WyoWhisper... what a great story. Keep up with your great hunting story.
I'm from Ontario, Canada and I went black bear and moose hunting a month ago.
Black bear? No luck. The black bear came at night to eat the bait so couldn't get a shot.
Canadian moose? Well...no moose!
Three of us went to Thunder Bay which is about 18 hours away from my home. There was snow on the ground already about a foot deep. We stayed there for 12 days and we had two bull moose tags. We rode ATV's on logging roads most of the time.
My brother is an ATV freak while I like to pick a spot and sit on clear-cut trees. Anyway, we drove about 800km each in 12 days and I saw 2 cow moose. My brother was riding ATV pretty fast then saw several fresh moose tracks on the logging road and he stopped to look around. It was snowing and windy. He took his binocular out of his hunting parka and saw four moose, standing on clear-cut about 400 yards away. He hardly see the binocular thru the heavy snow and the moose were starting to walk thru the woods about 100 yards ahead.
Why didn't he shoot? He didn't have time to remove his helmet, get off the ATV, put two or three 338WIN bullets in his Ruger magazine and said his rifle cannot shoot that far.
I explained to him, (I'm not pushing him, just giving facts to the traditional hunters) that the custom rifles
have advantage over "over-the-shelf rifles".
Well.. he still doesn't like the idea of LR rifle. Sure, it is up to him and I'll respect him as long as he respects me.
He told me once that if I bought a LR rifle, I'm no longer part of his hunting group.
Someday, I'll try to coax him to come to watch Pennsylvania 1000 yards matches next spring.