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Hunting Ethics - Give Your Opinion

So here is a story I would like your input on……..

Evening Hunt

Hunter shoots a Bull with his bow, gets on blood trail and then jumps the bull so decides to leave the Bull until morning. He runs into a couple of hunters on his way out of the area on foot and lets them know he has shot a bull and is coming back in the morning to retrieve him. The other hunters walk out with him and they end up visiting at his camp for a couple of hours. Hunters tell him they plan to hunt an area by his camp the next morning and ask if they can park their truck by his camp. He agrees. The next morning the hunter who shot the bull gets up at light and heads out to the area he shot the bull. He gets on the blood trail again and in the process hears voices so he heads towards the voices. He runs into the other two hunters who tell him they shot his bull and hand him his arrow that was in the bull and yes they claimed the bull for themselves.

So what are your thoughts on this story?

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It is their elk.  If the elk

It is their elk.  If the elk was still alive and they were the ones that put him down after the first hunter gave up the night before it is their elk.  Now if the elk was dead when they found him the odds are that the meat has already started to spoil so I wouldn't worry about it and go find another one.  I know easier said than done. 

That is one of the joys of hunting public ground the elk doesn't belong to anyone until he is finished and the tag is on him. 

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If you didn't tag it, you

If you didn't tag it, you can't claim it. Those guys are idiots though. They knew it was yours.

 

You should have told them to learn to hunt instead of stealing.

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BS

It sounds like a bunch of BS to me, i hope they are real proud of YOUR Bull.
It is hard to believe that someone would want a bull that bad Confused .
But i had a similar thing happen with a whitetail buck years ago.

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This wasn't my hunt but a

This wasn't my hunt but a story I heard. Yes, legally it is their bull, I don't argue that. The issue I have is them going in the exact area the bull was shot after they told him they were going somewhere else. Who does that? Then handing the arrow back and saying sorry. Really?

Here is more of the story, the hunter who shot the bull was trying to pack the head and antlers out and was having trouble so the original hunter who shot him first ended up packing the head and antlers out for him!!! Show's what kind of guy he is, very upstanding to do a thing like that.

And Paul Harvey's rest of the story............ Bull is the new Idaho P&Y State Record - 405 score

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If it was that large of a

If it was that large of a bull I think that the majority of hunters would of stayed on his trail through the night.  Yes, it is hard to find blood at night with a flashlight or latern but it can be done. 

Also who is to say since the hunters that taged the elks story isn't here that they might of been hunting this same elk through the hunt.  This is a problem getting a story where all the details are not put out. 

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Agree

Like critter said, if it was that big, there is no way in heck i would have left it all night.
after jumping it up, i would have backed off for 2 or 3 hours and been right back on the trail.

Kevin

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The way the story is

The way the story is described, I'd say the two other hunters are a couple of losers.  Legal? Perhaps.  Ethical?  Absolutely not!  However, I wouldn't have hung around to help pack anything out either.  Back to camp, pack up and move somewhere else without any unwelcome company.  

Stories like this always seem loaded.  If it did happen, I'm sure there is much more to the story that we have not yet heard.

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My opinion

Without knowing the facts I would assume that the other hunters trailed the wounded animal and dispatched it. I doubt they claimed the dead animal if they found it dead but I wouldn't be supprised. Heck I've seen people cutting up road kill and hanging it on their wall. If I  saw someone else's animal mortally wounded I would finish it off and try to locate the orignal hunter that being said if I saw a arrow sticking in the shoulder blade and this animal short of infection would survive with just a limp he might be coming home with me.  To many unknowns to make a conclusion

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Agree with Majority Here

I have to agree with the majority here on this one - it was legal for them to tag the bull - but certainly not ethical. I would have certainly gave them my opinion of their ethics. And it would be a very very cold day in hell that I would help pack out any part of that animal. I also have to agree that if I shot that large of a bull I would be up all night finding and tracking its blood trail until I found it. There is no sleeping knowing you have that massive bull out there.

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Not just

unethical hunters, but unethical people!!! If it was me, I would of done what others said, back out for a few hours then go after him!!! Probably would of spent the night there if I couldn't find it!!! Obviously you can't tell anyone anything anymore!!! That really sucks!!!

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