Let me tell you my Tale of Woe.....

Damn, that’s a sad tale. How frustrating!

Your buddy didn’t have a rifle with him?
I’m just thinking were I in that situation, and he didn’t have a tag, I’d just borrow his rifle to take the shot. Even if his POA/POI is a bit different it can’t be that far off at 200yd
He didn't have a tag so he couldn't carry a rifle...otherwise this story would have gone much different...lol
Couldn't the buddies rifle? Wife and I learned that this year, ALWAYS take both guns when leaving the truck, both have a tag, take both guns
In Colorado during big game season if you don't have a tag you can't carry a rifle (other than .223 which isn't big game legal).