Lol, I also enjoy stalking, but here in TN with our oak leaf covered woods, it's rarely practical without damp conditions. You'll learn what a stand or blind is if you hunt here very often.
Yep! We don't have miles and miles of land to roam. Try walking around when the leaves have started falling and there won't be a deer for miles. Different places call for different methods.Lol, I also enjoy stalking, but here in TN with our oak leaf covered woods, it's rarely practical without damp conditions. You'll learn what a stand or blind is if you hunt here very often.
That is another thing that I have noticed about the shows. No respect for the game. You have a , so called , hunter sitting over a feeder. A deer comes in and he or she shoulders the rifle that is in a leadsled, or props the gun barrel on the window sill and yanks the trigger...
...I have even heard people say that they gut shoot them on purpose. Guys, this doesn't help the image of hunters when the public sees this on TV. Any animal deserves respect whither it is a deer, hog or squirrel.
That is another thing that I have noticed about the shows. No respect for the game. You have a , so called , hunter sitting over a feeder. A deer comes in and he or she shoulders the rifle that is in a leadsled, or props the gun barrel on the window sill and yanks the trigger. Then when they reach the animal they act like they just won championship ball game, or possibly having a seizure. I'm sorry but that animal deserves more respect than that.
Captcurt, I see where you use a rifle, scope, blind, chair and shooting sticks while sitting over a feeder as well. Does that make you a "so-called hunter" as well? I am not sure where you are drawing the line. Was it the lead sled? Was it the obvious inexperience (buck fever trigger yank or rested barrel)? Or, was it the post kill relief and excitement that disqualified the person from being a "real hunter?"
I will be honest with you. I can't don't like the whooping and hollering either. I usually find it annoying, but I can't see how that possible somehow demotes a person from consideration of being a hunter.
I have been watching a lot of hunting shows lately and have come to the conclusion that I have done everything wrong for 57 years. It seems as though one must camo their face while in a stand be it a treestand or in a blind. It doesn't matter if your ears and neck flash like a surrender flag as long as you have a couple of streaks on your cheeks. I never even dreamed about riding an electric bike or carrying a tripod shooting stick, but I can see now that I don't know anything about deer hunting. Guess I'll have to sell my little Yamaha Bear Tracker and get me a bike. Looks like the ATV is a better choice for getting a deer out of the woods, but what do I know? And I must be the only person who field dresses my deer on the ground where I shoot them. I always said that I would rather gut 5 on the ground compared to one hanging up. Wrong again. Some say that they don't want to scare the other deer by leaving a gut pile. I guess the deer I shot standing 10 feet from a fresh gut pile didn't know it was wrong either. Maybe I should just hang it up. Fifty seven years down the drain.
You would never get that thing close to many of the places that I hunt. I can't get my little Yamaha Bear Tracker to most of them. Not sure that a mule would help.I dunno about the ground being better for dressing out...I kinda like using the tractor.
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I always thought quiet was better, so I hike a ways to get to my stands. Maybe in a couple more years I'll be looking for an electric bike. While I don't cammo my face, when it's cold I often wear a facemask while in the stand and I've yet to see it have a negative effect on deer. There's also a shooting tripod on my pack that I use frequently, it really comes in handy for the longer shots we sometimes encounter in western KS. I also carry it for every coyote hunt.
You would never get that thing close to many of the places that I hunt. I can't get my little Yamaha Bear Tracker to most of them. Not sure that a mule would help.
I’d rather not spend 3 days in ICU after getting my ass kicked by the deer, then another 3 in the psych ward for being crazy, and get ticketed for no license.Now, if you are hiking out to your hunting area and stripping down to a loin cloth and running down deer and killing with your bare hands, then you have got some room to argue about people with their fancy gear and the concept of need, but that better not be no store bought loin cloth.
I'm sure the electric bike would be nice, but I could never get to my stand unless it floats through the 3-12" of water and easily goes over wind fall trees. I will continue to walk to my stands, blinds, or natural cover I use while hunting. I don't paint my face, but I do make sure I don't smell like I just left a tavern.
Field dressing is different from state to state. I have hunted in WI, IL, IA, SD, & SC.
SC is the only state that I have hunted that doesn't allow field dressing in the woods. I have always gutted deer where they fell (or close to it).