Hunting has changed with the times.
In this modern day, many conveniences are available to the hunter that was not around many years ago.
GPS technology gets us to our hunting spots with ease and precision, and back out of the woods to our vehicles with speed. Trail cameras are the new eyes in the woods when we are not present, mapping the flow of game animals through an area. Modern treestands climb up trees and are totally portable.
There are many others to add to this list. What have we lost to these modern trappings?
10. Custom guns
Mostly lost to the modern age of mass production, hand built and fitted firearms are a thing of the past for the average hunter. Sure, mostly hand built firearms can still be had from specialty shops, but the price is way up there. Mass production means more time with ill fitted parts and more broken pieces down the road. The price for hand manufacture is outlandish, so our domestic manufacturers do what is necessary to stay in business.
9. Long live well built American hunting clothes of yesteryear
Generally imported “brush pants” at the local retail store are no more than over-priced dress pants, better worn for typing keyboards that crashing through briars. Lightly worn articles of heavy built American construction of the past can still be found on websites such as etsy.com or thrift shops. I am a big fan of those stores and the prices are easy on the wallet too.
8. Cheap imported knives, hatchets and axes
Edged items are usually now made by the lowest bidder overseas and will not hold an edge or dull quickly. Woe be unto the hunter who is stuck in the woods with these worthless items of sharp-as-a-butter-knife scrap metal weighing them down. Buy a good serviceable blade made of carbon steel from the many reputable manufacturers of yesteryear or invest in a not so cheap well-built item made from today’s reputable makers.
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7. Tracking skills
Some hunters are really good at this, but many of us do not escape the confines of modern society to exercise our instincts and skills in the wilds. The once a year deer hunter may not recognize a blood trail or damaged foliage as the hunters of not so long ago would. It takes practice and nothing less will do. Make sure you preseason scout and keep your wild instincts sharp all year. Learn to recognize things out of place. Practice, practice, practice.
6. Use of a compass
This old school technique will still get you to your locations as it did centuries ago. It does not use batteries, stall out under tree canopies in the forest, and is not affected by water. Have a backup compass and know how to use it even if you still use a GPS unit.
5. Support of the general modern society for a hunting lifestyle
Hunting, trapping and many of the other outdoor sports have lost much of the favor of modern society. Super markets make the bloodless meat harvest a reality, and to anyone that wants a clean, true organic meat from the hunt is just barbaric in their thought process. I do not prefer old, hormone-injected meat from the grocery store that is in question of being recalled. Call me old fashioned…
4. Loss of hunting lands to urban sprawl
This one has hit us all really hard. Some private lands remain, but they’re often under hunting leases and hard to get access to. Public hunting lands have become the only alternative in many cases, while trying to avoid the masses of blaze orange. Times have changed in favor of what is called “progress.”
3. Political correctness
We as sportsmen and sportswomen are called many times to defend our beliefs to strangers, family and friends. “Gun” is a bad word to many. I will continue to wear my camouflage hat in public and leave my National Rifle Association Life Membership decal on my vehicle and support our rights.
2. Higher prices
Throughout the past few years, prices has spiked through the roof, especially on goods such as ammunition. The old .22 long rifle box of ammo used to be bought for under a dollar. Now, if it can be found, try anywhere from four dollars and on up! That hurts…
Pure and simple, everything that goes with being a woodsman is being lost at an alarming rate. Survival skills, and the rest that make us who we are is falling to the crutch of technology. Technology is here to stay, but do not depend on it. Sharpen those skills of the woodsman long gone and you will be prepared for whatever may come upon you. Happy trails!
What are your thoughts on what was better before than it is now for hunting? Post your comments below.