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Registered: Jan 2016
Not sure how old you are but I'm guessing maybe early to mid 20's. Ever since I was a little kid I loved hanging with older folks that were hunters and fishermen. I'd sit spell bound for hours and listen to them tell what it was like hunting, fishing and trapping in the 1920's, 30's and 40's and into the early 50's. I learned a ton of stuff from these guys and a couple of them became the grandfathers I never knew. I think the up and coming generation of hound hunters faces many things we didn't have to.
1.) There is a whole lot less open land in many places to hunt than there once was. Either because of posting or development. Hear in the Northeastern US it was always understood if land wasn't posted you were welcome to hunt it. To some degree it stil is that way though I've found it a good practice to ask anyway these days. You younger folks are already finding it hard I'm sure in many areas.
2.) This generation of hunters was born into an age where you don't have to wait for much. If I want a Garmin system from DU Supply in WA State I can have it in NH by noon tomorrow if I call them by noon today. The quick pace of just about everything, to me anyways, robs one of much of the joy of hunting with hounds.
3.) Technology. It's both a blessing and a curse. Most are familiar with the blessing part. The curse is the way it can be and is at times, misused. People post up images and videos of things that may be a part of hunting but have no business being posted up for world viewing. I was taught as a hunter, fisherman and trapper that you respected the game you pursued. There is a dignity to our hunting sports that has degenerated more than it should have over the last generation. Some of that is on my generation as well. What many fail to realize is that when distasteful photos and videos are posted for the public to see they lump us all into the same boat. Those who make these distasteful postings are just giving the anti's ammunition to make their case against the sports and way of life we all enjoy so much.
Sorry, probably rambled more than you'd like! Kudos to you and your generation who love the sport and may you be given wisdom as you travel through your days enjoying it.
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