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Nobody intentionally wounds game. Well, except for a guy I know who lives on the outskirts of Macon, GA and hates the deer which eat up his garden every year.

He uses a .22 with CB caps off his back deck to gut shoot the offenders. When asked why, his response is if you shoot'em in the chest they die in the yard, but gut shot they'll make it back into the creek bottom behind the house to expire...Geo

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Originally Posted By: Geo. Newbern
Nobody intentionally wounds game. Well, except for a guy I know who lives on the outskirts of Macon, GA and hates the deer which eat up his garden every year.

He uses a .22 with CB caps off his back deck to gut shoot the offenders. When asked why, his response is if you shoot'em in the chest they die in the yard, but gut shot they'll make it back into the creek bottom behind the house to expire...Geo


Sky busting, pass shooting at 75 yard birds, 50 yard shots on pheasants,sharptails,chickens, sage grouse, excessive distance Hail Mary shots with on big game is about as intentional as it gets.
The guy you know, he sounds like a prick.

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Originally Posted By: Geo. Newbern
Nobody intentionally wounds game. Well, except for a guy I know who lives on the outskirts of Macon, GA and hates the deer which eat up his garden every year.

He uses a .22 with CB caps off his back deck to gut shoot the offenders. When asked why, his response is if you shoot'em in the chest they die in the yard, but gut shot they'll make it back into the creek bottom behind the house to expire...Geo


Speechless. Iím surprised anyone would post this. Irresponsible, cruel and illustrates why some people should have no access to firearms. If your dog continued to dig up his garden would he be liable to gut shot that too ?

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I don't think much of the guy's garden protection practice either. My point is that is what is obviously irresponsible and cruel, whereas folks that miss or wound a deer are not necessarily either, they just mess up sometimes. If you don't I sure am proud of you...Geo

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I donít see any connection between a misplaced shot and deliberately gut shooting an animal out of spite with a small bore calibre with a round designed for indoor target shooting.

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I will be 80 next April and enjoy hunting but the desire to kill is getting weaker and weaker. Bobby

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Iím mostly alone when I hunt these days. My partners have aged out, or cashed out. I missed grousemas with Lloyd this year, too many reasons on both ends to bother listing. I never took to deer hunting, absolutely no problem with those who do, but, it just ainít me. If I didnít own a dog, I might not hunt.

I mean that. The dog is the most important part to me.

I eat the game I shoot, but, tend to share with a retired couple who enjoy it as much as I do, but, have no desire to help harvest it. My wife and son mostly have no interest in eating it. We have a big sit down dinner a couple times a year, grouse, pheasants, and maybe fish, some kind of domestic chow for my family, think steak or chicken. All cooked in my foodie buddies kitchen. My son is not a meat eater, never has been, but, will tag along on a day bird hunting trip.

I donít know how that will resolve itself. I have hopes.

I never take more than a brace. I used to. Agree with Dustin, I hate losing game. I had a well hit pheasant manage to run to the cat tails last trip out, ticked me off to no end, but, a fox or more likely a coyote owes me, I suppose. If we would have been having some sub zero temps, and the dog and I could have run out after the bird on the ice, we likely would have found him. I have specific pheasant guns and loads which are not grouse guns and loads, but, sometimes the roosters still avoid the bag.

The grouse, not so much.

I enjoy my time afield whether I come home with game or not. I miss my Dad, still hunt his spots here and there, occasionally use his guns, and drive his route to his spots. I have friends who would love to go, but, canít.

The dog enjoys the trip immensely, as well, game taken, or not. I wish the dogs lived longer, and were in better shape at the end. It seems so brief, my time with them.

Their lives are the calendar pages of my own life.

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Grouse are tough Ted. Iím 62 yo and I canít grouse hunt like I once did. I got 5 this season after 2 weeks of hunting in the UP if that tells you anything. Seems like the older I get, the less time I have on those things. Couldnít even get the safety catch off before they were gone....hang in there. Itís still fun, but quail hunting on wild birds must be 10-20x easier! Grouse hunting is ROUGH.


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Buzz,
Most of my grouse hunting is a stroll in the woods. Yes, they get moving quickly, but, I have a setter that mostly points the birds I get a shot at. I work the edges, breaks and fire roads, and donít find it to be much of a struggle.

The pheasants live in tangles of Minnesota WMAs, areas that were unfit for farming in the southern part of the state. Invariably, they are wet, and brushy, and tough to work properly. The birds concentrate in them after the corn is put up, they receive a lot of hunting pressure, and turn into ghosts this time of year, you catch glimpses of them exiting out of range, wise to the game.

My pheasant hunting is the more difficult of the two for me.

I love them both.

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Really appreciate all of you guys' responses. Good stuff and lots of insightful viewpoints.
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