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If your hunting and a deer runs in front of you thats already shot but not dead should you shoot it again to "put it out of its missery" if your using a bow? I've wondered about this because some hunters who used a rifle might not want you to shoot it with an arrow, I dont know, you tell me.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

You should not be archery hunting in an area where modern rifle season is open in the first place. Not legal in some jurisdictions, dumb in all others.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Yeah i would shoot it clean ethical kill. In my state archery seasons closed when gun seasons on except for the youth hunt even in those circumstances i would shoot and think about giving the deer up to the hunter who first shot it depending on the shot and the amount of time between when i shot it and he/she shot it.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

I would make the kill if the deer stopped within my range. There's no way I'll take a running shot at a deer with a bow. Archery is legal in Alabama during gun season with all hunter's orange rules applicable.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

i would shoot it and keep it. it's the one that puts it down for good, not the one who wounds it that gets to keep it. JMO.

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from shotgunlou wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Ditto to all those answers. In Az the archery and rifle seasons don't coincide but if they did and this happened to me I would do what is ethical and put the animal out of its misery, given the opportunity. Seeing an animal suffering due to mans ineptitude is never high on my list of favorite things to do. Twice I have had to fire follow up shots after a hunting partners first shot on coyotes failed to drop the animal on the first shot. The second time it was after a mile and a half track. We got lucky and jumped it out of a bush after the wound closed and we lost the blood trail. That coyote suffered a lot in that hour for no reason other than someones poor shot.

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from ggmack wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

In my area you are allowed to hunt with archery gear during gun season as long as all hunter orange rules are followed, yeah I would take the shot.

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from MB915 wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

If you prefer to archery hunt, and an archery season overlaps a gun season, I disagree that its dumb to be out hunting. That makes no sense to me at all.

But to answer your question, should always put a deer out if its misery, regardless if you or someone else is to blame for wounding the deer.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

my rule is, if im hunting with people i know, first blood gets the animal. if im out on my own, kill shot gets it. and if it was running and i had a bow? i mean if it was hit bad i would probably try to take the shot if it was under 20 yards. if it wasnt hit real bad and had a good chance of making it i wouldnt try to make the situation for the deer worse by hitting it bad a second time.

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from JGooding1 wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Maybe but I wouldn't want to try and claim it unless it had been in the leg or something. I might just let it walk on by just to avoid any confrontation with another hunter. I don't wanna argue with a stranger who has a gun.

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from ChandlerV1997 wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

I would put it down to keep it from suffering

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from Hobob wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

U would shoot it and let the other guy have it. Its ethical to put it down as fast as possible, and I don't need it bad enough to argue. This is an unlikely in archery but I would do it.

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Legalities aside, it seems that the original shooter should not have much to say about the method of finishing an animal that he wounded and let escape.
Since you appear to be more interested in putting the deer out of its misery than in claiming title to the animal, I think you would be well within your rights to finish it off as quickly and cleanly as possible.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

First off "Archery Tackle" is a legal firearm in any state and does not close just because it is gun season. Hunter Orange is required during gun season and must be worn during both gun and youth seasons. So there is nothing wrong with using a bow during gun season. Not the weapon buut how you use it.
Second, you can legally shoot any deer that is still on its feet,even if somebody else shot it. But you must tag that animal, as you made the killing shot. The is the law, you kill it,you tag it.
Third, under what circumstances would you ever shoot somebody elses deer just because it was running by you? If it looks as though it was shot well enough to be pumping blood out chances are it is gonna die. Don't you think it would be "Correct" and "Right" of you to allow the hunter that shot the deer enough respect to allow him/her the right to track the animal without interference from anyone else messes up the chance of recovery of said animal? Deer do not always drop on the spot you shoot them. Would you want somebody else shooting your 150" Pope & Young buck with their shotgun or rifle? The answer would be "NO" neither would anybody else,even during gun season. The correct response would be to watch the animal as far as it ran and hope the hunter who shot it comes by tracking the blood trail.Whether or not you assist them would be totally up to you If not and you then want to tag that animal it would be totally up to you at that point. It is better & wiser to let a wounded deer pass and hope for the best outcome. Then to be shot over an antler or whatever. It happens all the time. Hunt safe ,hunt wise and it just may save a life. "YOUR"

