Hunters Connected by Time
Observation one. The criteria for a good hunting area are defined by measurable variables – location, habitat and the ability of a place to meet not only the needs of wildlife, but the needs of the hunter.
Observation two. Those criteria have been established over a long lineage of hunters, stretching back thousands of years.
Observation three. At heart, I am a biologist. I think like a biologist. I write like a biologist. I hunt like a biologist…
- After 50 years of hunting and exploring I have come to the better understand and appreciate that as a hunter I am in the company of a long legacy of hunters.
- The time spent in the field to scout for big game, develop hunt plans and conduct the actual hunt are all intrinsically linked to a long linage of hunters. The days spent scouting and hunting only substantiate the fact that kinship can be found through discoveries of evidence.
- Case in point: Old rusted casings or paper shotgun hulls … fun to imagine how long they have been sitting in that spot.
- Once, while scouting for pronghorn in northwestern Nevada, I approached a prominent vista. Due care was taken not to skyline or draw attention and once on site I used all the cover available to break up my outline and establish a comfortable spot to set up my optics.
- Glassing commenced. Once it was completed to my satisfaction, I noted I was in the middle of a lithic scatter or obsidian chipping site used to develop projectile points by Native Americans.
- Case note: Obviously this exact site had been used for thousands of years to search for game across the landscape and plan a stalk and hunt. With inches of obsidian chips at ones feet, it only conjures the imagination to wonder how many hunters scouted from this same location and produced arrowheads at the same time.
- Hunters, over the millennium, are drawn to key habitat types that support all the requirements of big game species and preferred camping locations through the various seasons.
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