I tend to be old school and reflect often on how my father or grandfather once took to the woods and crafted their way to become successful deer hunters. What kind of gear did they use compared to today? Were they warm as most deer hunters hunted in open blinds exposed to the elements? What kind of tricks if any, did they apply to get deer to cross into the line of fire?
As these thoughts have crossed my mind I often reflect to when I was young man and was taught how to harvest the elusive whitetail deer. Times have changed since then, back then my father hunted in wool hunting pants and jacket with buckskin gloves and scarfs to cover his face, and the old blaze orange Stormy Kromer hat to boot. He smoked a pipe even while hunting so the old theory of scent cover like hunters use these days was out the window. No matter what rustic tactics he used he was able to get a deer, rain, wind, cold or snow he always came home with meat to fill the freezer. Have things really changed from 30 plus years ago? Have the deer changed? Maybe, like humans they develop patterns depending on the environment, maybe they have become smarter or just maybe there is not that many deer in the woods anymore? Regardless the reason for such changes, one thing is for certain. The hunter, man, or women will always continue the tradition of hunting. If it’s not for much more than simply finding a good reason to sit in the stand with a fellow family member or to teach a son or daughter, the simple traditions of a favorite Wisconsin pastime come every November