This last year my hunting partner had his animal taken from him at gunpoint. Although the guy who raised the gun really felt like it was his. Not cause he killed it but because he shot at it first.
Which raises the question of what is proper etiquette? I'm not saying above and beyond but a third party looking in on a dispute.
As a sportsman if an elk ran over the hill wounded and I finished it I would probably let the guy who shot it first have it. But I don't think thats what I have to do. I think if you shoot and wound an animal but it runs off and hes not dead, hes not yours till hes on the ground. I mean a successful hunt is not wounding an animal. The hunt is about taking the animal. If someone else finishes it, especially if its in the next canyon, then they have a legit claim. Right?
This is not what happend to my partner but close. The guy who shot at the deer missed and on top of that he sat no more than 200 yds from us watching the exact same draw. We were there long before he arrived and we were in plain sight, but he just glanced over and plopped down. I couldn't believe it when I put the range finder on him and it said 198yds. A deer came out right in front of us but he shot at the deer first and missed. After he quit shooting becuase he ran out of shells my partner downed it. Normally we would never shoot at someone elses animal but he very deliberately moved in on our spot and he ran out of shells. He obviously was not a good shot. We got over to it and started cleaning it and the guy came over furious calling us unsportsmanlike. His friends showed up and he eventually raised his rifle and my partner deffered.
Anyway what are your thoughts? In your opinion, was he right? Where is the line in your minds?