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from upnorthmn wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

this happened back in the 60's with my old man, he put a good shot on a buck in the boiler room, the buck took off running on forward momentum downhill past another hunting party who's only shot droped it in its tracks. dad and grandpa following the blood trail found the party at the end of blood trail. they let the guys keep the buck, not wanting to make a scene, as they were out number 5-2. my first rifle season i shot a small doe another gentleman was still hunting and jumped her trotting to within 45 yards or so of me stoped looked back behind her and snorted and stomped her foot, i sqeezed off the trigger and dropped her with a neck shot from my 30-30. i grabbed my backpack and rifle and started walking over to her, as i did the gentleman appeared and asked if i had shot the deer yes i replied. i was young at the time and wonder if he would have made a stink about me shooting his deer had i been older. i would let someone else worrie about taking that shot, some people get too agressive about it and i want no part of a fight.

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from upnorthmn wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

by the way archery season in minnesota runs from the middle of september to december 31, and i have archery hunted through rifle season before i started hunting with rifle.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Have passed several wounded deer during both gun and bow season while bow hunting. Will not fill my tag on someone else's bad shot.

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from Bryan01 wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Yes, shoot the deer and put it down. About the only reason I can see not to shoot it is if it was just shot and is about to go down anyway.

It is also legal in Indiana to use a bow during firearm season so long as you wear the required blaze orange and I don't see anything wrong with bow-hunting during firearm season other than it means you may have to watch a few more deer walk that you could have shot but are out of bow range.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

i feel like archery and rifle seasons should be seperated. JMO.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Put the deer down a and smack the shooter!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

WAM

How so?

In fact, archery gets you into all the firearms zones but more so into areas where firearms are prohibited that are open to deer hunting.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

There are separate archery seasons in my state and you are not allowed to hunt in both archery and modern firearms seasons. Walking around or sitting in a treestand in camo is not smart during rifle season.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Bioguy,

No problem with disagreeing. I get one buck tag a year and will be darned if I fill it with a mercy kill. Second, if I am out of state and have a $500 tag in my pocket and thousands more in the hunt, no chance it will go to a mercy kill.

My neighbor has a lot of deer on his property and on occasion one will show up wounded. A quick call the the local warden for permission to put it down yeilds the same answer... Leave it alone unless you have a tag for it.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

I think there shouldn't be a special archery or primitive weapons season at all. I have no issue with those wishing to add challenge by using more primitive weapons. However, those hunters should not get special privileges.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Sorry guys , archery tackle is allowed in every state during firearms season. As it is considered a firearm under class 5 ,I believe is what it is regulated as. Only stipulation required is that you abide by firearms rules and regulations. 1/2 before sunrise to sunset and hunter orange. What diference would it make if you were walking around in the woods with a rifle,shotgun,pistol or archery equipment? None, the disadvantage would be range,nothing more. For some of us a disadvantage,not so much for others.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

I would shoot any cripple like this immediately to put it out of its misery. I would deal with the hunter later.

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from shane wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

I don't care what any idiot that makes bad shots on game with gun or bow thinks. If I have a good shot, I will end the suffering no matter the weapon I have on hand.

What is more dangerous or wrong about bow hunting during rifle season than rifle hunting during rifle season? If a gun hunter shoots someone, is it the victims fault if they had a bow?

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from Sticknstringarchery wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

I am with pighunter on the whole shoot if its standing but not if its running. I live in NC and we can now hunt on Sundays with Bow and Crossbow only. No rifle yet anyways. I kinda like having the advantage of being a bow hunter all season. Longer season and more days during rifle and muzzle loader season. Does anyone else out there live in a state that allows hunting on Sun. with exception of SC anyways??

