Throughout my recent daily visits to my "Deer Permission" (which I have to visit every day to check some Fenn Traps) I have noticed a roe doe (About 2 years old) which looks to have some relatively fresh injuries. There is a smallish wound (About 2 inches in diameter) on one of her front legs and another (About 4 or 5 inches in diameter) on the top of her back running along her spine. These wounds do not seem to be showing any signs of bleeding or infection and she appears to be moving without any real difficulties. It looks to me (And it is purely guess work) that she might have been either "clipped" by a car or "got at" by a dog (And in saying this I am not putting any blame on lurchers or long dogs, if it has been run by a dog it could have been any type of dog and possibly purely accidental).
I had her in my crosshairs at about 150 yards a couple of days ago but for some reason I chose not to take the shot - I can't really explain why I didn't take the shot, it was quite windy but the shot would have been a fairly easy one to take, all I can say is that it just didn't seem right at the time and I always stand by my belief of "if there is ever any doubt don' release the safety catch".
I saw her again yesterday and this time she looked to be was moving a little "stifly" - However this time she was over 200 yards away with a very strong side wind so I didn't even bring the rifle (My .270) up to my shoulder.
In these circumstances I would like to ask the question to any of you with more experience than me - With a deer that looks like it has a couple of wounds from either an RTA or (possibly) a dog attack but the deer does not seem to be in any real "trouble" from it's injuries would you leave it and just "keep a close eye on it to make sure that it's condition does not deteriorate" or "take it out" at the first reasonable and safe opportunity you get? (Keeping in mind that this is a youngish doe that is not within any cull plan)