I was in a tree stand along the Platte river in eastern Nebraska. There was a large sandbar/island twenty yards from my post, with a channel of the river flowing between us. Two of my friends were walking the tree covered island as silently as possible. Suddenly two deer ran from the island. I brought up my 600 Remington in .308 scoped forward of the action with a Burris Scout scope and followed the first deer. I saw no antlers and brought the sights back to the following deer. I saw antlers and fired. He was running full out. No effect. I worked the action and fired a second time. No effect. I worked the short action one more time, shortened my lead, and fired. I was pleased to see the whitetail buck fall.
He fell near the water's edge of the sandbar. I climbed down from my tree stand. My friend, who was walking the island, came upon my buck and exclaimed, "Hey, this is a good buck. He's still struggling. Want me to finish him off?" I replied "no" and put on my chest waders. I hurried across the river's channel to the buck I'd shot. He was down but struggling.
I'd like you to know I didn't have (nor still don't have) a mounted deer head upon my wall. This was a darn fine buck. I was reluctant to put my .45acp Colt 1911 sidearm to the buck's ear and finish its struggle. Would have ruined the mount. I stepped back and fired once into the buck's chest with my Commander. A poor shot. I fired again, with better aim. Two 230 grain HydraShok hollowpoints into this fellow's boilerworks. We waited ten minutes, then twenty. He still thrashed about. I was about to lay claim to my first mounted whitetail trophy. I didn't want to destroy the mount. He continued to struggle, our time was running long. My friends finally said "Let's get going". I didn't wish to shoot my trophy again, and the river's stream was nearby.
I dragged the buck ten yards to the water's edge and thrust his muzzle into the Platte river stream. I used the most humane method I could find to dispatch this animal. His antlers hang upon my work place wall.
The following year, my friends asked me if I'd take to the hunting woods with a five gallon bucket. Some asked if I'd leave my rifle behind and use a squirt gun to dispatch my deer! That deer's antlers hang in my office with the brass engraved tag "Dave's Drowned Deer!"
I don't understand why people write in about this kind of crap.
The poor old American hunter is always taking a bum rap the way it is.
When I read a story like this, it makes me wish the Deer could shoot back.
Agreed, i always have had the attitude that we owe our game a quick humane death. One of the reasons that i attempt to get people to use the most gun that they shoot well. Every thing has to die, nothing should suffer. axolotl
A "trophy" at what cost? Like Doxotica said, a good taxidermist could have repaired the damage from a head shot. If you had much knowledge of deer anatomy (I think everyone who decides to take up hunting should know where ALL the vitals are) you would have known that you could have shot it in the spine somewhere between the skull and shoulder and dispatched it just as quickly as with a head shot. Sounds like a case of ignorance to me. I would not be too proud of my lack of knowledge; stories like this don't help the sport of hunting.
What really amazes me is the original post was last November and until I read it and stated my thoughts, which brought it back to the top of the list, nothing had ever been said! I hadn't spent alot of time reading all these forums until recently, but I will be now. Glad to see that I'm not the only one who feels as I do.
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