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.
But he did get both clients money!
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?