Congrats!!!! That thing is a MONSTER!!! Sounds like a story you'll remember for a lifetime.
I've hunted deer and elk in the Rockies as long as I can remember. Heck I was concieved on a deer hunt but let's not get off topic. I've always wondered how run and gun hunting/shooting in the high country compared to military shooting. It sounds like they can be two different animals in some cases. I spend a lot of time and energy practicing for scenarios exactly as you found yourself in. I've even passed up some shots because I couldn't get steady enough.
You probably have forgotten more about shooting than I know. With that being said I have always believed that proper breathing was important to accuracy but when I'm out of breath I have found that if you can aquire your target quickly it's helpful to hold your breath and you will actually be a bit steadier. Works for me anyway. I only hold my breath though when I'm panting heavily......it's not something I would do in a calmer situation. Has anyone else tried this?
Like most hunters we all are looking for something to keep the deer on our hunting ground and to bring more deer into our hunting ground. Most of the time we just don’t have the room or funding for this to even happen. We lease a lot of smaller properties here in Kansas and we know that the farmers are needing every little bit of ground they can get to make a living. So if they give up any ground at all it’s not much. As I was talking to one farmer he told me he could give up about a half acre...