while i prefer a nice standing shot and i don't take running shots i really don't see how its any different than shooting ducks,birds etc.To each his own as long as your not breaking the law or wantonly wasting game by wounding
Huge difference in shooting 6 shot at a rising pheasant 30 yards away, versus emptying your rifle, or shotgun of all 5 rounds at a bounding deer.
If you need the safety aspect explained, you`d do well to take up Nintendo hunting, but past that, the animals deserve better.
Last season, I was set up in my tree stand on one of the two little patches I have to deer hunt, when, predictibly, shortly after legal shooting light, the "hunters" in the big woods to the south of us began sounding off. We heard 3 different people empty their slug guns at deer-within minutes, a good doe came running across the road, her right leg obviously flailing loosely as she ran, out of the range of my Remington 11-87. I watched helplessly as that doe ran away, without question, to be torn apart by Indiana coyotes later that evening.
Feel good about that? There is NO NEED to empty your gun at a white-tail. Period. an ethical hunter has the patience to wait for a good shot, or they simply don`t shoot. IF you take a good shot, a shot that a reasonable person would expect to hit the animal in the vitals, then, come what may, whatever else may intervene, you`ve done your part.
Not only is emptying your weapon at a running deer sloppy, it`s plain unsafe.