OK--I see I'm gonna try & answer this one part at a time--As for the 1st sentence, I kinda agree if by comfortable you mean a definite kill shot. I don't think sharing my traditional beliefs of what hunting was/is to most Native's would be poo-pooing. Nothing wrong with purist ACTION--TALK, not so much. Funny about your 63 foot branch standing/sitting so the deer don't know your there--hell Kevin, I can do that within 25 yds tracking & have the same results on the ground. BUT, can you shoot with just the BASIC equipment? Hell, anybody can shoot with all the new gadgets, bells & whistles. I like the Rockies article--sure would sort out the woodsmen from the novices & city slickers. Who are the Benoit boys? Unfortunately, not only are there many talented people that hunt, but way to many butchers. Just sayin, that's all. Is it talent that sets ethics or $$$$ that can buy you the things where talent falls by the wayside & in turn, ethics. Like I said--in my world there is a big difference between huntin & just killin. I've drug to many carcass's, just shot, not field dressed or anything else--minus HEAD out of the woods around here & taken them farther in so the Coyotes can do what they do best.
KLook wrote:Har, har! You will note I am not proficient out to 50 yrd. And each of us should take the shot WE are comfortable with. As for poo pooing everyone that makes a long range kill, that is just a purist talking. Yeah Fred, I have trees in Downeast where I sit 63 ft. off the ground. Not in a blind or stand, on the limbs. And yeah, it is killing because the deer have no idea I am up there. I can see much further then i can shoot, and I CAN shoot. I have the correct equipment and such.
You ride a wheeler, you have a magnum, you have a big scope, you sit in trees, you sit in tree stands, you use dogs, you bait, you use a crossbow, you use a compound, you use a recurve. It has been written in a great article a few year back that until we strip everyone down naked and drop them in the Rockies with a sharp rock and tell them to kill a grizzly, you aint hunting right. Be careful how you look down your noses at others methods of hunting. I prefer still hunting with a lever gun or auto, but the coyote ended that game for me 30 years ago. And if you believe the Benoit boys are real, I have a bridge in Arizona to sell you. There are many talented people in the game, your talents set your ethics, not theirs.