This isnt an ethical question, but whilst reliving my first successful stalk today i thought about the different feelings i went through both post and pre shot,
Obviously the stalk was exciting and the tension literally crippled my lower back, then when the shot was lined up the excitement was still there but there was also fear that the shot wouldnt be perfect and the animal would be wounded,
i do tend to shoot fairly quickly once im on target so pre shot feelings are short lived, but immediately after the shot i felt hugely relieved that the deer dropped but there was also sadness and even a little guilt. A little smugness maybe that id hit both animals successfully at fair distances.
Strangely after the gralloch the deer became meat not deer and i was just chuffed about the whole experience,
I think its a good thing to feel both respect for your quarry and sometimes a little guilt after the shot,
Am i too soft for this game ?