"Hey, fellas! It's an all-you-can-eat!"
My father and uncle taught me what to look for to find the rabbit and how to essentially stalk them. I will admit that there was a thrill to it when you did eveything correctly and got an opportunity to bag one. Those things are hard to spot and even more difficult to shoot.
Fast forward to today. Hunting is just as popular as ever, if not more. But, things are done a lot differently these days. Now, I'm going to upset some hunters, but like the youngsters say," it is what it is."
Hunters cheat. At least, the ones that I know do. What used to be a complicated "man vs. animal" event has turned into "cheater vs. animal." My father hunted from pretty much the age of 8 up until he was around 55 years old and he can tell you how many deer that he's killed on one hand. Why is that?
Because back then, they never used bait, high-powered rifles and / or deer stands.
I have some friends who hunt and they kill three or four deer per season. Per season! Are they more skilled hunters than my father and his brothers were? Absolutely not!
Modern day hunters usually have a favorite hunting spot in the woods where every other weekend during the off-season, they'll leave food for the deer. This will get the deer familiar with the area and will have them come there on a regular basis to look for food. During hunting season, the "hunters" will sit in their deer stand and train their high-powered scopes on the place where the deer come to feed.
LOL! It's cheating! Would you brag about being "a great mouse slayer" because they took the cheese and got caught in a mouse trap? You didn't "hunt" the mouse. You lured it.
So, for those who brag about the huge buck that they bagged, I will listen, but I won't be impressed. If you used any modern tactics in order to kill an animal that's not nearly as smart as humans, then I won't prop you up for that.
Does a person who uses bait, a stand and a high-powered rifle really deserve credit for killing a deer?
"Psst!!!! Say, doe? I know you hear me talking to you! Trifling doe."