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    • paleoman
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      What is the oldest equipment you regularly hunt with? My fixed blade knife I bought in the 70’s….my wool ” commando” style sweater early 80’s…my wallet still lives from the early 70’s…my pocket knife I carry every day I bought in the mid 70′ s….etc. I guess I get stuck on things! Is this part of the trad personality that we are a nostalgic group to some extent?

    • David Petersen
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      My oldest equipment is … my body. ๐Ÿ˜›

    • paleoman
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      David Petersen wrote: My oldest equipment is … my body. ๐Ÿ˜›

      I knew it wouldn’ t take long for that one!

    • wahoo
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      ditto dave – sweater 70’s wool pants 70’s – my pack Idaho still my fave but that’s from the 90’s – bows from the 60’s up. Friends would make fun and say your right out of the 70’s because I wouldn’t buy camo – go figure . Now there is a new generation that laughs and says your going to show up with a flannel shirt and wool pants.

    • Roger Norris
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      The knife I carry. My Grandfather bought it in Michigans UP in 1924

    • Alexandre Bugnon
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      Mid-fifties Swedish Army felt wool pants and Pendleton Jacket

    • William WarrenWilliam Warren
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      Killed my first deer with my 62 Bear Alaskan but I don’t shoot it very much now. I do shoot my 70’s era Bear Grizzly though. I’ve “retired” my remaining original Bear razorheads. Don’t want to lose them. Instead the Grizzly is spitting 145gr Ace 2 blades like darts mounted on pine shafts from Kustom King.

      And I still use my 60’s Shakespeare leather back quiver, which looks like the same Neet quiver still offered today, when a back quiver is needed.

      Now, if I could only find my 1957 model Mojo……:D

    • horserod
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      Good one David! I got to thinking about all the archery “stuff” I still have. My dad bought me a Bear Panda @30# in the late 50’s which I carried everywhere I went back in the day…..there wasn’t any small game safe then! I still have it, but, my sister damaged it while I was in the ‘Nam. I still use the German made hunting knife with stag grips my Mom’s boyfriend gave me back in ’59. I guess the oldest most used article is my Redwing Irish Setter hunting boots I bought in ’72……they have been amazing! I still shoot my ’70,’71,& ’76 Bear recurves. Ahhh, all the memories…..Wow, this is a great thread. ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks, Bullseye

    • David CoulterDavid Coulter
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      Old stuff and getting older. I recently used a Buck 118 to take apart a deer. I bought that knife under the influence of some slick ads and those pretty black handles about 1972. I was pleasantly surprised that it stayed sharp during the whole process. I also carry my Boy Scout knife that I saved up my lawn mowing money to buy probably in the late 60s. It was a whipping $4.50 for the stainless model. My Browning Wasp was purchased about ’73, but has been retired in favor of a Stewart longbow. The knives get the edge here. dwc

    • Stumpkiller
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      My two favorite hunting bows were made in 1966 and 1968.

      And yep. I’m dragging 53 years worth of old tired bones around. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m as old as fiberglass being used in bows!

    • archer38
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      Well… lets see, I have on old Polaris double-knit sweater that I only wear for hunting and only on the really cold days. I have an old Howatt recurve(don`t know it`s age) but if i had to pick oldest, I`d say the Razorheads that were handed down to me from my father in-law. They were his fathers at one time and they are still putting blood on the ground. Again, don`t know how old but probably older than me, so I can`t use Mr Petersen`s answer !haha

    • Charles EkCharles Ek
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      Pretty sure I have all of you beat for the oldest bow being used. The one in my avatar was made for my dad when he was sixteen years old. That was a couple of years before he went into the Navy … to fight the Empire of Japan. I haven’t taken a deer with it yet, but I hope to next year โ€“ when it turns seventy. It was made by a bowyer and archery mentor of my dad named Buck Doran, in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1943. And yes, I shoot it constantly.

    • RalphRalph
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      Cool! You got something older than me and David! But not by much for me anyway :D:D:D. I’ve been wearing my old felt hat when hunting for 25+ years. My wife asks why, I answer why not. Scent killers don’t work but my lucky hat does sometimes.

    • Aaron Rushton
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      72′ bear kodiak magnum, my only bow ๐Ÿ™‚ also i have a super warm army jacket from then as well

    • strait-aero
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      I carry my Buck sheath knife that I bought in 1969 in the BX when I was in the Air Force. Still does a lot of skinning…but not so much this year.:cry:

    • Dan Sweeney
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      I mostly hunt with my selfbows, but I hunt fairly often with my Bear Kodiak Hunter from the early 70s.

      Now, if you were to extend hunting to include fishing (similar, in many ways), then I can reach back into the 30s and 50s with a couple of cane rods…

    • kerrystout
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      I hunted with a Root longbow this year, and was told it was made between 1956 and 1958. Also hunt with a ’67 bear kodiak hunter that my brother bought new.

    • adirondackman
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      I wish that I still had all of the things that I used when I started hunting in the 70’s. Unfortunately I eventually seem to lose everything. I can’t even seem to find where I put all my stuff from the last time that I went hunting and that was a week ago:lol:

    • Ron Roettger
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      lost my first hunting knife in mid 70’s have had the next one since and always carry it. still take my first recurve (1972) out now and than. have a pair of binocs I carry now and than since 1973 (left my first pair hanging in a tree never found them) got the pair I still have my 2nd year of hunting. Been carring some fond memories since 1970.

    • Etter1
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      1964 Damon Howatt Monterey Recurve. 50lbs at 28″

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