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from ADKHunter wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

i dont care if that other hunter doesnt want you to shoot that animal that animal has some kind of right to me to be killed in the most humane way and that means doing wat the other didnt do making a clean ethical shot

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

I would make the kill if the deer stopped within my range. There's no way I'll take a running shot at a deer with a bow. Archery is legal in Alabama during gun season with all hunter's orange rules applicable.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

First off "Archery Tackle" is a legal firearm in any state and does not close just because it is gun season. Hunter Orange is required during gun season and must be worn during both gun and youth seasons. So there is nothing wrong with using a bow during gun season. Not the weapon buut how you use it.
Second, you can legally shoot any deer that is still on its feet,even if somebody else shot it. But you must tag that animal, as you made the killing shot. The is the law, you kill it,you tag it.
Third, under what circumstances would you ever shoot somebody elses deer just because it was running by you? If it looks as though it was shot well enough to be pumping blood out chances are it is gonna die. Don't you think it would be "Correct" and "Right" of you to allow the hunter that shot the deer enough respect to allow him/her the right to track the animal without interference from anyone else messes up the chance of recovery of said animal? Deer do not always drop on the spot you shoot them. Would you want somebody else shooting your 150" Pope & Young buck with their shotgun or rifle? The answer would be "NO" neither would anybody else,even during gun season. The correct response would be to watch the animal as far as it ran and hope the hunter who shot it comes by tracking the blood trail.Whether or not you assist them would be totally up to you If not and you then want to tag that animal it would be totally up to you at that point. It is better & wiser to let a wounded deer pass and hope for the best outcome. Then to be shot over an antler or whatever. It happens all the time. Hunt safe ,hunt wise and it just may save a life. "YOUR"

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from JGooding1 wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Maybe but I wouldn't want to try and claim it unless it had been in the leg or something. I might just let it walk on by just to avoid any confrontation with another hunter. I don't wanna argue with a stranger who has a gun.

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from 99explorer wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Legalities aside, it seems that the original shooter should not have much to say about the method of finishing an animal that he wounded and let escape.
Since you appear to be more interested in putting the deer out of its misery than in claiming title to the animal, I think you would be well within your rights to finish it off as quickly and cleanly as possible.

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from deerhunterrick wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Sorry guys , archery tackle is allowed in every state during firearms season. As it is considered a firearm under class 5 ,I believe is what it is regulated as. Only stipulation required is that you abide by firearms rules and regulations. 1/2 before sunrise to sunset and hunter orange. What diference would it make if you were walking around in the woods with a rifle,shotgun,pistol or archery equipment? None, the disadvantage would be range,nothing more. For some of us a disadvantage,not so much for others.

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from fliphuntr14 wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Yeah i would shoot it clean ethical kill. In my state archery seasons closed when gun seasons on except for the youth hunt even in those circumstances i would shoot and think about giving the deer up to the hunter who first shot it depending on the shot and the amount of time between when i shot it and he/she shot it.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

i would shoot it and keep it. it's the one that puts it down for good, not the one who wounds it that gets to keep it. JMO.

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from shotgunlou wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Ditto to all those answers. In Az the archery and rifle seasons don't coincide but if they did and this happened to me I would do what is ethical and put the animal out of its misery, given the opportunity. Seeing an animal suffering due to mans ineptitude is never high on my list of favorite things to do. Twice I have had to fire follow up shots after a hunting partners first shot on coyotes failed to drop the animal on the first shot. The second time it was after a mile and a half track. We got lucky and jumped it out of a bush after the wound closed and we lost the blood trail. That coyote suffered a lot in that hour for no reason other than someones poor shot.

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from MB915 wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

If you prefer to archery hunt, and an archery season overlaps a gun season, I disagree that its dumb to be out hunting. That makes no sense to me at all.

But to answer your question, should always put a deer out if its misery, regardless if you or someone else is to blame for wounding the deer.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

my rule is, if im hunting with people i know, first blood gets the animal. if im out on my own, kill shot gets it. and if it was running and i had a bow? i mean if it was hit bad i would probably try to take the shot if it was under 20 yards. if it wasnt hit real bad and had a good chance of making it i wouldnt try to make the situation for the deer worse by hitting it bad a second time.

