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What would you do?

A couple dudes told me that they had some people in their hunting party, and one guy unknowingly shot two legal bucks with one shot. They said it was an accident and that the shooter didn't know he shot the second until he walked up. One of the other guys was pissed, but he notched his tag and took the buck as his own. Is this illegal? What about the shooter? If they weren't jerking me around because I didn't get one so far, what should the shooter have done?

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Location: OlyWa
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What would you do?

You must be sure of your target and beyond. Killing two deer is illegal.
I understand accidents happen and I don't know what I would do until I am in that type of situation.
Then you run into ethics. It is illegal and unethical to waste game. It is illegal to use your tag on an animal that someone else killed. You can not take an animal without a notched tag so do you break the law to be ethical? But would it be ethical??

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Location: Eatonville, Wa
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I personally always take a second to make sure nothing else is around what I am shooting at, there are just too many variables involve to be too quick on the draw that being said I probably would have tagged it to ensure it just didnt go to the dump after the wardens came out and collected the animal and ticketed the hunter. I would rather question ethics than waste an animal

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Location: YAKIMA WA
Joined: 10/17/2007
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Unfortunately this is not the first time nor will it be the last time this will happen, and though it was an accident and yes it could happen to anybody no matter what they say. A good shooter will say to take a moment and look well beyond your target before commiting to the shot, but what that statement does not take into account is the funny things that bullets can do when they hit bone. Anyway that conversation will will be far to long. My point is this we need to take every precaution to be safe and ethical Hunters but accidents can happen.
Would I have tagged the 2nd buck in this situation to spare my hunting Buddie the loss of his hunting rights for 2 years , loss of his Rife and a 2500 dollar fine, you bet your ass I would in a heartbeat, is it ethical that would be defined by the situation is it ethical to let Hnters chase down game with ATV's.

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Location: Cenral Washington
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"is it ethical that would be defined by the situation is it ethical to let Hnters chase down game with ATV's."

NO more than hunting out of a airplane or shooting out of your truck or SUV. If you read the laws they are all the same.
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Location: Muskoka Ontario
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Re: What would you do?
WCPC wrote:
A couple dudes told me that they had some people in their hunting party, and one guy unknowingly shot two legal bucks with one shot. They said it was an accident and that the shooter didn't know he shot the second until he walked up. One of the other guys was pissed, but he notched his tag and took the buck as his own. Is this illegal? What about the shooter? If they weren't jerking me around because I didn't get one so far, what should the shooter have done?

Around here we are alowed to party hunt which meens we hunt together and pool our tags. five people can hunt off of one tag when theirs is used up.
I would say they were lucky.
I don't know how it is were you all live, once you use your tag can you still hunt with the rest of your party?

We can also put another member of our partys tag on a deer even if we haven't used ours. We usaly do this if one member is only hunting one week and some one else is hunting the whole two and a half months durring bow seasion. The only thing is the guys tag that we use he has to be hunting with us at the time the deer is shot.
F.K.