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yes sir, i did, i got an illegal 4 point today in WMU 1B and kept it. let me tell you.

started around 7:15 am saw a real nice buck with a doe at the edge of the field approximately 385 yards from my stand (range finder distance) both of them went back into the woods. about 35 minutes later a string of 7 doe followed by the big buck and doe went running thru the field, thru a tree line, onto the neighbors property and beyond, never to be seen again. shortly after this my son who is in a different stand saw 8 other deer go the other way, no shot to be had.

mean while the property owner kept driving his gator down the side of the field, ALLLLLLL, the way to back of the property which is way back in the woods, he owns over 600 acres. he was hunting back there. he went back and 4th about 4 times all about 40 minutes apart each time he had a different son with him. on the last trip out back he was gone about an hour, we heard some shooting from out back, quite a bit actually.

this time when he came back, he had 3 others with him and a decent sized black bear in the gator...WOW, way to go.

shortly after this and after not seeing anymore deer since the morning, we decided to go get some lunch (here it comes, the 4 point) as we got to the road a vehicle drove by, the very next vehicle happened to be the PGC and they stopped to check our licenses.

on the back of their vehicle they had a deer carrier with a deer on it, i immediately said "hey, thanks for bringing my deer over to the car for me"

the WCO said you wont want to shoot that one its an illegally taken 4 point, to which i replied "Nope, sure wouldnt shoot that" to which the WCO replied "Do you want it" and of course i said "YES"

we chatted a while, they checked our licenses, transferred the 4 point from their carrier to mine, got the required permit from the WCO, we shook hands, i wished them well, said to "stay safe" out there, they said "thank you"

and thats how i got and kept an illegal 4 point. :)

i have never had a bad encounter with a WCO and this one was icing on the cake, great guys, friendly, polite, courteous, helpful, just GREAT GUYS

thank you to all the WCO's for the job you do.

Merry Christmas.
 

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Had a WCO give me a Bear about 2 years ago. Was in archery deer season and the farmer shot it for crop damage. I was dropping off my sons deer to be processed and noticed a bear in the back of a truck, when I asked about it, the officer asked if i'd want it...... WCO's aren't all bad : so long as you obey the law! Now "Fish Wardens" they can be real jerks! LOL
 

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it was fresh, not a road kill, i didnt have to use my tag, they had more time to perform their duties instead of dealing with a dead deer and i got extra venison for the family. all around great deal.
 

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Had the same thing happen to me about 10 years ago on the first day of small game. Game commission truck driving down the game lands road and I started a conversation with him told him I got my two birds and was heading back my vehicle when I noticed the spike on his carrier. He said he had to run it to the butcher shop in the southern part of the county and would take 2 hours for the round trip. I said I would be more than happy to take it off his hands. He said that would be great and wrote me the papers to transfer it and that's how I got a limit of pheasants and a buck onthefirstday of small gameoneyear. Great guy and it ate well.
 

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Great story. Glad to hear it.
 

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Knowing how in my 72 years my eyes have gone somewhat dim, I'm surprised mistake 4 pointers aren't more common. Maybe they are??
 

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$228.00 for that deer. thats what the processor charged me for all that burger and baloney, chops and tenderloins.

OUCH but mmmmm Good
 

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My buck cost me $188 and I didn't think I got that much specialty stuff. My son's doe was around $130 and he got more. Maybe it's because the buck is bigger? My dad's buck was $160 and he got no specialty meats. But his was a big one and he got the cape for mounting. As well as an extra $10 for pork to be added to his burger.

The real sticker shock was the taxidermy bill. $768 for a shoulder mount. Ouch!!! :D But it was his personal best and the camp record. And, at 86 years old, he may never top it.
 

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that's going to be a nice looking mount. at 86 years of age, he deserves it. tell the Taxidermist not to take several years to get it done.
 
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