Surrendering to technology
As a hunter, particularly a bowhunter, I always wondered what
was happening around my stand in my absence. In the not-too-distant
past I stretched sewing thread along deer travel routes and checked
to see if any thread was broken. If it was, it told me a deer had
passed in the night and the spot was still worth hunting. At the
time, it was my version of high tech.
I always had an aversion to high-tech gadgets for hunting and
tried not to use them, but things change. Growing older, I now
occasionally rely on an ATV to get my stands and in and out of the
woods, and a fiber optic pin on my bow sight is a big help in
seeing my sight in low-light conditions. Hunting boots rated for
-100 degrees Fahrenheit are now part of my equipment because they
enable me to stay in my stand under the coldest of conditions.
What’s more, my slightly-larger-than-a-pocket watch Bushnell Back
Tracker GPS unit allows me to wander the woods to my heart’s
content and still be confident I’ll find my way back to the truck
before dark. This past year I adopted yet another high-tech gadget
and I love it.
Last spring I bought a trail camera to monitor my hunting areas in
New York and Pennsylvania. I liked the first one so much I bought
another, and now I wonder how I ever got along without them. I’ve
seen coyotes, turkeys, deer and even wild pigs lingering in the
dark of night around my stand sites. More importantly, I’ve seen a
number of beautiful bucks feeding there in the darkness. I didn’t
see them in daylight hours, but just knowing they were there gave
me enough confidence to go hunting every single day for just a
chance of getting a shot at one of them. I’ve decided some of these
high-tech gadgets can be extremely useful and as a result I’m
willing to adapt. I’m saving the sewing thread for my socks.