He should have followed the correct procedures in such matters!!!.........."SSS".
years back, a cousin of mine shot a deer, and did not find it after looking for the remainder of the day, the next morning, he shot another, and while tracking that deer, he came upon the one he shot the previous day. instead of letting another in our group tag it, he called the game warden before he told anyone in our party.
in the end, we were all accused of poaching, and were "under investigation" our names were taken by the official one by one as we returned to our camp. the official contacted the property owner (who we had known for the majority of our lives) and since that day, we no longer have permission to hunt that land. although none of us were officially cited, not even the man that shot the extra deer. maybe sometimes, it's better to say nothing at all.
Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...