Robert Ruark, writing in his journal about some particularly good African trophy that he had hammered, noted that it was "…collected, but not earned." He believed, as many hunters do, that there should be a certain amount of work you put into bagging an animal or else you don't really deserve it. This is a nice sentiment, but of course it is nonsense. You expect to have to work, and if you do work very hard and get something good as a result it is more rewarding, but that's as far as it goes. Despite our touching belief that hunting is a matter of skill and perseverance, a lot of it is sheer dumb luck.