America is in the golden age of technology. New software and products flood the market daily and gear gurus are ever able to spend their dollar. The hunting culture is not exempt. High tech clothing, new calls, packs, research, online scouting, and map technology all make aspects of the hunt easier or more comfortable. The average hunter does not have to be good at reading a map or navigating terrain. There are no secret spots anymore. Every honey hole can be viewed with a click of a mouse if you know what to look for. Quality optics, clothing, and gear give every hunter opportunity to be comfortable in the elements, see farther, and shoot farther. Even knowledge is close at hand for everyone. Resources to learn about your quarry and how to hunt them are available like never before.
How do you get ahead? What can technology never touch? The answer: Hard Work! Nothing good comes easy. If you want to get ahead, do what others can’t or won’t do. Get in peak physical fitness and spend time studying to gain knowledge. Combine knowledge and fitness together and you will rise above the masses.
Every hunter out there has access to gear and technology. However, average hunters do not have the physical capability or knowledge to chase a bugle into a hellhole after a rigorously long day of hunting. The average hunter will not spend all year sweating and challenging mental and physical toughness so that they are able to keep grinding miles into the backcountry for days on end. The average hunter will balk at steep climbs under heavy load for long distances. The average hunter will not take the time to study books and online resources that teach about the animal they chase.
A consistently successful hunter seeks to learn tactics, ecology, calling, and animal patterns from those who have had success. A successful hunter climbs the extra mile, pushes through fear and exhaustion, and stays in the hills despite boredom or extreme weather. Money and convenience do not equal skill. In the right hands, the fruits of modern technology can lead to success. In the wrong hands, the same fruit is money wasted. Focus your energies on learning your quarry, as well as physical and mental toughness. You will find yourself in the top tier of hunters.