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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-15-2014, 04:39 AM Thread Starter
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NH deer season ends today
with only an Archery buck tag left I decided to do some tracking in the snow yesterday was following the only fresh track I could find & looking like a doe
I decided to follow it when I started noticing coyote tracks also very fresh following the set of deer tracks. Then another after about a mile hike there were 4-5 coyote tracks following the deer I came to a crest of a hill with a stream at the bottom. There I saw both sides of the stream bank littered with blood. When I got to the stream a head pops up & it is a doe she has what looked like a softball sized hole in her face. I thought she had been shot with a rifle (rifle season ended Dec.7th) further inspection her hide was peeled off her face she stood up very wobbly & shaking bad. I then noticed they also had gotten to her rear end a little. this poor deer was very weak & most likely in shock as for over an hour she stood ten feet from me never taking her eyes off me & never moved a step. I knew she wouldn't survive & wanted to put her out of her misery but I had already used my doe tag this year made phone calls unsuccessfully to fish & game multiple hunters my problem was my phone was dying & really was not sure of my exact location to tell someone where I was. I finally got a hold of a hunting buddy who still had a doe tag & was willing to come put her down luckily we have a map locator app on our phones & he came right to me I honestly don't think I was more then a couple minutes behind the attack & think the yotes heard me breaking through the snow. This is the first time I have ever come across something like this in the woods. It bothered me really bad to see her suffer & I wish I just arrowed her but sucks I couldn't legally. I am still thinking if I couldn't have reached someone I would have had to put her down myself & leave her to the yotes to finish I know this happens It is nature but it really proved that hunting is a hell of a lot more humane then nature
she was legally tagged check in & weighed 114 dressed
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-15-2014, 11:39 PM
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to bad you didn't have a chance to put a few of the yotes down

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I know I think they heard me breaking through the snow
When I crested the hill none were there but I start a 2 & 1/2 week vacation this Thurs so you can bet I will be out there a few days looking for them

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-16-2014, 02:20 PM
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tough decision. I too don't know what I would have done. Nature can be a cruel thing. My gut says I might have shot her but .......... and her condition doesn't look/sound very good. Strange thing we can hunt them one moment then have overwhelming compassion for them the next.
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This is one of the many ways that wildlife can go. No animal dies peacefully in it's sleep as so many anti-hunters imagine. We are constantly "interrupting a natural occurrence in the wild with this ammunition".Mother Nature is very brutal wildlife manager.
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