We are not going to shoot the doe. We want the genetics. I just had member state with some certainty that even though the doe was on our place and the owner new it and said they were not going to try and retrieve it, it was illegal for anyone to shoot a deer that was tagged.
He could be thinking of exotics, whitetail don't fall into that category. I remember reading that you are obligated to notify the owner or make an effort to find the owner of an exotic with a tag or clear (visible) marking denoting ownership. If the owner cannot reasonably capture the animal or has no desire to attempt, then the animal can be taken. If the animal has no visible markings, then it is free game.
I didn't look the article back up, so the wording above might be a little off, but it gives the idea
There was a story about a buck that escaped a HF and was shot. The taxidermist that the hunter took the animal to had pictures of the buck because the owner of the HF place thought that someone had poached the animal. The taxidermist notified the owner and authorities. Upon investigation, the hunter was able to show the animal on his TC prior to the weekend he took the animal. That TC picture very well could have saved him a lot of hassle.