Re: Sighter shots while hunting.
I agree that it is mostly based on the animals history, the individual situation, and a good amount of chance.
Last weekend I went after two deer which I saw in our farms fence, to take for crop damage purposes. I caught up with them in a relatively open area. I shot the first one at around 100 yards. The second just stood there and looked at me, giving me the opportunity to reload and take a shot at it standing still as well. 168 gr coated ballistic tips worked perfectly I might add.
On the other hand, on our farm I have had groundhogs stand up, look at me, and run into their holes just from setting up my rifle 525 yards away.
My take is that you really never can tell. There are an awful lot of factors at work here.
Empirical results rule!