PORT ARTHUR — When I started hunting in New York 10 years ago where baiting is illegal, I came back realizing we miss a lot here in Texas. I am all for baiting but hunters who cannot use it and score on just as many deer as we do must have a deeper understanding of their animals. And I have no problem saying the average deer hunter I meet up there have a much deeper knowledge of whitetails than the average Texas deer hunter. They have to because they cannot rely on feeders or any other kind of bait for that matter. They must find the deer where they are instead of attracting them to a spot.
The young hunters I have met are taking more time to study their quarry and spend time scouting. I know young, local hunters who take quality bucks on public land every year where baiting is illegal and the use of permanent stands is illegal.
Fishing started experiencing the same thing about a decade ago when kayaks started becoming a mainstay and I believe within 10 years we will see a back to basics contingent of hunters. It will start for economic reasons but will spread for spiritual ones.
There is something powerful about pursuing animals this way and those hunters who hit the woods with purpose, not just passion will find a new path to outdoors enjoyment.
And I am seriously considering joining them.
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