I will play devil's advocate and say I somewhat disagree with Jim. How does one measure "their" challenge? It's an individual thing in the deer woods. Is it the guy who gets a deer every year or a guy who scores on a "class buck" or a class buck year in and year out? Since the inception of P&Y and B&C record keeping more and more deer have "made the books" in recent years than years ago. Why? Many reasons...including but not limited to better guns, flatter shooting, faster bows, carbon arrows, better optics, treestands, digitally produced camo, food plots, management, guide services, computers, topo maps, cover scents, attractant scents, etc, etc...and oh yeah, trail cameras. Throwing luck out of the equation...because there are first timers who shoot "big bucks", knowing little to nothing. But generally speaking, I think as technology advances, people, as a whole, become more successful in the deer woods. Don't get me wrong, this is not to take away from woodsmanship, knowing your quarry, the time required to put in...etc, which is a major, if not THE most important contributing factor. All the woodsmanship in the world may find you in the quote unquote "right place at the right time"...but how many more "big bucks" have been taken by those woodsman that shoot a 300 Magnum with a 9x scope as opposed to a flint lock muzzleloader with a .50 cal. roundball with open sights? More woodsman are successful with a 300 IBO compound than those with a "stickbow". You cant shoot a big buck unless there is a big buck where you hunt...and where I hunt, in my home state of NY, there arent too many...but thats another story. For starters, if you catch "a big one" on camera...at least you know he's there and you are in the right place. So I would say, trail cameras can help.