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    I sent an email this winter to James Brion of Nosler's Magnum TV about just such a situation he encountered with a sky lined stone sheep. He did the right thing and passed on the shot but was fortunate and caught up with the big ram later. He put safety ahead of shooting the big ram and getting some kill footage for the show. I give the guy 2 thumbs up.

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    Yeah, I agree skylines are not a safe shot. My son took the WY hunter safety class last year, and it was a good refresher for me. Some of the shoot or don't shoot questions were kindof hard. I am considering doing an "audit" of a class again with him. I think he might have been a little young. We took it so he could shoot 4-H, but he will be able to hunt big game this year. It would be very tempting to take the shot, especially after four days of hard hunting and that was your best chance, but definitely agree it is not a safe shot.
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    Tough decision not to shoot but I agree it's just not safe even if you think your in the middle of nowhere !

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    Easy to say that when looking at that picture, but I'd venture a guess that in real life there would be a lot of shooting going on at that front bull by veteran hunters. In fact, that shot might be a tad safer than a lot of shots I see guys taking on the flats at antelope where even a pass through might go a mile to where they can't see. Not condoning either one, but just sayin what may be reality!
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    Funny this was posted up..... I recently got that Antelope DVD from eastmans....one of the hunts Mike takes a rifle shot at an antelope skylined....you see this happen more often then you should. I believe that same hunt, he also had some buildings off in the distance, but the camera angle and focus was probably more deceiving than helpful. Just thought it odd for use as footage in their DVD.
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    Thanks to everyone for commenting on this topic. I honestly have mixed feelings about the shot. In a semi populated area I think this is a never take type of shot. In the middle of wilderness...? If you are reasonably close to the elk to ensure your bullet will hit where you aim, your bullet won't have much of anything left if it even exits the bull. I know you shouldn't take the shot but these are the arguments that go through my head when I consider this potential situation. I am guessing many of you feel this way.

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    The reason we teach young or inexperienced hunters this type of thought process during Hunter Safety Tng is just that....they are young or inexperienced (or both). Almost everybody here does not fit this definition and has enough experience to know if it would be safe to shoot in this situation. The people in the classes need to think about different scenarios that they will encounter when hunting. To shoot or not to shoot is great training to lay that foundation.
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    Excellent points CC and Hilltop and that's basicly what I was trying to say!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elkoholic307 View Post
    I'd shoot the front one.
    I'll take whichever one you don't shoot.

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    heres one that i never saw during hunter safety!

 

 

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