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Old 01-03-2020, 09:34 AM   #1
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What's the SOP here? This is an archery only county, we have 2 bucks running around that have been shot already, 1 was about a month ago and 1 was about 2 weeks ago. Assuming both are "doing ok" and are back at corn piles, if they weren't bucks you targeted would you shoot just because they are injured? If you kill it does it go to the original shooter? What if it was one of your target bucks, would you keep it?

What if it was a target buck and he came in very sick and didn't look good, I would obviously shoot, but then who gets the deer?

For the record, 1 was a target buck, that was seen on a camera (not mine) about a week ago with a high shot, and 1 was a buck that I would have passed another year that was seen about 4 days ago and did not appear to be doing well, shot location was believed to be high as well but not positive. He is also a buck that I had on camera a lot before he was shot.

Just curious what you guys have done in this situation.
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Old 01-03-2020, 09:36 AM   #2
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I shot a deer last year, because it had looked like it had gotten hit by a car or shot in the shoulder. Broken and could barely walk. I shot him legal, ate good. But, I missed my shot at my target buck as I believe he was shot last year sometimes. Have not seen him this year at all.
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Old 01-03-2020, 09:36 AM   #3
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If you shoot him days after the first shot he’s your deer
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Old 01-03-2020, 09:38 AM   #4
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The person who KILLS the deer is who it belongs to.



And yes. If there was a wounded deer that was suffering I would put it down. No question about it.
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Old 01-03-2020, 11:28 AM   #5
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The person who KILLS the deer is who it belongs to.



And yes. If there was a wounded deer that was suffering I would put it down. No question about it.
This. I think as a good human being and hunter you are morally obligated to kill a animal that is suffering. Put your tag on it and enjoy the bounty.
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Old 01-03-2020, 11:33 AM   #6
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The person who KILLS the deer is who it belongs to.



And yes. If there was a wounded deer that was suffering I would put it down. No question about it.


This... I don’t know why it would go to anyone else. The other guy/gal obviously didn’t kill it...
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Old 01-03-2020, 11:53 AM   #7
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If not a target deer and shot high, I would let him go and see what happens. If they are out and about eating and trying to survive, I don't think they are suffering that bad. Why shoot and dump to buzzards? Gut shot is a different story.

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Old 01-03-2020, 11:59 AM   #8
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I shot a deer a couple years ago that had been wounded (gut shot) and stank to high heaven clearly not edible. I called the GW he came out to look at the buck and told me he would have the state issue me a new tag. About a week later it arrived.
Poor deer could hardly move 20' without having to lay back down I couldn't stand watching him.
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Old 01-03-2020, 12:00 PM   #9
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I would kill any animal that was obviously suffering.
The deer goes to the person that kills it.
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Old 01-03-2020, 12:18 PM   #10
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I would kill any animal that was obviously suffering.
The deer goes to the person that kills it.
This and feel the same way
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Old 01-03-2020, 01:06 PM   #11
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The person who KILLS the deer is who it belongs to.



And yes. If there was a wounded deer that was suffering I would put it down. No question about it.
My thoughts also.
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Old 01-03-2020, 01:37 PM   #12
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Deer can survive some amazingly bad injuries
Unless it’s gut shot or can’t get up, I will usually watch them go
and hope for the best.
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Old 01-03-2020, 01:43 PM   #13
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I had a young doe in the pasture with a broken front leg that I struggled with a few weeks ago. It took 30 minutes for it to get across the field. Doe season had closed, and I decided it had a chance, very very small. I let it go, but most likely coyotes finished it off.

Buck still standing more than 24 hours isn't a recovery, it's a kill.
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Old 01-03-2020, 01:52 PM   #14
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I'd put any wounded animal out of its misery and it'd be one I killed. You don't get to wound animals then claim them as ones you killed when someone else does or they die weeks later do to getting sick. That'd be like someone bragging that they shot a huge deer and telling you they never found it when you ask to see a picture of it.

Unless you shoot it and walk up to it and load it up, you really didn't kill nothin.

