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#6103220 - 12/26/15 08:07 PM Failed high shoulder shot
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Loc: Sugar Land
This evening saw a stud of a 3 year old big 8 point come into an open field behind my blind. I put some corn out there today for the first time to see what can in. About 515 I look back there and all I see is horns moving through the brush headed to my corn. Get the binos up and looking and liking and he steps into a clearing instantly I see he is young and determine no shoot. But I notice something is off about him. So he hits my corn and I keep looking at him through the binos and he is really skinning and walking funny. I examine him further and I see what appears to be a entrance wound on his right side above his shoulder blade but below his spine. So watch him more and he turns to the other side and there is a exit would about the size of a silver dollar down a little from the entrance but still missed shoulder blade and spine. He had licked all the hair around this wound go so it stands out. So I pick the rifle up to get a better look at him through the scope and sure enough he looks bad. So I decide if he gives me a clear unobstructed shot with no branches in the way I would help him out and end it for him. Well for 20 minutes he never gives me a good clean ethical shot. And he walks off in the tree line getting further and further away. Well my lease mate had a few people out with him a 2 weeks ago and he made no mention of anyone taking a shot at a buck and missing but I am confident it was one kid he brings with him who likes to change our feeder times cause he doesn't like how I have them set and tried to make all kinds of changes. He also managed to convince the lease mate to move my blind back about 50 yards from the feeder making it a 172 yard shot so he could see more lanes. I am sure it was him. But all that aside we have rules about young bucks and it was clearly violated more than likely I should say buy a guest. Now the question he looked real bad and I want to try to find him tomorrow but what are his chances of survival should I not help him out. Infection will take over correct? Thanks for the help.
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#6103226 - 12/26/15 08:13 PM Re: Failed high shoulder shot [Re: Ricochet83]
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If he's already made 2weeks his chance of survival is pretty good at this point, imo.

Edit: if a guest ever moved my blind or tampered with any gear there would be an issue.


Edited by QuitShootinYoungBucks (12/26/15 08:15 PM)
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#6103227 - 12/26/15 08:14 PM Re: Failed high shoulder shot [Re: Ricochet83]
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Registered: 10/19/12
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I'd try to put him down as soon as possible. Been there with kids that aren't taught any better messing with feeders. It's infuriating and I'm sorry you're having to go through that.
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#6103228 - 12/26/15 08:14 PM Re: Failed high shoulder shot [Re: Ricochet83]
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Deer are pretty dang resilient and can live through a lot. With all the rainfall we have had there is plenty to eat now and into the spring. If he had a bad infection my guess is he would have been at water. I tend to lean towards letting mother nature take its course. If you can, try to get a TC pic of that buck and confront the other people on the lease about it.
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#6103229 - 12/26/15 08:15 PM Re: Failed high shoulder shot [Re: Ricochet83]
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Deer are tough animals. If he was walking fine and feeding, I wouldn't be surprised if he healed up and survived.

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#6103232 - 12/26/15 08:16 PM Re: Failed high shoulder shot [Re: Ricochet83]
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if he is shot thru the pocket and he could make it easily. if the weather was cool enough to make sure flies dont get in it odds could be better. i would kick the kid in nads for moving my blind

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#6103252 - 12/26/15 08:26 PM Re: Failed high shoulder shot [Re: Ricochet83]
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Yeah problem is it is our company lease and it's myself the owner and the CFO. They bought all the blinds and feeders and I put in the work to put them all out and feed the feeders. I do 100% of the maintenece and it is the cfo's people so I am low man on the totem pole with a free lease so can't really complain to much just got to take it in stride. I will be discussing it with the owner of the company though and he will not be happy either as this is supposed to be our big deer domain in the next few years so we strive really hard to only take the right bucks. I think that is the biggest issue I have with the situation is this 17 year old kid who thinks he knows everything about everything hunting doesn't respect the plan. It is very infuriating to say the lease and this one specific was on the no shoot list made readily accessible to all guest via printed photos.
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#6103254 - 12/26/15 08:27 PM Re: Failed high shoulder shot [Re: Ricochet83]
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As far as infection what exactly would I be looking for to tell if it has got to him already or not. It's south Texas and it has been really warm since they were here. I fear he shot at it and assumed he missed and didn't say anything to my cfo about taking the shot so I honestly believe he is just as in the dark about it as I am.
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#6103256 - 12/26/15 08:28 PM Re: Failed high shoulder shot [Re: Ricochet83]
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He was walking for short legged in the front and kept his legs in really close to his body when walking.
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#6103273 - 12/26/15 08:39 PM Re: Failed high shoulder shot [Re: Ricochet83]
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If he is a 3yr old 8pt and looks bad then take him out or like stxranchman said let Mother Nature take its course.

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#6103274 - 12/26/15 08:40 PM Re: Failed high shoulder shot [Re: Ricochet83]
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I have seen two bucks hit high above the shoulder,both lived and were much better 2 yrs later.
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#6103301 - 12/26/15 08:55 PM Re: Failed high shoulder shot [Re: Ricochet83]
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Ok I'll just keep an eye on him the next couple of weeks and see if he gets better or worse and go from there.
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#6103311 - 12/26/15 09:02 PM Re: Failed high shoulder shot [Re: Ricochet83]
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Funny thing is when this kid changed my feeder times cause he is an " expert" he actually got am and pm mixed up on 3 feeders and was that way for a couple of weeks till I came back and noticed feeder didn't throw one morning do went to investigate and found that is only way I found out then checked all of them and they had all been changed. Asked boss man if he did it and he said other guy took the kid down few weeks prior so I asked him and he called him and that's when he came clean. No one was happy with him bout that.
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#6103318 - 12/26/15 09:05 PM Re: Failed high shoulder shot [Re: Ricochet83]
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Funny how "experts" always create more work for the rest of us, in all walks of life.
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#6103330 - 12/26/15 09:11 PM Re: Failed high shoulder shot [Re: Ricochet83]
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What kind of blind do you have that 1 person can move it?

I'd be fighting mad if anybody ever do that to my stand or adjusted my feeder
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