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Old 11-21-2011, 12:47   #1
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Putting Down Injured Deer

I'd like to see what you all think would be the quickest way to put down an injured deer. What ammo? Where to shoot it...head, heard/lungs, etc.? With my job I find myself more often than I'd like having to put down suffering deer. I think I'm going to start using my G29 instead of .40 cal.

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Old 11-21-2011, 12:48   #2
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Head with some sort of fmj or hardcast gets my vote...probably wont matter much tho if youre hitting them in the head..
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Old 11-21-2011, 12:49   #3
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I used a .22 lr. I only had to do it once but one shot to the head and it was done really fast.
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Old 11-21-2011, 14:32   #4
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The last time I did this was about 20 years ago: Knife under the throat works just fine.

.40 or .22 will also work, just a lot louder. Head shots are lethal. The extra 200 fps you're gonna get from a hot 10 load vs. a .40 will not matter from point blank range.
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Old 11-21-2011, 14:54   #5
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I'd use whatever I had at hand, It is the humane thing to do if neceassary!
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Old 11-21-2011, 14:56   #6
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Well it's also partly an excuse to shoot my newest pistol. Plus I don't have to show up for work the next day with the 10mm clean. I normally take head shots but it seems like a couple times lately they haven't died as quickly as I would have liked. I don't mean to sound like a big weannie, just hate to see something lay there and suffer any longer than necessary.
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Old 11-21-2011, 16:59   #7
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I suppose a headshot with a solid bullet would be best, assuming you don't get hit with a ricochet. Deer skulls are pretty hard!
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Old 11-21-2011, 17:05   #8
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head shot, use whatever you have...it will be over quick
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Old 11-21-2011, 17:44   #9
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10mm to the heart or the brain is instant death!
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Old 11-21-2011, 17:50   #10
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I have had to kill an injured deer while in the city limits. Police officer would not let me use a 22 pistol for a clean kill. I had to sever the spine with a knife. Right at the base of the skull. Lights out quickly and hopefully no pain for the deer
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Old 11-21-2011, 20:44   #11
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I've had to put down plenty of injured deer hit on the highways. I once shot a large buck in the top of his head with five .40 caliber rounds. The damn thing kept standing back up! Bad times since the lady who hit it with her car was standing 50 yds away with her kids getting a report taken. And this was in the gun-hating San Fransisco bay area! Awk-ward!

Soon after that a game warden showed me a cool trick. She dropped a blanket (or tarp) over the injured deer's head. This makes it immediately drop to the ground, no running around. Then she drew an old .38 revolver, hardly a deer-killing round, and shot the thing just behind the ear. Instant lights out. It was amazing.

I've also used a .556 round against an injured cow and THAT worked pretty damn well. A dairyman had to bring a skip loader over to drag the carcass away with a chain though. Heavy bastards. Good "hunting"!
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Old 11-21-2011, 21:28   #12
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Yeah. Ive definitely put down my share with .40 and sometimes it's fast but other times it does take several shots. Sometimes they just really fight it. I normally do aim for the brain. Maybe i'll try some of my 200 or 230 grain DT hardcast.
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Old 11-21-2011, 21:33   #13
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You may have a case to put an injured deer down if you are a Law Officer in MN, but you others had better call the DNR Officer and get permission, before you kill a MN deer. Here that is akin to hunting and DNR doesn't like it. I'm talking shooting, other means may be ok.

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If the shooting the brain isnt working, try aiming for the base of the brain where it meets the spinal cord...sever that spinal cord right there and it is lights out real quick!
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Old 11-21-2011, 21:51   #15
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destroying the brain stem is the key - severed spinal cord paralyzes, but quickest is brain stem obliteration - that's they part of the brain that controls heart, lungs, etc. I've seen deer dispatched in a number of ways - blades, bullets, boots, cars, arrows, traps, other animals, dogs, gas, catapults, drowning, smashed in head with a rock, blow guns, five-finger death punch, snake bites, starvation, choking, cancer, brain rot, clotheslines, suffocation, diabetes, trephining, smoke inhalation, mountain cats, horse stompings, glass window severings, stuck in a tree, hypodermic needle, drug overdose, panic, fire. There are more deer in North America than there are insects in the world.
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Old 11-21-2011, 22:00   #16
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I usually go for the head shot with my rifle (700LTR) , but I have put a few 45 ACP slugs in downed deer. I always went for lights out, and had no problem penetrating a skull. Both the 40 and 10mm will do the same thing at point blank range putting one in the head. My favorite sidearm in the field is without a doubt my G20 though. The flat trajectory, extended range, and excellent ballistics make a lot of sense to me.
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Old 11-21-2011, 22:08   #17
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Are you kidding? Put the deer down with any means possible!

We had a horse hit on the hwy this week one morning. It was ripped to hell! I stopped and spoke with the animal control official on scene. He didn't have clearance to put the horse down. I went over and put it down with my lock blade. It's guts were ripped open and broken up to hell.

