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Why It Is Necessary To Check Your Shots

Aug 17, 2007
As most of the hunters always do, it is always good to check the shot if you are confident of your marksmanship. If you are confident then you don't have to look for your shot every time. There are many instances of the shots not being checked any more and the deer left wounded and some time dead and not being picked up. Find some methods on how an experienced hunter makes his shot

In the second incident, I was trailing a deer which I sighted standing in back of a pile of pulp in a chopping. All that I could see was its head, which appeared to be sitting on the pile of wood. I shot at the head and it disappeared. Having little confidence in my marksmanship I waited for the deer to run from the cover of the pulp so that I could try another shot. Nothing happened. It would require the aid of a psychiatrist to explain what followed. The evidence should have convinced me that I had killed the deer. However, I almost convinced myself that I had not even seen a deer, that I had not shot at one, and that it would be useless even to look for one behind that pile of pulp. Common sense finally won the mental conflict and I collected my deer.

Since then I have always checked the result of every shot, even when I was sure that I had missed. I was well concealed by a stone wall and watching a feeding deer and waiting for it to walk into the range of my gun, when a road hunter spotted the animal from his car and stopped and fired. I was sure that he had hit the deer, which ran into the woods, and I started to walk towards him with the intention of congratulating him and offering my help in recovering the animal, but he got in his car and drove off. I went to the edge of the woods, found a blood trail, which I followed for about a hundred feet and found a dead deer. Another road hunter told me about shooting at a deer and how he had missed the shot. The next day, while hunting in that locality, I found a blood trail near the place. I followed this trail for a short distance and overtook a deer, which had two broken front legs. It was a simple matter for me to finish killing this deer.

I have found several dead or badly wounded deer, which had been shot by hunters who never bothered to check the results of their shooting. Some of them were worth recovering, while others were too long dead to be edible and were nothing but carrion. Much of this waste could be avoided and many apparently unsuccessful hunters could fill their license by merely investigating every shot which they make. Many deer hunters are not aware of the extent of this waste, but fox hunters can tell of the large number of dead deer which are left in the woods at the end of the deer hunting season.

A large proportion of these unrecovered deer are wounded late in the afternoon after the sun has set. At this time of day, many deer will be sighted at the edge of fields and if such deer are wounded at this time, it is almost impossible to trail them into the woods because of the increasing darkness. Some could be recovered if the shooter would return to the scene the following morning. Few hunters will do this, preferring to hunt another deer in another section of the country.

In hunting deer, we can find many wounded deer which the hunters did not bother to check the results of their shootings. As a hunter you should have the fun of the hunting game with responsibility.
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