For the first time in my life, I've had issues with neighbors not allowing me to retrieve game across property boundaries. Keep in mind, this has nothing to do with our personal relationship prior to this incident. However, now that everything is clear on each person's intentions, I am extremely frustrated with the neighbors. Long story short, I shot a deer, that died 15 yards across the property boundary. I figured, what the heck, the deer is laying right there, I can see it, I'll just go grab it, and walk back and take care of business. As it turned out, the neighbors just happened to be outside at that exact moment. They gave me some flack for it, and I called them this past weekend, as people hunt on their property and wanted to make sure I could contact their hunter, so he knows where I will be, as well as my father, and we know where he will be. Safety first for me.
Anyway, when I called the adjacent landowner, I asked if I could some how get in contact with the hunter that hunts their property (since he drives up each day opening weekend), and she flamed me for crossing over the property boundaries, and said if I shoot a deer or not, and it goes across the property line, that she does not want me to cross the line at all, for any reason. I had nothing against these people, however they got into a disagreement with the landowner who's property I hunt now, which might have made lots of things obsolete.
I thought there was something about contacting a Conservation Warden and being able to access the land and retrieve the game you shot. I don't want to get into something with this adjacent land owner, but there is no reason (that I've given her) to be upset with me at all. Other than the time the deer died 15 yards across the line (woods connected by the way). I understand I should have gone to her door, and cleared things first. I've done that with other neighbors, but I think it's unfortunate that a little misunderstanding like this could explode so greatly.
I know the hunter that hunts her land has crossed the property boundary multiple times, and I never made a huge deal out of it, because there is no sense in making a huge deal out of such small things. He wasn't hunting the times I actually saw him, he was traveling, just like her and her family has done. Which leads me to another ball of wax. She doesn't know the exact property boundaries. She was headed back to her house, and was on the property of the landowner who I have full rights to hunt at this time.
So back to my question, does anyone know for sure if the land owner is not being cooperative, regardless of how far the deer falls on their land if you call a Conservation Warden and have a right to pursue the deer and tag it? Or if it is better to not even ask the land owner for fear of the land owner telling the other hunter that a deer is laying on their land shot by a different hunter, (fill in the blanks). I've tried to be patient with these people, like I said, I've never done anything prior to this retrieval of the game to upset them, as I used to hunt on their property. As the gun season is coming around very shortly, I was curious if anyone knew the answer to the question, or anywhere I can find out the answer.
Thanks in advance.
Edit: The story wasn't so short, or as short as I thought it would be, but I'm upset about the situation, extremely upset about the whole thing. Also, as you can see by the hand on my avatar, I'm from Wisconsin.