Hunting Rant

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by OlPainless, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. OlPainless

    OlPainless New Member

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    Okay now I know this is going to ruffle some feathers but flame all you want…

    Today I was watching some Billy Bob hunting program on the tube and I seriously started to wonder, “What the hell happened to the sport of hunting". After I watched Billy Bob ride his ATV 30 miles to setup his scent traps, tree blinds, decoys, scouting cameras, food plot mixes, etc, etc... put on his "hey look, I’m a tree" camo, screw with his $2000 rifle's $1000 scope, and start using his calls and scent blockers, all I could think to myself was where is the challenge? What are we going to hand down to the next generation? Will they learn hunting skills or should we just take our kids to the store and show them what to buy so they can go bag an animal. In this age of hunting technology I think we need to ask ourselves, Are we really passing down to our children the basic skills of hunting such as stalking, knowing how to hunt the wind, scouting, reading sign, practicing with their equipment to know their limitations, etc…

    I haven’t watched a hunting show in quite some time, but it seems to me that they’re mostly about pushing products and showing how many food plots they can plant, so all they have to do is set up in blind on stilts and wait for a deer to come out and shoot it.

    Call me old fashioned (I’m 25) but I just seriously think the sport of hunting nowadays is nothing but a joke. Unless you can take your rifle, leave isle 7 from Gander Mtn. at home, and score your meal with nothing but knowledge and patience, you are not a hunter.

    If you want to use live animals for simple target practice, fine, but call it what it is.
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I hunted for a number of my earlier years and enjoyed it, but I got away from it somehow. Now, I just don't seem to have the desire.
     

  3. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    We have to separate the hunting shows from the sport. That's like comaring the Bass Masters to actual fishing.

    The sport of hunting is alive and well in most hunter's lives. I am one. I don't hunt fenced in ranches. I don't go for the newest fad that sponsors those hunting shows.

    If I knew you better, I would invite you to come hunt with me. I consider myself to be a hunter that is like the majority of hunters. I don't have a TV show that is selling products.


    Bronco's are 5-0. :D
     
  4. Silvertip 44

    Silvertip 44 New Member

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    Rant all you want because you are absolutely right. There are a few of us left who go on the hunt because we enjoy the chase. It is not important if you make a kill, it is important that you enjoy yourself and appreciate being in the woods during one of the most beautiful seasons of the year.
    Gadgets are designed to get bills out of your wallet and to attract those who have never developed good hunting skills and have no woods sense. Maybe growing up on a farm in middle Georgia helped me to develop just by rambling in the woods at an early age with a .22.
    I haven't hunted since the season of '98 when my wife passed away, but joined a hunting club for this year. Now I can enjoy the woods and set my own pace and without a bunch of gadgets. I did invest in a thermacell for the hungry mosquitoes and will be hunting with a rather expensive rifle (National Match accurized and scoped M1A) along with one of my CMP M1 Garands and handloaded ammo.
    Maybe the problem is that todays kids grow up with nothing but asphalt and concrete under their feet and can't see the forest because all those trees are in the way. That's who the shows and salesmen are after.
     
  5. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I agree with you 100% about the hunting shows, they aren't hunting. They are paying to shoot an animal that has been raised and bread into existance. I will admit, I use some of the sents but who can really afford to buy all the crap they try to tell you that you need in order to shoot a deer. People have been killing deer long before any of that stuff was around and we would continue to do so without it.
     
  6. stalkingbear

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    Those "hunting" shows just don't portray hunting the way it really is. I mean how many of us could get by with talking up in a tree with a trophy buck within good bow range? They couldn't be further from the truth. Most of us can't afford to prepare multiple food plots costing thousands of dollars either. The ONLY hunting shows I watch are the african safari shows about hunting dangerous game.
     
  7. ghostndawoodz

    ghostndawoodz New Member

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    These shows arent to show real sport in my mind its too sell products and make city folks want to hunt and spend alot of money... i have been raised up to campout in a tent on the river with a open sight 30 30 and kill what you can with old camo shirts and have fun while im at it its a dying breed to find true outdoors man that know north south east and west when you look on tv and they have a gps to tell them that.
     
  8. Silvertip 44

    Silvertip 44 New Member

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    Yep gostndawoods we're a dying breed. C'mon over here to Georgia and we'll slop around in the swamps and rout out some big deer, hogs and coyotes.
     
  9. davemccarthy707

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    Most of the things you listed in your first paragraph are illegal to do while hunting in this province. Basically track and shoot, no bait (cept for coyotes) no shooting from trees and no blinds (except for waterfowl). On the other hand the place is crawling with game so...
     
