I understand your argument, but what is an ethical range? I can hit a deer sized vital area at 300+ yards with my 45-70? Different scenarios mean different ranges. Out here it is dry, hot and open. We are not allowed to hunt over bait or food plots (which to me is shooting a cow at a trough). It is impossible to sneak up on anything when you are walking on a carpet of dry oak and manzanita leaves in still 90 degree heat. I have seen ethical shots in Alaska at caribou over 500 yards? To me ethical is being reasonably assured of a clean kill at whatever range the shot is taken.I agree with the ethics of getting close. It seems that the new rage is taking, or trying to take game at extreme distances. You will see videos of deer taken at 600+ yds. but never see the ones of the wounded deer that got away. This is not hunting. It is irresponsible sniping. It shows no respect for the animal and is nothing more then an ego boost to a shallow, weak personality. At those ranges any ethical hunter will only be punching holes in targets. If they want to prove how good they can shoot they can use a small target.
I know now that someone will respond with "But some shots are real far."
All I can say is be a man, and don't take them. Don't confuse hunting with shooting.
Some people are capable of making long range shots and some people are not. The problem is that those who can't think they can. I never had a guy tell me he is a lousy shot, but I've seen many of them prove it on the range.
What rifle caliber do you use for long range shots?
What's the farthest shot deer that you harvested?
Did it take you more than one shot to kill it?