There is a big advertisement inserted into this morning’s newspaper. The title is catching: Cabela’s countdown to Deer Camp. Cabela’s is a big outdoor paraphernalia producer and marketer. The colorful ad is four full pages. One entire page is dedicated to arming oneself for the foray into the wild – the firearm must be the central ingredient of successful deer hunting. Firearms are clearly associated with Deer Hunting – there is not one assault rifle to be found in the advertisement. Cabela’s knows. Cabela’s is wise to not mention the NRA anywhere in their ad.
Gore-Tex and Thinsulate seem to be necessary for all things worn, from boots to bibs, to jackets to head gear. There is a Kodi-Pak complete field dressing system, including a skinner, gut hook, caper, and saw – all neatly packaged in a leather sheath to be worn from the belt. If a person has never been deer hunting then you just have to let your imagination run wild with the Kodi-Pak.
Of course there are high tech tents and sleeping bags and ‘Trophy Binoculars’ and backpacks. Technology has entered the world of deer hunting – there is a Bushnell ‘Trail Sentry Game Camera.’ Whooee – I have been deer hunting several times and I generally felt guilty that the deer had his antlers for protection and I had a scope mounted Remington bolt action 30-06 – accurate at 300+ yards. It seemed to me that the antlers were at a disadvantage. I have assaulted a couple of deer in my time – and the Koki-Pak came in real handy.
The top half of the front page of the ad is a picture of the Deer Camp. Two good old boys, relaxing around a campfire – one has a cup of coffee in those classic blue camp cups, the other is holding his rifle. Don’t get carried away with the coffee buddy.
Don’t get me wrong. As I have said, I have been deer hunting, and camping is one of my favorite recreational activities. I even have a Gore-Tex hat and Gore-Tex boots. I have hiked the summits of 8 fourteener’s in Colorado – always setting up base camp with the help of Cabela’s. My gun cabinet is full of the necessary rifles and shotguns to do any type of hunting that America offers. I am not threatened by ‘gun control.’
Camping is a wonderful family activity. I am proud to promote the Missouri Department of Conservation – I have worked in the past to help promote the 1/4 % sales tax for conservation in Missouri. And I believe that Missouri’s Conservation Department is second to none. There are State Parks, Wildlife Areas, and Campgrounds in every nook and cranny of this State. All for the enjoyment of our citizens.
The folks at the NRA (National Rifle Association) should read the Cabela’s ad – repeat – there are no assault rifles to be found in the Cabela’s ad. The NRA finds itself conflicted – they are folks who at one time were all about gun safety – they were all about promoting responsible and safe hunting. I even belonged to the NRA back in the 1970’s. Today I would be embarrassed to be a member.
If assault rifles were a necessary item in hunting big game in America – wouldn’t you thing that Cabela’s would be on to that?
There is tragedy sweeping our country. The tragic mix of boys without fathers, and the wild-eyed defense of assault rifles by the NRA. This is a really bad recipe.
“There ought to be one day – just one – when there is open season on senators.” Will Rogers, American Comedian