I love shooting long range, but I am starting to see a loss of hunting ability and people are actually shooters and not hunters...........first of all I am ok with that, I am not judging others, but I am finding that for me 400 yards is nice, I can hold dead on with all my guns to about 250, at 300 there is about 6" drop, 400 yards I can hold top of back and pretty reasonable shot. I shoot on shooting sticks, not a bipod, I have an effective sitting stance and have shot goats, elk, bear, deer from 138 yards to 404 yards sitting with stoney point sticks. I am finding I will dial in past 400-500 yards but just am at a point that I feel as though I am playing sniper and I think most people shooting long range are playing sniper with game animals because lets face it we cant shoot people......even when they deserve it
Probably why I bow hunt with a recurve, so I can feel like I am hunting.
For me I am finding I want to get 400 yards or closer so I can actually feel like Iam hunting.
For all of those that can shoot 600-1000 yards and cleanly take game I say for go for it and I will stand by you and support your method..
I think you practiced and found in a hunting situation everything isnt perfect, Iam glad you got your buck, he is very nice!