Well, I just lost a short novel, so I will see if I can touch on the high points.
First off whitetails, welcome to the forum.
As Woody's said, it is the archer that matters most, not the bow. A bent stick and a bootlace will kill a deer. (I know because I've done it).many years ago, me and a friend wanted to know just how primitive we could go, and still get meat. It worked, we ate, and stealth mattered much more then how to throw the arrow.(in fact, the arrow was the hardest part to craft.)
I still use the bow I received a gift. When I was 16. It is an Indian Stalker, nothing special (except to me) it is stripped of all sights, no frills but a quiver, but we know each other pretty well. We should, we have been together for nearly 35 years.
Don't get caught up in the need for all the latest gear and coolist broadheads, truth is, every broadhead you can buy will kill a deer. And the deer don't understand fashion, so last year's camo works just fine.
The fanciest gear will improve you shooting a little bit, not much. Only learning how to do it right will really improve your abilities. Then and only then, will the best gear show it's worth. Much like a good knife needs to be well sharpened before it can do the job right. It's not about how shiney it is, but the quality of the steel and the edge that matters.
You sir, are that blade. Everyday you practice, your edge is being honed, the burrs removed, the Rouge applied, and the stroop to polish it fine.
This is not my bow, but a pic of one. Mine has been modified to accept standard sized , easy to find bowstrings.
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The only real difference between a good tracker and a bad tracker is observation. All the same data is present for both. The rest is understanding what you are seeing.