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You may remember me mentioning in an earlier hunting post that I was nurturing a family of Black Buck antelope. This morning, I received news that my buck was found dead in a field near the road. As Nick will see in about a week, there is an 800-meter stretch from said road to any sort of suitable backstop. My neighbor’s house is on the same elevation, and if you were to pull a shot high, my parent’s house would be in the line of fire. Oh, did I mention the nine rescue horses and donkeys that frequent that field, too?

Beyond the obvious waste of meat, hide, and breeding stock, I’m mostly upset about the pot shot that someone took at my ranch. They could have killed one of my horses, my dog, or worse yet, a family member.

Unfortunately, this sort of thing is hard to investigate and the game wardens are already overloaded. So here’s to you anonymous IGOTD, thanks for at least hitting what you aimed at.

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  1. I’m not a hunter. In the sence that I have yet to go out and hunt more than twice ( and actually catch something beyond a cold) I have taken the hunting safety course and have talked to a couple of guys who hunt. Your description of the scene indicates the area is not conducive to safe shooting of any kind. I believe there is a rule that states be sure of your target and what lays beyond it. I also think that’s just basic gun safety. Whom ever this person maybe, they are a danger to the community and themselves.

  2. There is a certain percentage of people who are refered to as “slob hunters.” They have no respect for property, human life, animal life or safety. They just want to shoot something, preferably while drinking. That’s what makes them slobs.

    Most hunters are very ethical. They also spend a lot of money on gear, rifles, ammo and let’s not forget those critical license fees that fund so much wildlife conservation and resource recovery and land reclamation. Wanna bet that the slob hunter who shot that buck didn’t have a license?

    When a man takes a deer the “right way,” I applaud him. He is upholding an important American tradition that I hope he will pass on to his offspring. When another man violates all the rules, he’s just a poacher and belongs in jail.

  3. Who needs a gun? Use a car like I do! Just picked off a large doe about 2 weeks ago. Problem with using cars is that the deer tends to be sort of expensive to harvest.

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