages really can lead to an early end. And I'm not typing that lightly!!! At about 80+, broken hips lead to very serious health issues.

Hope you mend up quick frank, bruised ribs hurt like hell, no other way to say it (having had a few over the years)
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Old 01-22-2018, 09:55 PM
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Bruised or broken ribs hurt at any age, especially because you hurt when you laugh, cough or sneeze. Those are hard to suppress.
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Old 01-23-2018, 12:53 PM
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I fell a week ago today and its the best day I've had yet. Heating pad, motrin, and some muscle relaxers left over from an old injury aging in the medicine cablinet have really put me on recovery.

A related aside is that I started carrying a cane deer hunting and equipped the top end with a vee to support the rifle as a shooting stick. When I sit in our ground blind I adjust the height to support the rifle at the right height. Killed my only two deer this year (medium bucks) shooting from this monopod. They shoot this way on African safari all the time. Going to and from my stand I extend the "stick" for trip protection if I fall. We set one up for my wife, who also was falling a lot. But she hasn't had a shot since she began carrying it.

You would laugh if you saw what we have come to doing in the deer woods. I have a folding chair in my pet stand and three other chairs at good spots in the woods where the deer cross. For my Readers Digest I use a leaf as a book mark. We also drive our 4Runner right into the trees to get deer. But we do scratch the sh*t out of the buggy.
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Old 01-23-2018, 06:55 PM
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Adversity bringing out the best in you. Lemons to lemonade.
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Old 01-24-2018, 01:55 PM
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I don't know anybody in our region who shoots the deer we do. But we do go every day. We also shoot well. This year I missed a deer for the first time in years but it was 120 yards out with muzzleloader.

We also have gotten better at loading deer into our SUV. Hoists, cargo carrier, and scoping an area out before we shoot the deer. If there is one thing all sportsmen should learn is to use your head! Think!
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Old 01-25-2018, 02:43 PM
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Balance is one thing that I really see go bad as you get older.
And your legs: it's very, very rare to see someone in his (or her) ninth decade with spry legs.

My brother had a pretty big 50th birthday party a few years ago, and there was one table that we called "Jurassic Park," because my dad and all his geezer friends congregated in it. I noticed how gimpy they all were: they were all around 80, and none of them had good legs.

It sucks, but I guess I hope I live long enough for that to happen to me too. The alternative is making an exit before it happens, I guess?
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Old 01-26-2018, 11:51 AM
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I have always felt that experience and knowledge compensate for much of the physical decline that occurs with age. I shoot as many deer, or catch as many fish now as I did when I had a good body. Again, because I have mentioned this before, half the battle is to shoot well. Know what causes missing and learn to confront it effectively.

Fishing, we are going to places with which we are intimate. Not a case of fishing hard, it is a case of fishing right. We know places where you can set your watch by when the stripers arrive. A favorite one we have been going there for 50 years.
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Old 01-26-2018, 09:49 PM
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Nothing beats good experience when it comes to pursuing fish and game. Shame it takes so long to refine it. I'm going in that direction. No choice.
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Old 01-28-2018, 10:47 AM
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I have always said, "it is not what you catch, it is what you learn." A hot fly pattern, a kink in timing, a common occurance when fishing, all make your efforts more effective. I spent years fishing stupid, so I know the value of smart.
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