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#5962237 - 10/05/15 02:53 PM Legally and ethically, whose deer is it?
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A buck crosses the food plot that I am hunting. It is obviously dragging one of it's front legs, but moving at a good rate of speed. I shoot it and as I am cleaning the buck two guys walk up and say that they have been trailing a wounded buck. So, where do you go from there.
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#5962244 - 10/05/15 02:56 PM Re: Legally and ethically, whose deer is it? [Re: Mr. T.]
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Same property or different properties?

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#5962245 - 10/05/15 02:56 PM Re: Legally and ethically, whose deer is it? [Re: Mr. T.]
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They wounded it and it ran off, and you killed it. Easy decision, there.
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#5962247 - 10/05/15 02:58 PM Re: Legally and ethically, whose deer is it? [Re: Mr. T.]
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YEP, you killed, it's yours.
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#5962251 - 10/05/15 02:59 PM Re: Legally and ethically, whose deer is it? [Re: Mr. T.]
redchevy Offline
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Wait this really happen?

If it crossed onto your property they are trespassing if they don't have permission.

If it is a deer you shot because you didn't want it to suffer I would consider letting them keep it if they wanted it. If it was a deer I shot because I wanted to shoot it id probably keep it.

Either way id probably want to lecture about crossing property lines without permission etc.
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#5962253 - 10/05/15 02:59 PM Re: Legally and ethically, whose deer is it? [Re: Mr. T.]
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Legally you should have placed your tag on it before you started cleaning. So at this point it's on your property and you finished it off so it's technically your buck.
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#5962254 - 10/05/15 02:59 PM Re: Legally and ethically, whose deer is it? [Re: Mr. T.]
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Did it have an arrow sticking out of it?

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#5962256 - 10/05/15 02:59 PM Re: Legally and ethically, whose deer is it? [Re: Mr. T.]
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Show them their bullet placement ask them their thoughts... I'd ask them also whom they got permission from to cross the fence.

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#5962259 - 10/05/15 03:01 PM Re: Legally and ethically, whose deer is it? [Re: Mr. T.]
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Give them the front quarter and call it even.

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#5962260 - 10/05/15 03:01 PM Re: Legally and ethically, whose deer is it? [Re: Mr. T.]
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Your deer, no two ways about it. As mentioned earlier, your tag is on it, can't take that back.

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#5962270 - 10/05/15 03:05 PM Re: Legally and ethically, whose deer is it? [Re: Mr. T.]
Mr. T. Offline
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Yes, they crossed a fence without permission to be on the property, but that is another issue. Thank you for all of your opinion on this situation.
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#5962281 - 10/05/15 03:09 PM Re: Legally and ethically, whose deer is it? [Re: Mr. T.]
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Well at least tell us what you did?
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#5962310 - 10/05/15 03:22 PM Re: Legally and ethically, whose deer is it? [Re: Mr. T.]
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I wanted to keep it, however it was a barely legal buck and one of the guys was about 14 and he said it was his first buck. So, I said this to the adult, " you have a choice, take me to where you shot the buck and there is blood on the ground and if it is on your side of the fence, I'll give it to you. If it is on my side of the fence I'll call the game warden." He walked me over and there was a small amount of blood right at the fence about 300 yards away, but it was on his side of the fence, so. I gave it to him, however, I gave the 14 year old my card with my phone number on it and said before he ever crossed the fence again, to call me and ask permission. And I was wrong as I had not tagged the buck before I started cleaning it. My pin was in my truck to fill out the tag.
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#5962319 - 10/05/15 03:25 PM Re: Legally and ethically, whose deer is it? [Re: Mr. T.]
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Why would you want a deer some else wounded. What if the shoe was on the other foot?
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#5962333 - 10/05/15 03:29 PM Re: Legally and ethically, whose deer is it? [Re: Mr. T.]
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Originally Posted By: Mr. T.
I wanted to keep it, however it was a barely legal buck and one of the guys was about 14 and he said it was his first buck. So, I said this to the adult, " you have a choice, take me to where you shot the buck and there is blood on the ground and if it is on your side of the fence, I'll give it to you. If it is on my side of the fence I'll call the game warden." He walked me over and there was a small amount of blood right at the fence about 300 yards away, but it was on his side of the fence, so. I gave it to him, however, I gave the 14 year old my card with my phone number on it and said before he ever crossed the fence again, to call me and ask permission. And I was wrong as I had not tagged the buck before I started cleaning it. My pin was in my truck to fill out the tag.


You killed it.
You STILL need to record this kill on back of YOUR license, and the appropriate tag is burned.
You can STILL receive a ticket/fine for not completing this above ASAP!!

Good job on giving the buck to the kiddo; shoulda accompanied with a WRD (wildlife resource document), and all would be 100% legal (including your burned tag above)

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