BTW I've been hunting for more than 60 years and never have shot anything I didn't intend to.Several days prior we came upon 2 kudu at close range. He studied them for a long time and they finally walked off. He nonchalantly said " it was the one on the right", which I had in the scope all the while.
Sevaral days later, a repeat performance with the gemsbok. This time he said (after the shot) "there was a zebra behind him. I had a slightly different angle and saw no zebra. Th gemsbok went about 30 yards and collapsed. Never did see a zebra. Shot one several days previously so I knew what they looked like.
Talked to the oufitter and he said "it's over". again, no regrets.
I had a guided Moose hunt this year in Alaska which was unsuccessful... it happens. I felt the outfitter was solid but I had an incident with a guide and I would like a second opinion.
At first light I spotted a 65”+ moose about a mile away. At last light he fed out into a meadow and was 464 yards away. In short, the guide denied me on a clear shot. I spoke with the guide afterward and he said I did not understand how much respect he had for those animals and he did not want to see me wound it.
Yes, I kept my composure and this was my only opportunity at a moose during the trip. I had a 7mm rem mag with VLD 180s at 2910 FPS and carry 2000 ft pounds of energy at 500 yards.
I wish this opportunity had never presented itself as it tainted my experience. I did speak with the outfitter and he stands behind his guide and is not willing to work something out that would be a win win.
Adding; I practice out to 1000 yards and have taken several animals cross canyon. Prior to the hunt I established 500 yards as a max shooting range as I wanted plenty of energy to take the animal. Well I would shoot targets at distance in front of your hunting guid so he or she knows your limits. Cause 500 yards on a elk with a 7 Mag is nothing. I would have been ****ed if he still expected payment from me.
The next client that came in got that moose.
Not saying its the case here....but I'd be awfully suspicious that the next fellow into camp was a repeat customer known to be a "big tipper".But he did get both clients money!
This sounds like the best advice.I learned from John Lachuk when you're with a guide and get a shot you take it. What's he going to do, start a fight?