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Found another...what a shame

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Rembrandt, Dec 24, 2006.

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  1. Rembrandt

    Rembrandt Member

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    Twice this year we've found nice bucks that crossed on my property and died from gut shots. Checked photos taken earlier during bow season and confirmed they were the same deer we had passed up to let grow another year. Each were about 135 class bucks. Hoped they would reach the 150-170 size before being taken.

    What's disturbing is that hunters were attempting marginal shots, or no confidence it was a lethal hit that they failed to track the animal down. So why even shoot?

    What a waste....

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  2. Lennyjoe

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    Unfortunate for sure. That's whats hard about trying to manage your own land for quality bucks and the neighbors aren't.

    If you know the neighbors or the guys that hunt maybe you should voice your concern and intentions on the property. They just might join in on the conservation plan.
     
  3. hoghunting

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    In some states - including Texas - it is against the law to trespass on another's property without permission from the owner. That includes looking for wounded game. Trespassing charges and possibility of losing one's rifle might not be worth the risk for searching for the buck. You could inform your neighbors that they can search for their wounded game on your property, but not to hunt on your land.
     
  4. Rembrandt

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    Iowa law permits a hunter to cross onto property for the purpose of retrieving game. (One must leave their firearm or bow on the other side before crossing) Don't think it's the neighbors doing this. Iowa allows "Party Hunting", deer drives where packs of shotgun hunters swarm through with no regard to property lines. This technique seems more focused on keeping the drive moving and getting to the end than if they lose one or two along the way. I think it's going to be pretty hard to try a QDM program as long as the DNR allows party hunting. Sad, but that's probably the way it'll be till something changes.
     
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