I'm sure this has all been addressed before, but I had a situation this weekend that really chapped my rear-end.
Me and my 10yr boy got up early one morning and made our way to a new area we decided to hunt for the day. When we got to the area that overlooked the river bottom we saw that it was all socked in with fog. There was a truck sittin' at the overlook as we pulled up on our 4-wheelers so we decided to take the trail down into the bottom to scout an area to set up. We drove back in quite a ways and decided the area closer to the begining of the trail looked more promising so we came back out and parked our 4-wheelers at the edge of the clearing (well in site of the overlook). My son and I grabbed our gear and started snaking our way through the tussocks until we found a good place to sit and wait for the fog to clear. The fog finally burned off and we discovered that we had picked a "prime" area only 1000 +/- yards from where we parked the 4-wheelers.
We sat there for a couple hours glassing and sittin' around reading. My son had the binos so I decided I would take a little snooze in the sun. I had almost drifted off and all of a sudden BOOM, BOOM, BOOM (pause) BOOM coming from a couple thousand yards above us. I told my son to get down not knowing where the shots were going and waited for the shooting to stop. After the shots stopped and we picked ourselves up off the ground we saw this huge moose (I estimate at least 60" +) come into our field of view and lay down 100 - 150 yards in front of the 4-wheelers just inside of the treeline. We sat there for a half hour or so watching the moose laying there and also scanning the hill to see if someone was coming down after it.
I noticed that the bull was still moving his head around and looking, so I told my son to grab his stuff and we were going to put a stalk on (thinking the shooter had missed). We spent the next 15 - 20 min picking our way toward the moose (all the while looking up the hill at the parked truck - to see if someone was watching this bull) until we were within 100 - 125 yards of this bull that had stood up by this point and was making his way back into the treeline. I fired off a round hitting a small black spruce (I later discovered). We walked in and looked around the area I had shot and look for the bull. When we walked back out to where the bull had been laying down the original shooter was finally down there looking around. We spoke for a couple minutes and then parted ways.
My son and I had to find another spot where we sat for the next several hours. We saw nothing and decided to pack it in for the day. On the way out we stopped at the location where the man had told me he shot the moose from. Looking down the hill I realized that they would have had to be blind to not see where our 4-wheelers were parked and also that where the moose was when he took the shot was around 1000 yrds. Then the bull still went a couple 1000 yrds more before laying down.
What do you guys/gals think...Would any of you take that long of a shot? If you knew people were down in the valley, would you shoot down toward the area they might be? I know this is quite long, but this person threw 4 rounds towards it before hitting it, wounding it and still had to put a 5th one in it before it was finally dispatched. This thread was a way for me to vent a little and maybe get some inputs from some of the forum members. Thanks for your time.