have you ever :
1) passed on a shot, on a shootable animal that was just to majestic to end his reign on this earth just then.
2) passed on an animal that was just to young and naive to not get a chance to grow into something majestic
3)passed on an animal that was just plain stupid when faced by a hunter
4)passed on a shot you really wanted to take because blaze orange appeared in your scope
5) passed on a shot so someone else could benefit
i've had all of the above happen at one time or another and don't regret any of the shots not taken.
this past year cost me 5 preference points on the only buck i had a chance at.it was example # 4. i'd been out for 3 hours.had watched a beautiful sunrise and was glassing a meadow out to about 350 yards. in some scrub oak i heard a crack at about 150 yards. i swung my binos around to see a nice 4 x 4 buck braodside and ripe to be taken. in the time it took to lower my optics and raise my rifle he had moved out to 215 yards and was still standing broadside. as i brought the crosshairs to into position the neurons rang the alarm, blaze orange ! 15 yards to his left a hunter was sitting on a stump eating an apple. neither beast was aware of the other.
what seemed like an eternity was probably only a half second that my brain went thru the check list that ultimately came to the conclusion " i'd probably want to shoot back if i was the guy on the stump and somebody took that shot " , so i just enjoyed the deer walking off into the trees once i'd gotten over this guy "ruining my shot" . it made me wonder how many times i'd "ruined"
someone elses hunt without even knowing it.
anybody else had these things happen too or by them ?