October 19, 2009
Video: Hunter Shoots Rack to Unlock Bucks
By Scott Bestul
Last year, we ran a photo essay in this space provided by a South Dakota couple who separated two locked-up whitetails with a saw. This turned out to be a neat-and-tidy way of getting the job done that resulted in freed-up deer. But it was not, as many of you noted, a method that was without danger.
Then we profiled the Wisconsin bowhunters who simply—and legally—shot the bucks they found tangled up in a fight. Since they were each carrying tags, there was no law preventing the hunters from filling them with bucks that were, um, otherwise occupied. Though correct under the law, many of you questioned the ethics of killing a free-ranging buck that was, under the circumstances, anything but.
The video above shows a different method of breaking up a fight. What are your thoughts on this technique? Anxious to hear your opinions!