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not for me, so much..
I remember family members who hunt and fished, but not our family. my Dad was a career Army guy who liked golf and not a outdoorsy, MacGyvery, camping guy:) he did drive us to places but I think he read the paper in the lawn chair, haa.
My mom aka-lil billy goat and sis would fish..id bait the hooks and unhook the fish..no hunting as guns were not allowed when one day mom found the pops service revolver and thought it was a toy, dad came home and told him to "stick'm up" as a joke....im sure he SHIT his pants :) ... so no guns. camping for us was at "Rest Stops" during cross country moves , remember pops was in the Army..move, move, move! I saw alot of country thru the window of a car. I eventually became interested in fishing later in my life and will continue as long as I can find a state that will let me :) Hunting is on the bucket list , im ready to kill a bird, and a deer..probably nothing else, maybe an elk, but haven't really done anything about it but talk..
I enjoy sleeping in the woods and hiking- climbing is a wishlist thing but quickly goes to the bottom of the list as my fear of heights is getting worse as I get older.
whats your experience? ?
 

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I was raised in an avid outdoor family - grew-up around guns, dogs, horses, cattle, ranches & farms. We fished, hunted, trapped, gathered and spent the majority of our time - free & much of it otherwise - outdoors. I wouldn't have wanted it any other way & have perpetuated much of that same life style for all these years.
 

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Nobody else that I know of in my Family ever fished or hunted. I'm just about the only one that ever fished. From the age of about 13 I was ever fishing when ever I got a chance. I started out with a hand line and slowly got into fishing with a rod of some kind.

Now I'm in my prime or maybe over the hill. I never ever had a desire to hunt anything. But I did kill a buck in Minnesota. Hit him with my car at 75 MPH. He sure made a mess out of my car. So now that I have trouble getting around, I fish when the mood hits me. Like tomorrow I'm going to get up and go throw a few flies around. The weather is supposed to be nice. Will hit about 75 degrees out. Days are getting colder now so have to take what mother nature throws at you.
 

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I grew up in a tent camping family and we still camp together. This weekend, I am camping with my 86 yr old Mom - and she'll be sleeping in a tent! We prefer rustic Forest Service sites, so no electricity, flush toilets or hot showers for my family. It won't be too different from when Dad started camping in 1929 at 9 months old.

My grandparents started camping c. 1929 by taking out the back seats of their car and sewing a hammock to hang infant dad in over the front seats. They then graduated to an old brown army tent before Grandpa built a trailer in the late 30's. He eventually built 3 more.

My best childhood memories were of long camping trips, often a month at a time. The first tent I remember sleeping in was that brown canvas army tent with no floor (see below). We eventually got a more modern tent and finally a VW camper - with attached tent as there were 5 of us kids plus mom and dad. Nobody hunted or fished in the family but I started fishing on camping trips at 5 yrs old and never stopped - and don't intend to. I've also never stopped camping either and hope that I am still doing it at 86 just like Mom!

Check out the dresses worn by my Mom and Grandma. I wish I had that chuck box that Dad built. We still have the red stove, camp pots and railroad lanterns though.

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I grew up in a tent camping family and we still camp together. This weekend, I am camping with my 86 yr old Mom - and she'll be sleeping in a tent! We prefer rustic Forest Service sites, so no electricity, flush toilets or hot showers for my family. It won't be too different from when Dad started camping in 1929 at 9 months old.

My grandparents started camping c. 1929 by taking out the back seats of their car and sewing a hammock to hang infant dad in over the front seats. They then graduated to an old brown army tent before Grandpa built a trailer in the late 30's. He eventually built 3 more.

My best childhood memories were of long camping trips, often a month at a time. The first tent I remember sleeping in was that brown canvas army tent with no floor (see below). We eventually got a more modern tent and finally a VW camper - with attached tent as there were 5 of us kids plus mom and dad. Nobody hunted or fished in the family but I started fishing on camping trips at 5 yrs old and never stopped - and don't intend to. I've also never stopped camping either and hope that I am still doing it at 86 just like Mom!

Check out the dresses worn by my Mom and Grandma. I wish I had that chuck box that Dad built. We still have the red stove, camp pots and railroad lanterns though.

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Like others, I grew up in an outdoor activities family and honestly, I thought everyone did.

Fishing, hunting, collecting wild mushrooms and huckleberries, camping, picnicking, weather permitting, we were always off into the woods, to a lake or a river. My Dad grew up on a homestead in the Wallowa Mountains and his family survived from anything they could harvest in the wild. That of course, continued on with my family.

Spring was spent looking for moral mushrooms and then later on, huckleberries.
Once the rivers and lakes opened for fishing, we'd spend a lot of time fishing. Then, during the Fall, we'd go deer and elk hunting.

My Grandfather was a genuine pioneer and outdoors-man. Consequently, we all ended up out and about in the wild as long as we could before the snow arrived.

In my Dad's world, more was better. So, fishing trips meant we kept every trout we could.

He was keen on taking photos of all the fish we caught... I wonder why the numbers declined as they did :confused:

Smile White Fish Shorts Seafood


For some unknown reason, I seemed to always catch the largest fish...

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Here's the interesting part of that... I hated fishing! I didn't eat trout and didn't find it all that entertaining. It wasn't until I moved from NEO and took up flyfishing on this side of the state that I became a flyfishing nut. Part of that was the fact that most fly anglers released their trout and that was never a consideration when I fished with my Dad.

