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Interesting hunt tonight and a throwaway deer............

orchidmanorchidman Senior MemberPosts: 8,206 Senior Member
Headed up to the property where we have been culling deer for the last few years as the Fallow are rutting at the moment and this big Buck has eluded us the last 3 trips.......

The first time I saw him I was scoping out a few gullies with the Binos so that I could call Bloodhound and D by radio to give them directions to any deer I could see.. While using the binos with my rifle at my feet, I saw a movement about 20m in front of me and as I slowly lowered the glasses I saw this big buck meandering through the bush. He had his head down so I slowly reached down for my rifle, raised it to my shoulder and just as the scope came in line he raised his head, looked at me and scarpered before I was lined up. Round 1 to the buck.
Saw him again 2 weeks later as we busted him from where he had been laying up but none of us had a shot. Round 2 to the buck.
So this afternoon we headed back up to see if he was 'roaring'.

We split up on arrival and went to hunt different areas, planning to meet up on dark.
I saw 3 does on my armed tramp but no buck was in attendance so I headed back to meet up with D.
I stopped at the vehicles to pick up my rifle light and lithium battery and continued to where D was. I set up the light on the T3X 243 and we decided to wander around the top of a big basin on our way to meet BH.
I walked out onto a spur that overlooked the basin, switched the rifle light on and scanned the area below the ridge we had just walked. Nek Minit I see a pair of eyes light up about 90m away, raised the rifle, aquired them in the scope and saw a black wild cat stalking down the edge of the bush into the basin. Closed the bolt and sent an 80gr PSP ( factory Remington load) on its way. At the shot, the cat leaped and turned somersaults before crashing into the scrub edge.I also saw a second set of eyes on the edge of the light beam about 15m below where the cat had been. When I swung the rifle and light ( The light is clamped to the barrel) the eyes went out. I dropped to a sitting position and kept watching through the scope and about 20secs later the eyes were back. Initially I thought it was another cat as I could make out a grey shape behind the eyes........ but I then realized it was a deers head poking out from underneath a bush. I sent another 80gr Psp on its way and was rewarded with a solid thump of a hit which turned its eyes off. I chambered another round and waited a few seconds to be sure and then the eyes lit up again so I sent another bullet on its way. This time the deer reared up, fell over a bush and rolled 5 metres down the hil where it remained motionless.
D and I made our way over to the deer which was a young spiker. When we got there the deer looked like it had gone 10 rds with a heavyweight boxer.  We dragged it to level ground and I field dressed it out.

On closer inspection we found...........well a picture is worth a 1000 words so here are the pics I took.....
In the next pic you can see a large wound on its flank which had pierced its stomach, a wound on its front left shoulder which appears to be a second  puncture wound and 2 more wounds on the top of the shoulder and neck.

Turning the deer over we found the front right shoulder Humerus bone had been dislocated from the scapula and was poking out through the skin.

You can see from the pics the deers coat looked like  crap, with large areas looking like mange and other areas scuffed and torn. When I field dressed it I noted that its stomach was almost empty and the whole deers condition was terrible.
Some of the wounds had already scabbed over and were leaking pus while others only looked like a few days old. We came to the unanimous decision that it would not be advisable to keep the meat and laid him to rest in the scrub.

Looking back at what happened, I noted at the time I saw the cat, that it appeared to be in full stalking mode and what we believe happened was the cat ( which was approaching the deer from downwind) had smelt the deer ( or the taint of rotting meat) and was intent on getting a free feed believing it was something dead but edible.

We are also pretty sure that the young spiker had run across the big buck while the buck was 'courting; his ladies and had received a thorough thrashing for having the temerity to try to 'get some' himself.

I guess its now Round 3 to the buck.

Apologies for the feet in the pic btw...If CPJ saw them he would be having conniptions!
Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....

Replies

  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,437 Senior Member
    That poor little guy is a mess...you did a good thing...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 25,153 Senior Member
    The body of that big Bucks seems huge!  How heavy do big fallow get?

    Good shooting. I’m sure the spike was ultimately appreciative. 
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,303 Senior Member
    Gots any pix of the cat?

    Feet in pix are allowed if you have painted toenails! ;)
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 13,206 Senior Member
    Hunting deer in the day, hunting them at night, when do you sleep? :) Hope you see that big buck....
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,206 Senior Member
    Zee said:
    The body of that big Bucks seems huge!  How heavy do big fallow get?

    Good shooting. I’m sure the spike was ultimately appreciative. 

    Thanks. While some of his wounds had started to heal I doubt whether he would have survived, especially as he was still in the big bucks territory.
    Fallow bucks normally range between 60-100kg on the hoof but some can grow larger up to 150kg. That big buck is large for the area, although BH did shoot one a while ago that weighed 64kg on the hook after field dressing and with his head off. This buck would be at least the equal of that in my opinion and experience.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,206 Senior Member
    Jayhawker said:
    That poor little guy is a mess...you did a good thing...

    Thanks. He certainly was a mess and I am glad he isnt going to suffer further.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,206 Senior Member
    Interesting thing also is that D and I had walked within 25m upwind of where he was laid up and he didnt move off. Sort of suggests he was not capable of moving at all.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,206 Senior Member
    zorba said:
    Gots any pix of the cat?

    Feet in pix are allowed if you have painted toenails! ;)

    No pics of the cat, didnt feel like walking back up the steep face to hunt around in the scrub........
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,206 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 said:
    Hunting deer in the day, hunting them at night, when do you sleep? :) Hope you see that big buck....

    Sleep is grossly overrated. Hit the sack fri night at 10.30pm which is the earliest for about 5 yrs.....woke up just before 2am and couldnt get back to sleep so I made Bacon and eggs at 2.30 and watched WWII docos until the sun came up, Its now 3.30 am sunday and I am just starting to get tired.....lol.

    We will catch up with 'Bruiser' soon... His luck will run out!
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    I feel for you.  Shot a pig a few years ago, when we got up to him he had a arrow stuck in the back of his left ham, that had healed up and formed over.  He looked hefty, but was malnourished and infected.  Buzzards , worms and coyotes need to eat same us as...  

    D
    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
    Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.... now who's bringing the hot wings? :jester:
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,227 Senior Member
    I killed a small whitetail buck one year whose right shoulder had been injured.  The leg was totally useless, and the meat in the shoulder had totally atrophied.  It was also infested with seed ticks.  About an hour or so after I killed it, the ticks started streaming off of it.

    But, we butchered it and ate it, except for the bad shoulder.  It was good eating, as I recall.
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,891 Senior Member
    zorba said:
    Gots any pix of the cat?

    Feet in pix are allowed if you have painted toenails! ;)
    At least he wears boots and is not barefoot 
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,303 Senior Member
    NN said:
    zorba said:
    Gots any pix of the cat?

    Feet in pix are allowed if you have painted toenails! ;)
    At least he wears boots and is not barefoot 
    Yea, but if you wear boots, you can't show off your toenails! :D
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 11,463 Senior Member
    I put down a small bunch that had been hit by a car, and had a compound fracture of the fore leg.  He looked pretty sick, so I let the coyotes have him.

    on the other hand, I shot an axis doe a few years ago that someone had gone for a headshot on, and skipped the bullet off the top of the skull.  She had a bare patch of skull showing between her ears, but was otherwise fine.
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • PFDPFD Senior Member Posts: 1,531 Senior Member
    I took an elk with a .308 and had it butchered.
    I cooked a roast and while carving it I thought I hit a bone that shouldn't be there.
    I found a slightly mushroomed bullet that mic'ed at .243!
    Meat was fine do we dined!
    That's all I got.

    Paul
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