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Old wounds
« on: November 22, 2017, 10:11:39 AM »
Anybody have any stories of wounds/bullets/ broad heads they've pulled out of animals they've harvested? Just curious. Last year my hunting partner was fortunate enough to harvest an elk that we later discovered that it was the same bull I was unable to recover from the week prior. Got my bullet back though. Amazing animals.  The cougar I harvested a few years back had a broken foot with a canine bite wound clear through and scratch marks on his butt. Not sure if he won or lost that fight haha
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Re: Old wounds
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2017, 10:26:37 AM »
I got a cow about 10 years ago that had a muzzy bullet in one of her rear quarters.

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Re: Old wounds
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2017, 10:40:27 AM »
My Washington moose had wounds/scars on his hindquarters where wolves tried to hamstring him. 

I hope he ripped a couple up with his devilish brows
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Re: Old wounds
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2017, 10:42:17 AM »
Speaking of.  idabooners big Tom had a chest wound where an antler tip penetrated all the way to the cats heart.  It was bruised where it hit the heart.  Another 1/8 of an inch of thrust and there would have been dead puddy
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Re: Old wounds
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2017, 10:50:15 AM »
My hunting partner shot an older whitetail buck on private land near Kaycee Wyoming.  As we skinned the buck, quite a few size 7 1/2 lead shot fell to the floor, and lots more were stuck in the fascia.  When he cut up the deer, he found size 6 and size 2 shot in the meat. 

The rancher had alfalfa fields and told us to "shoot as many of those damned things as you want".  I suspect the shot size probably correlated with his depredation frustration on any given day. 
As long as we have the habitat, we can argue forever about who gets to kill what and when.  No habitat = no game.

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Re: Old wounds
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2017, 10:52:15 AM »
I shot a buck about 6 or 7 years ago that had a broad head behind the shoulder blade.  It was all infected and atrophied.  About 3 years ago I shot a bull with a 22 bullet in the hind quarter.  I found it when I put it through my meat grinder and about broke my arm when the grinder tried to fly off the counter.  This year my wife's bull had a blade and point of an expandable broad head between the skin and bone just above the rear hoof.  I've shot lots of ducks and geese with old pellets in them.

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Re: Old wounds
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2017, 10:53:44 AM »
Speaking of.  idabooners big Tom had a chest wound where an antler tip penetrated all the way to the cats heart.  It was bruised where it hit the heart.  Another 1/8 of an inch of thrust and there would have been dead puddy
I responded to a November report years ago of a poached buck at the Casper, WY water treatment plant.  I found a dead buck with a round entrance wound perfectly placed behind his right shoulder with no exit.  When we opened him up to look for a bullet, the minimal trauma, lack of hydrostatic shock trauma, and no projectile led us to conclude he'd been killed by a tine puncture from another buck.
As long as we have the habitat, we can argue forever about who gets to kill what and when.  No habitat = no game.

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Re: Old wounds
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2017, 10:55:52 AM »
2 years in a row I've gotten lead out of deer taken in Wyoming.  One was a 22 LR bullet and one was buckshot.  I think the rancher tries to discourage the deer from eating his hay.......... :o
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Re: Old wounds
« Reply #8 on: November 22, 2017, 11:00:11 AM »
A bull elk I got years ago has a healed 1+ inch diameter antler hole in his skull behind his ear.  When I was a kid, a friend of my dad's called him to come take care of a paralyzed buck on his farm. The big guy had been shot with one of those old green broadheads in the spine.  It had stopped less than a quarter inch away.  We figured during a rut fight, he got hit by another buck and it shoved the blade through.

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Re: Old wounds
« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2017, 11:11:18 AM »
Also, the bull with the 22 bullet in the hind quarter was a non-typical and had its skull broken and healed up. 

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Re: Old wounds
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2017, 11:15:41 AM »
A bull a few years back we cut out 3 blades of a broad head out of the bulls neck. Was all calloused in a tube from the neck meat to the skin/hide. super strange no shaft or anything holding the blades. Not quite sure on the shot placement of the archer but I guess they felt comfy making it.
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Re: Old wounds
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2017, 11:21:45 AM »
I shot a buck about 6 or 7 years ago that had a broad head behind the shoulder blade.  It was all infected and atrophied.  About 3 years ago I shot a bull with a 22 bullet in the hind quarter.  I found it when I put it through my meat grinder and about broke my arm when the grinder tried to fly off the counter.  This year my wife's bull had a blade and point of an expandable broad head between the skin and bone just above the rear hoof.  I've shot lots of ducks and geese with old pellets in them.
Funny i also found the muzzy bullet with the meet grinder.

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Re: Old wounds
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2017, 12:58:35 PM »
Skinning a big cow years ago we found an encapsulated .54 cal sabot muzzle loader bullet completely flattened right under the skin of her neck. It was a weird white cyst looking thing we decided to cut open. Hit lead and carefully carved it out, finding a little T off the back by where the caliber was stamped.

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Re: Old wounds
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2017, 01:08:11 PM »
Shot a huge cow archery season a couple years ago that had been shot with a rifle.  She had a broken hip and ribs. Found copper jacket in front shoulder.  Looked like they tried to Texas heart shot her.  It was fresh....within the week.  A little meat wast on hind quarter is all.  Explained why she wasn't in as big a hurry to leave town when I stepped on the heard.  Glad I got to put her out of her misery. 

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Re: Old wounds
« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2017, 01:57:03 PM »
Bull i harvested this year had a wound on its chest area. Full of mystery liquid. Guy in camp said it could have been gored by a bull or branch? Shot during previous season? Found no broadhead or bullet

 

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