Texas must be the last hold out on that rule.
Orange is required in any other State I have ever hunted. In fact Colorado has a solid Orange rule, NO "camo orange" which is allowed in PA and West Virginia.
Your safety rules are VERY good on your ranchette. Keep up the good rules.
I hate to see hunting accidents at any range a hunter shoots.
Fact remains, NO hunter has EVER been wounded or killed from the shot of a Longrange hunter. Lets hope that record continues.
I personally don't shoot when I see another hunter on the whole mountain I'm looking into. I simply wait (takes all day sometimes) till he leaves and have done so many times.
"No" animal is worth shooting another hunter over.
As mentioned above whether it be 10yds or 1000yds the basic safety rules and common sense still apply. Let's not over engineer my statements with a bunch of what-ifs. To me they are/should be understood in any form of hunting.
As for the Walmart hunters, that's why we are here. to edumecate [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] them.
Also I shoot approx (20) 1000yd matches a year and use all forms of spotting scopes and big eyes at each one from Feb-Dec. I've seen the whole rainbow of conditions. Not to many times have I ever felt that I could'nt safely identify details of the surrouding enviroment at 1000yds.
As I said above I apologize for my wrong assumption to begin with. back to the topic at hand.
This is turning into something that I didn't intend. People, people, don't read so much between the lines. Don't assume that everybody who has a different hunting style then yours doesn’t understand, or approve of your hunting style/methods. It appears to me that some of the LRH's have been beat up so much on this topic in the past that they immediately go on the defensive. I should have went with my first instinct and put a disclaimer at the start of this post to keep the defenders of the faith happy. Let me make it clear right now I wouldn't be on this forum if I thought LRH was unsafe, unethical, etc., etc. I'm here to learn the tricks of the trade and will use them myself when I chose.
I originally asked if there were any hunters who shared my personal philosophy of preferring to sneak in close, but be capable of taking longer shots for whatever reason. For me it's all about being the best outdoorsman and rifleman that I can. I never stated that the way others on this board have chosen to hunt is wrong. I agree with all that have stated that each person is free to hunt in the manner they choose. Just because I stated my personal objective is not to always shoot game at the maximum distance possible does not indicate that I believe to do so is wrong.
As far as the safety issue I agree with everything that has been stated so far. If you look at my reply to Steve's question (about the safety aspect of shooting long range at game) you will see that right off the bat I stated that I do NOT think LRH is unsafe. Again, I believe that long range shooting can be done safely in the field. So when I mention that conditions will limit what we can see why do some immediately attack me thinking that I'm saying LRH is unsafe? People you are preaching to the choir. I was merely commenting on what we all know, or at least should know, that there are certain technical complications of using glass at long range. What I said about mirage, light, shadows, affecting vision isn't something that Darryl, Steve, and the other dominant members on this board wouldn't say themselves.
Brent, I'm with you 100 percent. We are all saying the same thing here, you have to be careful and not shoot if you can't see well enough. When I said that you can't see in the shadows I thought it was implied that I was saying don't shoot in those conditions. Only a fool would shoot at the distances we are taking (or any distance) when they can't see the entire area.
Steve, I'm sorry that you think I overengineered your words. However, I think it was an overstatement to say you can see everything with your bigeyes or any other optics. My comments we not directed so much to you but to those who haven't spent much time behind spotting scopes and may not realize the limitations. I was merely mentioning the saftey issues we need to keep in mind. Obviously, when you're sitting there behind the glass it will be immediately apparent whether or not you can see well enough to take the shot. I also want to add that many times you'll be able to see game clearly, but you won't be able to see what's in the shadows nearby. I'm not saying that anybody here would shoot in these conditions. I'm saying this is a hazard that we need to keep in mind. TO ALL: HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE BEEN GLASSING A NICE BUCK IN A SMALL OPENING AND THEN MINUTES LATER WE NOTICE ANOTHER DEER NEARBY THAT WAS IN THE SHADOWS. THE SAME THING CAN HAPPEN WITH HUMANS. OK, once again I was merely pointing out that we ALL need to be careful when shooting long range. BTW: Steve, Thank you for your courteous manner.
Darryl, I'm with you guy. When did I ever say LRH couldn't be done, was unsafe, etc., etc. Please don't assume that I don't know this or that. If your personal goal is to shoot game farther then anybody else that's fine by me. You don't have to defend this method of hunting to me. Go do that over on hunting.com. Peace brother.
338Lapua, you make a good point. Some states don't require orange and some people don't wear orange. Myself, I always wear orange, as I know how difficult it can be to see someone who doesn't.
OK, to summarize this post. People, I'm with you and respect any whose goal it is shoot game at their maximum personal range. Please respect my viewpoints. Again, as I said from the very start I don't think LRH is inherently dangerous.
I think part of the problem of posting on a board that is open to people that are completly new to this is that we tend to want to write as if there is that someone reading that may misunderstand things based on that so we over explain or are overly concerned. The only problem is the person your talking to wonders when you write in this way if you may be implying they were born yesterday, so they respond and the misunderstanding starts.
I wish everone would at least give the other the benifit of the doubt concerning the knowledge needed for these long shots and such, if someone new comes along or someone doesn't quite follow you they will ask questions to catch up and learn. Some will read and misunderstand, or not understand, and if they ask questions, I hope they do not assume the worst every time.
LRH, this is not directed at you, just an observation I'm guilty of as well. Did I make any sense at all?
I did wonder about your "status" in your original post the way it was written. Sounds like the classic case of misunderstood postings on the net that Brent eluded to.
Your above post is very clear and to the point. Sounds fair enough to me. thanks for the understanding in return. Yes we're probably a little defensive about the topic. Hope you understand. So to me, it's now water under the bridge and we move on.
My position about moving closer.... I probably lean more toward your side most of the time. When it comes to buck hunting and such I'm prepared for the long shot if needed, but most of the time I'm hunting with my 30-06 in the hemlocks. But being most of my whitetail hunting has been in the the state of PA, when doe season rolls around after archery and buck season, it's time to fill some tags and get the meat in the freezer as Brent stated above (Brent, your not the only one who still likes meat in the freezer. horns or no horns). And this is how I was introduced and got start LR hunting. The area I'm from is rolling farmland, and the deer are pretty broken up by the time doe season rolls around. Plus there are so many deer in PA in my area even today that shooting a doe.... I hate to say it but I could sit on the back porch and shoot all I wanted. So it's not that challenging any more. (just a "for instance" my home county last year issued 15,000 doe tags on top of the standard hunting license that allows you one buck. To simply put it, there a sh!t load of orchard beef walking around in NE PA) So we would setup on top of a hill out in the open (for safety) and watch for feeding or crossing deer in all the pastures around us. So to sum it up in the early season I basically hunt bucks using standard methods, but prepared for the long shot if needed by dropping down on my belly with a bipod if needed. But when doe came around I refer to bring out the big irn on a bench and shoot long.
Now down here in NC it's a little different. We've got a lot of large bean fields in the south eastern corner and large clear cut timer lots, that offer long shooting (0-6 or 700yds) normally. The deer don't seem to present themselves for very long, so you must be prepared to take a shot when it's available whether it's a buck or doe or early or late season. So it's a little different game. So down here I simply adjust my shooting preference to what is available on any given day. Rather than the methods used in PA.