First I'll say that I'm not new to bow hunting. I didn't pick up a bow from about 1990 to 2004, but I've taken many white tails and one elk with a bow prior to that, and I've taken moose with a rifle but not a bow, so I'm not an inexperienced hunter by any means.
I've shot 40 or 50 arrows at a target four or five days a week year round, plus bunnies and grouse when I get a chance in the winter, for the last four years. About a month before moose season, I place some targets in the woods on my farm and "stalk" them from different approaches. I make a point of shooting from various standing, sitting, kneeling, and prone positions. I also place egg timers on the targets set for a random time between 10 minutes and one hour. If I'm "stalking" a target and its timer goes off I have to make an instant call to either take a shot then and there or pass it up.
I put 179 out of 200 arrows into paper plates on my course in the woods today, which is the best I've ever done. Usually it's more like 160-170. The remainder are usually within a 12 to 18 inch circle, but at least two or three are clearly not in a kill zone every time.
I have a neighbor who just target shoots year round, always standing and always from known distances using sight pins. He says he puts 98 or 99 out of every hundred arrows in a 6 inch circle without fail. I've watched him shoot, and that's not unbelievable. Also, he shoots a 75# compound, I shoot a 63# recurve. I've invited him to run my target course, but he's declined.
He thinks that clearly makes him a much better archer than me, which I could care less about, but he also says he thinks I'm being irresponsible to shoot live game with the percentage of hits I'm making, and that bothers me a lot. I say he's full of crap because his percentage has nothing to do with real hunting situations. He says "well, OK, how do you compare with other hunters?" My answer was, I don't have a clue. I've never discussed it with anyone.
Which comes to the point of my rambling - given the information above, do folks here feel I'm being irresponsible to hunt moose with a bow? Am I way out of the ball park compared with other hunters? I feel confident about my ability to take responsible shots and make clean kills. Last year and the year before I hunted with a bow, but passed up shots that I didn't think were clean and went without moose as a result. However as things stand right now I think I'll never hear the end of it if I make a less than perfect shot. If he's just being a pain in the butt, I can live with that, but if a lot of people agree with him I might have to rethink my choice of hunting with a bow this year.