Bullet Meant for One Kills Two

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Bob Schuder was hunting near Grand Rapids, Minnesota on Sunday. He was in a treestand when a doe came into his sights, about 90 yards away from where he was. He shot. When he climbed down from the treestand, he found a fawn laying there. Schuder was using a 30.06, and saw that the bullet had gone into the fawn but had not come out. Things weren't adding up. Schuder field dressed the fawn, while still wondering what had happened. By chance he looked towards the woods and saw a bit of white. When reaching that bit of white, he found the doe that he had in his sights when he shot.

When he shot, the bullet had gone clear through the doe, striking the fawn. The doe had run off about 20 yards before succumbing to the bullet. So with his one shot, he had killed two. His nephew was with him in the hunting party with a tag, so they were able to take both. From Duluth News Tribune.


GooseHunter Jr's picture

I have seen some videos of

I have seen some videos of this excat same thing happen, and it trully could have been accident, you never know whatbnthat bullet me do after it goes into one animal.  Know with that said and I was not there so we do not know where the fawn was in relatuion to the doe, but i would hope that it was clear and not in the direct line of fire.

COMeatHunter's picture

These kinds of situations can

These kinds of situations can be both unfortunate accidents and carelessness on the part of the hunter.  Either way, they were lucky that Minnesota's regs allow for them to still tag the extra kill.  Personally, I'd be a bit embarrassed and ashamed if I shot 2 deer with one shot.  I know funny things can happen, but I want to do my best to prevent any funny business when hunting.  Careful shot selection ensures not only a clean ethical kill, but a SINGLE clean and ethical kill.

woods1126's picture

two with one

I just read the article and some comments. I don't want to ruffle any feathers, but I believe the hunter may have had a clear and clean shot. I say this only because I myself have had this same experience. Although I did not kill the animal behind the intented target, I wish I had. I spotted a mature doe in the timber about 40-50 yards away. I had a clear view of the deer and a clear shot. I was hunting my own property so I knew the area well and what if anything was behind the deer. When I shot the doe, a buck that was bedded behind the doe got up that I never saw. He made a clean get away. Just a different scenario but same idea.

hunter25's picture

I agree with what has already

I agree with what has already been said also. It it good that the tag was there to be used and everything was legal but it was a bit of a slip. Making sure of your target and wgat is beyond it is a primary rule of hunting. That said I know of others this has happened to also in some strange ways. In one case a friens was hunting antelope and fired at a doe using a 30-06 with 150gr Nosler ballistic tips. A second doe was standing somewhat behind but about 10 yards to the side of the first one. The bullet exploded in the first one and a small fragment came out at an angle and hit the second one in the chest. they both died within 100 yards. he had two tags himself so was able to tag them with no problems. This is one of the big reasons I shy away from this bullet on biggame and tend to always use premium bullets. A complete accident in this case.

groovy mike's picture

I was going to say what Retired2hunt said!

I was planning a nice long post but then I read what Retired2hunt said and he not only covered it. He did it really well.  So I don't need to say nothing else except - yeah - what he said!  

Retired2hunt's picture

  Great hunting minds think


Great hunting minds think alike!


Retired2hunt's picture

  Good to see that Minnesota


Good to see that Minnesota has a "party" hunting regulation that allows a hunter to use another present hunter's tag in a situation where two deer are accidentally harvested with one shot.  However, I see this as a failure to ensure you have a clear and clean shot at one animal.  If I was the nephew I would not be happy that my deer hunting season ended with me having to use my tag for an animal I did not harvest - regardless if my tag was put on the larger doe.

Here is an excerpt from their regulations, "The intent of the party hunting regulation is to prevent parties from shooting more deer than the available number of tags. The party hunting regulation requires that all hunters who intend to tag deer for each other be hunting together, in the field, at the time the deer are taken. Party members who are not afield hunting with the individual who takes a deer at the time it is taken may not legally tag that deer. Hunters may not lend licenses to or borrow licenses from other hunters."

In some states this is considered a "shoot through" and is illegal unless personally reported to the DOW/DNR.  You would be instructed to field dress both animals in some cases and the second animal's meat would be donated by the official.  Due to personally contacting the DOW/DNR on the "shoot through" it is not considered a violation and thus no citation or fine.  Not reporting it however is considered a violation.  Many states vary on this issue within their regulations.

Bottom line - My opinion is good that this was taken care of and the meat is not wasted... but bad that a clear and clean shot was not taken.