>How many of you shoot at
>a walking target? A running
>target? First time hunter,
>so how often will an
>animal be stationary long enough
>to squeeze off a shot?
> Is shooting at
>a moving animal more common
>than a stationary one?
>Also, how do you even practice
>leading them? I know
>of ZERO ranges around the
>state with mobile targets, so
>there is literally no way
>to practice besides calculated holdover
>and hope its right.
I would lie if I said never, but I also would be over 90% truthful if I said never. I will not take a moving shot. If the animal is not spooked or does not know you are there, even if they know you are there but are at a range they deem safe, they will typically give you a shot. When you get in range the biggest issue is to take your time and make the right shot.
If you get in a hurry then everything will likely fall apart.
I have taken a ton of kids on their first hunts for elk(ages 12 to 14). Almost all will get the perfect shot opportunity. Sometimes it takes a lot of work and a lot of patience, other times the first elk we see will step out broad side and stand.
On big game I will not take a shot at an animal running unless I already hit it. If it is walking then it is calm and it will eventually stop for a shot.
Since you are asking, I am assuming you are relatively new to hunting. As such I would be nearly impossible to expect a new hunter or even a relatively experienced hunter/shooter to be able to find a rest, locate the animal in the scope, and swing in a manner that would allow a high percentage chance of a kill shot. It is just not going to happen often enough to make it even worth trying.
If you want to try, then I suggest coyote hunting. Ask any experienced coyote hunter how easy it is to hit a coyote on the run. It is damn hard. I also figure the size of an adult coyote is about the size of the kill zone on a buck maybe a little smaller. I have shot at enough running coyotes to know that I would never try such a shot on anything bigger....