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Joined: 8/17/2004The money spent, the travel, and the 4 empty days mean nothing compared to making a bad hit. I’d wait for a better opportunity and feel good about doing the best thing for the animal.
Can’t say it any better than that!
Joined: 9/27/2005i’m passing on it , unless i can take about 5 steps to the right
Location: TexasNot a second thought, pass and wait for hopefully a better shot
Location: COI have passed on many better shots than this. This is when you get out the video camera and shoot the animal with film.
I also agree with C0305. Making an animal suffer because you want to take a low-percentage shot is not the way I think we should be.
Your Dad should just count himself fortunate to have gotten that close to such a magnificent animal. Most of what I hunt for is to get the thrill of closing to within bow range on animals. I don’t need the meat.
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Jeff K in IL
Here 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
Not a chance…Not at 45 yards. Just not that much of a William Tell. 10 Yards, yes.
I gotta admit I would be tempted though.
va mountain hunter
Joined: 11/30/2004I shoot goatdarts, man. A little extra fairy dust on the left side will have one curving right into the boiler room.
Joined: 3/20/2005If you are able to place a PERFECT shot then yes, that is a dead elk. However, I voted no because you’d have to skirt the arrow within an inch of the tree to make it a good shot and as said above, if you’re off by a hair and get a deflection…… you’ve got a long road ahead of you
Joined: 7/4/2004Here is a good picture showing how small the lungs and vitals actually are and that this shot should not be taken. It surprised me.
Joined: 1/23/2007Heck no!
Joined: 7/10/2007I voted no as well. I wouldnt be able to live with myself if all I did was wound him. Wait for that extra step buddy
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