Carrot the deer made international headlines after he appeared in a Kenora, Ontario neighborhood with a crossbow bolt lodged in his head. Initially, authorities were planning on leaving the bolt in place and hoped it would become dislodged on its own, but with the public outcry, they seemed to have chosen a more hands-on approach.
According to the Canadian Broadcasting Company, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) officials tranquilized the deer and removed the entire arrow.
“The deer was tranquilized on the afternoon of December 17 and the entire arrow was removed,” Michelle Nowak, an outreach specialist with the MNRF said in a statement. “No blood was noted when the arrow was taken out. The deer was given an injection of antibiotics in addition to a topical application of antibiotics at the wound site. Ear tags were attached to the deer as is required when an animal is tranquilized.”
Department officials remained on site until the deer recovered from the sedation and allowed him to wander off.
“We remain cautiously optimistic that the deer will make a full recovery,” Nowak said in a statement.
This incident has people in an uproar about hunting and its ethics. Many are calling for hunting bans and undoubtedly anti-hunting organizations will use images from this deer to push their agenda.
The wounding of game is an inevitability in hunting but hunters should do their best to minimize it. Headshots are extremely lethal, but if one is off the mark just by a little this type of wounding can take place and it does not provide good PR for hunting.
Hunting is an ethical pursuit that still has a place in modern life. I discuss this in my book. Why We Hunt: The Five Motivations of the Modern Hunter. I lay out a case for why we still need hunting and why hunters still go out and chase games. Reading this book will help hunters understand themselves and give them the tools they need to address the questions non-hunters ask.
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