Wow! I have been AWOL awhile! No I didn't shoot him. As for the camera, I did this one with a Nikon F5 with a 150-500 Sigma lense. Think the other was the same camera. Today I use mostly a Nikon D70 with the same lense. That lense on the D70 works out to about a 240-700mm.
I don't shoot the backyard deer. I find them in the hills or they win. I must be getting old. But I do have some nice 8x10's hanging around the house and those backyard guy's are up there waiting!
The goal of all hunters is a quick, humane kill where the animal drops in it's tracks and is dead within seconds. But in a pursuit that has as many variables as hunting, sometimes things don't quite go according to plan. However, game can be tracked and recovered with the right skills and with patience.
First of all, you need to wait the right amount of time after the shot before tracking a wounded animal. I've heard estimates of waiting 30 minutes for a hit in the vitals and 5-8 hours for a...