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Thread: Which are you - Techno Hunter or not

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    Which are you - Techno Hunter or not

    We live in a technological age where our kids can't even imagine a world without gizmo's. Today, hunters might utilise many devices that require battery power such as a personal locator, GPS, range finder, two way radio, night vision optics, camera etc (hell I even had one fella in a hunt party that took a bloody DVD viewer).

    Are you a compass, knife and rifle sort of a bloke (or blokess) or do you hump gadgets around with you?

    I take a PLB and GPS as it makes the wife feel happier now that I am an old (at risk) fart.
    It takes 43 muscle's to frown and 17 to smile, but only 3 for proper trigger pull.
    What more do we need? If we are above ground and breathing the rest is up to us!
    Rule 1: Treat every firearm as loaded
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    Rule 3: Load a firearm only when ready to fire
    Rule 4: Identify your target beyond all doubt
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    Rule 7: Avoid alcohol and drugs when handling firearms

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    I'm a half n half
    Epirb lives in the day bag for work, hunting and fishing. As you say it keeps the wife happy.
    Sometimes a rangefinder and that's about it for modern stuff.
    Still use the map and compass and I think people are a little silly if they don't take those with them regardless of GPS.

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    GPS makes hunting new areas and navigating much more efficent. I find once I know an area I dont bother with it.

    Maps are cool though...
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    Bestie down in Canterbury has a sweet GPS which is fun to make waypoints to return to later.

    As for me, I don't even own a compass...is that bad? I always rely on map to ground and a bit of research of the area beforehand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dougie View Post

    As for me, I don't even own a compass...is that bad? .
    Dougie although there are several ways to locate north it doesn't cost much to own a compass and in my opinion it is is one of the essentials!
    It takes 43 muscle's to frown and 17 to smile, but only 3 for proper trigger pull.
    What more do we need? If we are above ground and breathing the rest is up to us!
    Rule 1: Treat every firearm as loaded
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    Rule 3: Load a firearm only when ready to fire
    Rule 4: Identify your target beyond all doubt
    Rule 5: Check your firing zone
    Rule 6: Store firearms and ammunition safely
    Rule 7: Avoid alcohol and drugs when handling firearms

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    I was whitebaiting the Arawhata. I was supposed to meet up with a mate but he didnt show. Unfazed, I set my gear apart from my net waiting for it to get light. Poured a coffee and munched on a sanger. I noticed a flickering glow about 100 yrds down from me. I went down to say G'day too whoever and it happened to be my mate that was supposed to join me, watching sky tv in his truck. He had the dish mounted on the toe bar and a tv and decoder powered by a transformer. He was happy as Larry watching a movie. I thought I had seen everything to that point. Wanker got more bait than I did as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R93 View Post
    Wanker got more bait than I did as well.
    Now that wouldreally rip your undies.
    It takes 43 muscle's to frown and 17 to smile, but only 3 for proper trigger pull.
    What more do we need? If we are above ground and breathing the rest is up to us!
    Rule 1: Treat every firearm as loaded
    Rule 2: Always point firearms in a safe direction
    Rule 3: Load a firearm only when ready to fire
    Rule 4: Identify your target beyond all doubt
    Rule 5: Check your firing zone
    Rule 6: Store firearms and ammunition safely
    Rule 7: Avoid alcohol and drugs when handling firearms

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    Epirb , compass and 5watt walkie talkies . Would have had garmin gps tracker if it hadn't been nabbed by the med ( pricks) !

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    iPhone for GPS and photos, carry a compass, but it's not so useful without paper maps. PLB is in the future sometime, but definitely keen on limiting my dependence on tech, too. It'd be pretty embarrassing to get lost out there because my batteries went flat or I fell in the river and fried everything .

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    Its all good, i enjoy the tech side, more so with the longer range but the last couple of times Iv headed out in my old stomping ground theres been nothing in my day pack but lunch and a rain coat. Defiantly had a grin on
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    Your right there Sneeze, a 308 and a Mercator and your good to go. I love summer hunting the Kaweka front country like that, plenty of water in the creek.

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    I am both

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    Orienteering compass ,Topo map , cell phone pretty much it when im bush bashing. If im glassing clearings LR hunting i use Compass Leica RF ,Minox bino's Garmin GPS, range card and strelok ballistic on the S11 which also replaced the need to carry a dedicated camera .

    ( Map alone dont cut the mustard if the weather turns to shit and you cant see your hand in front of your face .

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    I dont mind admitting im a gadget kinda guy. If im away for a weekend I take all sorts of things that look cool but I probably dont need. If its a day trip its usually only my rifle knife and binos. Still have a bit of gadgetery since my binos have a rangefinder built in . Always prefer a map and compass to GPS.

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    Trying to get to rehab but those shiny shops and online stores just pull me in.
    Used to do a lot of trout fishing and I still remember the saying "flys are made to attract fishermen not fish".
    Even non electronic gizmos and I'm a moth to the flame. Mind you I am trying to rationalise the amount of crap I carry and I have removed a lot of non essential junk down to a smaller amount of good practical gear utilising modern materials. i.e. from heavy primus liquid fuel cooker to light weight cooking set and Swazi Tahr coat to Macpac lightweight rain jacket.
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