It takes an incredible amount of skill and experience to take an animal at 300, 600, or 900 yards—or farther. This is because the top priority of the ethical hunter is to make a clean and humane kill. This is also why long-range hunting is a bit of a controversial topic in many sportsmen’s circles. Ultimately the decision to take a long-distance shot is dependent upon the judgement of each individual hunter. These five videos showcase some of the best in long-range hunting.
1. 1,090-yard Wyoming elk
Brothers Mike and Aaron Davidson recorded this video with Todd Sholly and Curt Pilcher during a backpack hunt for elk in Wyoming. After following a group of elk, the party finally settled on a large bull elk more than 1,000 yards away. The shot, even at such an extreme range, was as clean as they come.
2. 1,860-yard coyote
In normal circumstances, .300 Win Mag and .338 Lapua are relatively big and expensive calibers to be taking coyotes with.
For the two hunters in this video, the additional cost of a heavier, powerful cartridge is a small price to pay for long-range performance. The hunters made two shots on a coyote a little over a mile away—roughly 1,860 yards. According to the video’s description, the shots were made simultaneously, although it was the .338 that struck and killed the ‘yote.
3. 825-yard bear
Not a whole lot of 16-year-olds can muster up the patience and skill necessary to adjust for an eight-foot bullet drop, especially when it comes to aiming for bears. Trevor Schneider’s harvest on public land is a superb showcase of his skill.
4. 805-yard whitetail doe
This video shows one hunter bagging a doe at 805 yards with a .300 Win Mag. The shot is clean and puts the deer down on the spot.
5. 975-yard Colorado elk
This shot was taken by Bob Beck of Extreme Outer Limits Television, and it seems to be right on-target. Even the forested mountains of Colorado offer little protection from an experienced marksman with the right rifle.