I was out this morning with the 17hmr taking care of the rabbit population on a local farm when I caught sight of a badger shuffling along.
On closer inspection, through the binos and not the scope, I saw it's back left leg was dragging along but it was still moving and I watched it go in to the hedge rows. The way it's leg was reminded me of my Jack Russel when her hip popped and we had to confine her to a babies travel cot for weeks for it to mend.
But it got me thinking about the legality of shooting it - I know the law on shooting badgers generally but what about one that is hurt in this manner. Would that be permissable, can you humanlely dispatch any animal regardless of calibre or permissions on certificate?