Second part post in our series on Hunting and Shooting Tips written in our latest AMO Newsletter.
Sheep and Ibex hunts are expensive, and it is very disappointing when animals spook, are missed or wounded. Don’t shoot at any animals unless you have a positive ID, you are shooting the “right” animal and that you have a high probability of actually hitting it. Missing animals frustrates guides, lowers your confidence and few hunters shoot a bigger animal than the one they missed. When a guide is shouting, “shoot shoot, big big” this does not mean you always listen to the guide. Unless you are highly experienced, it is important to use your spotting scope to evaluate the animal before shooting. If you don’t, there is usually ground shrinkage or missed shots associated with a rushed and excited situation. It is better to hold off on the shot than to have regrets later. Know when to hold and when to fold. Remember, it is your hunt, not the guides, so never let a guide force you to shoot, but sometimes, when the guide is really excited, you need to listen and shoot quickly. When you spot a big animal and he knows you are there, do not waste time; as soon as he gives you a shot, take it! Big animals didn’t get big by being stupid. Also, don’t turn down a big animal on the first day, which you’d shoot on the last day. Communicate with the guides and interpreter before the hunt starts (in base camp) so everyone is on the same page about your hunt objectives. Make sure the guides are taking enough tents, food, fuel and a pack horse for remote spike camps. Always take your spotting scope even if the guides want to leave it behind on any hunt or stalk. I use a Leica 82 mm angled spotting scope and Swarovski CT Travel Carbon tripod, each with a shoulder strap, so I can carry them on horses and/or my back for the final stalk. Recording video using a high quality cell phone, filmed through a www.phonecamadapter.com or a phone-skope is perfect for capturing amazing live animal footage. Also, if you can film the shot, you can see where you hit or missed and this will help avoid arguments and lost animals.
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