Later in life, Dad would go flyfishing with me and he did release the trout we caught. He didn't even grouse about it. :eek:

He was proud that I became an outdoor writer even if I didn't keep all the fish I caught and put them on a piece of plywood for a photo. :D
 

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I grew up fishing, ice fishing and hunting. Started camping in my teens. Married a girl who loved to hike and climb mountains.
One of the best things I feel I can do as a Dad to an 8 and 6 year old boys is get them outside.
They are not huge on fishing but I'll wait patiently and hope they get more into it.
 

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Growing up, my family was not outdoorsy. My dad took me a few times when I was about 6 or 7. I really don't remember him going on any fishing trips. For my 13 birthday I got a rod and a reel (Garcia Mitchell 300 which I still have). During junior high and high school, we would go fishing on occasion, but he really wasn't into it.
 

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My family always camped and fishing was our thing. We never hunted animals, but did so with just about everything else we could gather.

We used to spend lots of weekends on Hood Canal. In a day, we get steamers, geoducks, crabs, oysters and catch a salmon. If the low tide was in the afternoon, we'd fish Lake Cushman first thing in the morning for Kokanee.

We had some very memorable tent camping trips. Picking up a 8 week old black lab puppy on a jet boat trip up the Rogue River on the first day of a two week camping trip. Man my mom had patience.

Camping at Cape Lookout in a monsoon rain storm. So much water was in the bottom of the tent our air mattresses were floating. We made grilled chess sandwiches on top of the Coleman heater.

Smelt dipping trips to the Cowlitz were always classics as was collecting pine cones by the gunnysack full for timber company seed.

I had a great childhood with the best parents a kid could ever ask for.
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Somewhat outdoor but also played a lot of sports. Did fish, hike, Camp and hunt quite a bit. More outdoors now, as time allows. My girls are great outdoors.
 
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I come from a family that thought that roughing it meant spending a night at the Holiday Inn . So I did`nt get to fish or camp much as a kid . I`ve never hunted . My dad would talk a good game about going on fishing/camping trips , but it never happened
 
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I had a weird family dynamic with several step parents and such, but across the board it was all outdoorsy. Like SF I had some memorable camping trips growing up. Fishing, hunting, gathering, camping, back packing, shooting.... It was all a part of my upbringing. Fishing was always my love and it eventually took the place of pretty much everything else, but I used to love to hunt as a teen.

I spent the bulk of my childhood enjoying all the OP had to offer. Port Angeles was a great place to grow up. I spent many summers at my grandparents who lived on the upper Hoko river. I have some amazing memories of those times.

As we take six new people out fishing every day I am constantly exposed to people who were not raised in such a way and I am constantly feeling sorry for them. I can't imagine life any other way.
 
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Ah, the venerable red Coleman lanterns & stoves. I spent so much time in a wall tent when I was a kid that I thought all houses had ridge poles, lol. The only other item needed is a desert water bag . . .
I will never forget what happens when you touch the side of a white stag canvas tent during a Olympic peninsula rain storm !
 

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And don't forget the delightful & inexpensive, light canvas pup tent - fits 1 reasonably well, 2 was crowded, 3 turned friends into enemies and NEVER touch one of those in a heavy rain -particularly when you have been dropped-off & it rains for 3 solid days . . . but, looking back years later - it was an adventure and now a fond memory.

I'm laughing WITH you, Mike.
 

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Mixed bag. Didn't do any of that before the parents' divorce when I was 5, went camping a few times and a 2-week trip to Yellowstone at 7 with Mom and the step-dad, then when that divorce happened, it was on my own scrabbling around outside like any 9-12 year old boy. Went shooting a few times with the uncle, went camping once along Stuck River in Auburn when you could still go way back, using a tarp as a lean-to and getting rain soaked in the middle of the night. I fished a couple of times at local lakes with the older brother, but didn't really start fishing until I was about 35 and tried the pinks on the Sky. Then tried fly, then moved onto Lake Sammamish and hit out in a little 8-ft. aluminum. Very hit and miss, but when the parents divorce early and you just float along with the current of life, sometimes it takes quite a while to realize where the real pleasures are. It's amazing what you miss out on when you don't have someone older mentoring you and you have no drive of your own for a lot of years.
 

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First memory of camping was the big cloud of red lava dust behind Dads '50 Ford wagon when any road off hwy 97 was gravel or dirt. He took my brother and I nearly every hunting or fishing trip he went on.
Got a BB gun for my 8th birthday carried that behind him deer and
Chucker hunting. Got a .410 single shot at 12 and a .270 at 15. We took
a lot of birds behind some great Springer spaniels and tipped a couple of deer. Got drafted in ' 66, spent 18 months in SE Asia. Came home and haven't touched a gun since. We are living on the big island of
Hawaii for another 8 months or so and are thinking moving to SE
Wa. I have only one trout species (Mackinaw) left on my FF bucket
list. I' m thinking Wallowa lake next fall. Tight lines guys !!
 

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It wasn't until I moved away from home that I started camping, fishing, shooting field trap, and bird hunting. Friends from work introduced me to grouse hunting and it's my one joy in the woods since then. A young fellow that worked for me introduced me to Dec Hogan and fly fishing. Been "hooked" ever since. It' been close to 40 years that I have enjoyed these things and the friends I've made along the way. Thursday several of those friends will join me at the "ranch" to hunt and fish, eat, drink and be marry (not Mary...)
 
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