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    Ive been buying this annual since 1990. Have kept them all. Those not familiar with this it is a all things deer hunting hot trends. Weapons(bow & gun) archery, clothes, scents, tactics,stands and all the gear & gimmicks that are the Hot rage at the time. It is absolutely fascinating to go back and see where we've been & where we are aiming. Myself, I've stopped about 1998. Where did you stop, if you have, trending and said " I'm good right here."? IMG_1532.JPG
    Last edited by dewman; 07-28-2019, 02:14 PM.

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    Great question. It seems every year I'm trying at least something new.

    Around 1999 I started using a hand-held GPS. Before that it was compass, map, and flagging tape. Then about 7 years ago a wrist mounted GPS. This past season my cellphone with hunting apps became the primary navigation device.

    I started with a bolt-action and that was my main during the 90's and early 2000's. About 10 years ago I mixed in a semi-auto and a single-shot on occasion. This past season I had an AR in my hands for most hunts. In archery I started with a recurve but now use a crossbow. In muzzleloaders I started with patched round ball but now use a sabot fired with electric ignition.

    Most of my hunting has been on public land. Last season I experimented with joining a lease but was not happy with the results. This coming season I'll go back to public land but will mix in a few days paid at a hunting lodge.

    I've also worked through various backpacks, climbing tree stands, ground blind methods, and clothing. Using canoes for getting to hunting property has also been a learning experience.

    Maybe when I reach my 70's I'll finally say "I'm good right here."

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    • #3
      Originally posted by PigHunter View Post
      Great question. It seems every year I'm trying at least something new.

      Around 1999 I started using a hand-held GPS. Before that it was compass, map, and flagging tape. Then about 7 years ago a wrist mounted GPS. This past season my cellphone with hunting apps became the primary navigation device.

      I started with a bolt-action and that was my main during the 90's and early 2000's. About 10 years ago I mixed in a semi-auto and a single-shot on occasion. This past season I had an AR in my hands for most hunts. In archery I started with a recurve but now use a crossbow. In muzzleloaders I started with patched round ball but now use a sabot fired with electric ignition.

      Most of my hunting has been on public land. Last season I experimented with joining a lease but was not happy with the results. This coming season I'll go back to public land but will mix in a few days paid at a hunting lodge.

      I've also worked through various backpacks, climbing tree stands, ground blind methods, and clothing. Using canoes for getting to hunting property has also been a learning experience.

      Maybe when I reach my 70's I'll finally say "I'm good right here."
      That's pretty interesting PH. Question for you. How about clothes, boots, camo,scents, blinds, maybe knives or other blades? Are you satisfied or are you still finding newer is better?

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      • #4
        Dewman, my hunting days started pretty much with my Grandfather in my early years late ‘40’s until I entered the military in 1958. After my service time I deer hunted with gun and was much into pheasant hunting, there were still many birds in the area. I then got back into archery which I had been very much into prior to to entering the service, recurve then. I pretty much gave up gun hunting at that time, have stuck with bowhunting since, still hunt with recurve. I am not in favor of all the modernization of present hunting forms. This being especially in regards to the new ‘stuff’ in the special seasons. Special seasons were adopted by those who wished or cared for a challenge of the older times, but all the gimmicks and updates have removed the intended purpose. Archery is now a joke and those who think with present equipment that they are following the original thought of bowhunting, are only rationalizing ! Black powder is also a long way from it’s intended application. As far as gear goes, clothing, packs, knives and such, I see not too much difference in those respects. I still use knives that are over 50 years old, but have included a few new ones also ! Good question Dewman. Sorry that I vented maybe too much about current forms !!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by bowhunter75richard View Post
          Dewman, my hunting days started pretty much with my Grandfather in my early years late ‘40’s until I entered the military in 1958. After my service time I deer hunted with gun and was much into pheasant hunting, there were still many birds in the area. I then got back into archery which I had been very much into prior to to entering the service, recurve then. I pretty much gave up gun hunting at that time, have stuck with bowhunting since, still hunt with recurve. I am not in favor of all the modernization of present hunting forms. This being especially in regards to the new ‘stuff’ in the special seasons. Special seasons were adopted by those who wished or cared for a challenge of the older times, but all the gimmicks and updates have removed the intended purpose. Archery is now a joke and those who think with present equipment that they are following the original thought of bowhunting, are only rationalizing ! Black powder is also a long way from it’s intended application. As far as gear goes, clothing, packs, knives and such, I see not too much difference in those respects. I still use knives that are over 50 years old, but have included a few new ones also ! Good question Dewman. Sorry that I vented maybe too much about current forms !!
          No problem with venting, we all do it. Ask me something with the word PETA in it and get ready for an earful. I think most of what is bothering you about modern hunting is a reflection of the overall time we live in. People have very limited time, very limited accesss, but high expectation of success. For people without private land, the idea of spending time in the woods(or on the water) with small chance of success turns them away. Having something to share on social media is too important to too many of them. They also look at gear as a way to give themselves instant "street creds" when their actual experience falls far short. Hence anything with the word "tactical" stamped on it. There, I vented a little myself