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from upnorthmn wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

this happened back in the 60's with my old man, he put a good shot on a buck in the boiler room, the buck took off running on forward momentum downhill past another hunting party who's only shot droped it in its tracks. dad and grandpa following the blood trail found the party at the end of blood trail. they let the guys keep the buck, not wanting to make a scene, as they were out number 5-2. my first rifle season i shot a small doe another gentleman was still hunting and jumped her trotting to within 45 yards or so of me stoped looked back behind her and snorted and stomped her foot, i sqeezed off the trigger and dropped her with a neck shot from my 30-30. i grabbed my backpack and rifle and started walking over to her, as i did the gentleman appeared and asked if i had shot the deer yes i replied. i was young at the time and wonder if he would have made a stink about me shooting his deer had i been older. i would let someone else worrie about taking that shot, some people get too agressive about it and i want no part of a fight.

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from upnorthmn wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

by the way archery season in minnesota runs from the middle of september to december 31, and i have archery hunted through rifle season before i started hunting with rifle.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Bioguy,

No problem with disagreeing. I get one buck tag a year and will be darned if I fill it with a mercy kill. Second, if I am out of state and have a $500 tag in my pocket and thousands more in the hunt, no chance it will go to a mercy kill.

My neighbor has a lot of deer on his property and on occasion one will show up wounded. A quick call the the local warden for permission to put it down yeilds the same answer... Leave it alone unless you have a tag for it.

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from DakotaMan wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

I would shoot any cripple like this immediately to put it out of its misery. I would deal with the hunter later.

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from shane wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

I don't care what any idiot that makes bad shots on game with gun or bow thinks. If I have a good shot, I will end the suffering no matter the weapon I have on hand.

What is more dangerous or wrong about bow hunting during rifle season than rifle hunting during rifle season? If a gun hunter shoots someone, is it the victims fault if they had a bow?

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from Sticknstringarchery wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

I am with pighunter on the whole shoot if its standing but not if its running. I live in NC and we can now hunt on Sundays with Bow and Crossbow only. No rifle yet anyways. I kinda like having the advantage of being a bow hunter all season. Longer season and more days during rifle and muzzle loader season. Does anyone else out there live in a state that allows hunting on Sun. with exception of SC anyways??

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from ADKHunter wrote 3 years 2 weeks ago

i dont care if that other hunter doesnt want you to shoot that animal that animal has some kind of right to me to be killed in the most humane way and that means doing wat the other didnt do making a clean ethical shot

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from ggmack wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

In my area you are allowed to hunt with archery gear during gun season as long as all hunter orange rules are followed, yeah I would take the shot.

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from ChandlerV1997 wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

I would put it down to keep it from suffering

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from Hobob wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

U would shoot it and let the other guy have it. Its ethical to put it down as fast as possible, and I don't need it bad enough to argue. This is an unlikely in archery but I would do it.

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from Bryan01 wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Yes, shoot the deer and put it down. About the only reason I can see not to shoot it is if it was just shot and is about to go down anyway.

It is also legal in Indiana to use a bow during firearm season so long as you wear the required blaze orange and I don't see anything wrong with bow-hunting during firearm season other than it means you may have to watch a few more deer walk that you could have shot but are out of bow range.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

i feel like archery and rifle seasons should be seperated. JMO.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Put the deer down a and smack the shooter!

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from Clay Cooper wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

WAM

How so?

In fact, archery gets you into all the firearms zones but more so into areas where firearms are prohibited that are open to deer hunting.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

There are separate archery seasons in my state and you are not allowed to hunt in both archery and modern firearms seasons. Walking around or sitting in a treestand in camo is not smart during rifle season.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

I think there shouldn't be a special archery or primitive weapons season at all. I have no issue with those wishing to add challenge by using more primitive weapons. However, those hunters should not get special privileges.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

You should not be archery hunting in an area where modern rifle season is open in the first place. Not legal in some jurisdictions, dumb in all others.

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 3 weeks ago

Have passed several wounded deer during both gun and bow season while bow hunting. Will not fill my tag on someone else's bad shot.

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