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Old 01-03-2020, 02:20 PM   #15
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You kill it, your deer.

Yes, I would put it down if suffering.
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Old 01-03-2020, 02:23 PM   #16
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I agree with all you guys.

Now take my avatar buck. I made a bad shot and he walked away, off of my property and literally right by my neighbors stand. He wasn't there, but had he been, and had he shot the buck, what now? For arguments sake, we will say it was right before dark when he passed the neighbor, and maybe 500y from my stand, I shot him at 515p.
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Old 01-03-2020, 02:32 PM   #17
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I agree with all you guys.

Now take my avatar buck. I made a bad shot and he walked away, off of my property and literally right by my neighbors stand. He wasn't there, but had he been, and had he shot the buck, what now? For arguments sake, we will say it was right before dark when he passed the neighbor, and maybe 500y from my stand, I shot him at 515p.
Neighbors deer unless he agreed to let you have it.
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Old 01-03-2020, 03:39 PM   #18
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If your buddy shoots a buck and it comes by you 30min later and you shoot it I would say it goes to the buddy (assuming a shot that would eventually kill it)

Buddy shoots a big buck and 2 weeks later it comes by you, sorry for your bad luck buddy

Seems like Waddell and T-Bone shot the same deer a few years ago on a show, less than hour apart
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Old 01-03-2020, 03:43 PM   #19
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The person who KILLS the deer is who it belongs to.



And yes. If there was a wounded deer that was suffering I would put it down. No question about it.
This!
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Old 01-03-2020, 03:47 PM   #20
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If you know who shot it originally and you *don't want the deer* but put it down solely to end it's suffering then I would expect the original shooter to take it off your hands as he obviously did think it was good enough to shoot. If you do want the deer then it's clearly yours as others have said since you killed it.
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Old 01-03-2020, 03:53 PM   #21
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Old 01-03-2020, 04:02 PM   #22
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Funny who shot it story..

Many moons ago stalked a very big boar as he walked down a creek bed and bellied up into a wallow, I sent one through him and watched him run spurting blood .

30 minutes later I took up the track, following a good blood trail. After a few hundred yards I was wondering how he was still walking with all the blood loss.

Then my phone rings and the sun is all but gone, a buddy of mine says he had a huge spotted boar walk past his stand and he smoked him! I said Hells yeah!! Bro, I hammered one also and tracking him toward you but I'm still quarter mile away.

He climbed down and began tracking the monster...before long I could see a light in the brush and we pretty much tracked a blood trail to each other. We had a hell of a laugh and followed the blood trail to his stand and the boar had ran the opposite direction he though. 30 yards into the brush past his stand is where we found him..

Moral of the story... I was pretty dang happy for him, and it isn't yours till ya kill it.
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Old 01-03-2020, 04:57 PM   #23
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what if its injured and doesn't make AR
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Old 01-03-2020, 05:19 PM   #24
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Years ago talking to biologist in Iowa he said many times broadheads are found in shoulders of perfectly healthy appearing deer. Deer there are so big that sometimes the arrows don't penetrate if hit in shoulder and heals over. This came up after my buddy shot one and arrow went in about an inch or 2 at shoulder, wasn't where he was wanting to put it.....
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Old 01-03-2020, 05:19 PM   #25
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Funny timing on this thread. I had a buck come in yesterday evening within bow range that had been wounded by a neighboring property. Still had the arrow sticking out of him. Shot was high above the front shoulder almost into the back and appeared to have been made at a hard quartering away angle. The arrow had made very little penetration and the buck appeared to be doing just fine. He hung around and ate corn for 20+min.

I struggled with the decision to shoot or not. On one hand, the buck appeared to me to be a younger deer with lots of potential a couple years down the road if he lived. I saw him out of bow range 4 days ago in the same condition with arrow in him and appearing to still be healthy. On the other hand, he did have an arrow in him, although just a meat wound, but an open wound with the potential for infection nonetheless. I wasn’t thrilled at the idea of leaving a wounded deer in the pasture but ultimately I chose not to shoot. I will cross my fingers that he makes it and the wound does not damage antler growth.

