07-17-2010, 11:46 AM
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B&C 140 Class
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Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Belvidere, Illinois
well , the legality of it would be highly debatable and could go either way depending on the mental disposition of the investgating game officer.
first off, killing any game animal in self defense is undisputabley legal even out of season. your story needs to be concrete though.
the problem in my situation though is, technically you are disallowed to carry a knife in the conservation district property as stated by signage at the enterance. off course knives, bows and arrows etc are allowed during hunting hours as we given special writen permission forms which are to be carried while hunting. This occasion as I stated however was on the friday prior to the weekend hunt while scouting and hanging my stand. I could argue the fact that I never enter any woods without a knife and that recent reports of cougar sightings further strengthen my claims to be armed defensively.
But even armed with a razor sharp knife, given the oppertunity to decline a physical confrontation with a deer like this buck, I'll take the submissive posture and back away. Consider for a second that you can shoot a deer in the vitals with an arrow and he still has enough power/adrenolin to run in some cases over a hundred yards before expiring. the video you have probably seen on you tube where the guy is getting stomped by a buck, that deer was not going all out, if that deer was bent on doing some damage the horn would have been lowered and a real assault would have taken place.