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Can you shoot deer at night???? #5425070 11/17/14 02:30 AM
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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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Good question. popcorn move to the front of the class please. I'm waiting on a knowledgeable answer now.


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Re: Can you shoot deer at night???? [Re: to2000] #5425087 11/17/14 02:37 AM
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Or even taking another shot with your bow. Shooting one at night is illegal no matter what or no?????

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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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Never thought about it, good question


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We have dispatched wounded hogs at night with pistols but not deer. Interesting question.

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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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When in doubt, call a game warden.

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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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You ask a lot of good questions.

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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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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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Re: Can you shoot deer at night???? [Re: to2000] #5425152 11/17/14 02:56 AM
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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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When in doubt, call a game warden.


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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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Ethical and legal sometimes run a blurry line. Finishing them with a knife is also illegal.


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Originally Posted By: txshntr
Ethical and legal sometimes run a blurry line. Finishing them with a knife is also illegal.



I'd need to see that in the law book. You can't hunt them with a knife. That is not the same as using a knife to finish them after they have been shot.


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Ethical and legal sometimes run a blurry line. Finishing them with a knife is also illegal.



YUP.

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Ethical and legal sometimes run a blurry line. Finishing them with a knife is also illegal.



I'd need to see that in the law book. You can't hunt them with a knife. That is not the same as using a knife to finish them after they have been shot.


I agree with you Caribou, hundreds if not thousands of deer finished off with knives every season. Believe that is different than "hunting" them with a knife.

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Oh I never thought about the knife thing!!! Man this could be a complicated situation. Maybe you could just turn some pit bulls loose on the deer bolt just kidding just kidding

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Ethical and legal sometimes run a blurry line. Finishing them with a knife is also illegal.



I'd need to see that in the law book. You can't hunt them with a knife. That is not the same as using a knife to finish them after they have been shot.

Google Camp Bullis buck and see what happened when a guy "finished off" a huge nontypical buck with a knife.



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They killed the bullis buck with a knife.

Oops, forgot, and a helicopter...

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Ethical and legal sometimes run a blurry line. Finishing them with a knife is also illegal.



I'd need to see that in the law book. You can't hunt them with a knife. That is not the same as using a knife to finish them after they have been shot.

Google Camp Bullis buck and see what happened when a guy "finished off" a huge nontypical buck with a knife.


My understanding of that situation is that the guy had no rifle on him, just the knife and the deer was acting erratically and he supposedly stabbed it in fear of his safety as the buck "charged" him with antlers down. Anyhow, believe he wasn't ultimately ticketed as necropsy showed the deer was "brain damaged" and likely acting very erratically as described.

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No charges but confiscated him, even though he was very sick.


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