Segments in this Video

Heat and Motion Activated Camera (02:22)


After 2 million years of evolution man stands as the world's greatest predator. At the annual Shot Show, the modern hunter gains access to the latest technology to give him advantage over his prey.

Cutting Edge Location Devices (02:05)

Range-finder binoculars use an invisible laser beam to help find prey. Power Muff Quads uses sound frequencies to locate game. Adirondack Optics digital camera/scope combination lets hunters revisit the shot--after the fact.

Hunting by Wits (02:02)

Rudimentary hunting tools, fire and other herding methods allow early man to kill enough game to survive. After hand axes appear, man has more leverage. Later, spears increase throwing and thrusting power.

Lethal Projectiles (01:06)

Man is compelled to eat animals; the result of increased protein in the diet is increased cranial capacity and with that came man's use of tools--and better hunting methods. Man develops the bow and arrow and the atlatl, allowing him to kill at a distance.

Appearance of Sport Hunting (01:31)

As agrarian societies develop, so does sport hunting--possibly dating back to the Fertile Crescent. The origins of sport hunting are associated with royalty as was falconry.

Transformed by Technology (00:31)

They CyberTech is a compound bow with a high strength aluminum handle and limbs with multiple laminations of carbon fiber and fiberglass. It's graphite arrow shaft has steel razor blade tips that expand on impact; it is soundless in the field.

The Third Invention (01:41)

From roughly 30,000 to 15,000 BC, the bow and arrow arose all over the wheel. It was the most powerful hunting weapon for thousands of years. Professor and author James A. Swan explains that the bow was the basis for stringed instruments.

Improving the Bow (00:59)

Using a variety of materials, the composite bow increased flexibility, range and durability. It was improved upon by the Mongols, who created a shorter bow with a counter band already in the bow, making it stronger and more energetic.

1930s - Introduction of the Aluminum Arrow (03:08)

Bow hunting declined until the appearance of Ishi, the last member of the Yahi, in 1911 prompted Saxton Pope to write "Hunting with the Bow & Arrow." Greg Easton describes his grandfather's aluminum bow, which was followed by the fiberglass laminated and compound bows in the 1950s and '60s..

Hunting Knives (02:32)

Employed today for post-kill activities, Buck knives remain an essential hunters' tool. We learn the history of Buck Knives, a company that introduced safety features common in knives today. See how the knives are produced.

A Brief History of Firearms (01:40)

Today, the Blaser rifle is one of the most versatile firearms. This segment offers a brief history dating back to the use of black powder for fireworks in China in 900 AD through the development of a gun that would fire when the trigger was pulled.

J├Ąger Rifle to Kentucky Rifle (01:57)

German immigrants introduced this firearm which was less than ideal for the sort of game found in North America. This led to the development of the more delicate, better balanced and more accurate Kentucky Rifle. The shotgun soon followed as Americans on the frontier sought to feed their families.

Bullets - Rapid Controlled Fire (02:36)

Learn how the discovery of the properties of fulminate of mercury leads to the development of ammunition cartridges. The Winchester lever action repeating rifle would become an essential tool in settling the American West.

Sharps Rifle & American Buffalo (01:33)

Learn how the Sharps wielding buffalo hunters decimated over 6 million North American buffalo in just over a decade.

Double Rifle - Elephant Guns (02:14)

British colonials hunted big game in Africa during the 1860s using double-barreled rifles with bullets that weighed between 1/4 and 1/2 a pound. At the end of the 19th century, the gruesomely effective Mauser 98 bolt-action rifle was introduced; it is widely used today.

Wildlife Restoration Begins (01:31)

Man's use of hunting technologies and other factors begins to outpace wildlife's ability to replenish itself. Hear the shocking hunting habits of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The Lacy Act and measures by President Theodore Roosevelt increase federal land reserves. New laws restore much of the nation's wildlife.

Hunting Accessories (01:31)

When game once again flourishes in the U.S. there is an exponential increase in sport hunting. Learn how entrepreneur L.L. Bean built an empire on hunting clothing and accessories.

Wild Life Attractants (02:49)

Employing scents has become more sophisticated in the last 20 years. This segment describes the history and use of animal attractants, such as doe-in-heat urine and gland scents. Learn the history of duck decoys--some works of art--in North America.

Sounds Bring Game Running (02:26)

Learn how the use of sounds to attract game has evolved with technology. We hear the calls of various creatures recreated by the mouth and other low and hi-tech apparatus.

Masking the Sights Sounds and Smells of Humans (03:09)

Many of today's stealthy hunting devices have their roots in Native American practices. Here we see the use of tree stands and duck blinds, cover scents and attractants by hunters wishing to avoid being detected by their prey.

Summary of Modern Marvels: Hunting Gear (01:51)

Learn how hunters take advantage of GPS to navigate accurately to within 10 feet. Consider how the technologies presented in the program affect us and the world we live in.

Credits: Modern Marvels: Hunting Gear (00:50)

Credits: Modern Marvels: Hunting Gear

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They are lethal tools that have ensured human survival, altered evolution and maintained man's dominion over the earth's animals. Today, hunting technology is the backbone of a multi-billion dollar hunting sports industry with more than 14 million enthusiasts in the U.S. Distributed by A&E Television Networks. (45 minutes)

Length: 44 minutes

Item#: BVL42846

Copyright date: ©2002

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