Someone needs to practice some more with their gun. For the past 24 hours, there has been a wounded 6-point buck deer hobbling around the pond at my home in Brown County. Some dogs would occasionally come down the hill and chase it into the water. I loaded the 12-gauge with some bird shot to discourage them, but they took off and didn’t come back as soon as I pumped the first round into the chamber. Didn’t even have to fire.
However, the deer was obviously in no shape to go anywhere on its own. His front left leg was swinging around like it was on a string. I put a call into the Conservation Office and they asked me if I could put it down myself. All we have here for the shotgun is bird shot (we don’t routinely shoot large animals…or small ones, either), so two Conservation Officers came over. One of them took the poor buck down with a single shot at the base of the skull.
Upon inspection, the deer had already been shot twice. Once in the leg, effectively shattering it, and again in the hind end. Apparently some idiot out there can’t shoot worth a damn, and can’t track worth a damn either. If you’re going to seriously wound an animal, you had better make sure you follow it and put it out of its misery.
Somebody out there needs to have their shotgun rammed up their ass, stock first.