I know life was hard back in the mountain man days, but if I could go back to those times to live my life again. I'd jump at the chance. There's something to be said for going out to hunt when you run out of meat.
No licence, no points, no crowds of orange, and no season. Just go hunt when you needed it.
Buying a new Hawken rifle for $30 wouldn't be hard to take either. :)