Re: Challenges of longrange hunting?
I think you are dead on. Everybody looks for new challenges. I first started hunting with a rifle - anything with horn. Then I began raising the standard of the minimum trophy I was willing to take. Next came the primitive style muzzleloader which required me to get within 100 yards. All the while, I was increasing the minimum level of trophy acceptable to me. After a while 100 yards and a cloud of smoke was no longer challenging, so I picked up a bow and dropped my acceptable max range from 100 to within 50 yards. I still love the bow, but I am always looking to learn more.
For me, that challenge is now LRH. At 200 yards, it is pretty much point and shoot. Unless you are dealing with quartering shots at twilight, there aren't that many ethical dilemmas at 200 yds. Many LRH videos are so good now that the impression is left with the newbie viewer that LRH is also simply point and shoot. Nothing is further from the truth. In fact, I have to pass up more shots on game than I ever did with a std. rifle at 200 yards. LRH forces me constantly to wrestle with my own ethics and perceived vs. known abilities. LRH requires great skill in pulling the trigger and knowing the shot will fly home. LRH requires even greater element in all ethical hunters - knowing when not to pull the trigger. LRH has a mental component that tests us much like those that hunt with bow and stick. That is why I like LRH.