Yesterday afternoon 5 stalkers of our DMG worked together on the Roe deer cull/crop pretection on some of my permissions.
During the briefing I suggested to one stalker that in a particular location on the route of his stalk (land-boundary, steep over-grown impenetrable bank) he should aim to shoot broadside but through the shoulders, so the deer wouldn't/couldn't run very far.
This suggestion was dismissed as being totally wrong and unethical.
While respecting this individuals personal views (This is a professional deer manager) , I did check the D.I's Best Practise Guides, and in this given situation a broadside shot through the shoulders is recommended. I quote from the D.I. 'Culling Deer' Best Practice Guide:
"A common reaction to a lethal chest shot is that the deer will run a short distance, then collapse, dead. A shot slightly more forwards, which involves both shoulders, is equally humane and will usually cause the animal to drop on the spot."
My own view is that I prefer to recover a carcass and have meat damage to the shoulders, above a perfect shot with no meat damage but a long and difficult, dangerous and maybe impossible follow up.
I am very interested in any views you may have.