This is not an attack on Hunting Since I enjoyed it for 56 years Started at 10 to about 11 years ago give or take.
When at dicks I took a slow walk thru the Hunting Section. What I saw was unrealistic with all things available to day. Cabelas was another story.
My memories of local Sproprt goods Store back in Union ( HUFFS ) had a few Guns boxes of ammo. Quality Clothing Enter the photos of my father and I dressed in Woolrich and Thermal Underwear we both used Rem. 12 ga 1100 Bird shoot small game 00 buck for deer. Had areas we had regular spots we hunted in Sussex & Warren. the week before 6 day Deer Season. We would Scout and pick out a spot to Stand that Monday since we hunted the same areas during the small game we had a good Idea of the Habits of the deer. From Bedding to Feeding.
Hunting pressure varied depending on the Weather but we always went. Some land was Previte but for the most part Public Hunting Grounds. The Early year's deer were hard to come by their numbers were low in all of NJ The heavily Farmed areas had the Most The Wooded Sussex had few,
Our Success was low in the 50s - into the 70s had a better chance when the Party Permits and Doe Permits came about.
The 80s began a big improvement in the success the 90s were days of Plenty with Numerous deer taken.
In all those Years are methods and equipment remained the same, But for me and Black PowderCap Ball Patch. My preferred Method from day one when it started.
Remember This Is Not an Attack or a Put Down on anyone's Choices on How To Hunt or with what you Choices of Firearm. or Choice of what you Hunt.
BUT What happened to just Plain Hunting with out all the Bells and Whistles I see in the Stores and on Line. The tradition and style of Hunting to me has been Lost.
Do you Really need it all to HUNT The reward is Success in Harvesting a deer?
Might sound unfamiliar to many But I quit Deer Hunting when the people I Hunted with in a Freehold Gun Club had a very different Idea from me on Hunting It became Killing numbers and competition between Clubs.
Maybe because my Son never took to Hunting after his first 2 Years at 10 & 11 YO. I lost interest as to me Hunting and fishing is a Sharing Sport. Ending with get out enjoy your selfs time is passing memories are Comming.
You can pretty much still hunt like that. Go out in your flannel and hunt with the weapon you want. It doesn't matter what the other guys are doing.