LR hunting has been spreading for years now but, as of late, it has exploded.
AS long as some of these guys don't start thinking just because they walked out of a gun shop with a new Sendaro and a longrange scope on it that, they are longrange hunters.
As you told them, it takes a lot (years) of practice to KNOW what your rifle is capable of. Most people have NO idea what a bullet is capable of way out there.
Safety is number one in the LR sport and should NEVER be attempted without ALL of the top equipment available.
I try to tell everyone, there are NO ANIMALS in the World worth taking a shot at when you have a hunter within 1000 yards of that animal on the far mountain. That's what the bigeyes are for. Not only to scan the far mountains for game but, also to make sure there are no hunters anywhere near the intended target. The animal walks away free if there is any question to this policy.
It is a TEAM sport to do it correctly and to be able to spot EVERY shot, you need a partner.
Hope you have a great weekend at the show.