Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by virtual-rj, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. virtual-rj

    virtual-rj New Member

    Jul 22, 2007
    Houston, TX
    ok, b0b, dan, and dan sr. were in the ravine, I was at the top of ravine doing the push, and had a fawn (still had spots, never seen that this late in the season)

    I get on the radio, tell them I am following it to see if we can find mama and papa.

    up the hill (20 minutes), to the field, and there is mama. looking at me. I pull the rifle, shoot, hit the front leg, she goes down and then bounces back up.

    I shoot again, she runs, and runs into PRIVATE PROPERTY! We can't follow because trespassing+loaded firearm = bad mojo.

    Goes against everything I was ever taught about suffering animals, etc.

    So before zappa, princemorr2003 and b0b get on the bandwagon, this old man apparently can't hit the broad side of the deer, and I suck
  2. RJ- You don't suck. The attitudes and laws that stop a good man from retrieving wounded game sucks!

  3. burley

    burley Well-Known Member

    Nov 26, 2006
    Our state has a provision for hunters to legally access wounded game. There has been some problem with trespassers using this as a loophole to trespass and hunt. When caught they just claim to be trailing wounded game. Kinda hard to find a good balance of land owner rights and ethical pursuit of wounded game. I have crossed fences to retrieve wounded/killed game. Never had an issue yet . . .
  4. Bert

    Bert Banned

    Mar 4, 2007
    Sorry to hear RJ.

    You did your best, we know your heart.

    <btw, Dad lost one a few weeks ago on a muzzle loader hunt. He felt real bad too.>

  5. bowtieracin

    bowtieracin New Member

    Nov 18, 2010
    What state are you in? Here in Iowa you can legally track wounded game on other property without a firearm.
  6. Blue_Moon

    Blue_Moon New Member

    Dec 22, 2004
    This is a tough situation. I helped a guy down here look for a buck he shot with a bow about a week before gun season came in. We had permission to go on the neighbor's property, but we couldn't find the deer to save our lives. The blood trail ended at the top of a creek bank that was still filled with downed trees from the ice storm. We crawled in, under, and around downed trees for hours. We came away feeling like we had done everything we could do to find that deer...but we just couldn't find it.

    It does go against everything you learned as a sportsman to see a wounded animal go unclaimed. It make you feel bad, but no one who has ever been in a similar situation would fault you.
  7. Brewster6514

    Brewster6514 Well-Known Member

    Jun 10, 2006
    been there done that. everyone that hunts has gone through this at one time or another, hopefully someone will see her shortly and finish her. i shot one and hit her in the leg only to loose her about a mile later. a week later i shot her with my 91/30 and ended the long ordeal which made me feel better.
    being opening week there is a good chance someone will find her.
  8. lop

    lop Well-Known Member

    May 20, 2008
    If you were upset that "that deer got away", then you'd suck, but that ain't the situation is it?
  9. burley

    burley Well-Known Member

    Nov 26, 2006
    He's in Ny state, they can not go onto posted land period. I know RJ, if there was a legal way he would have done it.
    I had one get away in Mo. one year, dang thing swam a river on 3 legs  :-[ :(
  10. virtual-rj

    virtual-rj New Member

    Jul 22, 2007
    Houston, TX
    in NY, trespassing is trespassing, and if I am tracking it to finish the job, you better believe I have a firearm with me.

    the guy whose land she crossed on to is a known douche-nozzle (technical term).....

    i just hope she does not suffer. honestly, I know the bad shot was my fault, if she was farther away, it would have been better. my rifle is zeroed for 200 yards, so I did not compensate enough......
  11. princemorr2003

    princemorr2003 Well-Known Member

    Mar 3, 2005
    You did good Ray. That walk up was not easy, i thought i died for a few mins, when i got to the top. Even bob was tired and hes in better shape then all of us. It would have taken hours to drag the deer down anyways. My legs still hurt.
  12. virtual-rj

    virtual-rj New Member

    Jul 22, 2007
    Houston, TX
    the drag out would have been hellish, that is for sure. would have been down the hillside, through the ravine, up the ravine, and then another 1/2 mile to the road + 1/2 mile to the car.

    but b0b and I are going out later this week, and we will see what kind of luck we have.....
  13. torrent

    torrent Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2006
    Unfortunately these things happen to every hunter at one time or another. It sounds like you did everything you could without breaking any laws. It's not your fault NY state doesn't account for this situation in their hunting regulations.
  14. Toney_D

    Toney_D Active Member

    Aug 14, 2010
    I leave my rifle and jump the fence after them.
  15. virtual-rj

    virtual-rj New Member

    Jul 22, 2007
    Houston, TX
    as I said, in NY, trespassing is trespassing.

    and there is NO WAY I am tracking a wounded deer without a way to put it down.

    what am I supposed to do, ask it nicely to hurry up and die....
  16. illogicalmethod

    illogicalmethod Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2005
    Just bring Chrissy next time.......When a Canadian says freeze.......... ;D
  17. Stoof

    Stoof New Member

    Nov 11, 2010
    I had my first one get away this year. It is a crappy feeling. Nice size doe. Shot her at about 85 yds and she dropped like a rock. Watched her for about 10 minutes and she just jumped up and ran about 300 yds and hopped the fence into the neighboring property.
    I think my shot was a little high, just above the heart and lungs but not high enough to hit the spine.
    It is the not knowing where I hit her that bothered me the most. I am going back to head/kneck shots next time out.
  18. Brewster6514

    Brewster6514 Well-Known Member

    Jun 10, 2006
    if you can't hit an 8-10" vital zone then why would you try for a 2-3" vital zone head shot?
    i will never try for a head shot, even if they are on the ground and i'm standing over them.
    all it takes is a 1/2" off from a twisting jerking target to hit them in the jaw an never recover them. the neck isn't that much better unless you hit a main artery or the spine, which is again a small target. the heart lung area is always the best spot to shoot them. take out the heart and/or lungs and they only have seconds left.
  19. virtual-rj

    virtual-rj New Member

    Jul 22, 2007
    Houston, TX
    gotta agree with brewster6514 here.
  20. burley

    burley Well-Known Member

    Nov 26, 2006
    +1 on most of it.
    I have (1 time in 30 years) and will take a neck shot if it is the only thing I can get and it is in range enough for me to be sure of my shot placement. IMO head shots on deer are for someone in survival mode, poachers and fools. It is hit or miss and leaves too much chance of a wounded deer or failed shot. I say survival mode as in , your out trying to stay alive and only have a .22 rifle/pistol etc, ...