I was wondering what you guys thought about this scenario. Obviously, it's too late to change anything about this but I was curious to hear your thoughts about this situation.
We talked to a couple of guys along the road that were hunting caribou (as were we) who asked if we had seen any. We were honest and told them exactly where my buddy had gotten one the day before. They were very friendly and headed on down the road. Twenty minutes later we saw them putting on camo along the road within a half mile from where my buddy had gotten his bull the day before. We stopped and asked if they had seen one. They showed us where they could see an antler tip above the brush about a quarter of a mile from the road. (I still don't know how they spotted that antler) We wished them luck and headed on up the road. About a half hour later my buddy and I decided to go back to watch their stalk from the road. When we arrived we could see them walking back across the tundra with no caribou in sight. We continued south looking for a place to turn around and saw the bull running down the road in front of us. A car was coming at it so it baled off the Dalton and went into a draw that ran parallel to the road about a half mile from where the other hunters were parked. My buddy drove past the bull and dropped me off about 100 yards beyond it in some bushes assuming it would continue down the draw and I might get a shot. The bull had stopped in the draw with bushes that were about 5 feet tall and was just standing in there within about 65 yards of the road. The car that was coming up the road had stopped and was watching the bull so I stayed in the bushes hoping they would move on. (clearly tourists) After about 20 minutes by buddy walked down the road to tell me they weren't leaving and that I might as well start staling toward the bull. I made my stalk and about an hour later I had gotten to within 30 yards. I decided to stop moving toward him and wait for him to make the next move even if it took all day. While I was making my stalk, six more cars pulled off on the shoulder to see what was happening. With all the cars on the road, I knew which direction he would go when he decided to leave the draw and I was in the perfect position. After another 30 minutes of waiting patiently, he finally walked out of the thick brush and I drew my bow. When he stopped, he was facing me but had no idea I was there so I held my draw waiting for a broadside shot. After a couple of minutes, he finally turned offering me the shoulder so I settled my pin and let fly. The shot hit right behind the shoulder but he was quartering to me when I released so I only got one lung. He ran about 250 yards before laying down and expiring.
So my edict question is two-fold. I assume it wasn't wrong to go after the bull after the other hunters had buggered it? And, is it poor form to shoot a caribou (legally) in full sight of the road when there are onlookers watching?
The two hunters that had originally spooked the bull, watched the whole thing unfold and were very congratulatory when I walked up to the road after the shot. They didn't seem seem put off that we had shot the bull and none of the people watching said anything to me or my buddy. Ironically, the first car on the scene video taped the whole stalk and shot on their phone. They said they would email it to us but I still haven't seen anything yet.