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2 greatest inventions in modern hunting

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by interlock, Dec 7, 2013.

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  1. interlock

    interlock Member

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    Guys,
    What do you think have been the 2 greatest steps forward in hunting technology... maybe in the last 50 years?

    I know what mine are.

    Interlock
     
  2. wyohome

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    1. Better bullet design.
    2. Much better affordable optics.
     
  3. sage5907

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    1. Better bullet design.
    2. Much better affordable optics.

    Ditto.
     
  4. Armored farmer

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    optics
    optics
     
  5. guyfromohio

    guyfromohio Member

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    Thinsulate
     
  6. T.R.

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    1) climbing tree stand

    2) Extinguisher deer calling system

    TR
     
  7. barnbwt

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    1.) Hollow/Soft point rounds
    2.) Zero magnification optics (so geezers don't have to use iron sights or telescopes to hunt at 30yds ;))

    TCB
     
  8. snakeman

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    scent away

    ghillie suit

    because with these you don't need optics
     
  9. morcey2

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    1. Better bullet in both consistency and construction
    2. Sons who are excited to go hunting but double as pack mules. :)
    2a. Better powder that is less temp sensitive. (but IMR-4064 is still my go-to powder for lots of stuff.)
    2b. Much better camo, but it's getting a little extreme.
     
  10. interlock

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    #1 Goretex
    #2 neoprene.


    :)
     
  11. H&Hhunter

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    #1. Laser Range finder.
    #2. .30-06

    #1. Cuts down on those "There I was, cross canyon at about 700 yards" stories. It's simply amazing how many big bull at 400+ yard shot stories get cut in half or more with the liberal application of a laser.

    #2. Nuff said. The round really has never been improved on for practical purposes.
     
  12. gamestalker

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    For the type of hunting we do out here, radios and ear buds are an absolute must.

    And number two is range finders with BDC systems that correspond with the ballistics of the specific bullet / cartridge being used.

    Back in the day, the only radio one could effectively use in the field would cost no less than $1000 each. And they would often get broken. They were also quite heavy due to the large number of batteries required, and they would eat batteries so quickly, everyone had to carry extra batteries too. Now days I can outfit everyone with ear buds / vox for around $75 per person and batteries will last for days before they go dead. Prior to these affordable radios, budget restricted hunters and guides used red flags to give signals to the hunter, up was go straight, down meant straight back, right, left, and stop was waving the flag back and forth. It was a pain in the butt cause you didn't always have eyes on each other.

    And before we had any decent means of ranging the shot became available, missed shots were common place, especially when the distance exceeded 250 yds or so.

    Bullets have definitely come a very long way, but I don't think it has had a major impact on kill shots. I think any decent bullet, even some that are from the 60's and 70's will easily get the job done if the shooter can put it where it needs to be in the first place. For instance, I use a Speer BTSP that has been around since at least the 70's, probably longer, and I just saw two deer killed this week with those Speer's.

    GS
     
  13. hentown

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    For dove hunting in large fields with a few shooters, I'd have to opine that the greatest invention ever would be a reliable remote-control helicopter. When the doves started lighting a few hundred yards beyond the hunters' reach, you'd just herd the doves back towards you with the helicopter.
     
  14. oneounceload

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    Goretex
    one piece plastic shot wad
     
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    better bullets, better camo
     
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    The thermocell and, after today's hunt, the propane heater. :D
     
  18. Patocazador

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    GPS and the climbing stand.

    I still have my original Baker stand.

    There were adequate bullets (Nosler Partition) and many of the fine rifles were available over 80 years ago.
     
  19. morcey2

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    Depends on the state. In Utah, unless you're willing to wear a blaze-orange ghillie suit during rifle season, which kind of defeats the purpose, optics will still be awfully handy.

    Matt
     
  20. MutinousDoug

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  21. witchhunter

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    1. Laser range finder.
    2. Danner boots or Goretex
     
  22. Savage99

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    Blaze orange clothing. <---makes hunting safer.

    Wide spread use of riflescopes.
     
  23. Arkansas Paul

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    1. Controlled expansion bullets
    2. Mr. Buddy portable propane heaters
     
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    Depending on what constitutes modern,

    1. Smokeless powder
    2. Quality affordable optics
     
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    Insulated waders and affordable (mass produced) decoys
     
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