To answer the question "No, I do not think we make it more difficult than it has to be".
Each one of us are different. Our approach and rituals are something unique to us, passed down from an father, uncle, brother, sister, ourselves, etc.
Over time, we want to improve. Get a bigger deer, get a cleaner shot, whatever it may be, we want to improve. We want an edge.
To me it's all about the journey, not just the destination.
I like watching hunting shows, reading magazines, forums, I like hearing others techniques and stories. When I go into the woods it's not just about killing an animal or throwing a mount on the wall or meat in the freezer.
I like to prepare. Shop, read, talk, practice, scout, try new things. I like getting up early, throwing on my camo (washed in scent free detergent, briefly thrown in the dryer, and hung out doors to dry
, stuffing my pockets and pack with a call, a compass, scent spray, protein bar, two face masks, camo camelbak, a knife......
I am not doing all these things because a TV show or magazine told me I couldn't get a deer without them (I'm sure a few of us have harvested a deer wearing tennis shoes, sweat pants, a NY Yankee hat, and smokin a cig), i'm doing them because I love it. I love all aspects and if I FEEL
, what I am doing will give me an edge, then thats all I need. Well that and success of course [;)]