Date: 27 January 2014. Hunting Nowadays.
Well I'm crushed! Yes, all my preconceptions have been
blasted to smithereens and life may never be the same. "Why?" you
may ask. Okay, let me tell you about it. Aboard Seaweed the VHF
radio is my source of entertainment. When stuck someplace (like now,
while waiting for the engine swap to be completed) I scan all the channels
on the VHF. [Normally just Channel 16 is keyed in when I'm actively
So of late I've been listening to the hunters as they seek
out hogs (boar) and deer. From television shows like
Daniel Boone and
movies like those John
starred in, hunting means tracking critters through the forest using
stealth and cunning. Or you hide up in a tree and wait for a buck to walk
down a trail you've located.
And folks who use dogs? Well in Simple Jess (a
favorite book) the hero uses dogs to hunt deer too. So I knew that hunters
were brave souls who trekked through the woods on foot with a pack of dogs
at their heels. Sure...
But I was confused as I kept hearing the hunters on the VHF
talking about the dogs and seeing deer crossing roads and such. I was
confused -- how could the hunters talk so loudly without spooking the
venison? Then I finally figured it out:
Hunters turn loose a few dogs to chase the deer and when
the deer crosses a road, then the boys get out of their heated trucks and
cars, and follow the deer on foot. It was a big disappointment to me. I
figured the hunters were tracking like the Indians did centuries ago.
Progress! Bah humbug.
[The names do have a distinctive southern flavor to them.
Because words interest me, this has been great fun. I'm wondering
though what the common names of northern hunting dogs might be. If you
know, please take a moment to let me know in the Comments section below. Thank you.]
It's excellent when the older generation is able to share
stories and activities of yesteryear with the younger ones coming up.
Hunting in this region for certain does that well and often, at least
where I've been.
Like in years past, my new engine will be very small.
Therefore I'm going to enjoy going back to a boat that is adequately
powered. Nowadays, it seems most boats are so over-powered as to be
Seaweed is going to be very economical to run, and that
will make a positive difference in my budget. Decades ago most
cruising boats had small engines that would push them through the water at
hull speed. Really now, that's all that's required especially for a
displacement hull such as mine.
I can't wait for my new engine!!!
Have you ever been hunting with dogs and what were their
In your area do hunters actually track on foot or is that something
no longer done?