Just like some of the others have said, it adds another level of excitement and fulfillment. I have also embraced the gear to be able to pack a heavy load out after the kill. Another benefit is i seem to be more equipped for emergency overnighters to stay on an animal by going backcountry mode. Even if I stay in the wall tent every night, having the gear and the options can really improve a persons odds. I have never been afraid to chase animals clear up until dark, and end up 4 miles from the tent with temps in the teens. Pretty crazy not to carry the gear to survive a night out compared to all those wasted hours hoofing in the dark.