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post #11 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-22-2009, 04:51 AM
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A few years back my wife and her cousin hit a deer near Daytona and both of em stood beside the road balling while the deer pulled itself around by its front hoofs in a helpless attempt to get away.
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post #12 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-22-2009, 09:43 AM
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That’s a tough situation for sure, and in my opinion sometimes inevitable because of various reasons (like hitting a deer with a vehicle or just shooting a little high and hitting the spine). While you did harvest the deer you can look at as a testament to these amazing animal's will to live. They survive harsh winters with little food and predators, not to mention all of US!!! Congrats on the kill, but I hope your next experience is a more satisfying one for you, and tell your friends not to base their future in the sport on this, especially since it wasn't easy for any of you.

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That sucks however its a more humain death than nature can offer. Let's see what are the alternatives. Starvation,Predation,wounded by vehicle, wounded by other deer. The human is the only predator that cares about making a quick kill. Other preditors dont care. When a pack of wolves are tearing apart a calf alive in front of his mother i dont think they care about a quick kill. Most drivers that injure a deer are usually on the phone with the insurance company after the collision not looking in the woods to make sure the deer is dead. Starvation really suck it is a slow process till the deer finally falls over and dies. I forgot to mention freezing this is a pretty bad way to go. Anyway don't beat yourself over it. That deer is actually lucky that you put it out the alternatives are worse Orly
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post #14 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-22-2009, 09:34 PM
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Lo siento amigo,

"If you follow the herd, ...you usually step it what it leaves behind!"
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That sucks however its a more humain death than nature can offer. Let's see what are the alternatives. Starvation,Predation,wounded by vehicle, wounded by other deer. The human is the only predator that cares about making a quick kill. Other preditors dont care. When a pack of wolves are tearing apart a calf alive in front of his mother i dont think they care about a quick kill. Most drivers that injure a deer are usually on the phone with the insurance company after the collision not looking in the woods to make sure the deer is dead. Starvation really suck it is a slow process till the deer finally falls over and dies. I forgot to mention freezing this is a pretty bad way to go. Anyway don't beat yourself over it. That deer is actually lucky that you put it out the alternatives are worse Orly
i am well awair of this, and im definatly not thinking about stoping hunting. just bow hunting. pluss i dont see why dept. of fish and game wont let you finnish off a deer with your side arm, if you have wonnded it with your bow.
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huntnh, in Vermont we're not allowed to carry Any firearm (rifle, pistol or shotgun) while bowhunting.
Our only means to end a deers suffering is by knife.
I always thought the same as you and wondered why doesn't Vermont let the bow hunters at least carry a pistol?
I guess they're just concerned that some hunters might use the firearm instead of their bow to shoot the deer.
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post #17 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-23-2009, 09:31 AM
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in nh we have pistol permits, and they trump dept. fish and game, so you can carry a pistol wile bow hunting if you have a pistol permit. but you cant use it.
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post #18 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-23-2009, 04:25 PM
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Well I would like to say that Bow hunting has nothing to do with the animal suffering. It is a proven statistic that there are many more deer and other game animals hit and maimed by vehicles that there are injured by arrows.

And I feel strongly the part of hitting it in the head with a rock because it was nipping at me just is a little out there. But hey who knows maybe it did happen I am just a newbie here, but have been bow hunting for over 30 years and have yet to mortally wound a animal and not find it.

Not saying it don't happen because it does, but no animal can live without oxygen and if the balloons are popped they are not getting any air and in less than 2 minutes oxygen deprivation sets in and they go night night....
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post #19 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-23-2009, 04:36 PM
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i'm willing to bet that many more deer are wounded, gut shot, by guns than by bows. Only because there are way more gun hunters out there. It happens with both. Thats why we practice, we don't take too long of a shot, we don't take iffy shots, this is the same for all weapons.
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i'm willing to bet that many more deer are wounded, gut shot, by guns than by bows.
Only because there are way more gun hunters out there. It happens with both.

Thats why we practice, ...

we don't take too long of a shot, ...

we don't take iffy shots, ...

this is the same for all weapons.

"If you follow the herd, ...you usually step it what it leaves behind!"
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