Whats your opinion on this.
I shot a fallow over the weekend, so sign of it limping as it ran towards me before being shot, once gralloched all the lymph nodes were fine, although it didn't have any fat on its body, but that might be because there isn't much too eat where it was shot.
Basically the area is 300 acres which was deer fenced to protect the tree's, over the years the deer found their way in but can't get out, in places all they can eat is moss and browse, no grass in existance.
Anyway, i butchered it today and noticed a lump on the knee joint on the rear leg.
When i cut away the sinew i found the remains of what looks like a .22 bullet (bloody poachers!!) it had been there a long time, some of the lead and started to track away from the original wound but not up into the main muscle.
So my question is, ok for human consimuption or not?
Just thinking along the lines of lead poisoning, although the amount of pheasants i must have eaten over the years with the odd pellet getting through hasn't done me any harm to date, or has it?!!
I will not be selling this one, just giving it away.
But i don't have many friends and what i have i don't want to lose.