I came across this video purely by chance this morning and it got my thoughts going! I don't want to play "Devils Advocate" but it does raise a few questions/concerns in my mind, I would be interested in others thoughts.
AS Deer Stalkers/Hunters/Killers (Call us what you like) we all try to do what we do as humanely as possible. This video has raised "questions" in my mind as to if Bow Hunting for Deer is Humane or not? Maybe some of you guys from "across the pond" could clarify a few points by answering a few questions for me please.
What sort of power do your bows have and is there any sort of "regulation" as to what the minimum power of a bow should be for hunting Bull Elk with? And of course what about the weight, size/type of head on your arrows - Are they regulated in the same way as we have regulations on the calibre of rifle for Deer and the minimum weight of bullet that we are told to use for hunting deer in the UK?
Is it common practice to just wound a deer and have it run off "untracked" after being shot with a bow and arrow in the way that the Bull Elk in the video does? I accept the we are all capable of "pulling a shot" occasionally, even with a rifle, but is this a common occurance with bow hunting - And if this is a "regular and accepted occurance" can it really be classed as "Humane" form of hunting?
How often do you think you might be fortunate enough to get a "second chance" at a Bull Elk and eventually kill it after you had already taken a shot at it and wounded it with a bow and arrow?
I am not faulting anyone, just trying to understand the way that things work over in the states and if there is any concerns about the Humane Killing of Deer while Bow Hunting. What are others thoughts pleaase, and let's not turn this into any sort of "Witch Hunt" or "Slanging Match".
I will add that the bull Elk in the vidoe is certainly one that any of us over here in the UK would have been extremely proud to have shot - A truly magnificent beast!