It is repeated over and over in regard to hunting. “Get closer”.
It’s an often misunderstood term. I once was criticized for telling a guy to get closer. He hunts on beanfields, or cornfields, that are as flat as flat gets, for as far as the eye can see. He was quite sarcastic about it. “Get closer. Are you kidding? Ever try to sneak up on a deer?”
Well yes, and it can be done if you’re willing to move slow enough and you’re downwind, but that’s not the point.
No, Young Grasshopper. Find out where they’re going to be, and get yourself in there beforehand. See? You’re not “getting closer” in the real time, active stalking sense necessarily. You’re allowing your prey to get closer to you. You know them, you know their habits, their needs, their wants, and their hangouts and that allows you to predict their movements.
The longest shot I’ve taken at a living creature was about 85 yards, and it wouldn’t have mattered if it had been in the middle of 100 square miles of open flat land or in the wooded hills bordering the Palouse. If you can observe their habits over time, you’re good to go. Most of my kill shots were in the 15 to 45 yard range, and the closest deer were oblivious right up the moment of impact. (In Joe’s world, “closer” is anything inside 1,000 yards)
If you want to take all this as metaphor, that’s your business. It applies in many fields anyway.