My opinion is that you're essentially doubling your odds(or more) by allowing this. What if only 1 guy in a large party has a buck tag, but he has 2,4,10,20 other people hunting for him. Is that fair?
Depends, for us we have between 8 and 14 people hunting in rifle season depending on who’s up and have never taken more than 5 bucks in a season so running out of tags wouldn’t be an issue so much one lucky person getting a chance at a second buck. And no one would force them to give up their tag, it’s theirs to give only if they want to.
In your 4th example...what if the persons were out of cell phone/radio range. What if they're hunting hundreds of miles apart? I know you addressed this, but what defines "the same camp"?? Many of us don't hunt out of a camp.
Well by law the animal has to be tagged before it is moved so the other hunter would have to be close enough to tag the animal for the other person. This generally limits you to people in your immediate area. The idea isn’t for the whole family hunting licenses just so one person can use all the tags to get a bunch of bucks, it’s would be to allow those hunting together to utilize a couple extra tags that would otherwise go unfilled due to the luck of the draw.
Ahem.... No, no and no. Why is this even a question. We now have reverted to sharing tags on illegally killed deer? And as for the kids, nope. As one poster has said even in a mistake kill there is a process for that, none include illegally tagging deer. And I agree some good hunters do this, why is beyond me and now you never know who could be watching. Shooting more deer than you have tags I am sure has happened, why chance it.
I think you missed the point, I’m not talking about mistake kills or what is currently being done illegally with people shooting deer and tagging them with someone else’s tag. I’m talking about the possibility of allowing a group of hunters hunting in close proximity to share their tags amongst themselves. This includes parents giving their children extra opportunities to harvest deer at their own personal expense.
Take for example my cousin, he only hunts the first Saturday of doe season and while I hunt several days of archery and muzzleloader plus the opening day and both weekends of rifle season. The one year I used both my doe tags in muzzleloader season, when rifle came around I had several does walk past me while my cousin was 200 yards away on the other side of the ridge. Since I didn’t have a tag I let them walk by and simply took some pictures hoping they would go past my cousin. They didn’t and as such my cousins tags went unused as he never saw a deer that day. Since I had the opportunity he gladly would have tagged a deer I shot as he would get some meat rather than letting his tags go to waste.
On a different year my cousin got two does in the morning so he became a walker for the afternoon drive, halfway through he had a group of 6 does run back through the drive and stop right in front of him. Since he only had a buck tag left they simply ran around him and out of the drive while I was standing with nothing running past me. I would have given him my tag if allowed simply so we could add another deer to the meat pile. As I’ve said before, all of our deer are butchered together and the meat split amongst the hunters so the more deer that group gets then the more deer meat everybody gets.
Large numbers of does can be shot in a hurry when these methods are used by large groups. IMO not a good idea.
This all goes back to the planning and good sportsmanship, if people want to go off and whack a bunch of deer without communicating and keeping tabs on how many were shot then it will be their problem when they show up with 9 does and only 8 tags. Personally for us we have a large enough group that the issue wouldn’t be the group running out of tags so much as the individual. I shudder at the thought of having to butcher 16 deer all shot the same day, I don’t think we have the freezer space for 8 let alone 16.
A few years back when they still had the concurrent seasons my brother managed to completely tag out on the opening day by shooting a buck and two does. Guess who was mad they got stuck back at camp the second day because they couldn’t hunt? If it had been legal I would have offered him my one of my tags simply so that he would have been allowed to hunt with us and I know my dad and others would have done the same.