In light of the other thread I thought I'd post this. Just what exactly is a Traditional Hunter? Whose tradition? How far back do we have to go? Spears and arrows with stone tips? For most of us our hunting tradition involves motorized vehicles, rifles, shotguns, rubber duck decoys, boats, etc. For me it does. However, my native american relatives generations ago ran the buffalos off the cliff. For some generations that became thier tradition. Then along came the fire stick. Now the fire stick has become my tradional way of hunting. For some future generations, traditional bow hunting will be with a compound bow with all the bells and whistles we have now that may then be "traditional". Today it's the recurve and hand made arrows. Some day it will be tradition to use range finders, supercubs, atv's, drop compensating scopes, etc.
In a hundred years a father may say to his son...
"back in the old days they used the Leica range finder out to 500 yds. Boy, those were the good old days. Now son, here's how we range that sheep at 1500 yards and put him down with one shot"
My point is that Traditions are relative. They come and they go. This is both a good and bad thing depending. It's probably good that we don't run buffalo off the cliffs anymore.
As hunters we need to accept each others chosen means of hunting (as long as it's legal) and not look down on someone because thier chosen means does not line up with our "traditional" point of vew.
1 the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.
2 a long-established custom or belief that has been passed on in this way