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Old 06-29-2011, 04:40 PM
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Hunting at long range

I live in Petaluma California and did most of my long range hunting in MODAC COUNTY, Calif. I no longer do long range hunting due to a missed deer at 950 yards and realized that I could wound and never find the wounded animal and I now restrict my shooting to 300 yards.
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Old 06-29-2011, 07:54 PM
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Re: Hunting at long range

Glad to have you here and maybe you can build you confidence back up and try again on long range. When you get bucked off get on and try again.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:21 PM
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Re: Hunting at long range

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Welcome to LRH. We can get you back to where shooting/hunting twice the distance you're comfortable with now will seem easy under the right conditions.

There's many many coyotes that would've gotten away if I limited myself to 300yds, quite a few antelope and deer too. I'll be the first to admit though, if I have to shoot offhand, 300 is even a long way.

Hope you find some things here that help.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:26 PM
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Re: Hunting at long range

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Originally Posted by Robert Banzet View Post
I live in Petaluma California and did most of my long range hunting in MODAC COUNTY, Calif. I no longer do long range hunting due to a missed deer at 950 yards and realized that I could wound and never find the wounded animal and I now restrict my shooting to 300 yards.
As Clint Eastwood said "A man must know his limitations". I respect the fact that you reconsidered what is an ethetical hunting distance for you and your equipment. In reality, 300 yards is a long way and MANY hunters couldn't hit their SUV at that distance. Although if you ask, they're all capable of 1,000 yd kills.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:28 PM
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Re: Hunting at long range

No matter what your predetermined "long range" is there is tons of info here that can help you just become a better shot in general. My personal upper limit is 600 yards with standard hunting cartridges. Some here would consider that short to medium range. I don't want an extreme rifle that is difficult or expensive to shoot and too cumbersome to haul 5-10 miles on your back.

It's always good to practice out further than you intend to shoot an animal just in case you have to. I don't believe in having to shoot an animal just because of it's size, etc but if you flub a shot at closer range and have to finish it off before it crosses the next ridge it's nice to know you have practiced at extended ranges. Welcome to the madness.
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