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wounded deer, still anyone's deer????

I was in my tree-stand opening day of firearm season,and here in Indiana the archery season stays open with firearms. A doe appears and runs under my stand past me and then jumps the fence beside me and stops, and I then shoot and drop the doe in her tracks. might I say at this time I thought I noticed she had been gut-shot but never heard a shot. I reloaded and waited for a buck to come along.About ten minutes went by and lo-and-behold here's comes a hunter on the same trail as the doe came from asking if a doe had come through, I immediately had a sick feeling in my own gut because just the day before I had a discussion about this very scenario unfolding right before my very eyes. I responded with the doe seemed to be in pretty good shape as it was wasting no time in getting past me and jumped the fence with ease,I shot and dropped, and the deer was mine. He thought it was his and a argument pursued.this deer traveled 200 yards from his stand and in my opinion would have died...but not this day...and not by him..anyway..he had shot it with a bow...I have lost a couple deer in my years..and will always believe he would have lost this one...after his consistent complaining..I told him to just get the %%$$##@*&^%$# out and let him have the deer. I think I was wrong in doing this as I think possesion is 9/10's of the law ...I have read on some blogs here that suggest I'm wrong...We both had permission to hunt this private property and niether know the other....I'm p'o'd and confused...give me some feed-back as I consider myself a reasonable guy and fair..if this deer was lung-shot or heart shot I would not have had much of a problem with the thing::huh:

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There isn't a doe out there

There isn't a doe out there worth an argument or anything else when it comes down to it.  You said that he was on the same trail that the doe came across so quite possibly he was tracking it if it was wounded.  I would of just let him have it if it had been shot twice.  Once by you and once by the other hunter.  As far as when it would of died, you never know what whould of happened.  I have shot deer through the lungs and they have traveled quite a ways before they fell down and then I have shot them where they have droped at the shot.  You just never know. 

So in the long run you both were right in my mind but I would of let him have her with no argument.  Now if you would of had her cleaned and started to pack her back to your truck then that is a different situation. 

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I would say the deer belongs

I would say the deer belongs to you because you inflicted the mortal shot, but with that said, sometimes it just isn't worth it to argue.  If the deer means that much to the other guy, then let him have it.  Take the high road (which I know is not always easy).  If you just let him have the deer you would not still be stewing about it.  Life is too short to worry about such things...same applies to people who steal your parking spot, cut you off or have 30 items in the 15 only lane of the supermarket.  Now, I don't always follow my advice, but it is good advice.

Welcome to BGH...I am sure others will weigh in on this and may have different opinion.s

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That's always a tough one. 

That's always a tough one.  Most places, legally, it's whoever finishes the deer off is the legal owner of that deer.  Therefore, it would be yours.  However, it is always one of those things where it's your own judgement.  If you feel that it would have been a fatal shot, and the hunter most likely would have found the doe, then I would give him the deer.  However, if the deer appears uninjured, and the other hunter is looking around, I would consider that my deer.  The only thing I would say negatively about your situation, is that within 200 yards, is still an area that the deer could be moving while showing little effect from the shot.  That is pretty close to be.  If you were 500 yards away, that deer could have laid down and died before even getting to your stand.

Again, legally, the deer is yours.  However, the most important thing to remember is SAFETY.  No deer is worth getting shot over, and since 2 guys with guns arguing over deer in the middle of the woods is not an ideal situation, you need to be careful.

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We live in crazy times with

We live in crazy times with crazy people that will quickly resort to violence.  Discretion is always the better part of valor.

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Did the right thing!

I think you did the right thing, however you could have claimed the deer. We have an agreement with neighbors that the mortal shot takes the animal. Now is it worth argueing over? In this day and age I think not. We had a shooting here in W/WI where an arguement over a tresspasser and a tree stand, cost several people their lives. You just don't know who you are dealing with and they are armed.

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i would let him have it...you

i would let him have it...you didnt want that stinking gut shot thing anyway! did you? nasty taste from gut shooting em....plus you get to shoot another one! he knows he didnt kill her...he has to live with that! you did the right thing by putting her down. i have finished quite a few animals for other...

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