Yep it kind of makes me sad. We were just taking about this the other day I am as guilty as any one about hunting toys. When were kids we would grab a PB sandwich and apple a few rounds a pocket knife and go. Now I have so many hunting toys calls and clothes I can't decide what to take and I am not rich. The it was about any size deer now it's all about the horns. :hoboy: Although I will say this I have yet to hunt a private fenced in ranch with a massage therpist but at the age I am getting the massage therpist is starting to sound good :dance:
"You can have an $8000 hunting jacket & not have a hunters heart".....SO TRUE!!!
We can debate the new "gadgets" 'till we're blue in the face, but it'd still about the outdoors, wildlife, companionship, takin' a kid and seein' his/her facelight up and occasionally gettin' some game!!!
I've recently had this same thought about duck hunting. As a freelancer, it seems the options are slowly, but ever so surely, slipping away (The tract out by Boardman called Boeing, or BPA, or .. can't remember, and 1,000 Acres too).
I think the more we respect what we have the less it will be taken away and handed over to the rich.
I know one old [petunias!] who fills tags like a poacher (during hunting season only so I guess he's OK in some hunters books) with a meat quota for a food chain. The favorite reason he has is the claim that hunting is going to just be for the rich in the future.
I tell him and that's because of people like him who have that attitude and do what he does. I think he thinks he's in a minority so has very little impact. WAIT.. I'm on a rant here. Sorry.
I'm going out today to set up my tent where I'm going to try and find a bull starting Saturday morning. Not many animals per square mile but I think I'll enjoy making the effort.
A lot of my appreciation of big game hunting comes from knowing how expensive it would be if I lived in Sweden where my folks were born and raised.