I was reading an old post and it reminded me of a situation I ran into about 6 years ago. I was elk hunting with a cow tag and came across what appeared to be a gut shot cow. It was lying down in a small draw panting heavily and it kept leaning back to "lick its wound" I guess but I couldnt see a clear entry wound or blood. I was about 60 yards uphill from it.
Anyway I was preparing to put it out of its misery and claim it as mine when I noticed it had antler bases or pedicals that were pretty large. The animal itself was really big too so I assumed it was a mature bull. I chose not to shoot it as I didnt know the regs in this situation. So I walked off feeling bad for the animal and had mixed emotions on my decision.
My buddy was quartering a cow about three hundred yards away. I walked over to help him finish up and we then went to where this bull was laying and it was gone.
Did I do right or should I have shot the animal and found a CO? By the way this was during 1st rifle Colorado.
Deer hunting in Indiana a buck can be killed on an antlerless tag if it doesnt have antlers, thus some of the confusion on my part.