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#2983299 - 10/15/12 08:50 PM Re: "non-fatal hits" [Re: PapPaw]
Mike Belt
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Registered: 03/26/99
Posts: 18623
Loc: Lakeland, Tn.

The best buck I ever lost was a 135-140 class 10 pointer. The dreaded "non-fatal" spot was right above the lungs broadside and under the spine missing the artery running along it. A watery blood and the deer survived. He was later seen running with another buck and a few does.

#2983773 - 10/16/12 08:17 AM Re: "non-fatal hits" [Re: PapPaw]
Jerkasourous of the non-typical kind

Registered: 03/11/99
Posts: 65979
Loc: Nashville, TN

 Originally Posted By: PapPaw
I am not sure how much pain deer feel. I have seen deer double lung shot go back to feeding, until they fell dead. They never appeared to know they were hurt.I have also shot bucks that were chaseing hot does, keep after them until they dropped dead.

A few years ago, I shot a nice older buck that was hot after a doe. He was crashing through brush, jumping downed logs, and chasing that doe like crazy. Yet while processing him I found that one of his legs was broken--femur snapped right in half by a 22 caliber bullet, and had been that way for some time. Running and chasing with a completely separated femur-break? Much of what we humans think of as "pain" is created in our minds. It is real, felt pain, but it is mentally produced. Deer won't have that type of pain because they don't have the mental capacity to conceptualize it.
"Know where you stand, and stand there" --Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan

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