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  • Has anybody been in a dispute over who righfully harvested a deer? Whether it be on a deer drive or you shot it and it ran on so

    Has anybody been in a dispute over who righfully harvested a deer? Whether it be on a deer drive or you shot it and it ran on someone elses property.

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    I never have but they are pretty common. Especially on drives. When a deer is shot by more than one person it gets touchy. Often guys within a hunting group will fight over it. Or a kid gets a deer stolen by an elder. I prefer hunting alone and away from other hunters. I do sometimes hunt close to property lines. Luckily the fall on the right side of the posters.

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    • #3
      I know some outfitters in Wyoming who had problems with people claiming game taken by their clients. They started lobbying for a law that would make it a high degree misdemeanor to move contested game. It's tough though when you're miles from civilization. Interesting the problems we deal with in modern-day hunting, I bet this was a rare issue 30-40 years ago.

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      • #4
        As a former Military Game Warden and avid outdoorsman, I’ve come across this allot. It’s not worth having your vehicle and equipment vandalized or getting shot over it. Try to get the license plate and every detail of the individual and let Law Enforcement deal with it.

        Believe me, God does have a way of dealing with these kind of people!

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        • #5
          I've had it only once about 20 years ago, and the game warden ruled in my favor. I shot the deer, followed the blood trail to a gutpile, then followed the drag marks to the guy hauling my deer to his house. I told him that it was my deer, he denied it, so I called the game warden and followed the guy to his house. When the game warden saw the tag, he thought it was the other fellows, but when he asked to see the guy's shotgun, the guy pumped out a live round, not an empty hull. Also on inspection the gun hadn't been fired, the barrel was still clean and coated with gun oil. After asking the fellow exactly how he shot the deer, the guy admitted that he walked up on the dead deer, saw it was a fresh kill, and decided to take it. So I was given the deer back, already field dressed, and the guy who took it a citation and court date.

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          • #6
            I believe my grandpa quit deer hunting over a dispute where someone took his deer. Heard that story nearly 30 years ago, and it happened many years before i had heard it. What a shame. Me? I'dve handled it differently than grandpa i'm sure. Either way i'd look for a new spot after that. Had my trailcam stolen this year. Scumbags, cut the lock.

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            • #7
              I was hunting with my brother and his in-laws when it happened to me. I shot the deer and a guy 200 yds away tried to claim it. There was alot of hollering and several choice words said, but he finally admitted that he didn't shoot it.
              I also had an uncle quit because someone else picked up his deer. The bad part about that one was that the guy/s that picked it up were friends of his.

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              • #8
                I shot a nice buck once that ran about 300 yards and keeled over and died right up against this guys barn. The only problem was that I loss blood about 100yds prior to it keeling over. I quit hunting all together to and searched in circles for days and wandered the woods the rest of the season not hunting knowing this deer was dead. Ends up the guy who owns the barn found him several months later wedged between his barn and a piece of farm equipment. I must have walked past him several times. He refused to give me the rack but did let me score it. 176in gross. I never agrued with the guy. There are no written rules and he let me take pictures of it. I wish I had the rack but then again, if I had made a better shot I would have the rack.

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                • #9
                  I have never have one and hopefully I won't have it either in the future!!!

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