funderburk wrote:Veteran Beasts: What’s one simple thing us newbie beasts can’t seem to understand?
I didn't read through this whole thread but the one thing that seems most prevalent today is instant gratification. Everyone wants it NOW! It's great to be a go getter but it takes time to get good at anything. No offense but I see guys that watched Dan's videos or attended one class now giving advise and they haven't even tasted success yet. I've got 40+ years of experience hunting and I still don't have it all figured out yet....never will.
It's a journey not a destination. Truth is, you will never get there anyway. Enjoy the ride!
People who hunt this way understand this deep down. They understand that if they take shortcuts to success that success will not taste as sweet.
I agree with this to a point. No disrespect obviously. I think you are spot on with instant gratification. With hunting or anything you do in life you have to start at the bottom and through learning from others and personal experiences, you work your way up. It takes time and hard work. You cant watch enough podcasts or talk to enough people to make you good overnight. I think it is a journey that we should enjoy and not measure ourselves by the trophies on our wall but by how much we grow.
That leads me to my next point. When it comes to my career I have build a pretty good business for myself rising to the top of my company in sales for the last 8 years or so. I did that because I chose people who were already successful and followed their path, another huge part of that is I chose to learn from everyone and anyone I had the opportunity to speak with no matter how new they were to the business and I continue to do so. I think to myself "what can I learn from this person".. maybe its even a mistake they made being new.. maybe its an attitude.. good or bad.
Next point.. I have 27 years of hunting experience of bow hunting rolling hill farm country. I have tried to put pieces together over the years but couldn't quite figure things out totally. All it took was finding Dan (6 months ago) and watching that farm and hill video and talking to a few guys on here to really make it click... I can think back to several unintentional beast kills that I have on my wall from over the years.... Difference is now thinking back, I know exactly why those buck were where they were at that time, when before finding Dan I only had an idea. I have not hunted beast style intentionally yet but I have just about all my sets ready to go for next year on the private I hunt in areas I have watched big bucks walk from over the years with the terrain features he describes in the DVDs (there are a few properties I am struggling with that I asked about on this thread) the difference is now I know how and why the deer are doing what they are, and that stemmed from so many years of hunting these properties and Dans DVDs.
Now for my next venture... the videos also gave me the insight and confidence to start scouting public big hills and swamp in my area, great way to give my private land a break which I didnt in the past, also will help me grow as a hunter, I am very green to this type of terrain and am struggling but I am all ears when I hear experienced guys talk about them no matter how new they are to the beast forum. For all I know these guys may have 20 -30 years of hunting this type of terrain. I also know its going to take hunting it for a few years and making mistakes to get better.
Final thought... in anything you want to get good at you need a good foundation of the "basics" laid out for you to start from, follow, and always go back too when you get off course, start overthinking, or start making things harder than what they need to be. lol The info in the DVDs and this forum is the best foundation any of us could ask for as whitetail hunters.