I have read thru the entire thread but I apoligize if I repest a prior post. I have hunted with some real num nuts before that couldn't possibly be helped by technolgy. They couldn't tell direction of the wind from direction to the mall. They made enough noise in the woods to scare every living creature within 1000 yards. They did not have the skills to be a good hunter. Not saying that people don't get lucky but this is normally not the case with this type of hunter. You have to have basic underlying skills if you want technology to help you out. I would love to have the new 1000 hp ford mustang but I would probably have it wrapped around the first telephone pole on the highway. I just don't have the skill for that technology.
Now a good hunter with good skills can be helped by technolgy. If you understand your equipment and know what differences it can make to have just a little bit better equipment ( technolgy) then it can improve your abilities.
My first rifle ( 30.06 springfield 03a3 ) pales in comparison to what I shoot now but it still killed game. I wore flannel for years and got soaked to the bone but still managed to stay out in the field. I never owned a gps untill I couldn't find where I tied up my horses in a heavy snow ( I did eventually find them after dark). Having basic skills is the prerequisite for sucess.
Now about the money. Financially, it is suppose to get easier to afford the things you want as you get older. Not always the case but basically that is the way it happens. Some people have money from day one and some people have to work their a$$ off just to make do. Don't knock anyone for how they dress or what equip they own. If they have it or don't have it, WHO CARES! Just go hunt. You can't buy skill.