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    Irresponsible?

    Just reading my e-newsletter from yes we hunt and came across an article by a well known writer for a weekly shooting mag. Is it me or were his actions irresponsible and also didisrespectful to his quarry that he did not bother to go and look for the animal he had shot at and 'missed'. Even if he saw what he thought to be the animal he shot at making its way off would it have bot been a good idea to go and inspect the 'strike site' for any signs of a hit? Lucky he stumbled upon the dead beast on his way back to his truck... Any thoughts on this gents?

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    It's a pretty poor display of follow up to a shot Jez to be honest.

    he is adamant he missed without doing any more than basing that on the lack of a thump and was wrong. Doesn't matter if in fact the second animal was an accompanying one to that he shot at. He assumed it was the same in the firstinstance and therefore decided on a miss. The whole scenario should in fact be used as an example of what not to do or assume after a shot is taken.

    a few years ago I shot at a roe doe off sticks I to woodland. The 270 at the time was not moderated and the recoil meant I lost sight if it momentarily. When I looked over the scope I saw the doe still standing there. So I shot her or should say at her again. Walked in and there were two lying dead side by side. First one had gone down out my sight and second one who had been lying down when the shot was taken had obviously sprung to her feet!

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    as above a few months back I shot a muntjac buck at last light, no thump no reaction to shot just bolted into the nearest hedge. All backed up by a mate who was watching with bins further back, just as formality we had a look and took the dog she was straight into the hedge and dragged it out stone dead shot was spot on. It was a definite reminder to always check no matter how much you think it must have been a miss

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamross65 View Post
    It's a pretty poor display of follow up to a shot Jez to be honest.

    he is adamant he missed without doing any more than basing that on the lack of a thump and was wrong. Doesn't matter if in fact the second animal was an accompanying one to that he shot at. He assumed it was the same in the firstinstance and therefore decided on a miss. The whole scenario should in fact be used as an example of what not to do or assume after a shot is taken.

    a few years ago I shot at a roe doe off sticks I to woodland. The 270 at the time was not moderated and the recoil meant I lost sight if it momentarily. When I looked over the scope I saw the doe still standing there. So I shot her or should say at her again. Walked in and there were two lying dead side by side. First one had gone down out my sight and second one who had been lying down when the shot was taken had obviously sprung to her feet!
    I did exactly the same thing with two red hinds on the hill . . . shot the first hind, and thought I had missed . . shot the second and dropped it . . . .after gralloching the 'first' John Campbell Smith and I found the second one which had dropped in the heather and rocks . . . .I couldn't believe my eyes !!!

    Remember that John ? . . . .that was a good day !!!

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    Gut shot a roe doe once. No visable sign from her at all of anything wrong. She wondered off as if she had no care in the world. If it had not been for the fact that I refused to accept that I could have missed at the distance I may have let her go. As it was I finished the job and found out what had happend to the first shot. Was not too happy.

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    There is no excuse for not looking after a shot, even if you are sure you have missed completely. And he even offers the chance to meet and stalk with him at the end of the article? Think I may give that a miss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamross65 View Post
    It's a pretty poor display of follow up to a shot Jez to be honest.

    he is adamant he missed without doing any more than basing that on the lack of a thump and was wrong. Doesn't matter if in fact the second animal was an accompanying one to that he shot at. He assumed it was the same in the firstinstance and therefore decided on a miss. The whole scenario should in fact be used as an example of what not to do or assume after a shot is taken.

    a few years ago I shot at a roe doe off sticks I to woodland. The 270 at the time was not moderated and the recoil meant I lost sight if it momentarily. When I looked over the scope I saw the doe still standing there. So I shot her or should say at her again. Walked in and there were two lying dead side by side. First one had gone down out my sight and second one who had been lying down when the shot was taken had obviously sprung to her feet!
    +1 and in front of a FSC Ranger who, as you might expect given his cull target, was well happy. Had I not been so fast on the second shot I'm sure he would have told me I hadn't missed.

    K

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    Had similar a few years ago. Just got into a seat at first light, a munty appeared not 30 yds in front of me. I took the shot, she hardly broke stride. I sat there for two hours kicking myself for shooting underneath her.
    After getting out the seat I thought I'll just look at where she was heading to.
    Much to my surprise she was laid stone dead not 10yds into the trees. Needless to say lesson well and truly learned.

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    I must admit i once shot at a roe doe last light and went to look at
    at the area it was at and where it entered the tree line snow on ground
    and no sign blood. So the next morning my dog and I did a search and found
    the doe 100yards in tree line. so always follow up.

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    If you fire at it you presume a hit until proven otherwise would be my view.

    I have seen some go down like the proverbial "bag of hammers" and others merely saunter off as if nothing has happened, some spring forward, some run at a rate of knots. You ought to check every time.

    The two most recent deer I have shot both walked off as if nothing much had occured. Both were very dead about 10 feet from where they had been stood with shot placement as expected. Both had seen something and were looking as I fired.

    I would have to be 100% certain there was no paint, pins or be able to carefully glass the departed deer grazing peacefully before I would ever give it up as a clean miss

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