You guys crack me up, personally I like to get em in around 150 yards before I take the safety off of my ole .300 Win Mag [:D] (just joking). I am like nhtrkybstr, as long as you are hunting legal and you are doing it ethical it is fine with me as long as you dont judge the way I hunt. There isnt a doubt that my Encore will kill a bird at 50 yards, I've patterened it, and I'm not going to say that if I have a bird hang up at 50 that I wont pull the trigger. The situation will have to be perfect though, no brush, head up, and standing still. I've yet to have to do it and hopefully I wont have to.
Just like the rest of you I wish I could call every bird to about 25 yards and have him blow my hat off with a gobble (my second bird did just that this year [8D]) but it just dont happen that way all the time. I do feel though that if a person is going to take whatever they presume to be a long shot then they should make sure their gun is capable of doing the job.
Does anyone take a rangefinder and mark ranges when they setup. I personally dont but also dont think that it would be a bad idea. Keep the post comeing so I can keep laughing, but I have to go get my .300 oiled up for the fall season [:D].
...but here in arkansas the hunting has become very poor over the last few years with no real turn around in sight.
Whats the enjoyment in shooting a bird at long distance just because your equipment can do it? Really think about it. Is there really some enjoyment achieved in shooting a bird at 50, 60 yards? Do you really have the chance to expeiance the true aspect of hunting such a wonderful creature at those distances? Pulling a bird in close and getting to hear the hens cluck and purr while the Tom's spit and drum is what its all about in my opinion. If I wanted to just kill something from a distance then I will pull out the rifle and go prairie dog shooting.
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