Anybody have any cases where you have witnessed a big game animal’s reaction to a gunshot or shots that weren’t directly taken at that animal? Or maybe even a shot taken directly at an animal that didn’t react to the shot if it was a miss. This is in reference to a big game animal’s reaction to the sound of a shot and quite possibly impacts in their general vicinity. And particularly at longer ranges………….. Again, during the past few months, I have had several additional instances where I have been able to observe big game animal’s reactions to gun shots and find some of them interesting. • 3 does at 350 yards and slightly below our position showed no reaction to a buck being shot by someone that was about 300-400 yards beyond them, and slightly above them. The 3 does just continued to feed and never indicated they heard the shots. I know if I heard the shots the does had to because they were closer to the shooter, but they weren’t alarmed in any way. • About 40 cow elk at just under 700 yards showed more alarm at the fact that I shot a spike in the bunch and the fact that he fell. They acted confused and alarmed. They actually came towards us for a ways before turning down the canyon. I’m sure they heard the shot but probably couldn’t tell where it came from. They just reacted more to the spike falling, as evidenced by their reactions and how they looked at him, than they did to the shot. • 2 does in a basin about 1000 yards across showed no reaction to about 8-10 shots we took at rocks during a lull in the hunting. They were about 320-350 yards to our right at about 45 degrees and on our same level. The shots were at rocks about 45 degrees to our left and about 600-800 yards away. The deer were feeding and continued to feed throughout the shooting. They were still feeding in the same spot when we left the area. • 2 does bedded in a small bowl at 1250 yards showed no reaction to about 12 shots on rocks at their same distance but about 100 yards to their left. They were bedded and the impact of the bullets on the rocks and the sound of the shot didn’t alarm them in any way. They were still bedded and sunning themselves when we left. • 11 deer feeding in a small flat/saddle on a ridge at 1100 yards and about 30 degrees to our right showed no reaction to our shots taken at crows at 800 yards and about 30 degrees to our left. The crows reacted but that was probably because the 200 grain slug only missed by about an inch or less. I believe the deer at 350 yards were probably an exception and normally I would have expected them to run, but they didn’t. I find that from about 700-800 yards on out the animals don’t respond like you might think they would. I also find, in my experiences, that at ranges of about 1000 yards and beyond that you can pretty much count on them not reacting to the shot in most instances, unless the impact is really close to the animal. What have you noticed or found as far as animals reacting to the shot and what were the circumstances and distances. Along this same line, have any of you used sighter shots at extended ranges, and if so, what were the results?