Most things that go wrong, go wrong slowly. The downward spiral is all too familiar. A hunting problem leads to a buck lost.
The answer isn’t to look for the swift and certain solution to the long-term problem. The solution is to replace the down cycle with the up cycle.
The (too common, obvious, simple) plan is to hunt with a cycle that caused the problem instead developing better strategies and tactics. The simple plan puts the blame on the outside world to stop contributing factors which lead to a negative output. If we just keep using unproductive hunting tactics long enough things will get better. This takes control and fate out of our hands and just isn’t going to work very well.
The more difficult but more effective alternative is to become aware of the down cycle. Once you find it, understand what triggers it and then learn to use that trigger to initiate a different cycle.
“This is my down cycle. How can I replace it with a different one? Who can help me? What do I need to learn? How do I change my habits and my instincts?”
This is incredibly difficult. But identifying the down cycle and investing in replacing it with the up cycle is the one and only best strategy. The alternative, which is to rationalize and defend the cycle as a law of nature or permanent habit, is tragic.
Good Luck and Good Hunting,