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 learned this the hard way last year. If you're hunting in an area with lots of bear activity, it's a great idea to stash your food and water up in a tree. I like to wrap everything in a tarp and tie it between two trees. Don't just tie it up in one tree but tie it in between two trees at least 15 feet in the air. I thought I had my backpacking camp's food supply stashed pretty well last year. I returned to camp during the first weekend of archery to find all my food destroyed. Make sure...