Anybody can show up and hunt that is easy. But when you are out there and the deer comes by but you can not hit the broad side of a barn what good does showing up do you? If you show up and the deer smell you what good does it do you? If you show up and your stand is in the wrong place because you didn't scout but just put it up in a tree what good does showing up do you? I am not trying to be mean don't get me wrong I just think there is so much more to hunting then just being out there. However being out there is the fun part IMO.
I like the point about mental strength, I missed out on a few opportunities over the years because I gave up to early. Thinking about being back at the warm house or getting home in time for the game has cost me at least 2 big bucks over the years. If I would have stayed just 5 min longer I could have had great shot opportunities on both of them.
Alright that didn't come out the way I wanted. I bet you we all have not shot bucks because we have not been on stand for one reason or another. You increase your odds 100% by being out there.
If you cant hit the broadside of a barn with your equipment you shouldn't be out in the woods. Bottom line.