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#5884312 - 08/18/15 12:19 PM What would you do? A question of deer hunting ethics.
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A scenario that might be somewhat common.

A fellow hunter and good friend shares with you, several photos of a very nice buck that has been frequenting his/her feeder for several months. It becomes obvious he/she is very intent on harvesting him.

The same deer shows up at your feeder on Opening Day.

Would you take him?
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#5884322 - 08/18/15 12:25 PM Re: What would you do? A question of deer hunting ethics. [Re: Texas Dan]
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If it met my criteria, without hesitation I would take it. And I would expect the same if the rolls were reversed.
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#5884325 - 08/18/15 12:26 PM Re: What would you do? A question of deer hunting ethics. [Re: Texas Dan]
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If it was a deer I like and fit the bill for what I was after it wouldn't stop me from shooting it, but other circumstances would make me willing to pass him up.
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#5884326 - 08/18/15 12:26 PM Re: What would you do? A question of deer hunting ethics. [Re: Texas Dan]
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If he meets what im looking for no doubt I wouldn't think twice .. if its just on the border line and I have other options na.. he/she would enjoy it more...
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#5884327 - 08/18/15 12:27 PM Re: What would you do? A question of deer hunting ethics. [Re: Texas Dan]
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Why wouldn't you take it if it was deer you'd be proud of?

If it's at your feeder on your lease that you paid for. I don't think it's right to claim certain deer off a place.


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#5884329 - 08/18/15 12:29 PM Re: What would you do? A question of deer hunting ethics. [Re: Texas Dan]
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Hunters tend to get the idea that the deer at their feeder and on their cam belong to them at least I've seen it before. Personally if it gets my blood pumping ill kill it. A free range deer is just that it doesn't belong to anyone.
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#5884339 - 08/18/15 12:33 PM Re: What would you do? A question of deer hunting ethics. [Re: SapperTitan]
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Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
Hunters tend to get the idea that the deer at their feeder and on their cam belong to them at least I've seen it before.

And to me, it's aggravating.
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#5884343 - 08/18/15 12:34 PM Re: What would you do? A question of deer hunting ethics. [Re: Texas Dan]
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I don't consider this a case of ethics at all. We all take a chance that the deer we have "been feeding" are going to also be fed by someone else. If you like the deer it's yours to take, end of story IMO.
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#5884344 - 08/18/15 12:36 PM Re: What would you do? A question of deer hunting ethics. [Re: Texas Dan]
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How bout this... What if it was reversed and the other fella just has a stand and never feeds.. comes and sits in the stand one day and pops a buck you been hunting for months.... now what have you?? would someone be upset about this? even though this guy was able to kill a deer with nothing more than hunting a crossing and no feeder? peep
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#5884349 - 08/18/15 12:39 PM Re: What would you do? A question of deer hunting ethics. [Re: Texas Dan]
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Kill it it could be 5 miles away if in rut and in someone's else's wall

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#5884357 - 08/18/15 12:45 PM Re: What would you do? A question of deer hunting ethics. [Re: Texas Dan]
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It depends on you. Would you be happier knowing you passed him up so your buddy could take him? Maybe make a prodding comment...."Hey, how do you know that buck doesn't like my feeder better!!" Maybe it turns into a friendly competition of who can down him first. If it turns into awkward silence, then you have a decision to make, but I agree with those above. You pay, you get to shoot. Plus, if the buck shows up at your feeder and not his during the season, then perhaps you are the better hunter!!??!!

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#5884372 - 08/18/15 12:55 PM Re: What would you do? A question of deer hunting ethics. [Re: Texas Dan]
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Yes, I'd take him if he met my criteria. And I'd expect him to do the same if our roles were reversed. Only difference from your example is that I don't have an ownership mentality. I'd be happy for him whether he would be for me or not.
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#5884375 - 08/18/15 12:57 PM Re: What would you do? A question of deer hunting ethics. [Re: Navasot]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
How bout this... What if it was reversed and the other fella just has a stand and never feeds.. comes and sits in the stand one day and pops a buck you been hunting for months.... now what have you?? would someone be upset about this? even though this guy was able to kill a deer with nothing more than hunting a crossing and no feeder? peep


Navosot, first of all this could never happen...(deer not being shot at a feeder I mean) but if by some chance it did, good for them. grill
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#5884436 - 08/18/15 01:25 PM Re: What would you do? A question of deer hunting ethics. [Re: Navasot]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
How bout this... What if it was reversed and the other fella just has a stand and never feeds.. comes and sits in the stand one day and pops a buck you been hunting for months.... now what have you?? would someone be upset about this? even though this guy was able to kill a deer with nothing more than hunting a crossing and no feeder? peep


Or, what if the other hunter is a dad who told you earlier he had the deer pegged for his son or daughter? Would that have any impact on your decision?
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#5884442 - 08/18/15 01:28 PM Re: What would you do? A question of deer hunting ethics. [Re: Texas Dan]
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
Originally Posted By: Navasot
How bout this... What if it was reversed and the other fella just has a stand and never feeds.. comes and sits in the stand one day and pops a buck you been hunting for months.... now what have you?? would someone be upset about this? even though this guy was able to kill a deer with nothing more than hunting a crossing and no feeder? peep


Or, what if the other hunter is a dad who told you earlier he had the deer pegged for his son or daughter? Would that have any impact on your decision?


Yes if they were respectful kids
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