  10. cpttango30

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    I love seeing the guys with they're fancy camo that set them back $500 and like you said $2000 and $1000 scopes then they get up in their wood stove heated 52" plasma HDTV heated toilet seat blind and set in the lazy boy till a deer walks by then they miss the dam thing because they only fired 3 shots with their rifle to "Confirm Zero"...

    The worst hunting show I ever seen was a guy hunting buffelo here in the states He pulls up to a herd in a bright red ass pick up gets out with his custom built 45-110 Sharps rifle in his authentic custom tailored buck skin clothings and his authentic coon skin hat and walks up to one no more than 50 feet away blasts the SOB 3 times because he can't hit the side of an effing hill then jumps up and down hootin and goin on because he has such a great hunt.

    These shows make me want to go kick them all right in the dam junk.
     
  11. 30-30remchester

    30-30remchester New Member

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    I agree about the so called hunting show obsenities. The practice of shooting a noble animal and then laughing and hooping and hollering like a bunch of drunk ninnies should be banned. I have yet to see a reverence given to the animal taken.
     
  12. rifleman1

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    ted nugents show "spirit of the wild" is the only hunting show i'll watch
     
  13. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    Once again tango has made me laugh.
     
  14. cpttango30

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    I have seen a few on the internet and really got after the poster.

    I also hang out at GGVG (Varmint hunters.com) and we had a guy there show up that was shooting a $4000 custom made 6.5mm muzzle loader he shot a deer at 950 yards and was jumping around and cussing like a sailor while the deer thrashed around on the ground taking over 5 minutes to die. You think you seen some scorched earth posts here HA I laid into him so bad on GGVG and THR I think he left both boards I know he left GGVG. The mods at THR told me to cool it or they would ban me I was not the only one who was highly
     
  15. ninjatoth

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    I often watch whitetail hunting shows.I often wonder where the flip these people are hunting,there will be like a dozen huge bucks,all with 8-10 point racks,and they are all passing good deer up because it isn't the biggest,or got the best rack,and they sit there with their huge scoped guns for several minutes,and when they do go for a shot,often miss.Where I am from here in michigan,a buck at all is a prize,you see one buck a day if your lucky,sitting for hours a day.Often hunters do not even get a shot.I would like to see a real show where you have to wait hours for a buck,move so carefully,because real wild animals don't stay still like on those hunting shows,and use open sights or a shotgun,which I don't think i've ever seen on a show.Iv'e seen big pistols with advanced scopes,but no hunters with an average open sight gun.Then there is the bow hunting shows,I am not into bow hunting,I have nothing against it,but I think a rifle is a better way to hunt.A rifle and a skilled hunter is the best way,a skilled hunter taking shots at short enough ranges to make a clean kill.
     
  16. orangello

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    Personally, if it is a deer of any kind that they are killing, i don't care what they do or how they do it, as long as no humans are endangered. I think every licensed driver in the U.S. should be required to send $25 to their nearest deer hunter as a sponsorship. Would i be upset by some goofball making a fool of themselves over a dead or dying deer, not at all. I think the grass on the interstate medians should be poisoned to kill more deer. I have strongly considered purchasing a junker truck to drive in the fall & winter for the express purpose of mowing down every deer possible (modified bumper & grill guard of course). In summary, i hate deer and wish them all a slow and painful death, preferably at the hands of someone who enjoyed watching them die.

    I'm not a big fan of coyotes either.
     
  17. Gatekeeper

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    I like Nugent's Spirit OTW and Realtree roadtrips. About the only shows I'll watch.
    No highfences, canned hunts, disrespect for the animal, or over-the-top product pushing. That $h1T makes me sick.
    They have genuine enthusiasm and joy of being afield, They dont always get a kill, make a perfect shot, or have a perfect hunt. The first shows Ive seen where they actually blood trail animals and show missed shots and blown opportunities.
    Uncle Ted's funny, definately not a trophy hunter, that guy will shoot anything:cool:
    Lil cuz likes Jim Shockey. I havent got to watch yet.
    My .02
     
  18. skullcrusher

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    Wow, lotsa opinion there, but no real proof of the best way to hunt, bow or rifle or shotgun or pistol.

    I have not seen many hunting shows where they often miss....

    What makes you think a better chance at one shot per kill is more likely or humane without a scope?

    You don't hunt much, do you? I'm just sayin....
     
  19. davemccarthy707

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    Long-action rifle with a good scope. Everything else should be banned for big game.
     
  20. stalkingbear

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    I KNOW you're NOT serious about that!!! Especially in the United States.