went out for a walk on my way home from work with the dog(cocker spainel) round a bit off land i have permission too shoot on,
seen a few deer on one part off it so was quite happy.
i had been struggling to see deer even when out for foxes with the lamp so thought somthing was wrong,
went to the far end of this piece of land and my thoughts were proved right.
spotted a nice buck acting strange,thought it had its mouth open and was struggling,so got back in the landrover and went home for the 223 and my bins, was 30 miles so thought i might not get chance too put this beast out off its missery, but found him sheltering under some trees.
glassed him for a min and new i had too shoot him, got out the truck with gun and shooting sticks and tried to get to a clearing in the trees, the sheep in the field behind me thought they were getting their food so started making a real noise and the buck got spooked, so got the gun on the sticks an took the shot with 55gr BT at about 75yrds the shot was a bit high, straight through the spine but dropped him on the spot and stopped his suffering.
when we got too the buck it was quite clear what the problem had been, there was nothing left off his lower jaw and it was his tounge that was hanging down which made me think he had his mouth open,this wound was rotten and he had nothing left in his stomach, took some photos but not great with computers and not the nicest off things too post.
this might be a stupid question but how long do you think this beast had been suffering for too empty its stomach completely??
wish i had seen him sooner bit pi###d off i took so long to find him.
not sure if its poachers, but have been stopped by the police on a few occasions whilst lamping foxes,
i had forgot to phone and tell them i was going out.
hope i havent bored you