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Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: PA Dutch Country
not impressed with some hunters during doe slaughter week
We took a number of does and fawns this past week during inline season, but I have to say I am not too happy with what I have found this week while out for birds. So far I have found three dead does on public land. Two were gut shot, one rifle, one muzzleloader, and one was shot through the throat with a muzzleloader. Apparently some jag off tried head shoot that one, to "save some meat", and ended up wasting it all. It was only laying 15 yards into a thick hedge, right along a huge deer trail, next to that huge cornfield (in case the shooter is reading this) and probably ran an bled out within 100 yards. Quite a few times I heard long shot strings from rifles on second Saturday, so I guess that must have been senior hunters who should know better. I can't imagine a youth having the confidence to fling lead like that.
This early season should be filled with clean, easy shots. The deer are not pressured yet. There is no reason to take poor shots for an October meat deer. If you don't want it to run, shoot it high shoulder. It is a huge target and there is not as much waste as some seem to think.