Sometimes it is possible to have to much of a good thing. That can certainly be the case when trying to pick out a specific animal in a large impala herd.
Though a big impala herd often means plenty of opportunities to shoot a big ram, they also present their own unique set of challenges. Gigantic herds mean lots of sets of eyes, ears, and noses to evade.
They can also make it more difficult to select an appropriate animal to shoot by making it tough to sort out all those different sets of heads and match them to the right body. Finally, once you select the right one, you’ve got to be very careful to ensure you don’t hit more than one impala with your shot.
Watch the video to see what I mean.
Did you notice that the impala they ended up shooting was not the same one the camera was centered on at the beginning of the video? The one they shot was the bigger of the two, but this is a good example of how you really need to pay attention when trying to pick out a good ram from a large impala herd.
Notice how long they had to wait until the space behind the impala was clear? Impala are relatively small animals (about the same size of a deer), so a pass through is virtually guaranteed with a high powered rifle. Don’t get in a hurry and risk hitting more than one impala by taking a risky shot. Fortunately, these guys were disciplined and waited until they could make a clean shot on a really nice impala ram without hitting another one behind him.
Keep all these things in mind if you ever get an opportunity to go impala hunting.
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