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Leaving store without new hunting gear a big victory

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POSTED January 21, 2009 1:18 a.m.
It’s not really asking for trouble when you’re some place you know you should be, but a failure to prevent detrimental circumstances bodes well for the fruition of trouble.

Thus, I knew my no-new-gear policy was going to be tested as I walked under that faux Redwood on Saturday, but I had no choice.

Mom had hinted, when she was down here for Christmas.

“I think that bird feeder would be a very nice birthday present.”

Okay, maybe it wasn’t a hint, or she thinks I wouldn’t get the hint if she did, but I 10-4ed, that remark.

So, Saturday, as I shuffled passed the fireplace surrounded by marble-eyed beasts locked in an eternally majestic pose, I had two missions: get mom that bird feeder, and get out before I was serenaded by the gun counter.

Before I could hear the waterfall, the glass case upstairs called. I almost asked a green-shirted employee to listen with me.

The .44 pistol, 12-gauge shotgun and fully-loaded bow combo all cried out in a chorus of beauty. My life would be absent of melody, a monotonous doldrum unless I hiked up and swiped the Visa.

I turned, showing the second story my back, and continued to the home décor section. Moments later without incident, but weak from the emotional punishment, I stuffed the receipt in my pocket and fled.

I decided it’s another part of being a responsible sportsman.

Only catch or kill what I intend to eat, respect property and resources as well as other sportsmen, don’t sink into debt for items that will sit in my closet for most of the year.

Would the 9-pound bass, trout or steelhead care if I was using a $375 rod rather than the one I got in the $60 kit?

It’s dead, so probably no.

It’s an expensive lifestyle, and for a lot of us staring down uncertain budgetary futures we literally can’t afford it to be. Spending $700 selfishly now will make me a cheapskate later, or in trouble if I get short on cash.

My buddy, Jay, catches rainbow and cutthroat trout on his way home from work whenever he feels the urge.

He wades in past the top of his Nike’s and tosses the line from the rod-and-reel combo he bought for $40 next to the counter at the gas station.

He says expensive gear is for people that can’t hunt. Rather than get better gear, just get better at the sport. 

Sounds reasonable and inexpensive.

Just what I’m looking for.

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