Chad Love: Shooting vs. Hunting

At one time, the skill set needed to hunt an animal encompassed things like learning the animal's habits through observation, using wind and topography to your advantage, and trying to get close enough for an ethical, clean kill.

But that's so 20th Century. Now what you need is a super flat-shooting rifle, a big-ass scope, a rangefinder, a YouTube account and an entourage to cheer when you hit that 1,000-yard shot.

I'm just wondering, where does the hunting begin in such a scenario? I'm not being facetious. It's an honest question. When you shoot an animal at a thousand yards is it an act of hunting prowess or a great feat of marksmanship? I've never shot an animal, any animal, at anywhere close to a thousand yards so I have no idea what it feels like. Do you feel the same as when a big-game animal is 10, 20, 30 yards away? I've always thought the essence of hunting (for me, anyway) was the tangible sense that I am intimately connected with what I'm hunting.

So is modern big-game hunting and the emphasis on extreme long-range hunting merely extending the envelope of that predator-prey relationship or is it degrading it?