Re: another BOW Lope hunt
Very much in agreement with JE, especially about passing a shot. I read way too much on the forums I frequent about the guys that want to shoot the biggest rompin' stompin' magnums available, so they can take crappy shots and still expect to kill the animal. I was taught to take only good kill shots and pass on the "texas heart shots". After several decades of hunting, guiding, outfitting, and taking scores of big game with guns big and small, I also advocate passing on questionable shots, and I don't care what the range or what you're shooting. Sometimes it seems so much emphasis has been placed on making the kill that some hunters abandon good judgement and think this great technology is going to make up for poor shot placement, lack of training, or just a poor decision to take a marginal shot.
I hate not getting the shot when I have worked hard for it, but I think it is important to maintain perspective and remember this is not life or death, for me as the hunter, but it is for the game, and I don't want to send anything off shot to pieces to die a slow death.
Long breath.... okay, I'm done. Back to the topic. I do not like seeing the bad shots on TV like this, and I don't think it is a good idea having guys that seem to be inexperienced to long range doing the shooting on some of the episodes. IMO, it requires a heightened sense of restraint and ethics to be a long range hunter because there are so many factors that can cause a shot to go bad.
If we don't govern ourselves well, someone, somewhere, will decide they need to do it for us.