What Tag to Use in This Scenario?
True scenario that happened five or six years ago.
Group out pushing in late flintlock. Couple inches of fresh snow on the ground. A small basket rack steps out in front of one of the posters, 30 yards broadside. BOOM! Deer tears off through the brush down the hill. Shooter sees glimpes of it and thought he sees it fall. Heads directly downhill to that area, not bothering to follow the tracks, just went straight to it.
About 100-150 yards from the shot, deer is down. No antlers. Two bloody spots on the head. Guy knows it had a rack when he shot.
The Question - do you tag this deer as a buck or a doe?
Foremost is what is LEGALLY required? Our morals and ethics are a different question.
As the group gathered, some guys backtracked the exact path the deer ran through the snow, found one antler and then the other. The deer had knocked them off running through the brush.
Now, a deer running through the woods and knocked off the antlers, to me, that seems "naturally shed". Is there a difference of a deer running spooked by a grouse hunter or non-hunting hiker and knocks them off, verses running after being shot at?
A hunter walks up to his dear deer, it has no antlers. Then others find the shed antlers and give them to him as a gift. Is it legal to tag that deer with an antlerless tag and still have your buck tag and continue hunting for an antlered deer?
Before the chaos starts, the buck was tagged with the buck tag, and the tagged deer and shed antlers were put into the truck along with his flintlock, and he was just a driver for the rest of the day. Didn't need another deer so his doe tag went unused. And, that buck tag was on that deer BEFORE the sheds were found.
But LEGALLY, could he have tagged that deer as a doe, and also kept possession of the naturally shed antlers, and then shot another buck?
Is your deer defined as antlered or antlerless based upon when you pulled the trigger or when you recover the dead animal?
A closed mind keeps the truth out