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steve863 last won the day on June 7 2017

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  1. Another vivid memory from yesteryear was seeing hunters transporting their deer outside their vehicles. Don't see that very often anymore. People went hunting with their everyday cars or stationwagons in those days. These days most have a truck or large SUV of some sort so most deer are getting put inside the vehicle. The only thing hauled on the outside these days might be the $10K 4 wheeler used to take the hunter the 300 yards or less to their treestands and then hopefully help haul the deer back out if they get one. Seems like all you needed in the old days to drag one out was a rope that only cost a couple of dollars. LOL Things were much simpler then and the hunters a hell of a lot tougher.
  2. Yes, even into the mid 70's when I started hunting tree stands were barely ever seen or mentioned. Sitting with your back to a tree or still hunting was how it was typically done. Hunted a good amount from treestands through the 90's to up to a few years ago. Now I hunt from pop up blinds or occasionally still hunt. Don't care to risk breaking my neck falling from a tree at my age. No deer in the world is worth that. Seems like these days shooting accidents are way down compared to the old days yet a good number of hunters get seriously hurt or die falling from trees. So don't know which is better or which is worse.
  3. OK, so if we can print these at home wouldn't one be able to print his tags 10 times and if they were up to no good be able to use as many as they want? I think there is an added level of control with the tags that the DEC used to give us. Those were not easily duplicated unless you went back and claimed that you lost your tag and were given another one.
  4. Well said. On this board if you weren't on the side of the fence that many here seemed to think was mandatory on all issues you were immediately deemed a libtard socialist democrat (see the post above yours for proof of this). This in a nutshell has been the main reason for the demise of this forum. More so than people not being able to register. Some of folks that remain seem to love it now that anyone with contrary opinions to theirs are gone for good. This just proves that not everyone was welcome on this forum. I guess they now have the type of forum they wanted. The three or four regulars remaining can happily continue talking with each without anyone else having the nerve to interject an opposing view.
  5. Same here. Seems like MOST of the hunters I know have kids and hardly any of them hunt. Looking back on things I don't remember these hunters putting any real effort into passing on the tradition to them. Makes little sense but I guess everyone puts more importance on the other sports/activities you listed. There is time for only so much I guess in a kids life and the parents. The kid scoring a goal in soccer or hitting a homerun in baseball will give him and the parents more bragging rights to everyone around them hunter or non-hunter than killing a deer or a couple of rabbits would.
  6. Great post. Hunting isn't going anywhere anytime soon in NY. We are being given more hunting opportunities every year so it's highly unlikely that it will all be taken away overnight. It's always easier to blame politics or everyone else for hunting's demise but the real problem is probably closer to home. Hunting has become way more of a selfish pastime compared to what it was when I started hunting, so this alone hasn't helped matters.
  7. Highly unlikely that you will get a pat on the back from a non-hunter. Maybe if the non-hunter happens to like venison and you share some with them you might get a pat on the back but otherwise don't be expecting one. Trophies on the wall or you telling them that you shot a huge buck that you were after for a couple of years will be of absolutely NO interest to a non-hunter. Only to other like minded hunters will big antlers be of interest. Most non-hunters can accept hunting for meat but it's a whole different story when the emphasis is put on hunting for trophies.
  8. Some of you are just noticing this now?? This has been discussed numerous times around here for a good while now.
  9. Yes, and whichever way one chooses to go about it it's still called "hunting". The meaning of the word doesn't change. Hunting has been around forever and I'm sure the hunters of 1000 years ago weren't challenging themselves and holding off for the biggest or best. They killed what they could to survive. We obviously don't need to hunt to survive these days but again the concept is the same as it always was.
  10. So you don't find that demeaning in any way?? Come on, dude. This is just one example from this thread. You've been calling out people like Wolc, Grampy and others forever around here. It's one thing calling people out about politics, their quirks or BS like that, I've done that many times myself, but it's another when you call them out about their hunting skills or how you don't think they have any. Where is it written that one needs to continuously show proof of their hunting prowess to participate on this forum?? You can carry on, however, I've wasted enough of my time with you here already. You obviously see only what you want to see.
  11. No way. As I stated in an earlier post you can hunt for a deer that is twelve years old and toothless for all I care. Don't matter one bit to me. YOU are the one demeaning people here who don't hunt for the big ones like YOU think everyone should. You claim that we can't even know the meaning of the word "hunting" until we do. You even challenge people to show you proof of what they kill which shows how stuck up YOU are on this issue. It's like you go out of your way to make sure that everyone knows that your wiener is bigger than everyone elses. Honestly NO other way to describe it.
  12. Nope, did not kill a buck this year and feel absolutely no shame about it. Just for you since you are such an idiot I walked downstairs to my basement where some of my past hunting exploits are collecting dust to take a couple of pictures for you. Enjoy. I had these critters mounted because I had the money to do it but they don't mean any more to me than any other animal I have ever shot. I am happy with whatever I get to kill.
  13. LOL, yeah right. Everyone is jealous of you. That has also been your worn out delusional tune around here for years. I guess the pot smoking has gotten to you real good, bud. Go seek help.
  14. The attacker is the one who thinks that anyone who doesn't hunt for trophy deer is a sub-par hunter. That has been his theme on this forum for years. He dishes out this BS and you think everyone will just be quiet about it and not let him know what others think about his opinions??
  15. Lots of reason and many have already been mentioned. The world has become more urban and suburban so it's not as easy for a youngster to take up hunting on their own like some were able to in the past. The key is for parents or other adults to TRY to expose kids to hunting. It may not always work but at least give it a try. It takes time, effort and patience which many adults don't have these days. We knock kids for lacking many things but I see adults as a big part of the problem, too. This trophy deer hunting mentality isn't helping things either. Lots of these fathers and other adults are so wrapped up in their own hunting that they won't give up their "precious" time in pursuit of that trophy to take a youngster out. It's become a selfish world in general and hunting is no exception.
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