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Thread: I`ve shot the one i wanted to keep, thanks to Mr C.

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    I`ve shot the one i wanted to keep, thanks to Mr C.

    I had arranged a stalk with my superviser but a phonecall mid morning derailed that idea, rifle, cammos etc had gone to work with me as arranged.
    My permission is only about a mile from where i work so i decided to use some time to knock on a couple of doors and offer my pest control services. I arrived at one house, this chap Mr C, he owns the fields right next to my permission, i`ve only ever seen someone there once but there is a high seat way over the other side. He had a big accident a while ago, so his arms in a sling and he`s on crutches (so i hear)
    Anyway, i rang the bell, the door opens and there stands Mr C. I introduce myself, hold out a friendly hand, explain that i do Mr K`s pest control and was there anything i could do to help him out with his pest control. Mr C replied that he did have someone shooting his land but did i have a FAC. Weird i thought, said yes but i could only shoot with my superviser, i asked why. Mr C went on to explain that his shooter was away and due back Wednesday or Thursday of next week. He has his own Class 1 but due to his injuries was unable to use a rifle. He further explained that there had been a Doe and a Buck in his wheat field for about a week and he wanted them out ASAP as it was a small field and was worried about the damage.
    I said to him, if he has a class one then he could supervise me shooting the buck, he agreed. So, somehow he got in my Freelander and he guided us to his wheatfield, i drove into the field, Mr C said the deer were over in that far corner, i drove a little further, stopped and seen two heads above the wheat. Iasked Mr C what the hedges were and he said the one behind the Deer is thick blackthorn but there`s nothing on the otherside, that`s mine as well, the other hedge to the side of the deer is solid and about seven feet thick.
    When i said i`ll drive up the other side of the field so that i`m facing the solid hedge plus i`m more looking down on the Buck, Mr C said ok then, good choice. I`m thinking that if i make a good impression, he`ll remember me in the "word of mouth" way for the future. (I`m not going to try to step on another stalkers toes here, (i don`t agree with that way)
    I pull up near the corner, pick up the binos and spot the Buck. He`s about 160 ish yards, two thoughts, 1. I know that head, that`s the buck that in a previous post i mentioned that i`d like to leave him but there`s to many idiots around here so i intend to be the one that takes him. 2. F%^k, that`s a fair distance for me at my stage of my stalking career but i have to be "professional" about this. Assess the shot, safety of the shot, welfare of the buck.
    I admit to Mr C that this is probably my longest shot yet, but we`ll make a joint decision on this. I turned the motor around so it`s facing the Buck, get out, go to the back of the motor and open the door. Rifle out, plus the roll of paper hand towel (this is the perfect height to shoot off of) I`ve picked up the Buck in the scope "god, he looks proud of himself" i thought, and i don`t even think he realises we`re here. I asked Mr C if he wanted to wait till the Buck stood, i thinking of him grimacing in pain in the front seat, but i`m also thinking of MY, yes, MY Buck. "Up to you" he said. I hand him the binos, hopefully, this will keep him focused for five minutes longer. Again, i get up on the back of my truck. I load three Federal, 100 grainers, bolt one into the chamber. Resting the rifle on the hand towel, butt to shoulder, eye to scope, and there he is. Another two thoughts, Don`t fck this up and is that a medal head, hmmmm. Forget that one.
    One last check with Mr C, all is ok so i scope him again, bottom jaw and upper throat area is what i`m aim for (don`t want to damage the upper jaw area, medal head thought again) without hesitation, the bullet is on it`s way and thud Buck goes down with a thud. I love that thud sound, gives a good feeling. Made Mr C happy anyway.
    The rifle is made safe and sleeved then we drive down to the buck. I find the Buck, the bullet placement is spot on, bottom jaw. Although they are small, this buck has eight points, three on one, five on the other!!!
    I have offered the buck to Mr C as long as i keep the head. Hes said halfers on the Buck, so i am one happy bunny tonight.
    I`m going to drop a thankyou letter into Mr C`s home tomorrow night along with his half a buck. I owe him a big debt of gratitude.
    P.S. Poor photos but they weren`t taken till i got home, sorry.
    basil.




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    Well done basil just shows what can be done if you just cold call. sounds like you have landed yourself another permission. Nice buck.
    Jonathon

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    Re: I`ve shot the one i wanted to keep, thanks to Mr C.

    Quote Originally Posted by basil
    the bullet placement is spot on, bottom jaw.
    What the hell is going on here?

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    Re: I`ve shot the one i wanted to keep, thanks to Mr C.

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mole
    Quote Originally Posted by basil
    the bullet placement is spot on, bottom jaw.
    What the hell is going on here?
    Why? Because i took a head shot? Has that never been done before?
    basil.

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    im sorry for you if you think thats deer stalking ,that story did not read well .

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    I believe that your deliberate attempt to shoot the buck in the lower jaw so as not to damage the head is morally indefensible. Poor, poor form. I think you can expect incoming. All animals deserve more respect than that.

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    It has been done before Basil , by inconsiderate Pratts who have no respect for Deer or their welfare !
    What would you have done if you had only broken the bottom jaw and it had run off to die a miserable death ?
    I once had the misfortune to have to exterminate a Roe Doe which some poaching scum-bag had shot in the face with a .22 rimfire. Part of the bullet was embedded in the jaw and the beast was skin and bone but still alive.

    HWH.

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    Can all of the people so far that have replied negatively to someone that has taken a 'Headshot' and,no doubt to all of the other people that will also jump on the band wagon(because they think it is the right thing to do/say) honestly put their hand on their heart and say that they have never ever taken a beast with a headshot?.............just interested.....Martin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stag1933
    It has been done before Basil , by inconsiderate Pratts who have no respect for Deer or their welfare !
    What would you have done if you had only broken the bottom jaw and it had run off to die a miserable death ?
    I once had the misfortune to have to exterminate a Roe Doe which some poaching scum-bag had shot in the face with a .22 rimfire. Part of the bullet was embedded in the jaw and the beast was skin and bone but still alive.

    HWH.
    I really cannot see what a poacher with a .22lr that shot a deer in the face and Basil have in common,so,please don't post such stupid analogies.

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    Well `rMn` I would have thought a broken jaw either by a poacher or by a legitimate shooter would have the same painful result hence the analogy.
    Furthermore, 160 yards for such a shot is a long, long way.

    HWH.

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