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You wound it, you own it!

I have been hearing this over the last few weeks, and never thought much about it.  They had it on the Bucks of Tecamote (I think) a few weeks back. 

They were talking about hunting with outfitters, and the policy that if you shoot, wound, and not find the animal, that still counts as your animal. 

What do you guys think about it???

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I've got mixed feelings on

I've got mixed feelings on it. On one hand you made a shoot wounded an animal even if you dont find it the hunt should be over. On the other hand you still have a valid tag in your hand, I personally dont punch my tag till i have recovered the animal simply because of I've heard and have had it happen to me when someone else finds your animal and claims it as there own. One way to avoid just wounding an animal is make a better shot!!

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I think the show I was

I think the show I was watching was referring to if you were hunting with an outfitter.

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I was thinking more about

I was thinking more about this over the weekend, I dont agree with the if you wound it you own it. The reason behind this is I'm a hunter not a shooter, I hunt to put meat on the table, if i wounded one and couldnt retreive it than i still havent done my job and there for i have a tag in hand and i would continue to hunt. right or wrong thats my opinion.

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hmm

Man, that's a tough one.  On one hand you have the hunter.  He's paying the outfitter a certain amount of money to A) hunt the outfitters property or leased property B) usually have some sort of guide or semi-guided hunt and c) fill his or her tag and harvest an animal.  If the animal is wounded and not recovered then technically you're not getting what you pay for since C) was never completed.  On the other hand you have the outfitter.  Each deer they have on their property can be valued at X dollars since they can charge to have it harvested.  Say that x dollars is 1k per deer.  If a hunter wounds one and later kills one he's in essence cutting into the outfitters profits.  that being said I have to side with the hunter on this one.  To me, ranches like tecomate and Kings are pretty much a free ranging monster buck supermarket.  They know just about every deer on the place and usually have pics of each deer from the time they had their first set of antlers.  Since they have such a good tally on their herd they know exactly which deer it was that was wounded and how much they're out which is sad to say.  the way I see it that's part of the game.  they charge people upwards of 20,000 bucks to shoot a whitetail so they need to shoulder some of the risks as well.  they want people forking over wads of cold hard cash and yet they want the hunter to shoulder the risk of wounding an animal.  Don't get me wrong, the intention is to ALWAYS make a clean kill but as can be seen on nearly any hunting show even the "experts" screw up now and then.  I say if you're going to charge so much for a hunter to hunt then he gets to hunt.  If he wounds an animal that's a risk you take by being in this business.  Nobody made them grow monster bucks and charge people to hunt them.  they chose to do it on their own and are making money hand over fist so deal with the ups and the downs.  Remember, the hunter is the customer.  i think sometimes certain outfitters can forget that.

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