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Re: Who's deer does it belong to?

Thats a tough one,we have allways gone by basically the killing shot or the last shot if you can't tell. I shot an 8pt one day,he wouldn't have gone 50 yrds but someone else nailed him at 49, he wanted the deer and did take the last shot although it was obvious whose shot killed the deer as he shot the other side and back. I did not feel like arguing and he did have the last shot, although ethically I think he was in the wrong. .I did not know the guy, just someone else with permission on the same property, never saw him before or again. With a hunt club you should have rules or clear understandings.

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Re: Who's deer does it belong to?

In my area there are so many hunters on certain days that it would be the hunter that put the deer down for good that gets it as long as the deer ran (wounded or not) into his hunting area. The situation you describe is a little different though. It sounds like the only reason the hunter that put the deer down knew where the animal was and came upon it is because he offered to help track it. In this instance this man can not be trusted to "help" ever again. I think one deer is a small price to pay to find out what kind of man he really is. Give him the deer and the boot from the club........JMHO. Argue

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Re: Who's deer does it belong to?

While I'm not an expert, I believe that the person who finds the downed animal can "technically" lay claim to it. While it's not the most honest thing for a person to do, I believe the law would side with the person who was able to secure the animal.

That, of course, opens up a whole bag of worms with what could potentially happen if hunters lost track of their game and someone else stumbled across it. Who owns it?

Anyway, in my personal opinion, I believe the hunter who made the killing shot should have right to it.

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Re: Who's deer does it belong to?

You spotted it, you shot and wounded it,it's your deer. I just helped you put it out of it's misery.

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Legally it's the last

Legally it's the last shooters deer because nobody knows the fate of the deer until it's dead & down.

Ethically the person who offered to help track it and ended up shooting it should have allowed the original shooter to tag and keep the deer.

 

I hope this helps..  good Day

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Ya I would have to say it’s the last shooters buck but offering to help and then join in on the tracking of a deer and tagging it, like he did is just wrong. Some one need to give that guy a slap!

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That is a tought one.  I

That is a tought one.  I would say if someones say they will help you track it then it should still be your deer.  But if the deer was not fatally wouned I would say it goes to whomever layed the final kill shot on the deer should be able to keep it.

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That is a tought one.  I

That is a tought one.  I would say if someones say they will help you track it then it should still be your deer.  But if the deer was not fatally wouned I would say it goes to whomever layed the final kill shot on the deer should be able to keep it.

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That is a tought one.  I

That is a tought one.  I would say if someones say they will help you track it then it should still be your deer.  But if the deer was not fatally wouned I would say it goes to whomever layed the final kill shot on the deer should be able to keep it.

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Thats a good question, and is

Thats a good question, and is why I prefeer not to do drives and hunt with dog hunters. I've been caught in a situation before where I was still hunting and dogs ran a deer by me in the woods. I decided not to shoot because some of the good ol boys in my neck of the woods might not take to kindly to that.

I've seen and heard of people in this situation get pretty angry about shooting deer in front of the dogs. Hell I've even seen people get shot at and guns drawn on them for something like that. Even fist fights break out. Some of the managment areas get crazy down here in Florida. I tend to hike a little further and hunt the less populated areas to get out of that situation.

IMO its  no ones deer the animal is part of mother nature. It's the hunt I'm after and meat on the table is just a bonus. It would not be ethical for me to take a deer in a situation like that.

Now that being said I'm not against driving animals or dog hunting and congratualte you if thats what you enjoy. It's just not my cup a tea and I get a beter feeling of solitude and accomplishment when its just me and the animal and nothing else.

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