The best part of big game hunting is the anticipation. Anticipation before the season and before the next day's hunt. I used to love scouting before the season, but now with all the tics around, I don't enjoy "busting brush" during the warmer times of the year.
With small game hunting, it is the satisfaction of the actually doing it. If you hunt rabbits with a dog, the anticipation factor comes into play and the actual kill is anti-climatical.
In the past, it was all about being successful. I don't feel that way any more. I enjoy doing it more, thinking about it, and talking about it.