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November 12, 2013

Is Deer Hunting Getting Too Technical?

MEDINA —

Way back when I began deer hunting, it meant grabbing your weapon, some warm clothing and heading to the woods. Oh, how things have changed! You can't believe all the stuff we “need to have” now to get a deer.

Many of the changes have been for the best. We now have super warm and soft underwear that keeps us dry and comfortable. There are boots and rain gear that are waterproof but still allow our skin to breathe. The boots are warmer and are designed to protect and support our feet better then anything we ever have had before.

Fleece has replaced much of our wool and down outer garments because it is as warm but does not soak up a lot of water, dries quicker and is light.

Our hunting weapons have also improved greatly. There are now shotguns and slugs that are accurate out to 150 yards or better, as compared to 75 or 100 yards in the old days.

Muzzle loaders are better designed to be moisture-proof and thus have a more reliable ignition in wet weather. Bullets and black powder substitutes have also improved so much now that these weapons are capable of taking deer at 200 yards or more.

Bows and arrows have also taken great steps with today's bows being faster, lighter, shorter and easier to shoot. Arrows are lighter, stronger, tougher and stay straight under abusive conditions. Releases, sights and arrow rests have improved so much, it is hard to believe that at one time everyone shot with their fingers, shot instinctively and shot their arrows off a shelf on the side of the bow that was usually just covered with a soft material.

The broad heads on the arrows have also taken giant steps. Most now have replaceable blades so you don't need to be an expert sharpener. They are lighter, stronger, more accurate and better designed to cut and penetrate better.

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