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Old 10-10-2007, 12:05 PM
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GMMAT's post on ethics got me thinking about another scenario.

Let's say you hit one a little far back, track it all night but don't find it. You go out the next day to continue searching and you find it. BUT - the coyotes found her first, and there is literally nothing left but a head, some fur, and bones.

Are you legally required to tag the deer, even though the the coyotes left nothing for you? Are you ethically required to tag the deer?
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:07 PM
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Well, is there any evidence that in fact you shot this deer?
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:08 PM
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Speaking for me personally.....it meets all the reuirements of a kill AND a recovery. I don't see how you could NOT tag it.

I also think there's plenty who wouldn't.....especially in reduced harvest (limited tags) states.
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:10 PM
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Well, is there any evidence that in fact you shot this deer?
The arrow is covered in blood and green slime. How about that?
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:10 PM
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Ethics come to play when you tag a P/Y set of horns and then carry them out of the same woods that you left last weeks doe to rot in.
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:12 PM
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I would tag it then call the warden and see if there's anything that could be done so I could get some meat on the table. They may give a doe tag.
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:19 PM
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Still might be tough to prove that you're the one who shot it. From the sounds of the hypothetical, there isn't a way to distinguish this deer as the one you shot the day(s) before.

But if I knew for a fact that it was my deer, then yes, I would tag the doe then go buy another tag. Then read up on how to track an animal properly as obviously I did a piss-poor job the first go around.
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:20 PM
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I think legally, it could probably be argued either way, but I would not tag it.
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:23 PM
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In my state the carcass has to be intact other than field dressing to check it in, so I would leave what was left for the varmints and use the tag elsewhere. That would be legal here.
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Old 10-10-2007, 12:27 PM
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Still might be tough to prove that you're the one who shot it. From the sounds of the hypothetical, there isn't a way to distinguish this deer as the one you shot the day(s) before.

But if I knew for a fact that it was my deer, then yes, I would tag the doe then go buy another tag. Then read up on how to track an animal properly as obviously I did a piss-poor job the first go around.
I hope you were joking when you made this comment.
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