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#5425070 - 11/16/14 08:30 PM Can you shoot deer at night????
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Woodsman

Registered: 09/10/11
Posts: 128
Say you shoot a deer right at dark and wait an hour or so to go find it. You follow blood trail and u find the deer and its still alive. Say its standing in a thicket and its a 160in buck you dont want to take the chance on losing. Can you take a final shot to finish him off? Reason I got to thinking about this is bc people talk about dogs baying a wounded deer and they take gun along incase they have to finish him off. Is it legal to finish one off at night in that situation?

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#5425079 - 11/16/14 08:33 PM Re: Can you shoot deer at night???? [Re: to2000]
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Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 1781
Loc: Dallas, Tx.
Good question. popcorn move to the front of the class please. I'm waiting on a knowledgeable answer now.

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#5425087 - 11/16/14 08:37 PM Re: Can you shoot deer at night???? [Re: to2000]
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Woodsman

Registered: 09/10/11
Posts: 128
Or even taking another shot with your bow. Shooting one at night is illegal no matter what or no?????

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#5425102 - 11/16/14 08:41 PM Re: Can you shoot deer at night???? [Re: to2000]
Texican Offline
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Registered: 02/19/08
Posts: 756
Legal Shooting Hours for all Game Animals and Nonmigratory Game Birds:
The period from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

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#5425115 - 11/16/14 08:45 PM Re: Can you shoot deer at night???? [Re: to2000]
Jkd106 Offline
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Registered: 08/20/13
Posts: 956
Loc: Fannin and Hall
Never thought about it, good question
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#5425118 - 11/16/14 08:47 PM Re: Can you shoot deer at night???? [Re: to2000]
DQ Kid Offline
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Registered: 02/20/12
Posts: 4073
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
We have dispatched wounded hogs at night with pistols but not deer. Interesting question.

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#5425124 - 11/16/14 08:48 PM Re: Can you shoot deer at night???? [Re: to2000]
dlrz71 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 10/16/07
Posts: 8959
Loc: Arlington, Tx/Coke Cnty
I would think no. If still alive need to back out and come back in the morning. I did a little searching and couldn't find anything about finishing a deer after hours.
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#5425143 - 11/16/14 08:54 PM Re: Can you shoot deer at night???? [Re: to2000]
Pittstate Offline
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Registered: 09/01/09
Posts: 5177
Loc: NE/CO/KS/MO/OK
When in doubt, call a game warden.

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#5425147 - 11/16/14 08:54 PM Re: Can you shoot deer at night???? [Re: to2000]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
Awwww heck just call out the GW so he can take pics and validate the whole thing ahead of time. peep










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#5425148 - 11/16/14 08:55 PM Re: Can you shoot deer at night???? [Re: to2000]
S.A. hunter Offline
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Registered: 11/22/11
Posts: 2238
Loc: Buda Texas
You ask a lot of good questions.

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#5425149 - 11/16/14 08:55 PM Re: Can you shoot deer at night???? [Re: to2000]
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Woodsman

Registered: 09/10/11
Posts: 128
Guess if he was standing there bleeding and obviously not gonna make it you could either back out and hope the coyotes dont eat him or stand there all night with your flashlight on him scratch . Just wonder how many times this happens. Would it not be ethical to just go ahead and finish the deer? I know the most ethical thing woulda been to make a lethal shot to start with but that dont always happen. I just read alot of post on different forms that people are looking for their deer at night and they usually state that they are taking their gun. Well im thinking its night time so what are your plans with your gun if you find him alive????

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#5425151 - 11/16/14 08:55 PM Re: Can you shoot deer at night???? [Re: stxranchman]
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Registered: 11/09/11
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Loc: Tarrant Cty and Murray
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Awwww heck just call out the GW so he can take pics and validate the whole thing ahead of time. peep









I kid I kid


Hilarious STX


Edited by 4Weight (11/16/14 08:57 PM)
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#5425152 - 11/16/14 08:56 PM Re: Can you shoot deer at night???? [Re: to2000]
Pittstate Offline
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Registered: 09/01/09
Posts: 5177
Loc: NE/CO/KS/MO/OK
Game wardens are friends and fellow sportsman. You might be surprised when you call them. They just might have the time to come out and help you find the deer. They like the outdoors and all that comes with it too. We have the warden out to our place a lot. Nice to have them on your side, especially when something goes wrong on your place...like poachers or trespassers.

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#5425168 - 11/16/14 09:03 PM Re: Can you shoot deer at night???? [Re: Pittstate]
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Registered: 07/17/06
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Loc: Abilene or on the road...
Originally Posted By: Pittstate
When in doubt, call a game warden.


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#5425169 - 11/16/14 09:03 PM Re: Can you shoot deer at night???? [Re: to2000]
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Registered: 08/27/12
Posts: 2996
Loc: Watauga, TX
I've finished off several deer with a knife. Walk up, stand in their head so they can't thrash, and cut the throat.
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