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You make the call...

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Rembrandt, Dec 20, 2008.

  1. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Well-Known Member

    Our tags are filled and headed home when my son and I found this button buck caught in a fence. Hadn't been there long, leg appeared to be broken or badly damaged....so how would you handle this? (I'll tell you later what we did).


  2. monkyboy1975

    monkyboy1975 Well-Known Member

    Put the thing out of it's misery, leave it as found, call game warden,and wait for him to show up.
  3. bejay

    bejay Well-Known Member

    would shoot it also and call game warden or if its along a roadway im sure any local law enforcement could of handled it.
  4. caribou

    caribou Well-Known Member

    Let it go.

    I dont shoot "Miserable" animals,(Just how does Death seem like its "Better"??!!) and have seen a fair share of wounded but healing as well as animals (Caribou in peticular) that have lost a leg, or had mended bones from a previous break, when I butcher'd them.

    I know people who are miserable..... Its remarkable how well things heal, and , unlike man, they dont pitchabich about the pain, either.

    There is no such thing as "Sympathy" in Nature.
    Nature is indifferent.
  5. offroaddiver

    offroaddiver Well-Known Member

    If I'm seeing things correctly looks llike the rear leg is just entangled in the fence. I would call game warden or local LEO and ask them for help.
  6. Extra backstrap. Find a friend and get him a tag.
  7. JWF III

    JWF III Well-Known Member

    If it was my land (or my lease), I'd cut the second from the top strand of wire to free it. I'm not getting too close, I don't want a bloody lip or nose. Heck I might even cut it loose if it wasn't my land. But in that case, I'd do everything in my power to find the owner (and contact DNR or SD), explain the situation. And promise, and follow up on that promise, to fix it myself, either that day or first thing the next mourning; all this depending on remaining daylight.

    Killing a deer like that, is no different than killing one in a half acre (or smaller) pen. The (possible) injuries it (might) have, are not life threatening.

    Now hit by a car, with a broken back; I'd call DNR or SD ,explain the situation and get the O.K. to go ahead and kill it, then just wait around for them to pick it up.

  8. MikePGS

    MikePGS Well-Known Member

    Are either you or your son proficient in any form of martial arts?

    In all seriousness I'd probably call the DNR or police if they weren't available. Maybe even animal control.
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2008
  9. Claude Clay

    Claude Clay Well-Known Member

    from other side of fence spread the wires to free it. if it could walk well--let it go. if broke or crippled--put it down & phone it in.
  10. 3pairs12

    3pairs12 Well-Known Member

    Well if you freed it I bet in a couple of years he will be nontypical on the right side. As long as he stays out of fences and scopes until then.
  11. MP3Mogul

    MP3Mogul Well-Known Member

    I would have freed him up as well... The leg doesn't look broken at least in the picture anyway.
  12. TAB

    TAB Well-Known Member

    I would free it.
  13. moooose102

    moooose102 Well-Known Member

    thats easy, cut the fence wire.
  14. H&Hhunter

    H&Hhunter Moderator

    That leg looks twisted over and busted at the hock to me. Call the DNR and let them shoot it or do whatever they deem appropriate. that is the most legal way to deal with it.
  15. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all your answers, I think all responses could be justified.

    While this scenario has legal and ethical components, it's unfortunate most state game agency's place the burden of innocence on the hunter....in other words, you're guilty till proven otherwise. To have an untagged animal in your possession would be a crap shoot, some officers might let it go, others may not....loosing hunting privileges for a couple of years for illegally taken game charge is not worth that risk. (CYA, "cover your arse"...that's why I snapped a photo before taking action)

    I left a call into the game warden over a week ago regarding a different incident, still hasn't returned my call. Waiting for the proper authorities to respond could take hours if not days. I didn't consider that a viable option. We had other time commitments and hanging around wouldn't work. The location was over a mile from any roads and not easily accessible for LEO's and authorities.

    Didn't want to cut the fence, (it is on my property) no tools on hand to make the repairs. Injuries were not life threatening, no major blood loss and the deer appeared healthy. We spread the wire strands apart with a stick and released the buck. He quickly sprinted off and jumped two more fences. Doubt his leg will heal to full recovery, but he should survive. Missing a front leg would be far more difficult than the use of a hind leg.....I think he'll be fine.
  16. paintballdude902

    paintballdude902 Well-Known Member

    hell probably be fine

    if it makes it thru winter then it will be fine
  17. monkyboy1975

    monkyboy1975 Well-Known Member

    Looks like I was bit hasty with my decision:eek:, the thought of getting on the other side of the fence and spreading the wires apart (while out of hoof reach) didn't occur to me. I can honestly say i have never run across a deer stuck in a fence like that, but the closest thing to that was a small doe that was ran down by some dogs; it was laying on the ground still alive, but missing a large pieces of both hindquarters. We had empty tags so we finished it and took it home. Well better to learn from a situation BEFORE you encounter it, Thanks for making me smarter.:)
  18. moosehunt

    moosehunt Well-Known Member

    I would have done pretty much what you did, but probably just cut the wire. I doubt that I'd be prepared to fix the fence, but if I had materials in the pickup, I reckon I would likely fix the fence. I damn sure wouldn't kill it if I didn't have a tag--lest the game warden was standing right there and said to.
  19. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    Good odds that the deer has a bunch of pulled muscles from having fought the fence. Coyote bait, is about all it is.
  20. caribou

    caribou Well-Known Member

    Its amazing how many animals I have caught show signs of trama, sometime in life.
    Sinned out bears show some serious scarring under the skin, Ive seen a few broken ribs on animals that were healed ,limp legged Caribou doing OK, nice and fat..., an Ox with quills in its pussed out eye, and crusted up face, an saw him again a year later, healed but blind in one eye.
    A Few Fox with three legs,.... a lynx once with a healed up gash on its butt, Salmon with Seal bites healed, ect. ect...

    Heres a pict of my favorite "Rehabbeled'

    A 9 foot long Oogruk with PolarBear Bitemarks and Clawmarks...Musta been a close one!


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