Well, I make one. I live near Boise, Idaho. I punch very little paper, but I am interested in long range big game hunting, varmint shooting, and the like. I do a lot of rockchucks, jacks, and ground squirrels.
You totally missed my point. My discussion was not that you need to shoot targets on any type of competitive level. My point is you need to shoot at various long ranges on a consistant practice level. You need to know where to place your shot leathally when the time comes you are wanting to make the long range shot of 400 to 1000 yards. Obviously, you can't shoot at large game all day long to aquire the proficiency it takes to make a shot in the vitals of a elk or deer at those ranges when the time comes. You could practice on chucks, if you were to use the rifle that you hunt large game with. As far as what the brain inflicts while trying to shoot an elk or deer on some hunters (buck fever), that is a different control issue.
I'm sorry. I thought you were interested in learning how to shoot at long ranges. Just having someone spot your hits at longer ranges so you can walk your shots in to the target takes a lot of extra ammo. It usually doesn't work for shooting large game like it might on ground squirrels and chucks.They don't stand around very long after you pop the cap on a round. Wouldn't it be more exciting to be learn how to be able to cut a round loose and connect on the first shot at 500 or 600+ yards? If you learned how to be efficient at doing that repetitively, you might have only had to shoot 20K rounds making one shot hits.OK again. I know you probably meant well, but I did not totally miss your point. I have been shooting for fifty years, and have probably shot 50,000 or more rounds at varmints. I have also shot a few dozen deer, two elk, and a pronghorn.