Long range shooting, is it for everyone ? I dont believe so. Opinions are exactly that, opinions. I have a different philosophy on shooting at animals at the distances these particular hunters are shooting.
Like the guide mentions in the video “there is no way we could get close to these elk” ! Well, I have to beg to differ. If there is a will there is a way. Showing off your shooting capability is fine at a rifle range but not in the woods. Animals that are hunted are exactly that, hunted. this particular animal was not hunted, he was watched from close to a 1/2 mile away and harvested legally and cleanly but NOT hunted.
As a hunter and as many hunters would agree, the animals we hunt deserve to be taken cleanly and not wounded or lost and long range shooting leaves to much and to many variables to be valid. Long range shooting has its place and I truly believe that is not in the woods shooting at an animal we should respect by giving it the oppurtunity to escape. That is what the name Hunting implies, “to seek your quarry, stalk and get close enough to harvest the animal humanely with all resect given to the right of the animal”.
I love long range shooting and it is more than exhillerating to know I can place a bullet in a target 500 yards away but it is not the intention to try to harvest an animal at that range. For myself, it is much more satisfying to know I am fully capable of getting within 100 yards not only to make sure of a clean harvest but to also give the animal ample oppurtunity to escape. I have cleanly taken bulls at 65 yards with a rifle and also at 7 yards with a bow. That leaves me no reason in the world to shoot at something 8 city blocks away.
As far as opinions go, this is just mine. As far as long range shooting goes, it can be an enjoyable day at the range knowing I can shoot that far, but not in the woods.