When is the right time to call it a day when stalking?
I have read a couple of threads lately about shots on partially obscured deer/ last light shots. It leaves me with a feeling of 'are we that desperate for a deer that we will risk injuring it?'
Both threads have been from high seats (very steady rest) and both within very hit-able distances. But both have been at last light.
Modern optics must play a role in this, always pushing the boundaries of light gathering capacities further and further. But at last light small branches and woody plants can disappear. Light calibres do not fair well against them.
Then there is the chance of recovery. As the days grow warmer, the amount of time a carcass can be left before becoming unfit for consumption becomes shorter. So if a carcass is left over night it can often not be eaten anyway.
Finding a deer (even if well hit) in near darkness often takes significantly longer, unless it is in the open. Even in the open, if there is stubble, distances are difficult to assess and in my experience are nearly always underestimated. But at least you have the opportunity to go round and round until you find the animal, as well as having had the chance to see it drop, if it has dropped?
So when is the right time to call it a day?