danesdad wrote:I've always believed (and still do) that hunting is ten percent skill and ninety percent location. I believe that you can take the worst hunters among us (maybe including myself) and put them on the locations of these hunts you see on TV and if the hunter can sit still long enough, he'll get the same opportunities as the "pros" get. You see, it doesn't matter if they are hunting high fence or not, they are still in places that regular Joes like me will NEVER get a chance to hunt. Lee and Tiffany have private farms and ranches in Iowa or Kansas? How could they NOT look like professionals??? What would they look like hunting in the kinds of places where I have to hunt here in PA? I'll bet my morgage that if they had to hunt where I have to hunt, they'd never kill a buck that scored even ten percent higher than anything I've ever killed. It's all about location.
Woods Walker wrote:"That said, there is no difference between an 80 acre high fence hunting ranch and a 10,000 acre western hunting lease with 7 ranch hands that scout & track the elk all year long."
???? That's absurd. That's like saying that hunting deer near a 200 acre stubble field is "no different" than hunting over a 10'X10' corn pile. A 200 acre stubble field has FIVE MILES of perimeter that deer can approach from as compared to the FORTY LINEAL FEET that the corn pile does. But even with that, the corn pile deer are at least not confined!
I've hunted elk, and even if you know that they are there, 10,000 acres of mountain elk habitat can hide those elk for a long TIME!! Not to mention that even on that much ground, elk will LEAVE that area if they feel the pressure. Not so with penned animals.
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