Tough Decisions: What’s Right May Not Be Black and White

Tough Decisions: What’s Right May Not Be Black and White

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It’s easy to say you’d shoot this buck if you knew it had a terrible injury or had been hit by a vehicle, but what if it was a small buck with a weird rack or a doe? What would you do then?

It was one of those picture-perfect southwest Colorado mornings — no wind, a cobalt sky and the sun just painting the oak brush a fiery red on the ridgetop in front of me. I had a bull elk tag in my pocket, my beloved .300 Magnum in my hands and you couldn’t have lured me away from that place at that moment with a thousand-dollar bill. It was my first elk hunt, and brother I was ready.

The brush started quaking to my left down the ridge and suddenly at 40 yards a…



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