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?
I have learned quite a bit over the past few years turkey hunting and the majority of it was how to get that tom within range. Every article you read is littered with talk of fighting purrs, flydown cackles and clucks. What they don't tell you is now that you've caught that tom's interest and he's coming on a string... now what? I have seen more blown or missed turkeys from lack of experience in this area than I can imagine. If you can't seal the deal than you may as well have left the...