I've sat and thought about the no harm intended comment of "so your technique is living in iowa?" and have come to a conclusion that even living in a trophy state, hunting "target rich" settings, and so on and so forth there is still A LOT of work going into each kill.
I have a couple buddies who hunt very similar locations in the state and don't have half the "luck" that I do. , I share ground with guys who can't seem to connect on anything ever.
Consistently shooting 4 or 5 year old deer that push the 160 mark the past few years didn't come by just climbing up a tree and shooting the first thing that came by. I suppose I have passed dozens and dozens of deer in that 120-145 range over the past 5 years that a lot of guys even here in Iowa would pound in a heart beat. One other thing that I think I have over a lot of guys is straight up DESIRE to shoot a true blue wallhanger and the PATIENCE to do it. I guess I'll make up this saying of "Treestand Frame of Mind" when I talk about myself? Each and every hunt I have it in my mind that I'm going to shoot a pig and from the time I wake up till the time I walk in the door and enter "Dad mode" my mind is thinking about that goal. When I leave the truck I am ready to kill at a moments notice, even if I'm walking in, climbing the tree, or taking a leak when in the tree. I don't day dream of a kill, I visualize that big mother walking under and I kill him with one well placed shot.
Without getting on a rant, I think that my #1 reason for killing big deer is attitude. I know I'm going to get it done, even if I don't know HOW I'm going to get it done. If you're like my one buddy who calls/texts me every freaking night wondering where to hunt, it's not going to happen, your mind isn't in the game and your confidence sucks. Don't get me wrong, it is rewarding as to help guys out and have them call me first when they shoot a buck and babble to me as the buck is standing 75 yards from them and tips over.
Anyway, my mind works sorta weird, I cannot concentrate on a subject at hand real well and I'm starting to drift so when I think of something else unimportant to type I will at another time. Just didn't want my thread to be the most boring!
Remember, DESIRE, PATIENCE, and "Treestand Frame of Mind"
Back to my Black Label.