What would you have done? - Deer Hunting Forums

Go Back   Deer Hunting Forums > General Forums > The Lodge
The Lodge Meet other hunters and share hunting stories, tips, and tricks.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 11-29-2012, 12:54 PM
erm1212011 erm1212011 is offline
Scrub Buck
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 1
Default What would you have done?

Opening day of buck season in Pa was Monday. Saw a deer at the break of daylight. I didnít see another deer until 9. Turned out to be a really nice 8pt. Could of shot it at 150 yards but it coming right to me. He finally got to within 40 yds, so I took a neck shot and dropped him. Got out of my tree stand and walked up to it. It turned out to be the nicest buck I ever shot. I was getting ready to start to do the dirty work when I saw a hunter and his son walking up to me. It turned out that his 13 year old son shot this buck at 7. When he said they shot it, I told them the only hole I saw was the one I put in the neck. I flipped the buck over and saw the kid gut shot it and it didnít pass through. i was shocked and the kid looked pretty shocked and upset cause he saw I finished it. The father, which my cousins knew, said it was his kids first shot at a deer. Even though I really didnít want to give this buck away, I think I did the right thing by giving the kid his first kill since he drew blood first. What would you guys have done???
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 11-29-2012, 01:34 PM
Hunting Man Hunting Man is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Oregon, Ohio
Posts: 7,673
Default

My first year in PA at the ripe old age of 19, I shot what would have been my first buck. A guy shot after my buck was on the ground indicated by the hole in the snow above the fallen buck claimed he shot it. I had a broadside 40 yd shot. Instead of getting into a scrap, which would have been bad for him, I walked away knowing I killed my first! I applaud you in giving the kid his first. You simply have to be content that good things happen for a reason and your's will come. The dad and son will always in the back of their mind know you gave them the buck out of a grand gesture that doesn't happen very often these days. Congrats on the fine decision! You give the whole hunting community a reason to be proud. Thanks for your post! HM
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 11-29-2012, 01:41 PM
flexj's Avatar
flexj flexj is offline
B&C 140 Class
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Lahoma, OK
Posts: 562
Default

Wow. That's a tough one...two people shooting the same deer. I have often imagined that senario since a bunch of hunters moved in on the property next to mine, but haven't seen it yet. 13 year old boys are very perceptive and impressionable. Maybe you made a positive influence on the kid that will remind him of good ethics in the future. Good job sir! You did the right thing.
__________________
John Eitzen
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 11-29-2012, 04:36 PM
BruceBruce1959's Avatar
BruceBruce1959 BruceBruce1959 is offline
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Vermont
Posts: 5,414
Default

I think I would have done the same as you but our kind heartedness doesn't mean we would have done the right thing.
There's really no right or wrong decision, it's more of an ethical act on your part because, one way, the kid gets the deer,
the other way, you get the deer and it teaches the kid that this is what could happen with a poorly placed shot.
Not every hunter would give up a nice buck and I applaud your actions for doing so and I sure hope his dad points out to him that you didnt have to give him that deer.
Good Luck always
__________________
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the outcome of the vote.
-Benjamin Franklin

Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 11-29-2012, 05:13 PM
delbert's Avatar
delbert delbert is offline
B&C 160 Class
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: NE Arkansas
Posts: 1,507
Default

That is really a tough call
We all know you killed the deer but it was real big of you to give it to the boy. Congrats for what you did
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 11-29-2012, 05:55 PM
homegrown671 homegrown671 is offline
B&C 100 Class
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Malesso,Guam
Posts: 43
Default good choice

I think you did the right thing.Now that boy is going to have a great story to tell and one day maybe pass on the good deed.One day it will come back to you.You will shoot an even bigger buck and you will think back to that happy look on that boys face when you let him take that buck home with his dad.You did two good deeds that day one for the boy and one for his dad.Hats off to you buddy.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 11-30-2012, 08:59 AM
tator's Avatar
tator tator is offline
B&C 180 Class
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: North-Central Missouri
Posts: 3,174
Default

That is tough man, but I believe you did the right thing. The kid should've made a better shot and hopefully he learned a lesson from it, but you can walk away knowing you were the better person for allowing a youngster to have that memory.
__________________
...and on that day when my strength is failing, the end draws near and my times has come, still my soul will sing Your praise unending, ten thousand years and then forevermore!
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 11-30-2012, 10:38 AM
Scorpion8's Avatar
Scorpion8 Scorpion8 is offline
B&C 120 Class
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: SE-AK
Posts: 456
Default

You did do the right thing. The kid shot it first and that was verifiable. Don't spoil his experience just to bag a "trophy". Besides, it means you get to hunt another day.
__________________
NRA Life member
NAHC Life member
USN Retired
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 11-30-2012, 08:04 PM
Kansasdoe Kansasdoe is offline
B&C 120 Class
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 269
Default

Im a pretty big believer in karma. Your good deed will come back to you. Good job. It had to be pretty thing to do though.
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 11-30-2012, 09:23 PM
Hunting Man Hunting Man is offline
Moderator
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Oregon, Ohio
Posts: 7,673
Default

In PA and probably most states the hunter that drops the deer is the legal owner of that deer. In this case the youth had no legal means to tag the buck, instead he received a gift. It was a gift of most hunter's lifetime. I only hope the young hunter counts his blessings and returns the favor sometime in some way!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Top Posters
Hunting Man7673
buckfever5650
BruceBruce19595414
timberghost3911
joel the signman3608
tator3174
gfdeputy22828
delbert1507
Buckshot1219
hunt NH1203
Photos
2007
johan869
2007
Team DHC Articles


    All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:16 PM.



    LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.0.0 RC8