We’ve all heard from our parents or grandparents about how things used to be when they were younger. Sometimes I wonder how accurately the person recalling the story remembers the facts. Because I am an outdoorsman and come from a family of outdoorsmen, I’ve heard a lot of stories about hunting back in a simpler day.
We’ve all heard from our parents or grandparents about how things used to be when they were younger. Sometimes I wonder how accurately the person recalling the story remembers the facts. Because I am an outdoorsman and come from a family of outdoorsmen, I’ve heard a lot of stories about hunting back in a simpler day. Apparently there were a lot less regulations and a whole lot more wild game out there. Memories of sacks full of harvested ducks, countless pheasant, and deer everywhere are common talk among the elders in my family. You could walk from property to property for miles without having to worry about being denied permission, if in fact you even had to ask for permission at all. I can’t even count how many times I’ve heard that all these new types of camouflage clothing, blinds, ammunition and other gear are just new ways for companies to keep making money. Often times I wonder if my Dad refuses to use some of the tools I swear make my hunts easier or more comfortable just to seem tough or maybe he just refuses to change. After all, why wear broken white camouflage clothing while goose hunting in the snow when you could just throw a white sheet over yourself! I suppose some people will always refuse to change and will continue in their old ways. It’s hard to convince someone to change something they have been doing for years especially if they’ve been successful. It’s sort of the idea of, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Never the less, I’d give up all the new comforts of today’s hunting for a day in the field with my old man.
A day outdoors with an experienced hunter especially a family member or friend is a great time for all involved. My father has provided the basis for all my hunting knowledge. Of course, I am more open to change and certainly not afraid of trying anything that will make me a more successful hunter. Because of this, I learn something new every time I go out hunting with a companion. Who better to learn from than some who’s got experience in the situation? I think that’s what successful hunting is based on: traditional ideas and experiences passed on through generations and adapted to the changing environment and social conditions. Our hunting tradition and culture relies on this so please remember to take someone hunting. There’s a lot other hunters can learn from you, whether you realize it or not.
Regardless of whether or not the hunting times before us were simpler or more bountiful, today’s hunting experiences can be as much fun and as successful. If we continue to hunt ethically and share our knowledge and experiences with others, future generations will be able to enjoy the outdoors and hunting as we have. Soon enough we may be telling stories about the past and our memories of our times out in the wilderness. Simple, fulfilling times before may never have left. Don’t lose an appreciation for what or sport provides. It’s not only the game taken but also the shared memories. Keep your hunting experiences treasured or you just may miss out on the “harvest”.