I feel compelled to reply to this post as I am also a fan of the “long shot”. Many people would think that shooting at an animal at those distances would be considered unethical because the margin of error is so fine that wounding an animal and not actually killing it seems almost definite. Consider this….....there are many styles of hunting and to be an ethical hunter you should always prepare yourself to make the most humane shot you can. How? Practice practice. Whether you are shooting a bow, rifle, shotgun or whatever, you should know your limitations and follow them strictly. I have friends that will go to the rifle range, set out a milk jug at 50 yards and if they can hit it 3 out of 5 times they are good to go. Then I hear them talking at work about the big buck that they wounded. For me…..I am not happy unless I can shoot a group the size of a dime at 100 yards. You wont hit a dump truck at 500 yards unless your gun can shoot like that. Bottom line is if you know you can make the shot, then take it. If you have any doubt then dont.
I have talked to many people about distance shooting and the biggest quarrel I have heard is that it isnt really hunting. In some ways I would agree because I am not strictly a distance shooter. I still enjoy stalking and getting down and dirty in the woods. I have shot big deer both ways, but understand the argument. To me, I have adapted to my hunting area. When I was a kid I used to watch big deer pass by me out in the open bog and never shot at them because I thought they were too far to shoot. My dad bought me a ruger 300 mag for graduation and together we looked up ballistics and “worked” up a load for it. I never go to the bog without it and I feel comfortable shooting without wind, up to 500 yards.
At any rate, I am sure there are people out there who dont share the same sentiments as I do but there is a common bond here…....the love for the outdoors and the passion for the “hunt”. Or “shot” or whatever it is that gets into your blood.
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