WBowhunt wrote: I understand what you are saying Steve, But I also do not spend that kind of money on Does urine, or the latest greatest scent on the market, unless I have heard from folks that it works well and how they used it.
What I mean by Guys in the field is " not testimonials in an article" Watch any huntin' show, or read magazines and half of the these so called Pro-hunters are paid to sell the product, whether is works or not. So I prefer to hear from other average Joes like me who are not paid by sponsors or have some other vested interest in a product.
For example I found why waste my money on these so called wind indicator products, when I learned from an average joe that the best things to use are things like the seeds from Milk weed plants, or the small feathers from a down pillow. Or make your own for a 1/4 of the price with a small bottle and some Talc powder.
Point well taken, WBowhunt, and generally I'm 100% with you. I use milkweed, too -- I remove the seeds so it's more buoyant in the air currents and keep the fluff in a film canister pinned to my vest. I make my own turkey call. I'm always looking for a DIY angle to things.
I understand your view of TV hunting shows -- most of them are 5 minutes of getting ready to hunt, 5 minutes of hunting, 5 minutes of repeat footage, and 15 minutes of sponsorships. But I still don't understand what you mean. In the article, the maker of the lure is a small-time trapper and lure maker -- let's qualify him as "paid," even though he's not Wildlife Research Center or anything like that. No information was given about how to get his product, and the D&DH issue didn't even carry an advertisement for it. Another person who uses the product teams with the maker to conduct seminars. If they were at a show you were attending, would you decline attending their seminar because they stand to make a few dollars? You paid to enter the show and I think you would attend.
Everyone else mentioned in the article were real field testers who were not paid, have no financial stake, and do not in any sense market the product. In fact, their reputation is at stake. This seems to me to be the kind of testimonial most of us are looking for.
On the other hand, if you don't use scouting cameras (no small expense by themselves, and then you add SD cards and batteries!), then I can see how the article didn't speak to you.