lol....awe.....the good old days!When I was a boy, probably in my early teens, I loved to hunt deer, birds and eventually moose in my old red and black checked wool Mackinaw jacket, blue jeans and sneakers but all the hunting gear, clothing and scientific knowledge I used back then could be easily worn or carried on my belt or in a hip pocket for the most part.A small elastic band "home-made" cedar deer call, a 30.30 with open sights, matches, a cheap compass and a sharp hunting knife were all I seemed to need...but today, I have become "Americanized" with a pack full of all the things I think I need...a GPS unit to go along with my compass,a couple of storm proof or Bic lighters, two way radio,binoculars, a cell phone,emergency first aid pack, cover and attractant scents, and I wear waterproof woolen hunting clothing in layers and don waterproof boots.I use and carry in... tree stands and ground blinds, compound bows, heavy caliber rifles with variable "zoom" scopes, drive a 4x4 Chevy truck with a big game winch on the back, or my 4x4 Grizzly atv. I weigh sixty pounds more, but I am more comfortable in the woods than I used to be...and... I still wonder at times just how much all that new gear, scents and calls has helped put venison on the table. So today, I am curious as to what great changes/advances in gear and science you believe has made you a better/successful hunter and why?
the funny thing is....we seem to have shot more deer back then, than we do now!
but it is funny how the sport has evolved....because you hit it dead center!
do we really need all that stuff....maybe it just makes us feel better...something makes us think that we have a better chance with all that gear!
but your right...we are more comfortable in the woods!
i actually enjoyed reading this post...brought back some good old memories!