JoeRE wrote:One thing, I do pride myself in persistence and attention to detail but don't assume I have anything close to Dan Infalt's big buck knowledge and intuition...I know people try to rank hunters and all that (I hate it) but don't stick me up there.I wouldn't shoot what I do if I didn't live where I live fellas....and Dan has close to 20 years experience on me, he shares a huge amount of information and we are all better hunters having found the Beast.
Its interesting that you bring that up. Its something we all really really have to fight. It does not matter if I am as good or not as good as the next guy. But its a basic human nature to compare ourselves / rate ourselves with everyone else. WE ALL DO IT IN ALL AREAS OF LIFE. Mention Mark Drurys success this season, immediately "well, if I had his cushy private land...I bet he would be lost on public land." OR if I live in Iowa...or if I hunted private land in Missouri....or or or... If I am honest, I know I fight it. I just don't dwell on it and let it sour me.
When ridge posted up his 2016 season, man, what a season. There is definitely some "man I wish I was in closer proximity to some of those states" I can either use it as an excuse or think outside the box more. Reevaluate the time that I do have and make more of it. There is nothing wrong with being challenged. Really made me think...
...and one of the thoughts I had was this: Last couple seasons been doing lots of all day sits in KS. BUT rarely seeing the mature deer on their feet mid day. Really been thinking that its just not a real effective use of my time. I have nothing else really to do...not going to sit in the room. No more scouting needs to be done in KS. I know when my best chances are to kill a mature buck. History shows the dates and highest percentage times. So why not use the 2 or 3 hrs mid day to scout/prep in a neighboring state?
Yes. We won't all have the same opportunities as someone else. Thats life. Part of getting better at this game is just not doing the same things over and over again. Its not giving excuses for why I can't do this or I can't do that.