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Finding the Feral Hunter

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Really it's amazing how much gadgetry is available in the hunting world. Compare this to what our ancestors went to the field with and today's modern hunter really becomes a space aged, mechanized, hunting machine. But in doing so, has the modern hunter forsaken his feral self? That is not a question to be considered lightly. For in hunting's public opinion, hunting may very well be on the chopping block, tied there by it's own strings, the hunting industry.

If we were to look back to the 1950's and 60's we would see a totally different era of hunters and sportsman. These men went to the field with much less equipment than most modern hunters today. Yet they enjoyed many successes. Some, such as Fred Bear, went to the field and filmed, releasing his adventures to the public. If you have ever watched one of his films you would see the focus is on the adventure. This differs drastically from today's hunting films that seem focused on the kill and selling the next greatest gadget for filling your game bag.

This being the case, the future of hunting, in this hunter's eye, is in returning to the roots of feral man. It's going to the field with an eye for adventure and just the tools required for survival in the wilds. It's eye level hunting with simple equipment and only the skills we learn from a hundred trips to the field.

So the challenge is then to forsake modern quick success schemes and seek out ancient and traditional roots. It's time for those hunters among us to find their feral ancestry. Consider going to the woods with a simple stick and string (recurve or longbow) no sights, or perhaps taking grandpa's old hunting rifle with iron sights. Forget the scent lock pants and shirt with the mossy oak break up pattern. Pull on some earth colored pants, a flannel plad shirt and a fedora hat if you like one. Step into the field of the past and start learning about wood lore and tactics to bring you the hunter closer to game without all the gadgetry associated with modern hunting.

Take a chance on doing this so that you might some day become a true feral hunter and reap the rewards of a day in the field with nature as opposed to an outsider hiding within it. The benefits of doing so will long outlast a lifetime and shine brightly for the future of hunting.

Really it's amazing how much gadgetry is available in the hunting world. Compare this to what our ancestors went to the field with and today's modern hunter really becomes a space aged, mechanized, hunting machine. But in doing so, has the modern hunter forsaken his feral self? That is not a question to be considered lightly. For in hunting's public opinion, hunting may very well be on the chopping block, tied there by it's own strings, the hunting industry.

If we were to look back to the 1950's and 60's we would see a totally different era of hunters and sportsman. These men went to the field with much less equipment than most modern hunters today. Yet they enjoyed many successes. Some, such as Fred Bear, went to the field and filmed, releasing his adventures to the public. If you have ever watched one of his films you would see the focus is on the adventure. This differs drastically from today's hunting films that seem focused on the kill and selling the next greatest gadget for filling your game bag.

This being the case, the future of hunting, in this hunter's eye, is in returning to the roots of feral man. It's going to the field with an eye for adventure and just the tools required for survival in the wilds. It's eye level hunting with simple equipment and only the skills we learn from a hundred trips to the field.

So the challenge is then to forsake modern quick success schemes and seek out ancient and traditional roots. It's time for those hunters among us to find their feral ancestry. Consider going to the woods with a simple stick and string (recurve or longbow) no sights, or perhaps taking grandpa's old hunting rifle with iron sights. Forget the scent lock pants and shirt with the mossy oak break up pattern. Pull on some earth colored pants, a flannel plad shirt and a fedora hat if you like one. Step into the field of the past and start learning about wood lore and tactics to bring you the hunter closer to game without all the gadgetry associated with modern hunting.

Take a chance on doing this so that you might some day become a true feral hunter and reap the rewards of a day in the field with nature as opposed to an outsider hiding within it. The benefits of doing so will long outlast a lifetime and shine brightly for the future of hunting.


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