I get a kick out of these guys that say they shoot 100-140yds yeah right. I shoot alot I have a 70yd pin on my bow. I have shot targets at 100 yds one time and I could hit the target which was about 4ft by 4ft. But my arrows were all over the place there is no way I would try to shoot a animal at 100yds or farther. If you guys are so good with your bows why don't you go to a ASA or IBO shoot and see how you do I'm thinking not so good. The top guys like Levi Morgan and Dan McCarthy would whoop you guys. My buddy hunts with Dan and he said Dan has a 110yd pin on his bow but would never shoot a deer past 50 or 60. When shooting that far there could be an object in your path that you don't see that your arrow could hit.
While it is very possible to make the long shots over 100 yds, it is just questionable about whether or not it should be taken given a number of variables.I find it amusing that just because some can't do something they don't think it is possible. As far as the pros go, these guys are good but do you really think they are the best in the world just because they are one of a few hundred guys that compete at the game??
I had a guy at work that said he believed any shot over 50 yards was unethical, and is some circumstances it is. But his comment still bothered me, I'm a better shooter than he isWhile it is very possible to make the long shots over 100 yds, it is just questionable about whether or not it should be taken given a number of variables.
As to whether the pros are the best shooters in the world, I have no question in my mind that they are. For one you said the best of a "few hundred shooters". First there are thousands of people shooting tournament archery, and the same handful of guys win all the time. Second, these guys make a living shooting a bow. Reo Wilde made 50,000 in three days at a single tournament in February, and has won that shoot 3 times in the last 5 years. Jesse has won four cars in the last 6 years shooting a bow. If the people not shooting tournaments were better than those guys, they would be shooting tournaments and getting free equipment from any manufacturer of their choosing. It is simply a quite lucrative profession if you are good enough to win. So YES they are the best shooters in the world.
But to the original post, long shots are possible and sometimes ethical. Other times they are very much not ethical. And that is a personal question and judgement that each hunter has to make. Personally I would be questioning my wisdom to take a shot on an animal much over 70 yards.