I recently read a post about bow hunting from a forum, and it really got my attention! I’ll admit when I first read this post it made me angry. It seemed to be, in every way possible, putting down the overwhelming majority of deer bow hunters. I will confess it took me a while to get over the arrogance of this writer, whom will remain nameless, along with the forum it was posted on. But, once I was able to get passed the arrogance, I decided to take a different approach and try to understand this writer.
I’m guessing you are a little curious about this post right now, so here it is:
Okay, so now you’ve read it! Did you feel the same way that I did? Did you find this writer to be arrogant and condescending? Maybe you didn’t see him that way at all. And, that’s fine. Regardless of how you took this post, it definitely brings up some questions.
Are we doing it all wrong these days? I know a lot of bow hunters are against crossbows, but compound bows….REALLY? Since when is a compound bow considered a crutch! And, I have personally hunted with both. So, I know they both carry their own unique set of challenges. Yes, that’s right, I said crossbows can be challenging. I know there will be some of you out there that disagree with me, but I will stand by that statement all day, every day. And, I’m willing to bet that a lot of those crossbow haters have probably never went hunting with one. But, that’s getting off topic, so I’ll save that argument for another day!
Let’s get back to this post. I already mentioned Crutch #1—compound bows and crossbows. Crutch #2, according to this writer is the trail camera. And, I really have no issue with this point. Trail cameras are great tools, and yes, I use them. Do they guarantee that you are going to go out and get a monster buck? No! But, in all honesty, that is what most of us deer hunters are using them for. We are trying to find out where that big ole buck is staying so we can pursue him. Right?
However, not every deer hunter uses trail cameras. This truly is a personal choice. Is it a crutch, though? Well, I guess in many ways it is. Yes, I am going to agree with this arrogant writer on this one. As a hunter, I will admit that I have hunted one particular area just because of what I got on camera. And, I will also confess that it does not always pay off. Would I have hunted those spots as hard if I had not had those pictures? Probably not. So, yes, the trail camera truly can be considered a hunting crutch. However, I will continue to use them, not only because I want to find that big buck, but because I truly enjoy seeing the pictures and watching the young bucks as they grow over the years. One last point on the trail camera, this tool is only a crutch if you let it be one.
Up next, Crutch #3—the treestand/blind. While this writer does not use either of those terms, he makes his point very clear, “I won’t marry a tree and sit for days like a dufuss…”. Remember, these are his exact words, not mine. So, I guess I am a “dufuss” in his eyes then, because I do use a treestand almost every time I hunt. And, on occasion, I do sit in a blind. I have “married” many trees over the years, and I will continue to do so. Not to mention, there are some hunters who do not have lots of land to run on and “slip around under the treetops and ambush…”. Also, there are a lot of hunters that simply are not physically capable of doing this style of hunting. Are those of us who sit in a stand or a blind, regardless of reason, inferior hunters? Absolutely not! Now, if this writer is referring to marrying a tree as overhunting one particular spot, I will agree with him that it is not wise to do so. But, from the tone of the post, I do not think this is what he meant by his statement.
Alright, so those are the 3 crutches this writer mentioned. While, I don’t agree with this writer, I can understand what he is trying to relay, as he goes on to say this:
It is very obvious that this writer has become unhappy with many aspects of the way he has been hunting. And, that is fine; if his desire is to get back to the type of hunting he has expressed in this post, then more power to him. I hope he is able to do exactly what he has described, and even more so, I hope he can find joy in hunting again. If not, maybe it is just time for him to give it up and move on.
So, while I can find understanding in what this writer is trying to relay, I cannot condone the way he went about it. The whole tone of this post is, as I said earlier, condescending and arrogant. I do not appreciate being referred to as a “dufuss”, as I’m sure you don’t either. It is okay to be unhappy with your own style of hunting, and, it is okay to disagree with other hunter’s styles. But, it is not okay, in any way, shape, or form to publicly look down on and trash other hunters! While this writer is entitled to his opinion, he really needs to rethink how he goes about expressing it. After all is said and done, it is actually this writer that ends up looking like the “dufuss.”
I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic! What do you think about this writer’s opinions? Are these truly hunting crutches? And, what about the way he went about expressing his thoughts? Please comment below or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org