Modern Marvels

Season 9 Episode 22

Hunting Gear

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jun 12, 2002 on The History Channel
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Hunting Gear
They are lethal tools that ensured our survival, altered our evolution, and maintained our dominion over other animals. Though hunting technology is the backbone of a multi-billion-dollar sports industry, current cutting-edge gear is a far cry from prehistoric man's rudimentary tools. From the crude knife to 24-hour digital cameras that monitor animal movement and earmuffs with microphones to amplify outside noise while blocking gunshot sound, we examine the development of hunting weapons and gear.moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • It was recorded that a waterfowl decoy in Holland was used to take 67,000 ducks in the year 1784.

    • In the second half of the 19th century, railroads often organized buffalo hunts for eastern dudes who only shot from the train's roof and windows.

    • Modern aluminum arrows are so accurate that at a distance of 100 yards, their in-flight drift is no more than an inch.

    • Herding and driving animals over cliffs was an ancient hunting technique. At the base of a cliff near Lyons, France, the reamains of more than 10,000 wild horses have been found, dating from around 40,000 B.C.

    • GPS receivers do not send anything to the satellites. They only receive a timing signal from them and do the triangulation themselves.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Narrator: Elaborate decoys, the bow and arrow, rifles and shotguns, these hunting tools have ensures our survival, altered our evolution and maintained our dominion over the Earth's animals. Today they're the backbone of a multi-billion dollar sports industry. Now: Hunting Gear, on Modern Marvels.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Doug Mann
      Project Manager, Stealth Cam

      Arie Prilik
      Senior Vice President, Newcon Optik

      Denny Snyder
      Pubic Relations, Walker's Game Ear

      Terry Gordon
      President, Adirondack Optics

      James A. Swan, PhD
      Author, "The Sacred Art of Hunting"

      Phil Spangenberger
      Field Editor, Guns & Ammo Magazine

      Chris Dorsey
      Editor in Chief, Sport Afield

      Greg Easton
      President, Easton Technical Products, Inc.

      Chuck Buck
      Chairman of the Board, Buck Knives, Inc.

      Gary James
      Author, Firearms Historian

      John Burgeson
      President, Wildlife Research Center

      Brad Harris
      VP of Public Relations, Outland Sports, Inc.

    • Executive Producer: Don Cambou
      Writer: Adrian Maher
      Producer: Adrian Maher
      Associate Producer: Ryan W. Senter
      Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
      Narrator: Max Raphael
      Editor: Andre Vaillancourt
      Producer: Bruce Nash
      Creator: Bruce Nash
      Music: Alan Ett
      Production Manager: Kathlene Exner
      Post Production Supervisor: Jason Steinberg
      Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
      Director of Research: Hildie Katibah
      Archivist: Nilda Pergola-Jensen
      Researcher: Diane Wai
      Clearance Assistant: Gabe Martinez
      Historical Consultant: Chris Dorsey
      Footage Consultant: Ted Troll
      Post Production Coordinator: Gary Reid
      Post Production Assistant: Montgomery Jesselton Kingley
      Camera: Peter Krajewski
      Camera: Mark Morris
      Online Editor: David Rex
      Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
      Animation: Victor Bornia
      Graphics: Barry Hill
      Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
      Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
      Assistant Production Accountant: Dennis Luciani
      Production Coordinator: Michael Z. Davis
      Assistant Production Coordinator: James Wiser
      Production Assistant: Rasi Delgado

      Special Thanks:
      Garry James

      Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra