I've previously talked about what kind of hunters are in the world. Trophy Hunter. Freezer Filler. Mercy Hunter.
Honestly, I don't want to be a mercy hunter because that means an animal is suffering. I know, I know. Why should I worry about an animal suffering when I shoot at them? That's an whole other argument for another time.
This season ended up having a mercy kill for Rambob and I. It was during shotgun season. A normal night of sitting in our own stands. We are texting back and forth. Then I get a text from Rambob..."hey. I got a buck out".That's the end of texting.
Normally we stop texting if something is out. We let the other focus and do their thing. But this time, the texts kept coming....he's been hit in the front leg....he limping....he's walking on three legs...he's by himself...man this is terrible...how sad...
....then I heard "BOOM!"
We continued hunting until dark, tracked the deer, tagged and loaded him up. When we got home and went to unload him, Rambob said hold on a minute, I want to show you something.
Rambob said that when a deer gets injured on one side....the opposite side will have abnormalities if the deer survives. Huh? Yup. Look...the right leg was broke....maybe hit by a car? It's locked in a bent position.
Now look at his hooves...normal
...now look at his left rack
Well all be darn....42 years old and still getting learned...