I awoke early on Staurday morning having arranged to go out as the forcast was for a dry start to the day which would be a nice change. Set off from my house for the ten minute drive to a bit of ground that myself and another chap from this forum manage. I'd left a bit of extra time as I knew that I needed to do a little detour to turn of a gas gun that was near the high seat I was going in so it was still proper dark. Five minutes down the road and I saw the tell tail hazard lights at the side of the road along with a chap in a high viz jacket flagging down the traffic appeared and I could see a young fallow doe in the middle of the road head up but back end clearly gone. I pulled in behind the other car put my hazards on and got out. The guy who had stopped had not hit the deer but knew how bad this strech of road gets so had stopped and called the police.
Now as it happens a few years ago I'd gone on a Forestry Commision one day RTA course in Thetford with the intention of giving my details to the local police. Never did as I soon realised that it could end up costing me a fortune in petrol for not a lot of thanks. But as I was passing it seemed rude not to stay and offer my assistance. I put a call into the police control room, gave them my details and the fact that I was at the scene and could assist if they wanted me to. I stressed however that I was not going to do anything without a unit in attendance the road was just to dangerous.
A traffic unit arrived expecting to be be moving a dead deer from the road so they were some what flustered when they saw that it was still very much alive. I told them that I had been in contact with the control room and that I had my rifle with me and could help them out if they wanted me to. Quick confirmation of my details with the Inspector in the controle room and that I was confident, compitent and had 3rd Party liability and the road was duely closed. I breifed the closest officer on what I was going to do and told him that because the deer was still quite mobile, in the middle of the road and the concrete kurbs that I was going to shoot the deer in the chest and that it might move about a bit after I shot it but that was normal. i wanted the round the stay inside the body if at all possible and didn't fancy a round hitting the road surface or the kurb stones.
Rifle out of case, loaded, double check no traffic, approached the deer and using the bank at the side of the road to give me an elivated shot I shot the deer and was releaved to see a massive plume of blood, confirming that the heart had been destroyed. A couple of kicks and the deer flopped down. Rifle unloaded and back in the car I approached with a knife and did the atlas joint just to make sure and as a way of practice for deer that are less mobile but still alive.
I dragged the deer off to the side of the road behind some brambles and after a quick thank you from the two officers I was on my way. Releived that it had gone well and in the knowledge that its nice sometime to remind some of the police that as well as providing a service to us (firearms holder) we do also provide a service to them as well.
By the way I blanked seeing nothing from my seat.