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"rule of first blood"

Happens a lot

and as land is used up more and more

will happen a lot more I expect.

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Location: Pennsylvania
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The general rule here is that the guy who puts the animal down owns it. I saw an animal mortally wounded and put it down for the count but when the guy showed up (from the neigboring property) I told him it was his....definately a kill shot he put in.
In Argentina it goes to the first one who shoots it. I told my guide the rules from where I live and he couldn't believe it, he said everyone knows it goes to the one that hits it first!

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Location: Montana
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No matter what the animal or where with who if i was finishing of an animal another hunter had wounded I would never claim it,I would expect the hunter who made the first shot to tag the animal and take care of it,i wouldnt want it regardless of the trophy.

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houndchaserx wrote "No matter what the animal or where with who if i was finishing of an animal another hunter had wounded I would never claim it,I would expect the hunter who made the first shot to tag the animal and take care of it,i wouldnt want it regardless of the trophy."

A agree with you and would do the same....I get more joy watching others get their game, then when I get something myself. The expression on their face is "Priceless".

I've never experenced a problem like this before in Colorado but a friend of mine who just started hunting told me about this situation that he encountered. He was walking up this open draw and heard some shots across this deep canyon and a few seconds later a Bull Elk came busting out, well he took aim and shot it, the bull took a couple of steps and dropped. My friend was making his way up to where the bull laid, it took him 15 or so minutes to make it down and back up, and now he can hear talking and as he gets closer he sees some hunters standing over the bull. When he gets to the bull one of the guys is filling out his elk tag and getting ready to tag it. My buddy said, "hey, I killed that bull" and the others guys say no we did, so they look it over and it has a couple of holes in it. One in the rear and the other in the chest, my buddy swears he was the one who hit it in the chest. The guys are get all worked up about it and my buddy walked away. This would have been not only his first elk but his first big game animal.
What would you guys have done?
Jeff

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well, if they hohestly thought it was their animal, I probably leave the matter alone, an animal is not that important to me.
But saying that, there are others(some that I know) that would not be of the same persuasion, and could become hazardous to ones health.
When your dealing with people carrying loaded firearms, cooler head must pervail. Wasn't it somewhere in Michigan a couple of years ago that six people got shot by some lunatic over some hunting area.

So, if someone wants a deer that bad, Good Luck with it, but don't expect me to help dragging it out and if you get stuck in the mud and need help, the next farm is down the road about seven miles. Hope they enjoy the walk!!!

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Location: Montana
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Just as I said if they shot that bull in the ass and i dropped it I would consider it doing a favor to them and expect them to take the animal,if I was the one that wounded an animal i would be very appreciative if you dropped it for me,nobody wants to loose a wounded animal.

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houndchaserx wrote:
No matter what the animal or where with who if i was finishing of an animal another hunter had wounded I would never claim it,I would expect the hunter who made the first shot to tag the animal and take care of it,i wouldnt want it regardless of the trophy.

Now thats the Canadian way!

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I agree with houndchaser, I am glad I hunt in a place where this is not a problem. Sounds like with soo many people hunting in such a small area to be shooting the same animal I would start wearing body armor, or find somewhere else to hunt.

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I have shot several deer that had been shot before it got to me. I put them down too. I think about 3 times over the years. If no one is tracking it.....I tag and drag.
You need to understand that in NJ and Pa we hunt on small pieces of land. There could be 2-5 guys on 50 acres and who knows how many on the 50, 100 and 250 acre parcels that border up against it. It may sound like something you wouldn't like but I know the hunting is good (used to be better) and I enjoy hunting here. There are ALOT of deer.
I guess it all depends on the situation when it happens.

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If I "kill" it it is mine.

Don't care about someone else who wounded it. They can learn to be better shots.

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