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    Posted: January/07/2019 at 22:21
I've been feeding the deer on my property for about 19 years.  Last night one of the "regulars" (he's been around for a couple of years) showed up... he has a hole in his right hip, limping, actually holding the right hoof off the ground most of the time.  He showed up again tonight.  
I am now torn as to whether I should just put him out of his misery...  he eats well, but is obviously in great pain.
A CLEAR sign of a "hunter" who can't shoot and can't hunt... fairly common in this area.  I've never seen a "group" so proud of deer shot who "got away".  Problem is, they mostly don't get away, they just go off and die.  And proud of "I must have walked a couple hundred yards... never did find him".  I've heard it many times since moving here in 1998.  It is depressing to see such obvious signs of uncaring attitude by so many.  I had one guy, a few years ago, tell me "there's more deer out there, what's the big deal?"
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The bunny huggers love these guys...helps their cause no end.
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A tough call on putting him down. These animals show a remarkable ability to recover. As long as he is eating I would leave him alone.
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What 8 shots said. Keep monitoring him to see if he worsens.  Maybe put down the "hunter" if you get the chance?  Sometimes $hit does happen though, a twig you didn't see etc. In 50 years of deer hunting I have wounded an animal that I couldn't recover. The difference though is that I feel awful, it is not something any humane person would brag about.

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I shot a buck once that took me 3 days to find. I suspended my hunting until I found him. Of course when I did, the only thing I could claim was the antlers, because he had already swelled up. My hunting was over for the season. I had fired 6 rounds of 10mm at that deer and put all 6 in vital areas. He just ran a long way and died on a hillside, and slide down the hill over a bank where I couldn't see him. I had tracked him right to where his trail ended. I just couldn't see where he slid down the hill.
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That is frustrating, Dan. That is what makes the difference between a hunter and someone that shoots at animals.
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Originally posted by tahqua tahqua wrote:

That is frustrating, Dan. That is what makes the difference between a hunter and someone that shoots at animals.
I like 8shots advice.

Good advice, guys.  He is still "kicking"... still carrying that leg, though.  He actually seems to be doing better. 
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I quit hunting with farm folks who were doing "deer drives" in Pennsylvania when I was 14 years old for this very reason.....they shoot up the sky at some deer that runs away and never bother to check if they hit the deer or anybody else....that may have been still hunting 100 yards away on their own property....






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I don't even like to go to Public Shooting Ranges because I don't like being around OTHER people who are handling guns......
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The buck appears to be recovering.  Last night he was actually putting weight on the injured leg, painfully... you could realistically see him flinch sometimes when he put weight on it.  But does not appear that the bullet hit anything vital.  I got a fairly close look at the hole with a 10 power Nikon binocular and the hole is pretty small... I doubt 5.56/.223... probably .22, probably shot off the highway.  He has been "nocturnal" for a couple of years, which is what makes me believe it was an attempted poaching off the main road with a gun that would not be heard very far.  He's alert and active, seems to be healing.
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Good for him.
He'll be much more wary now.
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What is it with these poachers? The question sure revolves around fornication, travel and their legitimacy...
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Originally posted by Scrumbag Scrumbag wrote:

What is it with these poachers? The question sure revolves around fornication, travel and their legitimacy...
It's a way of life with some of the people here.  Rather than being a stigma, it is bandied about and discussed as a "badge of honor".  Some of them either don't hunt during hunting season (only in the spring/summer) or only hunt at night off the roadsides.  There are insufficient game wardens... I've lived here over 20 years and only seen one in this area one time.  I called the game warden once about some guys who were hunting illegally on my land... was told "if we can get around to it, we'll check it out", no one ever showed up.  I took care of it.  They have not been back.  However, the roads are still "open".  
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To me, a poacher is no different than a serial killer...
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At my work Christmas party a couple of the gals from one of the other office was sitting by my wife and I.  Their husbands an i were talking guns and hunting.  The one said he was wanting to buy a 28 nosler so he could shoot an elk at 1000+ yards.  I mentioned it will be a barrel burner so be ready to buy a few barrels as you practice to get good enough to shoot elk at that distance.  He laughed at me, and said I will only need to shoot a few shots to sight it in a then a few shots per year to hunt with.  I will never burn out a barrel.  I said how will you learn the data and learn to read the wind to make a shot like that.  He said it will be easy with that gun.  I will just buy a good bdc scope and wing it.  Confused   

I then asked him if he had any experience shooting long range.  He said not really, but with a caliber like that it makes it easy.  I just shoot my head and said it won't be as easy as you think.  You really should spend some time and money practicing before taking a shot like that.

Ultimately I don't think he cared though.  Sadly we have lots of hunters who think long shots are the way to go these days.  They think it is easy. 
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 The good news with those hunters is often 2-fold:

1.  They clean miss animals more than they hit them.
2.  They sell slightly used guns at significant markdowns, for those interested.

I seldom go to public ranges any more, and never hunt on public land.  I shoot fairly well, and never shoot at an animal at a range or in a circumstance where I do not believe I can cleanly kill and recover the animal. 

That said, I have lost a few animals, which I hated.

This is also why I tend to over-gun for the target of choice.  "Too dead" is far better than "not dead enough."

While hunting this past season, twice in our group we had deer thought to be dead stand up and walk away.  Both were put down shortly after they got up, but neither was hit well enough to end life the first time.

Shoot well, rack another round, keep the animal in the scope, if it moves more than a little, shoot it again: words to live by!
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A buddy of mine is a RO at a range that goes to 600yds. But they make you qualify at 200yds before you can shoot any farther. To qualify you have to shoot 3 rounds in a 4inch dot. He tells me about these guys with their custom rifles laugh and say that's easy. Most can't even hit the paper let alone the dot.
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Not sure I could do that, it’d have to have antlers. 😉
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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:

 The good news with those hunters is often 2-fold:

1.  They clean miss animals more than they hit them.
2.  They sell slightly used guns at significant markdowns, for those interested.

I seldom go to public ranges any more, and never hunt on public land.  I shoot fairly well, and never shoot at an animal at a range or in a circumstance where I do not believe I can cleanly kill and recover the animal. 

That said, I have lost a few animals, which I hated.

This is also why I tend to over-gun for the target of choice.  "Too dead" is far better than "not dead enough."

While hunting this past season, twice in our group we had deer thought to be dead stand up and walk away.  Both were put down shortly after they got up, but neither was hit well enough to end life the first time.

Shoot well, rack another round, keep the animal in the scope, if it moves more than a little, shoot it again: words to live by!

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Confession time: I went hunting in Aug 2018.
Took two impala...one shot clean kills at about 150 yds.
Then went for a blue wildebeest. Probably 50 yds away. Went for the famous head shot. Well, after two hours of tracking on a few spots of blood every here and there we had to give it up.
I am still very unhappy about that. So these things happen, but it is about a hunters frame of mind that matters. Do you care or do you not care....
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 I have only ever lost two deer in my many years of hunting. Both times I put them down with the first shot, got out of the stand, and they got up. They were big deer in both cases. One was a Boone and Crocket contender for sure. It was a very easy 70 yard shot with my 300 wm. The deer got up and made it to a river and was gone. Only a 25 yard distance to that river. The other I have no explanation for except that these animals possess a remarkable will to live. Even dead they can and have traveled some incredible distances before being recovered. I had one that the heart was gone and half of both lungs, and that animal we tracked for two hours through brambles and bratches over a two hundred and fifty yard distance. Still though, 95% of them go down right where I shot them.
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