What would y’all have done? Just curious. I will try to post a pic of buck with wound.






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Old 01-03-2020, 05:22 PM   #26
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If it's alive and I want it I shoot. If it's alive and looking horrible and suffering and not one I want, I put it down and walk, that's the honest answer for me. If looking bad I wouldn't want the meat if deer is septic.
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Old 01-03-2020, 05:24 PM   #27
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Funny timing on this thread. I had a buck come in yesterday evening within bow range that had been wounded by a neighboring property. Still had the arrow sticking out of him. Shot was high above the front shoulder almost into the back and appeared to have been made at a hard quartering away angle. The arrow had made very little penetration and the buck appeared to be doing just fine. He hung around and ate corn for 20+min.

I struggled with the decision to shoot or not. On one hand, the buck appeared to me to be a younger deer with lots of potential a couple years down the road if he lived. I saw him out of bow range 4 days ago in the same condition with arrow in him and appearing to still be healthy. On the other hand, he did have an arrow in him, although just a meat wound, but an open wound with the potential for infection nonetheless. I wasn’t thrilled at the idea of leaving a wounded deer in the pasture but ultimately I chose not to shoot. I will cross my fingers that he makes it and the wound does not damage antler growth.

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I think that is a very survivable wound.
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Old 01-03-2020, 05:31 PM   #28
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Funny timing on this thread. I had a buck come in yesterday evening within bow range that had been wounded by a neighboring property. Still had the arrow sticking out of him. Shot was high above the front shoulder almost into the back and appeared to have been made at a hard quartering away angle. The arrow had made very little penetration and the buck appeared to be doing just fine. He hung around and ate corn for 20+min.

I struggled with the decision to shoot or not. On one hand, the buck appeared to me to be a younger deer with lots of potential a couple years down the road if he lived. I saw him out of bow range 4 days ago in the same condition with arrow in him and appearing to still be healthy. On the other hand, he did have an arrow in him, although just a meat wound, but an open wound with the potential for infection nonetheless. I wasn’t thrilled at the idea of leaving a wounded deer in the pasture but ultimately I chose not to shoot. I will cross my fingers that he makes it and the wound does not damage antler growth.

What would y’all have done? Just curious. I will try to post a pic of buck with wound.






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Well I got a call last night from one neighbor saying he saw the buck another neighbor had shot a few weeks ago and that he wasn't doing well. My place is right in between theirs and I had this guy on camera a lot so figured my chances of seeing him are decent.

I didn't want to shoot him this year, wanted to see what all those splits might do next year, but here he is...

https://discussions.texasbowhunter.c...d.php?t=748257
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Old 01-03-2020, 05:51 PM   #29
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I’m with everyone else, whoever kills it claims it. Exception would be someone hunting the same piece of property, making something like a single lung or liver shot, and an hour or so later it running by you during the same hunt. You don’t owe it to them to give it up, but I probably would. If it was on the parcel next door and shot in the ham, too bad so sad.

Yes I would shoot a wounded deer to put them out of their misery. Do you guys only get 1-2 tags or are you talking about lease rules? Not killing a deer that’s clearly suffering because you want to see if they might grow bigger isn’t good stewardship IMO. Hard to say what I’d do if it was just a mild wound that might have been from fighting, a bullet zipping through the brisket, etc.

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Old 01-03-2020, 06:02 PM   #30
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I'm not sure I, or anyone here, ever said I wouldn't shoot a deer that was suffering.

I was more curious as to what you guys would do with it if you were the 2nd one to shoot. Guess it depends on how well you like the original shooter...
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I'm not sure I, or anyone here, ever said I wouldn't shoot a deer that was suffering.

I was more curious as to what you guys would do with it if you were the 2nd one to shoot. Guess it depends on how well you like the original shooter...
Oh, if that's the case and it's walking and I put it down then mine.
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Old 01-03-2020, 07:38 PM   #32
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Go take a look at the Hagerman seg B thread....
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Old 01-03-2020, 09:15 PM   #33
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