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#6951487 - 11/08/17 10:29 AM If You Draw Blood?
fouzman Offline
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But don't recover the deer, do you count that animal as harvested and burn a tag? The reason I ask this is because on almost all package hunts, especially for trophy deer, that is the rule. How many practice this on your lease or ranch? We do on ours but I get the feeling not many others do.

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#6951510 - 11/08/17 10:41 AM Re: If You Draw Blood? [Re: fouzman]
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Here goes my 2 cents worth....

I don't *think so* It IS illegal( In Texas) to not make a reasonable effort to look for a wounded animal, but not sure about the tagging though.
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#6951517 - 11/08/17 10:45 AM Re: If You Draw Blood? [Re: fouzman]
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My question wasn't intended to be about what's legal or not.

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#6951520 - 11/08/17 10:46 AM Re: If You Draw Blood? [Re: fouzman]
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We do simply because we’ve been rebuilding.. this will still apply to doe harvest but we have a target list of bucks that need to go.. so it’s first come first serve.
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#6951521 - 11/08/17 10:46 AM Re: If You Draw Blood? [Re: fouzman]
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I'm in a 1 buck county and only target one buck a season. A few years back I shot my target buck low and forward, possibly through the brisket. Never recovered him and thought he "could've" survived but never proved it, so I was done for the year. If I think he is mortally wounded or there's even a chance he didn't survive why would I shoot another one? I've killed my buck just didn't get him to the house, is how I look at it.

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#6951527 - 11/08/17 10:50 AM Re: If You Draw Blood? [Re: Trophytaker3]
8pointdrop Offline
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Originally Posted By: Trophytaker3
Here goes my 2 cents worth....

I don't *think so* It IS illegal( In Texas) to not make a reasonable effort to look for a wounded animal, but not sure about the tagging though.

Legally all you have to do is try to recover the animal and if you don't find it you can shoot another one. Fouz was asking what everybody else does, not what's legal.

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#6951545 - 11/08/17 11:03 AM Re: If You Draw Blood? [Re: fouzman]
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Wish I could tell you what I'd do, but not recovering an animal I shoot doesn't happen
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#6951546 - 11/08/17 11:03 AM Re: If You Draw Blood? [Re: fouzman]
ChadTRG42 Offline
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On our lease, if you shoot and wound a buck, that is your buck. 2 seasons ago one hunter shot a nice buck, and we found it bedded down a distance away with a thermal scope at night, but were not able to finish it off before it left limping and running away. We agreed, as did the hunter, that was his buck for the season.

The answer to your question depends a lot on lease rules and personal rules. When paying for a hunt through a ranch or outfitter, they have to go by the "draw blood" rules. It's a totally different game when you as a hunter pay to shoot someone else's animal.
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#6951547 - 11/08/17 11:04 AM Re: If You Draw Blood? [Re: fouzman]
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No tag used unless the carcass is recovered. If the animal is recovered and not edible it will still be tagged. Most guys won't hunt another trophy after a botched shot that results in a lost deer but will hunt the same deer if not mortally wounded. That's just the way our group is.
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#6951554 - 11/08/17 11:11 AM Re: If You Draw Blood? [Re: titan2232]
8pointdrop Offline
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Originally Posted By: titan2232
Wish I could tell you what I'd do, but not recovering an animal I shoot doesn't happen


Kill enough and eventually a scope bumped off or deer moving as you pull the trigger or 100 other things will happen. Shot deer for 20 years and at least 10 of those I used all 5 deer tags, never lost one not one, until 2 years ago.

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#6951555 - 11/08/17 11:13 AM Re: If You Draw Blood? [Re: fouzman]
titan2232 Offline
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Take that back. I had a clean miss last year with a gun that was shooting a foot and a half high.
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#6951608 - 11/08/17 11:54 AM Re: If You Draw Blood? [Re: fouzman]
Texas Dan Offline
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Why would a hunter who paid to take a buck feel he should get to shoot another one after making a poor shot?
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#6951618 - 11/08/17 12:05 PM Re: If You Draw Blood? [Re: fouzman]
cameron00 Offline
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Registered: 01/08/09
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Loc: Texas
I'm not burning a tag if I don't find the animal dead.

But I have an over-population problem.

I totally agree with the logic of it on a paid hunt or a lease.

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#6951628 - 11/08/17 12:12 PM Re: If You Draw Blood? [Re: fouzman]
redchevy Offline
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On our property we switch who shoots bucks every year because we don't have enough land to support everyone taking one. If I wounded one and we didn't recover him I would just not shoot another. I wouldn't throw my tag away though in fear of having a game warden write me a citation for not filling out my log lol.

Have a buddy that sells some cull hunts on their place to offset feed costs and they just don't have enough people to consume the number of deer they shoot a year. Last year they had a kid come out and shoot at a really nice management buck and wing him. They trailed and couldn't find him. The next day the deer was spotted and was evident that he was fine and not mortally wounded so they let him take another buck. Some did not agree with it, but in the end that was how it went down.

I have done doe and spike hunts on a few places when I was younger and some of the hunters with us had trouble a few wounded deer that were not recovered. The owner really didn't care, he wanted does killed and just wanted everyone who came out to get their deer.
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#6951636 - 11/08/17 12:20 PM Re: If You Draw Blood? [Re: fouzman]
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Yes we have a rule if you draw blood that's your deer. Didn't always have that rule but after a rash of wounded deer we had to. The rule forces you to scrap ideas of taking low percentage shots and concentrate on high percentage shots.

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