Re: First shot out of wet barrel
That's an interesting concept.
What we use to do if we hunted the same area was to go out to our ridge or shooting position that we backpacked into.
We would take a camera and take a panorama picture or two of the mountain we were going to be shooting to.
We then would have two or three large pictures developed and put them into a folder.
We then returned to the ridge we took the pictures at with the folder in our backpacks and a Barr and Stroud Rangefinder.
Every prominent thing (rock, group of rocks, odd tree, group of trees, ridges ect) we saw on the far mountain we would range and write down on the picture in the corresponding place.
When that was finished, we would NEVER have to have our rangefinder with us again when we went to that spot. All we needed was the folder with the pictures that had all the yardages written on it.
When a deer or elk stepped out anywhere on that mountain, we had that area ranged and could simply look at the spot he was standing and look on the picture for the yardage.
This worked real well and we never had to take a rangefinder with us if we were going to hunt that same spot.
Now that we have the military lasers, we can move to any location and just set up and when the animal steps out, we laser him for the accurate yardage.
Just food for thought on the picture sinario. That worked real well for us as long as we hunted the SAME place.
In fact, all one would have to do in that situation is borrow a Barr and Stroud rangefinder and range your favorite spot and write the yardages on the picture and then return the rangefinder. Not much expense involved there at all. A 10X12 Pic or two.
Just a thought as to how we did it here in North Central PA and in Colorado when we first went there.