Over the weekend I was stalking with a friend. We were on high seats at other ends of a large farm. Unfortunately my friend found his high seat to be in a poor state and so he decided to stalk his block of woodland on foot. He hadn't walked far when he came across a young Fallow Buck walking down the path towards. He quickly raised his rifle and pulled the trigger. Although he didn't see the strike due to the flash he expected to see the buck drop to the ground. To his surprise the follow turned slowly and started to walk slowly away hunched over. He assumed it was a gut or liver shot although unsure of how that could have happened as he had been head onto the fallow. He followed the buck expecting him to fall over any minute but instead the buck continued to walk slowly along the path. He made the decision to take a second shot before the fallow could reach difficult cover ahead. He clear saw the strike hit the back leg but the fallow continued into the cover. Not wanting to enter the cover and push the fallow further in he gave me a call to help him as it was getting dark.
We located the buck where he had last been seen but unfortunately the buck was still alive so we dispatched him quickly. On our approach we were unable to find the strike made by the first shot taken front on. The shot in the leg was clearly visible. The Buck's coat was very wet so we assumed the strike hole was in the front was hard to find due to the matted coat (not matted with blood). We carried out the galloch but were unable to find any entry hole or any damage to the organs. I expected to see damage to the liver but it was in good condition and the guts were intact.
We have both been left stumped by the react of the buck and I'm wondering what you guys think.
Could the buck have be come disorientated by the bang and flash as the shot was head on at under 20m? But I can't understand why he would then hunch over.