You do what any ethical sportsman would do, and call it a day... the same thing you'd do if you were bowhunting and that trophy stood out there at 100 yards.He is now on the long awaited hunt. Long hikes, glassing and spotting animals, hunting hard, and enjoying every minute. Sometimes, (more often than not) you hunt hard until the last day. That trophy Elk or Mule Deer is now standing there. Only one thing stands between you and getting that animal anchored on the ground... The Distance. He's standing out at 700 yards and no timely way to close the distance.[/b]
There's another aspect to that too, and one that is far too often overlooked.Good information as far as accurizing goes, but there is still the ethical question. I believe whether you are bow hunting or rifle hunting you should accurize your equipment as much as possible within your budget. Then practice at different ranges to know what your equipment and personal capabilities are. Then practice running up a hill, loading your rifle and then practicing your shot. Hunting presents different shot opportunities often in stressful situations. Take into account wind, temperature, buck fever, landscape, animal movement etc. and your "real" shooting skills reveal themselves.[/b]
Buck-Eye, I mostly agree with you; however, also take into consideration that the Native Americans were not doing it for the sport or as recreation, they hunted to survive and feed their families...IMHO if they would have the same tools available to us today they would probably also take the longest shoots they could to not risk a blown stalk and secure meat for their families...just saying...I liked the comment above that "getting close is 90% of the fun." Couldnt agree more. I believe( this is my personal opinion) that therein lies the difference between hunters and killers. A hunter, much like the Native Americans, absorbs in his surroundings and all its splendor. Killers are bottom line hunters, much like in sales. Not that Killers are bad people. Far from it. They just have a different perception on what they consider a hunt to be. Most of us are hunters, for we come home empty more than we come home with a filled cooler. But the experience and hard work make an everlasting impression on your soul, and that will satisfy most of us.[/b]
Then practice running up a hill, loading your rifle and then practicing your shot. Hunting presents different shot opportunities often in stressful situations.
Equipment has no ethics, no judgement, and no accountability. It is up to the hunter.Recently i had a rifle built specifically to shoot spring bear at the distances mentioned above. Guns made to shoot that distance will do it. We could debate how ethical it is for years to come because everyone has their own opinion. What is ethical to me (KNOWING i can shoot that far) and ethical to someone else is completely different.. By know means am i saying i'm a great shot, just realize the equiptment out there now is incredible...[/b]