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"rule of first blood"

I first heard of this rule by word of mouth, but when I went looking for a written source for it to quote in a paper, all that came up was bow-hunting websites. I thought it applied to all hunting. Have other people heard of this, and if you read it somewhere, can you tell me the book or website?

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"rule of first blood"

Your going to have to elaborate a little more . I never heard of it.

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whose kill in the case of multiple shooters

It's my understanding it means the kill goes to the hunter whose shot hits a vital organ first. Which is also what the bow-hunters say. But I didn't think it was only for bow-hunting. I've been surprised that this question isn't discussed on any of the hunting education or hunting ethics webpages I could find. It must come up.

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Our rule is that the first deer killed by any hunter at any age; a portion of the deer's blood is rubbed on the face of the hunter. It makes a meaningful and lasting connection between the animal that was taken and the hunter. This is my first deer taken when I was 14.

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"rule of first blood"

Obviously I have the wrong rule here!! Oh well it's still a good one.

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I don't know about first vitals getting dibs on the animal. Once when I was a kid my hunt party apparently got into same patch of woods as another. I wasn't in position long when a gorgeous buck came bounding right at me. I was using a muzzleloader at the time, and when I pulled the trigger the cap didn't fire. The buck heard me and headed up the hill, where I heard shooting. He then came stumbling back down in front of me shot three times in the butt. I plugged him through the heart and that was that.

I went up and checked out my deer, but before I could start gutting it the other shooter showed up. It was obvious he wasn't from my party, and no sooner did the debate start than his two buddies showed up. So there I was a young teen outnumbered 3 to 1 by some big guys and in their judgment "first blood" meant just that -- first one to make the deer bleed. Given the situation I wasn't in much of a position to argue. I don't think there's universally accepted notion of who gets the meat if two people shoot the same animal.

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"rule of first blood"

The legal rule is the one who makes the kill shot owns the deer.

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It's my understanding it means the kill goes to the hunter whose shot hits a vital organ first. Which is also what the bow-hunters say. But I didn't think it was only for bow-hunting

The shot has to be a fatal hit. This is the rule we practice and I believe most areas practice in the US by both rifle and bow hunters, not sure about Canada.

First blood.....what if they hit the animal in the foot but still draw blood? What about a gut shot? It could run for ever and not die for a week if it ever does.

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It's my understanding it means the kill goes to the hunter whose shot hits a vital organ first. Which is also what the bow-hunters say. But I didn't think it was only for bow-hunting

The shot has to be a fatal hit. This is the rule we practice and I believe most areas practice in the US by both rifle and bow hunters, not sure about Canada.

First blood.....what if they hit the animal in the foot but still draw blood? What about a gut shot? It could run for ever and not die for a week if it ever does.

I'm not sure what or even if our any of provinces have such a rule - if it ended up getting decided by a court or in the field by a CO it would almost certainly go to the first person to tag it, regardless of whether they shot it fatally (or at all, for that matter).

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The law of the land stipulates:

It must be decided that night, in the camp, after all arguements are presented and mediated by a bottle of black rum.

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"rule of first blood"

WOW Im glad i dont hunt in an area where such a rule would ever be needed,that would suck to have to worry about someone claiming your kill!

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