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Joined: 7/4/2004Here is the Scenario.
You are on a out of state hunt in the north eastern mountains of Utah, you are trying to tag your first elk ever. The Tag cost you $400 plus the money spent on traveling and everything else. You have been hunting for 4 days out of a 7 day hunt. You have not heard anything bugling or talking to you at all and this is the first elk that was spotted on the trip. You were cooped up in a tent for 36 hours because of a big storm that went over and dropped a ton of rain. Your brilliant intelligent good looking son spotted a bull elk 300 yards away. You close the distance to the elk to 45 yards he is up and feeding but not alert to you in anyway. You had the chance to range find him at 45 yards. do you take this shot. The green in front is very thin pine branch 40 yards away making it 5 yards infron of the elk. You can not see the front legs.
This is all you see
Joined: 7/4/2004I voted wait…. Too many variables in that shot scenario that would scare me.
Joined: 1/5/2007No, you’d never find that elk. Why not wait till he walks forward some if hes just feeding and hasnt notices you.?
Joined: 1/28/2006I voted no since I have a mental problem with partially blocked shots like you posted. I would have the tendency to pull the shot away from the obstruction. I have not been able to break this habit at the range so I don’t take them in the woods.
Location: New YorkSimple – NO
Joined: 4/2/2006NO NO NO But I would draw and wait for those two steps forward.I’d be drawing back right now while his head is behind the tree; As soon as I had a “good enough” shot to smoke him the arrow would be gone.
………………… Your brilliant intelligent good looking son…………
My answer was NO, but the real question is “WHO the heck you talking about?”
I didn’t know you had kids
He has to move sometime, and since he’s feeding it will likely be slowly and in the same general direction – so wait him out until you get a clear shot at the vitals.No way, if he doesn’t know you are there its just a matter of time before he steps clear of the obstruction. Then you double lung him, watch him crash and start the real work.One more thing and I think this is important. Never let the percieved hardship you think you had to endure (rain, snow, lack of success) enter into your calculation of the ethics of a shot that might put one of God’s creatures through real hardships (suffering for days or weeks because of a bad hit).[/size:34bq62ls]
One more thing and I think this is important. Never let the percieved hardship you think you had to endure (rain, snow, lack of success) enter into your calculation of the ethics of a shot that might put one of God’s creatures through real hardships (suffering for days or weeks because of a bad hit).[/quote:11l1osmo]
I couldn’t agree more I added that because it was the scenario that happened.
The reason for posting this is because my dad (socalhntr) is still kicking himself because he passed the shot and the elk either winded him caught him moving or just fed out of the way quickly. He had a shot before this but was not ready for it and not paying attention which is what he is probably more mad about then not taking this shot when he was drawn back.
Location: PennsylvaniaI would put a little english on the string being I shoot fingers and bounce the arrow from the top limb, off of the bottom limb, between the left and right rear leg removing both of the family jewels. The elk would have no other option but to buckle over in a death moan. There ya go backstraps anyone? J/K Wait till he takes another step.
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