I am not a hunter myself, but over the years I have noticed a huge drop in "successful" hunting. It seems that today most hunters only set foot in the woods on the first or second day of the season. They spend little or no time studying the movements of deer or are unaware of the habits of the animal they are hunting in the preseason. This gives way to a lot of people going to the woods and not seeing any wildlife. Is this an indicator of lack of wildlife, or an indication of the lack of hunting skills in the current generation?
I know quite a few people that are very good at harvesting animals that the others claim are not there in the same section of forest.
TBeek, is that Wild Turkey at camp or the bird of the same name? Or perhaps both? :)
:laugh: Gave up the hard stuff years ago, although I will indulge in a good cognac now and then if out someplace with the wife. I'm a home brewer, mainly of ales.
That said, I've never mixed hunting with drinking :)
IMHO; The latest breed of hunters are for the most part, exactly what you describe. Few are willing to do the work anymore. I feel blessed to live surrounded by forest and lakes and to be truthful I don't miss all the OOT traffic that would invade us every year, even though us locals benefited by them stomping through the woods, chasing deer in our direction :). I know a 'few' bow-hunters, and some gun hunters who still take the 'art' of hunting seriously and respectfully, but as said, they are few.
As a disabled vet in Wisconsin I can hunt turkey (or deer if I wanted to) with gun or crossbow, from my truck parked about 200 yards from my back door. I wouldn't be able to participate in hunting any other way, so am grateful for the privilege and ability to still fill our freezers.
Man, this topic sure took a turn-a-round ;)