when is too close too close.

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  1. jeffD4L

    jeffD4L Senior Refuge Member

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    i was watch some of my hunting videos today and stumbled across a bonus footage clip for TV show chasing' the flight and in this clip they show one of the guys.blast a duck at what looks like 2ft. this is not the only time i have seen this. there is also the infamies speck scene in Runnin Traffic. and practically every hunting video i have shows some one mutilating a bird to the point that it cannot be eaten. my question is when/why has this become acceptable. what in your experience is to close. i was taught that there is such a thing as to close, and not to take that shot. I'm not talking ethics I'm taking common sense.
     
  2. fatlab

    fatlab Elite Refuge Member

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    I think common sense goes out the window sometimes with videos. Lots of stuff happens in videos that wouldn't happen other wise.
     
  3. JDK

    JDK Moderator Moderator Flyway Manager

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    Five yards in front of you on the deck was the closest I have ever had and I took a head shot and saved the meat from being tenderized with BBB.
     
  4. Joel Draxler

    Joel Draxler Elite Refuge Member

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    I would say it depends on what you are shooting, both animal and choke/shot combo as well as shot placement. When I shot a patternmaster/#2 I shot a duck at about 10-12 yards and literally blew the head right off. If that had been a body shot the duck would have been garbage. I now shoot a Briley Light modified with #4 for duck and #2 for geese. I would take that same shot, body or head, and the bird would still be edible. One more reason to know your gun/load and shoot responsibly.
     
  5. Big Bad Wolf

    Big Bad Wolf Elite Refuge Member

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    You shoot them too high and guys call you a skybuster. You shoot them too close and guys call you a mutilator......pick a lane brother. Go get yourself a camera capable of shooting tv/resale video quality, a camera man to run it, and a production studio to put it all together and show us what you come up. It isn't as easy as you think.............
     
  6. PGA2B

    PGA2B Elite Refuge Member

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    I think you can take your time and let it get far enough not to mutilate it......15 yards is close enough...if you have a flock and some are closer, start taking the birds at 15-20 yards out......finish up on the ones that were 5 when they are 20....if it's a single or a double and you shoot that close, you're going for the shock value and disrespecting our sport....my .02
     
  7. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    I agree with PGA2B let it get out far enough that it doesn't explode. I have destroyed a few birds and it always makes me feel bad like I'm wasting food. If these guys are pro's they should be held to a higher standard and show common sense and ethics.
     
  8. G.B. Jack

    G.B. Jack Elite Refuge Member

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    Unless its gonaa be blown to smitherines, I take em!
     
  9. Big Bad Wolf

    Big Bad Wolf Elite Refuge Member

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    I don't think the guy was talking just shooting in general, he was talking what he has seen in videos.. When the camera guy has a a bird or birds centered in his view finder, and you are 6 hours from home and have been trying to get footage for 2 days, you don't let birds in pure grinding range, "get out there".
     
  10. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    I don't think the money shot is as important as showing respect for the game you are hunting, but I guess greed makes you do stupid things.
     

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