its interesting to hear the different opinions of hunters from different parts of the country.
most sports are played the same regardless of location.
long range hunting dosent seem to work that way.
obviously the type of terrain we hunt in plays a major role in how we go about doing what we do.
im a native pennsylvanian, this will be my 62nd year of hunting the mountanious area of north central pa.
this is the area where long range hunting as we know it, had its beginnings.
all the hunting here is by what you might call the ambush method.
much is from mountain to mountain, or across a big hollow on the same mountain.
virtually none is done by moving from place to place.
everybody uses large tripod mounted binnoculars, usually made up with spotting scopes in pairs.
game is found by glassing hillsides. most people hunt as part of a group of 2 or more.
those who hunt alone, usually shoot up to 500yds. or less.
the spotter system is the norm. the spotter runs the show, the shooter takes direction from him.
first shot hits are always strived for, but just move on if you miss.
experienced shooters usually see their hits, and will quite often just crank over to the hit. no counting clicks or adding minits.
a sighter shot at a rock is fairly common, especially beyond 1000yds, and more so with wind.
many of the older hunters are still using the equiptment they used years ago.
the exception being scopes, the old unertles still work fine, but theres not enough field for novice shooters like grandkids.
weather stations, wind meters, and calculators are not used or at least kept out of site.
im sure i know at least 100 long rangers and to my knowledge none use them.
we have accurate click charts.
we take a range, add the corrections, and shoot.
then listen for orders from the spotter.
pretty simple system.