The CURSE of Success: Are you a victim?
⨁ Are you hunting down pest animals to kill them?
⨁ Are you any good at it?
Then, you might become one of the victims of success....
I will briefly describe my depressing descend into the successful pester's abyss:
I started out as a lousy shot.
And I blame that to 100% on the gun. (That little trick I learned right here at the forum).
And because my gun was a bottom of the bargain-barrel gun.
I bought a better gun.
And my success rate climbed. A lot more pests got dead on account of my shooting.
I discovered the "Fully Field Rested" hold for my pesting pistol: (a) The off-hand pressed the gun into a sock filled with plastic chips, rested side-ways against a tree, or rested against the top rail of a fence.
(b) The trigger hand does nothing to support the pistol; it only pulls the trigger.
This gave my stooting extreme stability, and it showed in the improved success rate in pest kills.
A wind meter told me how much wind I had to deal with, and a string told me from where it came from.
And math proved deadly once again — the ballistic calculator gave me better trajectory corrections, resulting in a yet higher death rate for my shots....
I bought a scopecam and figured out that my gun's favorite pellet started to spiral at around 50y — ranges at which I used to "score" mostly misses.
Now my success rate climbed again as I cleaned out pests at locations previously unassailable to me.
▪ Ask my how many pests I've seen at my permission lately.
▪ Ask me how many kills I scored in the past month.
No, better not ask me.
It's too depressing.
After all this successful pesting — I now have very few pests to kill anymore.
I have become a victim of my own success at killing.
The curse of success....
֎ What's your story?
֎ Has success gotten to you?
֎ What's your curse?
What's YOUR CURE?!?
I can give you the contact info of my psychiatrist. She is helping me to overcome this victim syndrome, and I am learning to cope.
One of the first therapeutic treatment regimens she put me through was a day-long expedition where I was to identify at least 3 more pest species within a 2-hour driving distance of my home.
I can see that she really knows what she's doing. — I am feeling already much better!