JPH wrote:[Several good items in your list Shaman. I think a few of them are worth defending.
- Native Americans were using deer decoys long before European colonization. I'm tempted to drape myself in a hide and try it their way too, but I'd get shot.
- The laser thing is a biggie for me. I began to use a rangefinder after a particularly rough season where botched shots led to some long blood trails. I consider mine to be an essential piece of insurance, not only for myself but the animals I hunt.
- How are single shot rifles a technological advancement?
- Haven't worn cotton thermals in years. I'm an Under Armor guy now. Talk about a technological marvel! I suspect the power behind their Cold Gear may be demonic, but that's a conversation for another thread.
I have a deer decoy. It's a Italian hand-painted thing. I've had it for 12 years. It's useless as tits on a boar hog. I may keep it out at the blind this year and see if I can get a rise out of some of my doe-- just for fun. It used to be fun setting it up in the front yard and letting my dog out after it, but that's about it. Pound for pound, it's the most useless piece of deer gadgetry I own.
Look, if you want a laser rangefinder, that's fine. Me? When I bow hunted, I spent my time in the stand guessing yardages to trees. That's how I kept myself occupied. I was thinking of laser sights on bows, laser sights on arrows,
Single shot rifles: They are not a technological advancement, but every time I turn on an outdoor channel I see somebody with a TC Encore acting like they're the best thing since the invention of smokeless powder. Me? I could never under why someone would deliberately give themselves 1 shot. What if the deer stands there and refuses to go down-- then what?
An axiom from my days in extreme sport: the best dressed corpses wear cotton. It's great on a hot summer day, but I've seen guys go into hypothermia at 70F ambient temp. I wear Polypro exclusively now as my first layer.