mainebowhunter wrote:whitetailassasin wrote:One thing I've noticed with successful hunters a like is confidence. They can be PC, not want to brag, etc, but in their head and in the woods they know they have what it takes. Attention to detail, a willingness to constantly learn and evolve. They learned long ago that doing what the majority is doing doesn't kill a mature buck. In fact a small percent of guys are killing mature bucks year in year out. Hunting companies by shear luck and volume of numbers can post pictures of guys/gals with big bucks down, what they don't show you is all the unsuccessful hunters. My father was the best hunter I know, I always wanted his approval as a hunter, to outdo him or at least match his success. We pushed one another. He lit the fire that burns out of control inside me, and like most advancements in generations I took it to another level. Am I good? Am I great? Do I have what it takes? That story is still writing itself. Some hunters have criteria, what makes that in Iowa, Michigan, Maine, Florida? I will never need to be one of the main speakers at the event, just as long as I get an invite, I'm blessed.
X2 - great post.
How long will it take? Besides the state where you live.... It depends on your expectations. Depends on your choice of weapons. Depends on your time. Depends on your drive. Around 1999 I started really pushing to learn all I could about this game. Lots of hiccups along the way. Lots and lots of mistakes. But you just keep pushing. I know I am still hungry...mature bucks have started to hit the ground for me with regularity...but I am still pushing. I will never ever conquer this game. Its why I love it. And my favorite thing about deer hunting...you don't have to be an exceptional athlete to get better at it. You just have to have a love and a passion for it.
The ugly side of it? Pride. Arrogance. Narcissism. Do anything, run over anyone, cheat, beg, steal, lie -- all so you can put another buck on the wall. Friendships ruined. Family relationships ruined. Marriages ruined...all over stupid deer. Humility and modesty are traits that I admire most about successful big buck killers.
^^^^ THIS ^^^^
2 great posts guys.