It was laying in a ditch off the hwy with a huge berm behind it. I could have laid it down with my PF-9 and done so safely. But I chose the blade so the idiot cops could not charge me with discharging a firearm in city limits. And the horse had been down long enough that it blood was already dried on the hwy. No cops, troopers, our county folks. Just a hen pecked dog catcher.

Put them down and do it quick by any mean possible!
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headshots. Works on everything i have put down.
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Old 11-22-2011, 04:44   #19
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destroying the brain stem is the key - severed spinal cord paralyzes, but quickest is brain stem obliteration - that's they part of the brain that controls heart, lungs, etc. I've seen deer dispatched in a number of ways - blades, bullets, boots, cars, arrows, traps, other animals, dogs, gas, catapults, drowning, smashed in head with a rock, blow guns, five-finger death punch, snake bites, starvation, choking, cancer, brain rot, clotheslines, suffocation, diabetes, trephining, smoke inhalation, mountain cats, horse stompings, glass window severings, stuck in a tree, hypodermic needle, drug overdose, panic, fire. There are more deer in North America than there are insects in the world.
Damn dope head deer. There have been two car killed in front of the same house this year. I'd better check it out, must be their dealer.
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Old 11-22-2011, 05:10   #20
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I used a .22 lr. I only had to do it once but one shot to the head and it was done really fast.
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Are you kidding? Put the deer down with any means possible!

We had a horse hit on the hwy this week one morning. It was ripped to hell! I stopped and spoke with the animal control official on scene. He didn't have clearance to put the horse down. I went over and put it down with my lock blade. It's guts were ripped open and broken up to hell.

It was laying in a ditch off the hwy with a huge berm behind it. I could have laid it down with my PF-9 and done so safely. But I chose the blade so the idiot cops could not charge me with discharging a firearm in city limits. And the horse had been down long enough that it blood was already dried on the hwy. No cops, troopers, our county folks. Just a hen pecked dog catcher.


Put them down and do it quick by any mean possible!

I don't think I asked anything about how long to wait did I? Putting down the deer is always my first priority. I worked 8yr for a busy city department and never shot an animal. I've been with my current county dept. 6yr. It is part very urban and part very rural. If I had to guess I'd say I've put down 15-20 deer, 2-3 cats, 3 dogs, and probably 15 or so raccoons. This has all been with .40 cal.
I'm simply looking for tips on doing it as quick and painless as possible.
Thanks again.
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Old 11-22-2011, 06:18   #22
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You may have a case to put an injured deer down if you are a Law Officer in MN, but you others had better call the DNR Officer and get permission, before you kill a MN deer. Here that is akin to hunting and DNR doesn't like it. I'm talking shooting, other means may be ok.

Good intentions aren't enough.
Same here in Michigan. Unless it is in season and you are ready to tag the animal, you have to call leo or dnr to take care of the issue. They take this stuff VERY seriously. You go from humane, responsible citizen to poacher in the pull of a trigger.

It stinks with all the car/deer hits this time of year, but it's the way it is.
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I don't think I asked anything about how long to wait did I? Putting down the deer is always my first priority. I worked 8yr for a busy city department and never shot an animal. I've been with my current county dept. 6yr. It is part very urban and part very rural. If I had to guess I'd say I've put down 15-20 deer, 2-3 cats, 3 dogs, and probably 15 or so raccoons. This has all been with .40 cal.
I'm simply looking for tips on doing it as quick and painless as possible.
Thanks again.
Sounds you like you have more than enough experience to make the decision on your own to me...
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Old 11-22-2011, 20:46   #24
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Umm. Yes I have put down a fair amount. Like I said, sometimes they go down quickly and sometimes they do not. I'm just looking for advice on what to do to make them all go down fast.
I have people telling me what is legal and what is not. I have people telling me not to wait and to do it any way possible. That's all fine and dandy but not what I am looking for.
For shots to the head where do you aim? Below the ear? A few times I've had them totally follow me with their head and it's hard to even get to their side.
So thanks again to all that have helped and didn't just add a smart comment.
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I put down about 20 deer a year on average. I used to do it with a .45 to the head. I switched 10 years ago and now use a 12ga shotgun to the head. Especially if its in a populated area like a residential neighborhood. As long as as you are able to get within 10 feet of the deer, whether by sneaking or otherwise, Low base #6 shot will completely open up a large golf ball size hole in the side of its head, generally flop its brain out next to it. The pellets will not go ricocheting off through the houses and will not overpenetrate and cause liability issues. the pellets will not go out the back side of the head, of course strays can get by it, but shooting downward, they hit the dirt and pretty much stop dead. Instant death. One shot. I wont discharge my 40 in town or neighborhoods. Some will question using bird shot on a deer, but once you see it as long as you are inside that 10-12ft range, will never question it again. I have had deer get up and run across the street with a well placed 40/45 rd to the head, almost cause another accident and further traumatize the RP still on scene. I have never, in over 150 deer, had one do more than quiver a little with a shotgun blast of birdshot to the head at close range.

edited to add: just read your last question on where to aim, I put it just behind the eyeball, their brain is terribly small, aim at the back edge of the eyeball and its over.

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