X3 on the spine shots.
In the 25+ years that I've been a subscriber to D&DH, this article struck me as the second most unethical thing I've seen in there.
Yes, a GUNSHOT in the spine will drop a deer. I've done it (not on purpose) several times, and ALL of those times I had to cut throats.....while they look at you....not exactly my prefered way of dispatching an animal.
But in this article, he also talked about spine shots with a BOW....and A MECHANICAL HEAD TO BOOT!!!!!! Good Heavens, talk about asking for failure!!!!
Besides, a CENTER CHEST shot, if both lungs are pierced, will kill a deer outright in a minute or two at MOST. If you miss a lung, you still have a pretty good margin or error. Not so for the spine. It's like aiming for the femoral artery in the back leg. If you hit it, it's like opening the faucet, and the deer will drop momentarily. If you miss.....you have a wounded animal that you won't find, and may die of gangrene...nice.
The three deer I've spine shot, and the Russian boar were ALL very tough to eat, even with my hanging the deer as I normally do. I believe that it may have something to do with the adrenelin and stress the animal went through before death.
In case any of you were wondering what the #1 most unetical thing I ever saw in D&DH was, it was an ad for a bow rest that enabled you to shoot TWO arrows at one time,
"For twice the bloodtrail!"
And the most disturbing part was that they had a photo of, and an endorsement by, "ART LAHA, PIONEER WISCONSIN BOWHUNTER!"
I guess 'ol Art was down on his luck at that time and need the extra cash or something.
This also proves that this era doen't have a monoply on half-a***d gizmos and hucksterism. [8|]
Offer No Apologies.....
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