Oh come on guys.... This post wasnt to ruffle feathers. Someone did mention my age though. Bravo. I did mention in the post a couple times, about being aware of not being the greatest and listening to elders. In some sense I guess I'm just trying to shed light on a topic that is asinine to me. As far as me being mentally myopic, please. Thinking five minutes, days, and weeks ahead is something that is you tend to focus on to get yourself out of the academy. Don't take me as someone who isn't humbled. There's nothing like being busted by another sniper after you've done EVERYTHING you've been trained to do. The main thing I remembered was to do everything better. The point I really wanted to make was DO NOT FEAR any creature. Respect is a better word for it. I've seen the most hardened men break down and do stupid **** over fear. Fear is what we in the business refer to as terror. Knowing your prey, enemy, target, is essential to conquering that fear. Thinking or staying 5 steps ahead of them is where we win. With large game, there should be no surprises. When you're walking along a game trail after dangerous game, your mind shouldn't be anywhere but thinking what you're gonna do when it presents itself. I had an instructor who told me after it was over: "Jacob, we were beating the weak stupidity out of you". It takes a while to sink in, but he was right. The ability to think should trump your weapons ability and your fear. After a while, hunting any creature is just a matter of steps. The reward is knowing you did it right. Not the rack.