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Question by biggerm53. Uploaded on August 23, 2010
Absolutely! When hunting any animal, you owe it to that animal to provide the quickest end possible. If that means additional shots, go for it.
Yes, libertyfirst is so right.
I back the others 100%. We owe the animal a quick passage to the other side
its entirely immoral for you to watch a suffering animal and not put it out of its misery. Nobody likes misses or bad hits, but the fact of the matter is: if you hunt enough these things happen. So let that animal pass peacefully and quickly. Dont take unneccessary shots on deer that will die quickly from the original shot, but on gut shot deer/shoulder hit, or any bad flesh wound shot, you want to put another shot in that deers breadbasket as quickly as possible.
Why would you ask this question?
It's more than legal, it's the ethical thing to do. There are no laws anywhere that say you shouldn't be firing away until it ain't movin'. With that said, if you take your first shot carefully, you should never need more than that in most cases.
You are obliged to finish it off if it's wounded. It's the right thing to do, and it doesn't speak badly for you to use another arrow. We all want the one-shot/one-arrow kill but, realistically speaking, sometimes a second is needed.
One additional point is to always carry your weapon with you when tracking a deer. We often have to pass through heavy brush or cross creeks to find our downed animals, so it is tempting to leave your weapon behind. If you then come across a wounded animal, you may jump it and subsequently lose it and prolong its suffering. So, always carry your weapon with you when tracking an animal.
Why would you think you would be able to shoot an animal and once shot; not be able to shoot it again? Makes no sense bro.
I'm with buckhunter and Jay. If you're asking questions like this I have to wonder how and where did you ever get a license to hunt in the first place.
Up here in Ontario (Canada) anyone who wants to start hunting must take the very comprehensive hunting safety course (not just kids like back in Montana where I'm originally from). I didn't have to take the course because I could prove I had been hunting for thirty years. But I still had to take the exam which took more than an hour and covered a lot more than just safety. Also had to do a hands on demonstration with real guns. The beautifully illustrated and well-written course text (actually quite a thick volume) is a great resource. Anyway, I find it kinda scary that folks are taking off into the woods loaded up but devoid of even the basic knowledge of principles of hunting. I'm glad you asked, Bigger, but it sounds like you have a LOT to learn. Get yourself into a course or find a good mentor - for your and for your family's sake. This forum is a good source of information but it's no substitute for either of those.
buck ~ right on.
well Most of the time when you're bowhunting, you don't want it to drop right where it stands because that means a spine shot, which usually means you didn't hit the heart or lungs. a good bowhunting shot and it should run like twenty yards, but if it drops right there then its usually a spine shot...my first deer i shot with a bow was a spine shot from ground level and i sent another arrow just to finish it quicker, any animal you should always make sure that you finish it if you wound it. from anything the size of a mouse and all the way up to an elephant you should always make sure it goes quick. So if you injure it, keep shooting
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