What Would You Do About This 9-Point Buck?

Wisconsin deer hunters faced a dilemma about a 9-point buck and figured out a way to resolve the situation, although it’s now drawing interest in hunting circles.

Coin flip

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Eleven-year old Kameron Jorgenson shot a 9-point buck near Oneida, Wis., and it hit the ground. Then he and his father watched as the deer “came back up, and took off running,” said the father, D.J.

They tracked the animal to their neighbor’s land. But before they could get the deer, the neighbor, Randy Heyrman, shot and killed it. WLUK-TV reported the story that is giving hunters something to talk about in what is an age-old debate: who claims the buck when shot by two hunters?

Jorgenson said they disagreed, and then agreed on settling with a coin flip. He pulled out a quarter, Heryman flipped it, little Kameron called “tails” and it came up … heads.

Heryman kept the deer. The 11-year-old got a photograph and a memory about his 2014 opening day deer hunt that he’ll never forget.

As in many states, hunters must get permission to pursue a deer on private property. Heryman was within his rights to keep the deer. D.J. Jorgenson wasn’t happy with the outcome, though.

“I wish he would have done the right thing to begin with,” he told WLUK. “All my son wants is his deer that he shot.”

What do you think about this? Let us know in the “comments” section below.

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5 thoughts on “What Would You Do About This 9-Point Buck?

  1. stanlh

    Most if not all DNR officers will tell you the person who brings the animal/game to possession gets it. In this case the neighbor is the one who would get the deer. I think the neighbor was being a decent guy for giving the youngster an opportunity to get the deer though a game of chance. Can’t fault him for that.

  2. poper08

    I say that the kid doesn’t get the deer JUST because he’s a kid. When this has come up in our hunting areas the deer goes to the guy who made the first lethal shot; meaning that if the shot from the kid would have killed the deer, its his deer. Just because the second guy shot it AGAIN and stopped it sooner than it would have doesn’t mean he killed it, just downed it sooner.

    It came up one time with us; my brother shot a buck on a drive that crossed the fence and was shot again by the neighbor from a tree stand. Because the deer dropped by his tree, the neighbor wanted to claim he made the lethal shot. But it was pretty obvious from the pair of holes in the deer that my brother’s shot from the ground passing flat through the buck’s chest was the lethal shot, not the second one through his liver enter high and exiting through his belly. The shot from a treestand.

    But if there is any doubt about whose shot was lethal first, I’d err on the side of letting the kid have his first deer.

  3. dixielee99

    I know its his land and he shot it to but if it was me and the kid shot it first and it was his first deer then i would let the kid have the deer. Also i hunt and i now how that kid was feeling because i have had my deer run away after I’ve shot it. And not being rude or anything but that must have been a jerk who didn’t care if the kid got his feelings hurt.

    1. TD

      Unfortunate situation. Personally, I would have let the kid have the deer, but at the same time, I wouldn’t be too quick to judge the gentleman in question without getting more context around the story, which wasn’t provided in the article(s) that I’ve read about this.

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