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Whats your guys view on darting deer. I have to dart 8 deer every year. To test for TB. Would this be considered hunting? They are in a 25 ac. thick wood area. Pros cons

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I think I'm with hm. Its not fair chase so that makes it not so for me. It could be a kinda cool thing to do and could be viewed, i guess by some, as hunting. but there is a large under tone of its part of someones job. If someone asked me if I wanted to give it a try I would say heck yeah, but hunting ehhhhhh its a stretch.
 

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This is probably the most dumbest question ever but when you dart them is it tranquilizers which sedates them long enough to do the testing or are they actually killed by the darts in order for testing. You all can get in line to kick me if you want to.
 

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I look at it this way???

The dart and drugs are going to cost me around $30 per Shot. I would like to re cope some of the money and maybe pervide a service to the handicap or young hunters. Or maybe grandpa that cant get around as good as he use to that wants his grandson to have the thrill of being face to face with a deer. The only con I see is if the shooter hits them in a vital spot or if the deer has a reaction to the drug.

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Here in Ky how I hunt deer. about 6:00am in the morning make some coffee. Go out on the front porch. I have 12 acre field to my left 150 to 250 yard shoot. To my right I have a power line with woods on both sides 75 to 500 yard shot. The deer move from the field to the left and past the power line to the right. On a good day I could see 20 wild does and 4 bucks in shooting range. That why I was asking the question about darting the deer being hunting. I don't see a difference myself?
 

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What makes this a legal activty? Are you a game warden or work for the DNR in your state? Personally if the state gave the oppertunity to dart deer for reshearch for say TB or bovine, I might take them up on the offer. However, if your intentions are to gain profit from Darting for Dollars then I would find your operation to be not in good taste. Most likely a violation of state game laws too. If you have that many deer then set up a hunting camp for the handicap hunters or war veterns and run it as non profit organization taking in donations/sponsers to stay alive.:w00t:
 

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I think the only ones who should have the authority to dart wildlife are State Biologists/Game Wardens. Period.
 

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I have 8 bought deer in High fence.

The deer I am talking about darting are the 8 in high fense. The wild deer are on my property. I am only allowed to kill them.
 

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what you are proposing was tried and shot down by the hunting community not long ago.you cant reuse deer ,either kill and eat it or leave it alone:ranting:
 

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What I See???

it take 3 to 7 years for a deer to produce a nice rack? (Right) Where I am from if it have antlers its shot and all the does a left behine and the spikes to breed them. So know in our area there are few big bucks and the genetics are so so. Leaving a 5 to 10 years before there will be any big boys in the area. Where darting a deer I can dart a yearling 6 pointer and still have the deer next year to be a 10 or 12 pointer. Dart that dear and the 3rd year have a nice trophy buck 170 class. 4th year with some of the genetics out there I would love to seethe next years!!! IF you kill him he is dead???
 

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Growing deer. What's the fun in that. I'd rather take notes from wmi and and other seasoned hunters And earn my rack. That's where the joy of deer hunting lies.
 

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The reward in hunting is being able to experience the great outdoors, learning the habits of all animals in your area, putting in the time and effort, and if all things work out harvesting an animal. This to me separates a hunter from average joe.
 

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We found a couple deer locked up on the ice, one was dead and partially eaten and frozen to the pond ... It took 3 darts in the live one to bring him down ... I can only imagine the kind of night he had ... He was freaked out ... He ran off after being released ...
 

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I'm stuck on your original statement of "I have to dart 8 deer". Sounds like somebody has a quota to fill for herd sampling as in a Wildlife Management Survey. If so, think of it as target practice.
 
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