Big Game Hunting
Elk season just ended. I was in an "either sex" game management unit last Monday. Walking the trail and scanning the steep mountainsides below and above us, I caught a glimpse of hind quarter 1oo yards up the mountain. I snapped my rifle up to my cheek and found it in the scope. All that was visible was from the stomach back with the vitals and head obscured by brush at various intervals up the hill. In a moment it stepped away -- but only about 10 yards. I found it once again in the scope but as before, it was only visible from the stomach back.
So, what would you do? Aim for where the vitals ought to be and hope the bullet busts through the brush to find its mark? Or hope for a clear shot with the risk of losing the opportunity?