I fully understand the conundrum. I think of it like this, if you want to be successful and that is the highest priority take the rifle. It can be a difficult decision. You really just have to make a personal decision of which outcome will make you the happiest and stick with it. I have had those decisions before. I love to bow hunt and have taken my bow on a many once in a lifetime hunts most worked out a few didn't but I was happy with my decision. I also have opted for the rifle on some and was glad I did.