After a successful early morning stalk this morning I called in at the game dealers. The dealer is a friend of mine who taught me to shoot full bore rifles 13 years ago. I have spent countless hours stalking and culling park deer with him over the years.
I manage several captive herds of fallow, one of which is pretty much wild as the enclosure is 30 acres. When culling these deer I regularly head shoot the deer. I would love to hear from anyone who culls parkland fallow who has found a way of separating specific deer from a very tightly bunched herd so a heart shot can be taken! I have also head shot wild red deer on the hill with the permission of the Stalker.
Our conversation got round to shot placement. The buck I shot this morning was a heart shot with a 308 at 140yrds. The dealer suggested I should be trying to head shoot wild deer. Before the tirade of abuse, it is important to stress that this chap has spent 50 years as a deer manager, has guided many people 'new' to stalking, and also knows how I shoot.
His reason for this is as follows: We are not too far away from legislation interfearing even further into meat hygene, he believes that in the not too distant future that if a beast has been chest shot that the entire front end will be rejected by the authorities, which will create disposal problems and will obviously be wastefull.
Many of the postings on this and other forums state that the authors and contributors to the threads are grouping shots at sub inch at 100yrds. A brain shot on a Roe is a 2 inch target at the same distance. For those that feel confident to take the head shot is it really such a taboo ? In the past I have (as have all honest stalkers) fluffed a shot, in my experience of head shooting PARK deer there is enough shock on a low placed 243 100g shot to stun the deer for more than long enough to effectivley place a further shot.
Having read some of the recent postings on this site I am sure that this may spark some strong views. If you wish to post some negative personal attack of a rant please piss off and do it somewhere else.