Re: Long range capability = shooting oppurtunities and success?
have no idea about the west, but this I've found to be true here in the east, and makes sense that it would hold true anywhere
The more real estate you can see, will mean more game spotted, however, there is alot more chance of not getting a shot off the farther the distance it is.
I've not documented it but it seems to me that 6 out of 10 animals you see that you would like to harvest never present the shot for various reasons
you lose them somewhere between the binocs, rf, and the rifle, in cover its like the ground just swallows them, some just walk out of sight before you get set up for the shot, and nothing is more frustrating than trying to set up on rutting whitetails.
Now at normal ranges the percentage of game that doesn't offer a shot is much lower, the shot is almost instaneous with locating/judgeing the game.
This is whitetail hunting here in the east, nothing harder than staying on a buck in the timber at 700 yards long enough to shoot. I once spent 4.5 hours trying to get a shot at the best 8 point out of a group of 5 running a doe at 500.
took the slack out of the trigger on the wrong buck 3 different times, to say the least it was a mite unraveling.
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