I love Jeeps too. Been 4wheeling for 40 years.
Old Hunter, awesome heep! Im a jeep fanatic ha ha built an 89 YJ from the ground up through out high school. Miss that thing.
I love Jeeps too. Been 4wheeling for 40 years.
I agree with Fink.
Another thing on sellouts question. Is the hunt still there? Camo is technology, centerfire rifles are technology, compound bows are technology...... Should we all hunt with a homemade recurve and a loin cloth?
A loin cloth at 12,000 ft might be a little chilly.
Technology is the making, usage, and knowledge of tools, machines, techniques, crafts, systems or methods of organization in order to solve a problem or perform a specific function.
I just hope that everyone has a safe and successful hunt useing the level of technology they are most comfortable both buying and useing on their adventures.
Technology is pricey but great! Its especially important for the bowhunter because I dont know about you guys but no matter how much technology I have, i still get busted by many animals each year. I like having an edge because sometimes times it is the difference between success and failure in the woods. Thats part of the reason why I'm a camo freak and I'm very particular about how my gear works and I test it before each hunt. But like most things in life, gear and gizmos can't replace good old hard work, effort, and sweat. I guarantee you that a new bow, rifle, or set of binoculars isn't going to get you in better shape or farther into the backcountry.
I have no problem with technology advancements like GPS, better clothes and boots, etc. You still need to be a very good hunter even if you have them. I do agree with the idea of hunting becoming a rich man's sport. And I attribute that to losing hunting ground. We all know the story of our favorite hunting spot that was purchased by some rich man who now charges thousands of dollars to hunt on that ground. When states cater to these ranchers with their own special tags it just promotes the situation. And it's even worse here in the midwest. In KS and MO there is very little public ground, relatively speaking, and farmers can get thousands of dollars for hunting rights. The private land costs the same to access, and there is a fraction of the public land available.
I like technology personally, but I don't think it takes the place of hunting knowledge and shooting ability. A hunter still has to find, get close to, and make a killing shot on an animal to take it regardless of equipment used.
I've known people with cheap gear that were rude, lazy, and broke every law in the book to get their game. I've known rich people who thought they could buy their way to whatever they wanted and felt entitled to hunt on anybody's land they wanted to. I use the term "people" not "hunters" there for a reason. I've also known great guys in both classes, there are good and bad in every bunch.
Also on a side note, not everyone who has nice gear is conceited and rich. I have some Sitka, Russel, and Core 4 clothing that I've put together over the past 4yrs by watching ebay and camofire. Much of it was used when I got it and doesn't match, but it still works. I have a couple nice sets of binos, Vortex and Minox, that I saved up for, then used the trading and price match features of SWFA to get bought. Same with my ED50 spotter, I waited and watched until Natchez Shooters Supply came out with their deal this year. My gunsmith a mile down the road has built my custom rifles at a discounted rate as we trade almost everything back and forth. My custom guns aren't fancy and pretty but accurate and functional. I have between 1/3 and 1/2 of the cost in my gear that it should have cost new. I'm not out to waste money but quality gear is often easier to use and less likely to fail when you need it most. Also with quality gear you can buy once and hunt for years without upgrading, or if you choose to upgrade your old gear still has value you can get back by trading or ebay.
Hunting going over to the private land does seems like it is getting more prevalent or at least if you count up all the hunting TV shows it sure looks like a high percentage to me. Some states have had that issue for quite a while now just because they have very little public hunting land in their state to begin with. My hope is that we will continue to be able to hunt and to be able to hunt public land. There is some awesome public land hunting out there still.
Some folks in my neck of the woods, even though we have a lot of public hunting land prefer to just pay for a hunting lease or pay to hunt private land. It's not that they were or are real rich but hunting public can be much harder and more leg work to find public hunting honey holes or to draw premium tags. A hunter can get on some private land, pay for a hunting lease, get their animal and see a lot of animals to choose from instead of driving across the country and paying non resident tag fees. I've been guilty a time or two doing that myself, although getting something on public land in my state or another is just more gratifying, more of an accomplishment and more of an adventure to me.
Are far as me buying modern technology for status? That's just not my case. I'm just trying to help my success however slim or non existent that may be. I'm trying to keep myself safer, and as I get older perhaps aid in my comfort level in the backcountry however slim those levels are or are not. That's just my intent.
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Of the few hunting related websites I go to there always seems to be class warfare topic pop up. There is nothing wrong with making lots of money. There is nothing wrong with buying top tier gear if you can afford it. If any of us had a money tree out back, I'm certain that most of us would all buy top tier gear.