Last week down in Alachua County, Fla., a sheriff’s deputy was called to euthanize a deer that had been hit twice by motor vehicles. Following procedure, the deputy contacted his supervisor and received permission to dispatch the deer. The deputy did not know where to shoot the deer and sought advice from his supervisor, who told the deputy to shoot the deer behind the shoulder.

The deputy then proceeded to shoot the deer in the stomach—seventeen times—before the deer finally expired. Needless to say, witnesses and the deputy—to say nothing of the deer—were traumatized by this event. The sheriff’s office response was that it will provide specific training to dispatch wild animals properly.

Excuse me, but I have a question: Assuming that the deputy attended a law enforcement training academy, wasn’t there some firearms training that included something about shot placement? I don’t know about you, but I would not feel very confident with this deputy protecting me in a tense situation.

We gunners know and embrace the responsibility that carrying a gun entails. It sure would be nice if the public-safety folks would embrace that responsibility as well—before the fact.

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1 Response to Training?

Dale Smith wrote:
September 24, 2010

Proper placement is in the head. Through the ear or behind it, top of the head, or rear of head, all work well. Used the old .38 spl with all ammo (148 target wad cutter to 110+P+) to finish off injured deer.