How’s this for a headline? "Two injured in melee over deer carcass."
It’s sad but true to report that the Pocono Record ran that headline Oct. 9 here. The two individuals injured were, unfortunately, hunters.
According to the article, a hunter shot a deer and tracked it onto private property. The landowner did not allow the hunter onto the property, claiming he had actually shot the deer earlier.
This scenario isn’t uncommon and usually ends amicably. The difference here was the escalation into life-threatening injuries. Instead of coming to an agreement or calling a game warden, they turned to violence.
Is a deer worth nearly killing a person over? No. But the heat of the moment can spark any number of irrational decisions. Now someone is in a hospital bed instead of a deer stand.
How have you handled these situations? What’s the best way both parties can come to agreement about a wounded deer on private property?