Originally Posted by GSoD
Good job and well told.
I think part of the problem is perception. People, my previous self included, figure if they can estimate what 100 yards looks like then they should be able to estimate what 1000 yards looks like. Its just not something people encounter often enough for the brain to fully comprehend.
When I went to my first 1000 yard shoot last year it really put things in perspective.
"Wow, that is what a 1000 yards looks like. Double wow, that is what a target at 1000 yards looks like. Triple wow, these guys are nailing it with no optics and no supports!"
If you have no exposure to it, either the distance or the act of conquering that distance, the brain can only make stuff up.
Right on. I've seen it many times. The "average" hunter has no concept of what 1000 yards is, or even what 500 yards is.
Last year during deer season my buddy and I had set up along side an old 4 wheel drive road where we could see one full side and all of the bottom of the head of a large canyon. Shots from this spot can be ranged from about 200 yards out to as much as 1800 yards.
About 10:00 a.m. we were having a cup of coffee and just talking when a couple of guys in a jeep came around the head of the canyon and then ended up going by us to get out.
They stopped to talk and we asked them if they had seen anything and they said there were no deer anywhere around and they were heading for town. We had the big eyes as well as a spotting scope set up and had 2 pairs of binoculars out also. I told them there were 8 deer in plain sight in the canyon right in front of them. This got them a little excited but then after a few seconds they paused and said we were full of it cause they hadn't seen anything.
I then told them there were 2 small bucks and 6 does in plain sight and asked them if they wanted me to show them. They jokingly said "sure, show us" in a tone that said I couldn't produce any deer.
Using their binoculars I showed them the deer and they couldn't believe it. They thought they were legal and were going to dive off into the canyon from the other side and see if they could shoot one. I told them to hold on and look through the spotting scope. Even though the 2 small bucks were nice sized 2 points, through the spotting scope they could see that neither one had the mandatory third point to be legal.
One of them asked us what we would have done to get closer if one had been legal. I told them that if one was legal that we'd kill if from where we were set up. This brought out their sarcastic laughing side again because they said the 2 bucks had to be at least 800 yards away.
Never one to miss a chance
I got the Swarovski range finder out and proved that one was 414 yards and the other was 462 yards away.
This then lead to a short discussion about what deer look like at a distance and what a real, known range, was when it got beyond 100 yards. After a short discussion about our guns and the capabilities we had they just drove on down the road.
I doubt they will ever invest in good glass or a good rangefinder and I also believe the deer herd is safe from them unless one walks out on a road and just stands there.