Was having a talk with my local FEO this morning and I brought up the subject of granting handguns for humane dispatch. A definite no for two reasons.
1. If you regularly require a handgun for humane dispatch we would consider that it could be because you are not a fit and competent person to be shooting deer.
2. If you were requiring the handgun as an more convenient way to carry a firearm to carry out humane dispatch eg in thick cover where a rifle may get snagged up who would be looking after your rifle.
I pointed out that as a level 2 qualified person I am by that standard a fit and competent person to shoot deer and that on many occasions that I have used my dog to track deer it has been shot by another person or hit by a vehicle and should not reflect on my abilities. I also pointed out that in the main shot deer that have run are dead on locating but we must still be in a position to deal with one that is not.
On point two they have not or do not wish to consider that I could return my rifle if indeed the wounded beast was shot by myself to a secure location before tracing the wounded animal.
He is going to raise the matter again and give me a call.