Jslotter wrote:pgchambers wrote:Well, sometimes people live down to my expectations. Opening day, I shot a doe and two bucks. I got my tag on the doe, but another hunting party took the bucks. A nice eight pointer and what I thought was a doe(turns out it was a spike buck) were feeding at the edge of a woods that several hunting parties have permission to hunt. I shot the eight, and after he went down, I noticed the doe/spike hadn't moved. I shot it twice broadside, and it also went down, In the meantime, the eight got up and made its way into the woods. After my first shot, a guy about 550 yards away and staring directly at the backsides of the two deer emptied his rifle at them. He actually admitted he could only see their heads, so he really was attempting 550 yard head shots. The two deer were, of course, found with broadside hits. Two on the little one, and one on the eight. The other guy and his five hunting buddies decided he killed them both, and seeing as I wasn't going to argue with six rifles, I walked away. The thing is, I called my buddy before I went to retrieve the deer and told him I would bet him a week's pay they would claim both deer. As I said, "sometimes people live down to my expectations."
At least I got the doe.
That sucks PG. Over the years, I have strayed away from hunting parties, or sharing the woods with them, because of the reasons you mentioned. And the BS at the end of the season when the hunt club I was in for about a decade, thought the deer you kill, should go to the guys that didn't kill one, or only hunted 2 days in the season without a kill... It came down to us sneaking our deer off the land, so we could register it and get it to the meat locker, before the old men who ran the sideshow could take OUR hard earned deer away from us... I learned how not to screw your friends and family over during deer season. Someday, I will have my own camp and it will be done the right way.
PGChambers, I am sorry for your loss. That sounds like a clear case of thieft. We always share the meat between our group (3-7 hunters) and the rack belongs to the shooter. If we ever argue as to who shot it, the tracks and the wounds determine the victor. You showed good judgement, They just showed greed. JS, I am of the same opionion of group dicissions, and club rules. You earned it, you keep it! Let the lazy do without! If you ever get your own camp, and you need another shooter, let me know. I might just burn a couple of vacation days!