Whatever your stance on technology is, you must admit that it made some things that were impossible before, commonplace. Communication is the best example of this: instant updates can be done with as little effort as pressing on a glass panel, emergency situations can be neutralized over phone lines, meetings can be held online over the internet in web conferences', and others.
But you know what else technology deeply affected? Entertainment. People from only decades ago had no idea that gaming would get so intricate, with realistic graphics and sounds. They probably couldn't have imagined hunting season would be happening inside a small room. But that's how it is now, and it's amazing.
Have you ever experienced playing with a hunting simulator? If not, then you're really missing out. It's a technology that employs realistic 3D environments and replica firearms not just for your entertainment, but for your practice, too. It's not something that can replace a gun range, but if there's anything that can do that, it's the hunting simulator.
Sure, you won't be handling a loaded gun, but the included model firearms are made to mimic reality, and that doesn't mean they are crudely-shaped toys. The weapons are replicas, crafted from materials that emulate the weight and feel of the real thing. Using it, youll barely notice the difference.
And then there are the scenarios. You won't be targeting immobile paper targets or only laterally-moving ones. There are moving targets and unexpected situations you need to react to properly, or you'll fail. There might be game hiding on one of the bushes, or that might simply be a bird. The trees might be hiding something from sight or nothing at all. Your target might even be running around the place, and you have to make a move quickly before you lose track of it. All these are rendered so well amidst immersing background renders and music you would find it hard to not react like you would if it were all real.
There's a lot you can customize in-game, too. Besides the included hundreds of scenarios to play, you're also given control on how they would play out. That's possible with the included software, where you can setup or join mock tournaments, set the hardness levels of each scenario, and more.
It's all user-friendly and intuitive, it won't be something you have to do heavy research on before you could use it. Once you're done setting up, you only need to pick up the model gun, choose your scenario, and start hunting. Scores are given based on how good of a marksman you are. Also, the specifics of each kill are shown for your analysis of your performance. What's great about this is, you can try again if you're not satisfied with your skill, without having to waste money on ammunition.
A hunting simulator is a perfect way to entertain yourself while it's not yet hunting season. But besides that, it's a good set of training wheels, too. Nothing beats reality, but if you can't go outside to hunt, a hunting simulator is the nearest thing to a real-life hunt as there ever is.