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Offline Gringo31

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Re: Bedded Animal
« Reply #15 on: August 10, 2017, 01:52:12 PM »
Passed on the biggest buck in my life at 23 yards because he was bedded.  Tried to get him up and he was GONE!


He was quartered to me and I was archery hunting.  There are times I can't help but wonder if I should have shot him but couldn't risk losing/wounding the buck of a lifetime.
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Re: Bedded Animal
« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2017, 07:17:00 AM »
I don't think it is unethical by any means.   A lot of times the way they lay covers up the kill zone especially for an arrow.   Thanks for sharing your thoughts guys.

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Re: Bedded Animal
« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2017, 07:33:47 AM »
3 feet of salal now that sounds like a fisherman's story there :chuckle:

 :)  To take a tangent further:  Years ago I went along on a hunt on Valdez Island, just over the border in the Canadian Gulf Islands, and was weirded out by salal way taller than my head.  The tiny blacktails on the island make tunnel trails through the stuff.  Mutant alien salal!  8)

Re original topic:  I have shot deer in their beds and consider it good hunting to see one bedded within range.  Jim Corbett, the famous hunter of man eatng tigers in India considered it unsporting to shoot a bedded animal.  He made an exception on a tiger he shot in its bed within a few feet, justified because it was a man killer, but he still didn't like it.  Maybe if I had the skill to stalk a tiger to within 10 feet I might pass on bedded game also.  But I don't and  I don't. 

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Re: Bedded Animal
« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2017, 08:02:51 AM »
Every situation is different.  I've killed animals in their beds and I've passed on animals in their beds.  I've had a higher percentage of DRT kills on bedded animals than standing broadside animals (muzzy and rifle).  I think the most important factor is having a higher elevation than the animal.  Animal angles, your slope angle, distance, animal anatomy knowledge, full view of animal, and skill with your tool all should factor with a decision to kill.  On bedded animals, I've been able to take my time to reposition my angle, get in a prone position, and place the projectile where I wanted it.   

Though, there was this one time several years ago in Wyoming on a stud mulie where I didn't following the above guidelines, but Doublelung was backing me up, so it was all good...so I thought :chuckle:  We didn't have the high ground, nor a body shot, and I compromised to take a neck shot.  It was a bad choice on my part given the situation and I knew it at the time.  I thought I could get away with it given our experience.  NOPE, buck lived.     

Additionally, I have never shot at a big game animal in it's bed with a bow, though I could have many times.  As you get more experienced killing animals, you will learn when or when not to attempt a killing shot.  Arrows and bullets work very differently on animals, and understanding that is crucial in your decision when using different tools.       
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Re: Bedded Animal
« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2017, 08:50:25 AM »
Not to sidetrack the thread but it reminded me about the debate of shooting waterfowl on the water. I used to be against it unless it was a cripple but it truly takes skill to fully decoy a bird and not just take a passing shot. With that said, much like big game, the "kill zone" is tougher to hit on a swimming bird so unless I am confident I can put most my pellets in the head and neck area I will kick them up and shoot after they take off.
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Re: Bedded Animal
« Reply #20 on: August 12, 2017, 09:00:52 AM »
I've killed two in their beds that I can think of offhand.  A whitetail and a  Muley.  Nope that's three, two muleys.   None went anywhere except for the one that fell off a cliff twitching. 
I am deadset  against slooshing Ducks. I don't think it's the same but that's my personal choice.

Strike that, three Muley's. One wasn't bedded, but laying flat hiding from me.
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Re: Bedded Animal
« Reply #21 on: August 12, 2017, 10:56:53 AM »
Shoot em in the ass to get them running, running shots are more sporting.  ;)

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Re: Bedded Animal
« Reply #22 on: August 12, 2017, 01:29:31 PM »
Shoot em in the ass to get them running, running shots are more sporting.  ;)

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Re: Bedded Animal
« Reply #23 on: August 12, 2017, 04:29:47 PM »
Shoot em in the ass to get them running, running shots are more sporting.  ;)

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Long story but yes I have shot and killed a mule deer with a bow while it was running. 

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Re: Bedded Animal
« Reply #24 on: August 12, 2017, 07:35:28 PM »
Oh my gosh, just when we were trying to go drama free, lol!

I have to admit, me too, but in all fairness the first arrow killed him, he just didn't know it yet.  :)
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Re: Bedded Animal
« Reply #25 on: August 12, 2017, 07:38:44 PM »
I would be good to go with rifle...would wait with the bow.

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Re: Bedded Animal
« Reply #26 on: August 12, 2017, 07:54:24 PM »
Yes Drama free please!  Similar situation for me, first arrow was the killer, then I almost got ran over and had to give him another one from 5 ft on a run.

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Re: Bedded Animal
« Reply #27 on: August 12, 2017, 08:36:42 PM »
Years ago my brother and I killed two Roosevelt bulls that were bedded in Alders,we now refer to that spot as Sleepy Bull. That was a great day obviously
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