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Old 11-29-2003, 07:06 PM
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Re: Motivation...

Placing a shot well at any range is what motivates me to learn what it takes, and my limits. Game taking opportunities increasing by increasing my effective range is what really motivated me, and still does. Most areas I choose to hunt make it practically impossible to stalk in up close, but the Moose are concentrated there and the longer shots are the only option that make it worth hunting there. Otherwise it's by chance if you stumble on one, or he stumbles on you more like it. I like the area, I don't like going home empty handed, so I'm doing what it takes to make the best of the situation. They aren't to safe with me hunting there the way I do now! [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] Efficiency is key, and every hunter does what he can to increase his chances, and for the most part, that's what defines how good of one he really is...
Brent Moffitt
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Old 11-29-2003, 07:58 PM
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Re: Motivation...

STL, I am right there with you on the guilt. Its gotten to where now if they aint farther than 300yds when I'm hunting a field I probably won't shoot. [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]
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Old 11-29-2003, 08:40 PM
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Re: Motivation...

It's the other way around for me, actually. I don't feel guilt for shooting game "too close". It's about hunting for me - short or long range doesn't matter. I love archery and the shotgun sports - I suppose I'd chuck rocks at 'em if it were legal...

I practice shooting at long and very long range for the same reasons I play long tones way high on the alto sax, or way up on the neck of the guitar - familiarity with the extremes makes them possible in real world situations, and also makes playing in the middle downright mundane.

But a gigging guitarist will tell you they make most of their money in the first 5 frets! [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
STL. Principal Consultant and Managing Partner - Association of Bifurcated Tangential Ballistic Apologists, LLP.
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Old 12-01-2003, 11:37 AM
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Re: Motivation...

I too share your concerns about the flaming that occurs about LR hunting. I think these people do not understand the amount of time, money, effort and practise that most on this board do.

For me LR hunting is also a byproduct of where I live. The deer I want feed in open cutblocks at extended ranges. Yes, I could learn to sneak in the bush but the season is usually hot and dry and still hunting difficult.

But, it really doesn't matter. What does is that we all shoot well and can do better at LR then most can at short. So when they critize what we do, I say, how well can you shoot at your max range? Many will shy away knowing that they can't hit even at moderate ranges. So who is more likely to spray and pray???

Distance is merely that...distance. There is no magical range where ethics change from good to bad. Just the preparation, tools and mindset of those who engage in these activities will determine the ethics and outcome.

I know where my bullet will land at 750yds. Do they know at 250yds?

I have really enjoyed all that I have learned on this board over the years and have become a better shooter both near and far. With the new equipment, practise and skill, I am capable of taking game cleanly at all ranges I wish to hunt, and that could be as close as a hundred yards...

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Old 12-01-2003, 07:53 PM
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Re: Motivation...

STL_Shooter, I hunt with everything legal. I ment "shooting them closer than 300yds WITH THE TOMAHAWK" I feel guilty. But not really. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
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Old 12-01-2003, 09:52 PM
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Re: Motivation...

I feel that it is finding a way to challenge ourselves. Searching for more knowledge and new frontiers. It is certain that making one self effective at 1000 yards will make one more effective at 400.
Here in Colorado it is getting to where you cannot even reasonably expect to get a buck tag every year. I am still a trophy hunter of sorts, but how does one make a doe a trophy? I could try archery which would require days on end that I do not have to kill a doe, but I have chosen long range so I can spend more time learning and expanding my hunting skills instead of re-using existing skills.

I appreciate the knowledge shared on this forum. Long range hunting ethics come from proper application of knowledge and techniques.
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