Uncle Lou wrote:I wonder if the abundance of deer these days compared to many decades ago have anything to do with a lot of hunters not getting far from the roads and parking lots.
Marketing (shows and magazines) could have something to do with it as well I suppose. It just seems many old school hunters are a bit more hard core. Not many hunted for recreation decades back, it was serious, freezer filling, animal finding excursions. Many decades back relied on the meat more than the recreation.
I see many young hunters that want to kill a deer, but it is still just recreation.
I agree somewhat.
Shows and to a point magazines has a lot to do with it in my opinion. Most hunters today are more interested in food plots and gagets than they are in actual hunting. Rather than taking the time to learn their quarry and his habits, they're more interested in things that supposedly makes it happen "their way" instead of the natural order of things. Most hunting shows are for entertainment, not instructional. Now I'm not bashing hunting shows, or gagets, if that's what you like to do. But there is no replacement for woodsmanship skills.