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    Hunter Safety Topic - shoot?

    My oldest son recently took our state approved hunter safety course. One part of the course deals with safe shots to take on game animals. The following picture was used as an example of an unsafe shot to take. My son answered it "correctly" but the overall reaction in the room was that while the correct answer was to not shoot, most people actually would take this shot. What do you guys think and why? The animals in question are the two bulls not one of the cows.
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    The answer is not to shoot. if you miss, you don't know whats on the other side where the bullet could impact.

    I taught HS with my Dad in California and this was one of the questions. My Dad taught HS for 50 years.
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    While, yes you do have a clear shot at the vitals, skyline shots are not viewed as safe because of the unknown nature of what is on the other side. Could be be nothing, could be another group of hunters, you just don't know.

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    One of my cousin's favorite stories is this exact thing.... shoot vs. don't shoot at the hunter safety course... the whole class said shoot, he was the only one allegedly who correctly said "don't shoot"


    once antelope hunting I noticed 2 hunters walk over a hill, btw they weren't wearing any blaze orange, which was against the law, right then or moments later a decent buck antelope ran between us, normally that would have probably been a shot, these guys were lucky we noticed them walking w/o blaze orange on. also imagine if one of these guys got shot/died w/o blaze on... during a rifle hunting season...

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    Sad part is watching some of these so called "hunting shows" and seeing someone on the show taking a shot like this.

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    Well...Guess it depends on the score of the bull! Just kiddn but you know when I see the people take this shot on tv its usually at a full curl ram or a monster grizz not a management buck.

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    I'd shoot the front one.
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    Wouldn't do it, never know the dangers of whats on the other side.

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    Too many elk in one place. Not a safe shot at all.

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    My wife was presented with this exact situation on her blacktail last fall. The risk of danger in that location was very real, with several homes within a mile. It was painful but we had to wait on the buck to see what it would do. It finally fed down to where it was only halfway skylined. We continued to wait and the buck finally bedded with does feeding nearby that kept looking at us. When the buck bedded it had the hillside fully behind it as a backstop. She took the shot and cleanly took the buck. She has become a skillful shooter.
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