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You Shot My Deer! I'm sure it has happened to a few of you. You have been scouting a certain buck all year. Capturing him on cam

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    rudyglove27
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    agreed with Big C answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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  • Big C
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    You have to congratulate the person on a fine kill. It is not "your" buck unless you shoot him and put your tag on him. This is just another part of hunting.

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    I've been on the harvesting end of this situation more than once. I am very good friends with another guy in my club and last year he had seen tracks and rubs from this big buck so he set up a trail cam. I saw the same big buck three different times while hunting from one specific tree. Once out of bow range, once chasing a doe after I had climbed down. Took a shot at him but shot right over his back. Once running full blast through the pines. On 11/23/08 my buddy and I were going to hunt. I always called him to wake him up when I was leaving my house so he'd have time to wake up get ready and be at the land at about the same time I got there. I told him the night before that he could hunt the area I'd seen the buck and I'd hunt somewhere else. Well this morning I over slept. When I called him he said he was going to stay in bed so I told him I was going to hunt that area. He was cool with it. I got in the stand at 8:00. At 9:50 a doe came out 75 yards below me, right where I'd seen the buck every time before. I turned was ready to take aim if he came out when I heard a twig snap behind me. He walked out 25 feet on the other side of me. I was able to get turned around and take him. My buddy was aggravated, mostly at himself for sleeping in. Hunting is a lot about luck. You have to have the skills to find trails, pick up on rubs, patterns, etc. but if you are not in the right place at the right time, no deer. This buck is the larger of the two mount pictures I posted.

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    Understandably it sucks when you get pics of a deer all year, or watch him grow into a nice buck then someone else gets "gets lucky" and shoots him opening day. Either on an adjacent land or friend or new member of a lease. But should you claim deer... no. By the way Dr.Mike nice comment about Shane... I dont think anyone here should be "bashing" on each other. It has happened to me before and i didnt appreciate it.

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  • Jim in Mo
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    You snooze you lose.

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  • buck hunter 17
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    if you shot it i think that you should get to tag it. but if the other person is a dick i would just ask him if he shot it and when he said no i would say i did. it mite work or it might not hope you got it resolved with out any problems.

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    I let a young buck walk 2 years ago - had some interesting widely palmated 4-point antlers. Saw him again the next year and let him walk again. At the end of opening day of last rifle season I walked past a camp and got into a conversation with the guys. One had shot a very nice 8 point with palmated antlers. You guessed it. He had never seen that buck before. It had somehow evaded me during bow season. I told him the story and honestly congratulated him. No hard feelings. It was good to see that a good guy had taken that buck. Got to see the buck up close. Just the way it goes. He just happened to be at the right place at the right time.

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    I always figured that for every big boy I see there are two I don't, so there is no reason to lay claim on a deer, or any other animal for that matter. If someone shoots a deer you have been specifically hunting, so be it. Life is too short to get all bent out of shape over someone who shot a buck that you saw once, two months ago.

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    There used to be an old 9 point buck that lived in the densest part of my property behind a large stock tank. I patterned this buck for two years and placed several permanent stands up in the area. Each season I saw the buck two or three times but never had a clear shot in the brush. last year I invited two of my best friends out to hunt with me. I put one up a tree on one side of the property, and the other over the most used trail leading out of the big boys thicket- which i had never ever seen this big deer use. My buddy shot him not 20 mins after I dropped him off. I had slightly mixed feelings of sorrow and envy about this- but mostly i was just happy for my friend!!!!!

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  • KingFisher907
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    to the victor go the spoils...man up, re-group and try for another buck...

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  • MB915
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    Well no one owns a specific buck, just because they saw them first or scouted that buck all summer long does not mean they own that given buck are entitled to harvest it and everyone else must pass him up. All you can do is congratulate the other hunter and move on. I am not saying you might not be a little dissappointed with the outcome, but you did not own the buck, as much as you think you did, and the other hunter even if they got him by dumb luck still deserves to be congratulated.

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    It happened to me and it was 100% my fault. I had been watching a group of three massive 8 points all bow season and had even missed a shot at dark. I went to deer camp Friday and hunted all day Saturday and didn't see anything so Sunday morning I left before daylight to go see if I'd see my monsters. Well I went by my uncles house got him up and headed that direction and I went to change coveralls. Well turns out I was a little late. I got there about 10 minutes after daylight and got to help clean two of the big boys. That's right my uncle who would have been sleeping if it weren't for me shot TWO of the deer I had been watching for months! Was I jelous? You bet. What'd I do and say? I shook his had told him that he did a great job and pulled out my knife and got to cleaning. I get to see those big boys on his wall everytime I got to his house and I'm glad that they got the respect and mounts that they deserve and I'm proud of myself for handling it as good as I did. You should try to avoid all contention among fellow hunters especially family, but in the end I consider us all family of sorts due to our dedication to the outdoors and common interests.

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  • DrMike
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    Shane,sir I guess I should have just been blunt. Because I knew there would be a few people out there that would try and turn the question. So "aka" it was not me who wanted or even shot the buck. It was two other people at deer camp. The one that "claimed the deer" (yet failed to shoot it) was a very bad sport in my eyes. He was mad and is still holding a grudge. So, I just wanted to see if others had been in this situation and how it affected there camp! Maybe... You should spend less time in the woods and more time in Psych 101. You know so you can "get better at it".

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    As soon as people start to claim ownership the trouble starts. I had a guy bust up one on my ground blinds just because I was hunting on property next to his. I had permission but twice when I checked my blind it was torn down and the second time it was broken. I just had to quit hunting there, it wasn't worth it. The deer belong to all the people until you harvest one.

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    It's mother natures buck until YOU harvest it. You can't call "dibs", that's just the way it goes.

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