In hunting, you pray for a clean kill or a clean miss. This deer would make me feel sad if I took that shot.
@FlyingLegHair, I've been rifle hunting whitetail deer with my family every year since I was 12. I'm a pretty good shot, even when I was 12, so every deer I hit was a kill shot, heart or lungs or both. Until last year. My scope wasn't dialed in correctly and the bullet went high, clipping its spinal cord. It was paralyzed immediately, but still alive when I got to it, and was struggling to move and letting out little bleats. I did all I could do, which was shoot it in the head to put it out of its misery, but after a decade of hunting that was the first time I had ever seen something I shot still struggling to stay alive, and that absolutely fvcked with me. I'm still not sure if I'm gonna go hunting again this November
@TheWafflingDead, had the same experience when I was 10, except ended with a knife
@TheWafflingDead, I've had something similar happen to me once, gut shot with and arrow and watched it die for almost 60 minutes. It shook me because I knew I could have made a quick clean kill with a good shot but because I didn't, I made it suffer. Don't let this get to you. Use it as motivation to work harder and be a better hunter. Practice more, practice better so that it never happens again. Hunting is a great way to get out an truly be in touch with nature and the circle of life, don't give up on it.
@TheWafflingDead, when I was a kid, I was out in the backyard, target shooting with my BB gun. (Are those still a thing by the way?)
Anyway, I started shooting at this teardrop shaped clump of pine needles hanging off a tree. After about 20 shots, it fell to the ground, and broke open.
2 dead baby birds flopped out, and another one lay there twitching as blood seeped out of gaping wounds. I hear chirping from my left, and momma bird is on a branch yelling at me.
Fvcked me up for life, and I never hunted or even really went shooting after that. (With BB guns or real ones)
@Goldeneye, thank you for your reply, it's really got me thinking that I will be going back
@TheWafflingDead, thank you for sharing, you really nailed it home with me why its so important. I plan on practicing much, much more before i even attempt my first hunt. May i ask what caliber/bullet type and grain you used? If you can recall.
@TheWafflingDead, still better than being eaten alive by coyotes. Lol.
@TheWafflingDead, that's why you always bring a pistol with you when you hunt deer, rifle or bow.
@Goldeneye, you did good! Go for it this year again if you enjoy it. You did the best you could in the situation and seem to have learned from the mistake to mitigate the problem in the future INCLUDING sharing your experience so others who hear your story to better prepare others.
People are predators in the end (everyone consumes life to continue living) and the best of us try to produce as little suffering as possible.
I hope you get over it soon because you are mindful and an excellent representation of us in nature.
@TheWafflingDead, I don't think one mistake should mean you should stop doing something you enjoy. I think, if nothing else, go to a shooting range and keep practicing for the next time you do go. That way, whether it's next year or 20 years down the road when you take your kid, you'll know that you can make as clean a shot as possible. If you just stop, that's just one more knowledgeable person that won't be able to teach the next generation to be responsible hunters.
Musta been the wind
@nemestrinus , I've got to stop doing so much skooma
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
What the fvck you call this then?!
That’s mere inches from a clean kill. Bad luck. Poor deer
Should've used a broadhead
@Frankito, honestly why the hell are they hunting with such a small tipped arrow. Makes me think it was just an @sshole trying to kill it for no reason.
Well to finish it off by hand
I eat meat and clearly know how the meat made it to my plate, but I have a problem with most hunters because regardless of what they claim, most only do it for the “sport” of it. The meat is a byproduct bonus. Listen to their stories long enough and you soon realize they have zero empathy for the animals they kill.