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          • #6
            I find it rather strange Dewman, the wide gap that is between some of the hunters with age under them and those who are on the side of still being green ! Of course the newer sportsman is only seeing what is being done today, has no history or remembrance of the past to help dictate, or frame any personal aspects of equipment, methods, ideology or consideration of success ! I still prefer the days of my younger learning years and wonder what those who are just starting out will think when they are older and going through the same thoughts as to how things have changed for them ! I think it will depend on what memories, good or bad, that they have to fall back on which will determine their outlook favoring the old or the new of their activities !!
            Last edited by bowhunter75richard; 07-30-2019, 06:36 AM.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by dewman View Post
              That's pretty interesting PH. Question for you. How about clothes, boots, camo,scents, blinds, maybe knives or other blades? Are you satisfied or are you still finding newer is better?
              Dewman, please forgive the delayed response. I'm in Southern Georgia for a couple of days visiting a customer and have only nights for making longer posts. Let's go down the list of items:

              > Clothes... Just about everything I wear is cotton. It's just more comfortable for the mild winter temps in Alabama. I'll add synthetic underwear layers and wool blend socks when it's colder. My favorite camo pattern is Mossy Oak Breakup because of it's darker colors since I try to stay in shadows when hunting..

              > Boots... I've settled on Danner Boots and have several pair of various heights and insulation. I choose which to wear based on terrain and temperature.

              > Scents... I've had some success with deer pee scents but not enough to hassle with it.

              > Blinds... I really like the Ameristep Dog House because it's light and easy to deploy. Other times I build blinds with natural materials and hang a camo tarp over if it's raining. Just last week I bought a new tarp that's lighter and bigger to try this coming season.

              > Knives... I've just about quit buying or making new knives. My current favorite finishing blade is only a year old. My field dressing tool is a Morakniv Companion. I'm considering selling some of my blade collection on Ebay.

              I've not found that new techniques and/or equipment are always better. However, variety is the spice of life and it's interesting for me to stay out of the ruts. Life would indeed be boring doing the same thing from now on.

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              • #8
                PH & BH75R: thanks for the responses fellas. One conclusion I've come to over the years that would get Mr. Dave P. in a tizzy is that for me, a knife is a knife is a knife and that you can get a good one for $30

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dewman View Post
                  PH & BH75R: thanks for the responses fellas. One conclusion I've come to over the years that would get Mr. Dave P. in a tizzy is that for me, a knife is a knife is a knife and that you can get a good one for $30
                  I totally agree with you there. The Morakniv Companion is less than $20 on Amazon. One stays in my hunting pack and that's been my primary field dressing knife for the past 4 seasons.

                  Back in '06, I bought a handmade knife at a local festival. I enjoyed talking with knife makers and this fella had done a great job with finishing the little fixed blade with gut-hook. His wife made a nice leather sheath for it. All for $100 which I considered to be a bargain. I've only used it twice. I 've never spent over $100 for a handmade knife and I've got at least a dozen. So, that's why I think it's ridiculous when Petzal pushes the expensive ones.

                  A few of years ago, I got on a kick of buying used butcher knives at the local flea market. Mainly these were the Old Hickory with 7-inch 1095 steel blades. Some I reshaped to 4 and 5 inches, others I just changed out handles. A K-Bar sheath works very well with these. Total investment was less than $30 and they can be sharpened to a wicked edge.
                  Last edited by PigHunter; 07-30-2019, 11:13 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Don’t get caught up in fads. My gear hasn’t changed much except for adding binoculars good ones. Better quality gear as the years have gone by. Don’t get caught up in the new concealment camouflage or hunt wear systems. It’s ridiculous 1500 dollar waders and such. I wear 20 dollars pants from sams club olive green. And what ever cheap fleece coat. I splurged on under armor long handles. Going to get a range finder and probably a gps. And I do fine. But I also have real world expectations I don’t expect to harvest a booner with every sit. Being in the woods is not all about the kill for me. You can recognize a poser when you see one.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Milldawg View Post
                      Don’t get caught up in fads. My gear hasn’t changed much except for adding binoculars good ones. Better quality gear as the years have gone by. Don’t get caught up in the new concealment camouflage or hunt wear systems. It’s ridiculous 1500 dollar waders and such. I wear 20 dollars pants from sams club olive green. And what ever cheap fleece coat. I splurged on under armor long handles. Going to get a range finder and probably a gps. And I do fine. But I also have real world expectations I don’t expect to harvest a booner with every sit. Being in the woods is not all about the kill for me. You can recognize a poser when you see one.
                      Waited over a year for your answer and as always, it gives me pause to consider. A credit card and close proximity to a Bass Pro ( or Cabelas) will not make you an expert and if you hunt pressured public ground and take a trophy, luck was with you. And you're right, posers are easy to spot. Usually takes about two sentences.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by dewman View Post
                        Waited over a year for your answer and as always, it gives me pause to consider. A credit card and close proximity to a Bass Pro ( or Cabelas) will not make you an expert and if you hunt pressured public ground and take a trophy, luck was with you. And you're right, posers are easy to spot. Usually takes about two sentences.
                        I've primarily hunted public land and will do so again this year. Luck does help in success but so does good scouting and knowing how the deer will probably move on a hunting day with pressure.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by PigHunter View Post

