Thursday, December 2, 2021

Inexplicable things found while deer hunting

And the winner is....


I was struck by the number of times where a hunter was overlooking a game-trail or "glassing" for game, looked down and saw other hunters had been in that exact, same spot (give or take a few feet) doing the exact, same thing.

Some of the artifacts are from the black-powder era. Others were chipped flint.

The landscape, particularly the slope, is much more defined out-west than in the east. Consequently, there is a greater funneling effect. The difference in altitude also creates a strong seasonal migration: Higher elevation in the hot-dry months and lower elevation in the cold-wet months.

That means that those game-trails have not moved very much over the centuries.

It also means that adversaries who rely on line-of-sight weapons are more vulnerable to being ambushed or Claymored than they probably realize.

In the case of arrow points, one must wonder if the owner was ambushed by a human or perhaps a cougar? It takes a considerable amount of effort and skill to knap a stone point and they are not simply abandoned the way a spent shell casing is.

1 comment:

  1. Longest sight line, best wind angle (downwind), best shot for the kill. That hasn't changed since day zero... So it makes sense that generations would hunt the same place. The same thing occurs with fishing. The 'good' fishing holes are passed generation to generation.


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