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  •  No doubt. (7+ / 0-)

    I'm fairly convinced that anything that you can use the term "hobby" on is invariably expensive.

    If it's affordable, it's not really a hobby.

    Or something along those lines...

    •  Agreed. I always get the line.. "But you can get (7+ / 0-)

      all the stuff you need to start doing XYZ for about $XXX to $XXX."  In my experience with hobbies you need to at least double the initial cost of participation and that's not counting gas and other support costs.  They should name a conservation area after me in MO for all the excise tax they've collected on my purchases over the years.  We have a state conservation tax on gasoline here but I try to give as little as possible that way.  :7)  One more hobby might break me.

      The "homosexual agenda" is actually a GOP strategy for denying rights to gay men and women.

      by duckhunter on Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 01:00:53 PM PDT

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      •  Even the cheaper hobbies... (7+ / 0-)

        ...that you can get into don't stay that way.

        It starts cheap all right, but then as you get some slight proficiency in whatever it is you're doing, you have to buy the better equipment and/or supplies...

        It's a conspiracy, I tells ya!

        •  I tell you what, hunters will buy some crap too. (5+ / 0-)

          Some of the gear I've seen, some that I've bought, has been useless and even ridiculous.  Hunting is big business.  I've heard that Bass Pro and Cabelas are the two largest catalog retailers in the world.  Bill Jordan, the guy who invented Realtree buy throwing a bunch of leaves, grass, and twigs on a color copier and taking it to textile manufacturer has to be a billionaire.  He comes out with a new camo pattern (really a "camo scheme" if you ask me) every year.  There's stuf now that covers the infared spectrum seen by animals.  You can get Realtree on anything from furniture to craftsman tools.  I think they put it on tools etc. so you can't find them when you drop them you can't find them so you have to buy more.  If you drop your camo flashlight looking for the camo glove you dropped first you better have turned it on or you're not going to find either.  I know this from experience.  

          And guess what; you don't really need any of it if you be quiet, be still and cover up your big white face if that's the kind of face you got that's 90% of it.  If you don't do that no amount of camo is going to help you.  Most of the farmers that I hunt with in the MO bottoms hunt in the same cloths they work in; mostly earth tones work cloths like Carhartt coveralls and jackets.  Country folk are smart, they laugh at the city dudes for good reasons.  

          The "homosexual agenda" is actually a GOP strategy for denying rights to gay men and women.

          by duckhunter on Tue Aug 10, 2010 at 01:52:05 PM PDT

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          •  I can't agree enough. (5+ / 0-)

            Now, I do like Cabela's, somewhat.  I'd prefer shopping locally, but when the markup is along the lines of 200% (as it has been at the only locally-owned business that carries anything beyond the little hunting gear Wal-Mart carries), I'll special-order.  Hopefully a big change on that front, though, a new gun shop/range just opened, I'll see how they work out.

            I've never seen the need for camo, either, except as fashion statement.  If you go out and sit still, most animals will pretty quickly forget you're there, if they noticed in the first place.  

            We have, in the past, leased out to dove hunters, and still sometimes invite some few friends and business associated to hunt on our place.  We even allowed some business associates to bring some of their investors out a couple of years -- real moneyed individuals.  My best bet is that their hunting clothes cost more than my shotgun, and if they got a dozen birds between 'em all, I'd be shocked.

            Me?  I own a grand total of two camo baseball caps because they were freebies, advertising companies friends work for, and a couple of old pairs of camo pants picked up at the Army/Navy store, 'cuz they're comfy.

            That's not to say I don't buy some useless stuff now and then, it's just not so much in the hunting line.  :-)

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