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Antler theft

Damn, that hurts!! I think I would not sit idle on that one. It's hard to believe some people are that desperate that they need to steal somebody else's game. With hunters like that, no wonder the antis are winning this fight... they got hunters like that to make an example of.

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On 2002-08-21 14:15, ChesterGolf wrote:
I had that happen last year in my yard. I don't get my antlers mounted but I do save them and nail them to our camp wall. I had eleven sets of whitetail and two sets of moose and all are gone. I'm not overly upset but it is disturbing to think that somebody would take them for whatever reason. There was some nice racks there as well, a 6 point with 19" spread, an 8 point with 18" spread, and a 14 point with 20.5" spread(never measured officially) and a variety of small freezer meat bucks. The bull moose were both nice. I think this thing is happening because antlers are now marketable and are selling non-stop on ebay for top dollar. Why somebody would want another persons deer is beyond me.
Brother, I am with you, why someone would want something he did not "earn" is strange, I guess there are nuts everywhere. Because to do this kind of thing is plain nuts.

[ This Message was edited by: chechatonga on 2003-01-01 16:50 ]

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Antler theft

Unfortuanately I have heard of this happening around home here. A good friend of mine shot a nice Whitetail last fall. It was hung on a buck pole along with several other deer. Someone dorve up t6o the buck pole in the middle of the night and cut it down and left never to be heard from again. The buck easily scored in the 150's, his biggest by a long shot and now someone else is telling stories about it. I guess it goes without saying that human nature being what it is this will happen.

Here's a story my dad told me over 20 years ago and it supposedely happened many years prior to that An old man shot a buck. Upon gutting the deer he cut a piece of the deers tongue out and put it in his pocket. He then went to get help. When he got back 2 guys were dragging his deer out of the woods, an argument broke out between everyone and finally the warden was called for. When he arrived he told the old man that unless he could prove otherwise possion was 9/10ths of the law. The old man just smiled and pulled the piece of tongue from his pocket and asked the warden to check the deers mouth. The rest of the story was lost but i think the point is valid.

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Well if people will poach game simply for the rack, I guess it isn't suprising that people will steal racks and game. Pretty lame...

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What is the world coming to when a small group of individuals resort to stealing other hunters kills?

I've never had this happen to me personally, but I've always wondered if theft of a downed deer or elk has ever happened!!

To my surprise, I guess this answered my question, and next time I nail a buck or bull, I'm going to think twice before leaving the animal to find my truck...

This kids dad acted brilliantly by making copies of the deer and relaying them to surrounding taxidermists.. Maybe with some luck, enough people will see the pictures, and this kids rack will turn up!!

It's really a shame but it would be an interesting situation if this thug is caught. With enough evidence, it would be interesting to see if this type of theft would hold up in court,and if so, what kind of prosecution would this crazied, game stealing, individual face?

I opt for a private lynching!!

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Lame, it is beyond lame. Pathetic.

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yeah it sucks and can believe how far some people will go when they steal them its like taking a piece of your hunting trip and all you have are memories and picures if your lucky my dad was not so lucky he had a nice i mean nice moose rack an ok elk rack and a couple deer racks stolen from a house he owned then the county kicked him out and told him he couldnt go back to get anything till the cort date well he waited and when he went back someone thrashed the place and took all the racks he hadnt given me yet i m thankful i got the one i did it makes me so mad he had no pictures or anything (the racks were from hunting trips in the 50-80's so some were very old moose was the oldest)

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I agree Quicksilver..........except ...Public Lynching!!!!

Although I have never had any antlers stolen I have had Squirrels stolen. Some years ago while hunting squirrels along the river I got my game vest hung on a "wait a minute" vine and tore the pouch outta the vest. Not to be detered I just started leaving my kills laying on a stump. I had left them alone for only a few minutes while I chased some playful squirrels a couple hundred yards away and when I returned they were gone !!!!
Right before I had left them I noticed an older gent with a young boy (bout 10 or 12) drifting along the bank in a boat which is commonly done. So I walked down to the river edge (bout 30 feet away) and low and behold there is that boy handing his gramps my squirrels. I hollered to them to hold up and discussed with the older gent but he refused to return my kills instead saying that the boy had shot them himself. I never heard any shooting coming from them the whole 30 minutes they were there but what could I do..? I didn't actually see the boy take them but strange coincidence that he handed gramps the exact number of squirrels that I had missing.
Now this boy has learned that it's ok to steal other folks kills. It was squirrels this time but whats next? Antlers? Cars? TVs?
Mabe he'll get caught and be able to get hiself a flat screen TV in prison.

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I'm going to start carrying one of those little disposable cameras around with me. I hear about situations similar to the ones mentioned more often than I care to.
What I think I'll do is.
Congratulate them on the kill. Get a picture and tell them I'll send them a copy. All I need is their name and address. Print and post fliers around the local area. If their out of town. Send copies to a publication in their area. With a picture and copy reading.
This is what a game thief looks like. Be on the look out. YOU MAY BE NEXT. As well as their name and address.

They could also be posted the following year around the local area.

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Antler theft

when was hunting in Montana found a lot of deer with missing heads.
Then last year when came home from bear hunting I parked my truck Trailer ATV in driveway .Unloaded some stuff and came out a hour later and all was gone ! Right out of my driveway and I live on a busy hiway

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