I realized that there wasn’t anything wrong with my rifle, which was just about perfect for the conditions in New Mexico and Wyoming.
Instead, I realized I USED THE WRONG TOOL FOR THE JOB on my elk hunt! Looking back on things, I had done a terrible job of analyzing my needs as a hunter and picking the best tool for that hunt.
Indeed, I made a big mistake picking the “shiny object” traditional hunting media was telling me to buy instead of what I actually needed.
The end result was that I bought a more specialized rifle that was very capable at long range, but that WAS NOT a good choice for hunting in thick conditions.
I decided then and there that I wasn’t going to allow myself to get taken advantage of like that again.
So, I spent the next few years researching and testing different rifles, cartridges, scopes, and ammo on hunts for all sorts of game in varying conditions in 8 different states and countries. Using the experience I gained on those hunts, I developed my new framework: