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Posted: 16 November 2014 06:13 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I am a hard core duck hunter, only a casual shotgun deer hunter.
Yesterday, driving back from a successful duck hunt out of Blandings, a gut shot buck crossed the road in front of me. He was moving very slow and could barely get out of the ditch on the other side.
I stopped the truck and hollered for hunter so he would know where his buck went
After thinking more, I’m now worried I pushed the deer even farther with the truck stopping and the yelling.
i don’t keep anything in the truck to mark a trail for the hunter - sat and thought about that for a bit
What should I have done?

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Posted: 16 November 2014 06:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Tough call Huntorski…  I probably would’ve pulled over and watched the buck and used some quiet forms of communication if I saw a hunter tracking a deer.  Something like a flashlight or headlights to signal that their deer is up ahead…  You certainly may have pushed the deer even farther and faster than the deer wanted to go.  Who knows how much the deer was already pushed before that point???  The most important thing is that you thought you were trying to help and do the right thing…

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Posted: 16 November 2014 07:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Hunt, I wouldnt stress about it. At least u stopped and made an effort to help the hunter. Most guys would of kept driving…

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Posted: 17 November 2014 05:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I’m with Freak.  You did good.  Don’t sweat it man

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Posted: 17 November 2014 06:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Hunt, post some of them waterfowl pics!  We don’t get enough of that on H.O.  These extreme temps could freeze a lot of us out though.

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Posted: 17 November 2014 07:16 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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CCHUNTER2024600 - 17 November 2014 06:27 PM

Hunt, post some of them waterfowl pics!  We don’t get enough of that on H.O.  These extreme temps could freeze a lot of us out though.

I second that request!!!!!PLEASE SEND WATERFOWL PICS:)

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Posted: 17 November 2014 09:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Ethically I think I should have shoot him out the window - I hate to see an animal suffer and go to waste.
Obviously that is not the legal answer and I’d like to keep my hunting and firearm rights.
new to posting here how do i post pics?

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Posted: 17 November 2014 11:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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In a world with more common sense, you would have dispatched the deer(or any other animal) without hesitation provided it was a safe shot to take and no one should say a thing.  But doing so today would net some serious penalties if a gung-ho officer/prosecuter saw you or heard of it.  I would not trust many with the knowledge of such an action.  It would not be worth the risk.  In my opinion, with today’s legal minefields, you as an ordinary citizen do not have the ability to make that decision.  Only the authorities do.  The trailing hunter would have probably thanked you.  Your description seems to indicate the deer wasn’t far from expiring anyway, I would not beat yourself up.  If I was on your jury, I would vote not guilty.

 

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Posted: 18 November 2014 12:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Hunt, if you want to post a pic, click on post reply and then click browse in the attachment section and upload your pics.  If you need more direction, i am sure someone else can give specifics.

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Posted: 18 November 2014 05:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Had you dispatched the animal with a firearm…the humane thing to do…you would have been, unfortunately, a violator, as would the bow hunter, if he claimed the animal.  When he checks in an archery deer, he is claiming it was killed by an arrow/bolt, not a bullet or steel shot, thus he is in possession of an illegally killed deer, plus he’s also filed a false report.  You did the best you could, under the circumstances.
Of course you could have left a trail of brand new Avian X decoys, so the deer hunter could easily find the deer’s trail.LOL

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Posted: 19 November 2014 09:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Yes Yes, probably shouldn’t even joke about that.

The easiest and best solution would have the hunter putting his/her arrow a bit further upstream.  It’s all the bowhunters fault - You’re all evil (sarcasm smiley)

Coyotes and crows gotta eat too

Lord knows I’ve fed them my share of birds.

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