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What would you do?

     I am curious if one of you were out hunting and you had the choice between shooting the biggest buck you ever killed and a wounded hurt smaller buck was also there, which one would you choose. This is taking into consideration you can only kill one buck per season.

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I would shoot the wounded

I would shoot the wounded buck. You can't eat anthlers and the wolves or coyotes would kill him before the night is over. I would do the humane thing and give it a quick death.

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I too think I would shoot the

I too think I would shoot the wounded animal.  hate to see them suffer.

 

Last year while elk hunting my dad and I were heaed down the mountain to retreive my elk quaters when we came across a wounded cow.  I wish my dad wouls have had a copw tag we could have finished her off.  She was in bad shape.  I did come across some other hunters and pointed them in her direction...never did see her again but I am sure she did not last long.

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I don't know that I can

I don't know that I can honestly answer the question....I would love to say that I'd definitely shoot the wounded deer but with a large buck there I would probably kill the big buck.  In Wisconsin we can "party" hunt so during rifle season I would kill the big buck and then drop the little buck and have my dad tag the little one.

I hate to see deer suffer, but I think that sometimes we overestimate how badly they are injured.  Four or five years ago I had a buck come limping in at first shooting light during the rifle opener.  He laid down about 200 yards in front of me, and I watched him for most of the day.  He would periodically stand up to switch his position in his bed and I could see that his front leg was dangling like a limp noodle.  He looked to be a pretty good 2 1/2 year old, but his rack was busted all to crap.  I made the decision to kill him and shot him in his bed.  When I field dressed him I couldn't find any open wounds other than my bullet entry and exit, and I believe that this buck just busted his front leg while fighting.  In seeing that I believe that this buck would have been just fine if I would have let him go....he would have been a tripod for the rest of his days, but I've seen enough 3 legged deer run to know that they will do just fine even without the use of one of their legs.

Good post, it certainly poses a great question.

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In answering my own question,

In answering my own question, I too would have to say I would like to think I would shoot the wounded buck. But with the large buck there I would probably take out the big buck. I'm just being honest. Anyone can say they would do the right thing but when actually presented the opportunity what would you really do. 

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I too would shoot the wounded

I too would shoot the wounded one, like someone else said you cant eat the antlers.

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Not going to lie

I’m not going to lie I would shoot the big buck, I once shot a wounded deer and after skinning it didn’t look edible so I took it to the game wardens and they took it and gave me another tag, with all the extra time it took me I never did fill it. I know this doesn’t sound right to some but you can always let mother nature take care of its self.  

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In reading all the responses

In reading all the responses and thinking about it, I don't think there is a right or wrong answer. Yes you would be doing a great thing by putting the wounded animal down but what are the odds of the animal surviving the wound? For me it would have to be a case by case basis to decide on this question. If I felt like the animal was very badly wounded and that it wasn't going to make it through then I would put him down. But if I felt like he had a chance the I would let him go and bag that big buck of a life time you're talking about! Just my opinion of course.

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So how did you know that the

So how did you know that the smaller buck had been wounded?  Can you see blood on its shoulder or is it just limping and how long do you have to determine it?.  Perhaps the bigger buck got alittle anoyed at the smaller one and stuck him with an antler.  Most hunters unless you are bow hunting have very little time to size up the situation and fire their rifle in witch case the bigger buck would be down.  I too have shot a couple of deer in my lifetime that had been hit with a arrow or a bullet sometime in the past and they healed up quite nicely with no evidence that they had ever been hit except for finding the bullet or arrow head in their body.   

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I 2 hate ta c him

I 2 hate ta c him suffer,Mother Nature will take care of him...the Big 1 wood hit da ground...years ago i seen a deer riddled with holes,finished him off an skin'd him...full of gang Green...Last year's 7 pointer i got had a bullet N his shoulder(22 cal i Blieve)just Bneath skin...That Mount on da wall wood last longer than him out there...