I am not a fan of head shooting more a heart/lung man myself although I accept that in certain conditions it is necessary. As some of you know I use my GWP to track not only for myself but also for other members of my syndicates.
I had to use my GWP on Sunday morning to track a doe kid, the animal was head shot and went straight down but got to its feet and walked off, “not looking right” my first thoughts was a pulled neck shot or possibly a jaw shot. My dog found the doe in a dry ditch on the clear fell about 150 yards from were it was shot still very much alive. I dispatched the deer and at first could not see were it had been shot. The only clue was a small bit of blood above and behind the eye, as I looked closer I saw a small hole and another matching hole the other side of the head. Once the head had been skinned it became apparent that the bullet had gone straight though the skull cavity, but it must of left most of the brain intact allowing the animal to walk off, how long it would of survived I don’t know.
The bullet was a 243 95gn Ballistic tip, the deer was about 40 yards away, but I guess that the young does skull was still “green” so it did not fragment like a older animal might.
I guess even if you head shoot everything you still might need a dog some times and just because the animal left the scene does not mean you have missed.
Has anybody else seen this before?