                          Dewman, please forgive the delayed response. I'm in Southern Georgia for a couple of days visiting a customer and have only nights for making longer posts. Let's go down the list of items:

                          > Clothes... Just about everything I wear is cotton. It's just more comfortable for the mild winter temps in Alabama. I'll add synthetic underwear layers and wool blend socks when it's colder. My favorite camo pattern is Mossy Oak Breakup because of it's darker colors since I try to stay in shadows when hunting..

                          > Boots... I've settled on Danner Boots and have several pair of various heights and insulation. I choose which to wear based on terrain and temperature.

                          > Scents... I've had some success with deer pee scents but not enough to hassle with it.

                          > Blinds... I really like the Ameristep Dog House because it's light and easy to deploy. Other times I build blinds with natural materials and hang a camo tarp over if it's raining. Just last week I bought a new tarp that's lighter and bigger to try this coming season.

                          > Knives... I've just about quit buying or making new knives. My current favorite finishing blade is only a year old. My field dressing tool is a Morakniv Companion. I'm considering selling some of my blade collection on Ebay.

                          I've not found that new techniques and/or equipment are always better. However, variety is the spice of life and it's interesting for me to stay out of the ruts. Life would indeed be boring doing the same thing from now on.
                          This is a ground blind I made in the Adirondacks. A problem bear has been known to cross this area on his way to a cabin. jim

                          Adirondacks ground blind.JPG

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jhjimbo View Post

                            This is a ground blind I made in the Adirondacks. A problem bear has been known to cross this area on his way to a cabin. jim

                            Adirondacks ground blind.JPG
                            I like it. Similar to some of my setups.

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                            • #15

                              Originally posted by dewman View Post
                              Ive been buying this annual since 1990. Have kept them all. Those not familiar with this it is a all things deer hunting hot trends. Weapons(bow & gun) archery, clothes, scents, tactics,stands and all the gear & gimmicks that are the Hot rage at the time. It is absolutely fascinating to go back and see where we've been & where we are aiming. Myself, I've stopped about 1998. Where did you stop, if you have, trending and said " I'm good right here."? IMG_1532.JPG
                              I think I stopped somewhere back in the stone age dewman ! I have pretty much stayed with the old reliable items that I have been familiar with since about 1965. I have never allowed gimmicks or wayout items to influence me in my hunting, been very simple in my approach. Like PH, I have basically stayed with cotton outer wear for it’s quietness. Since I am solely a recurve shooter, game needs to be inside of 25 yards, and thus any noise in the drawing of the bow must be eliminated. I have a decent collection of knives, but find that I am down to only 3 that are used, 1 folder and 2 sheath, all are over 45 years of age. I don’t do as much winter hunting as I used to and when bow hunting in Dec. in Michigan it can be brutal. I have always dressed in layers, loose fitting in order to have the looseness provide insulation. Tight fitting clothes are not the warmest ! Cold feet have driven me from the stand more than I can count, that was always a factor I had trouble solving. My gear in a backpack consisted of only the very minimum, knives, folding saw, extra rope (always nylon braided) light rain gear, pruners, extra bow string and finger tabs, as I said minimal ! When bow hunting elk in Colorado, I carried more items as situations were different and I was much further from a vehicle. As I have gotten older, I find I miss many aspects of my previous hunting as age no longer allows me to do what I used to do, but then we all at some point come to that fact of life. I have been fortunate to be able to hunt elk, moose and deer with the bow, so no complaints. May you enjoy many good hunts in your future !!
                              Last edited by bowhunter75richard; 09-11-2020, 09:44 AM.

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