Mike: Last year my buddy shot a 6-pointer that ran onto the next property and died. He went and got it and started dragging it back (not gutted). Two guys came running and screaming down through the woods. Told him to get the hell off their land, and that they were going to keep the deer. They were hunting, and one had a gun. They argued for 10 minutes and it almost came to blows. But finally they told my buddy to go ahead. They watched him cross back over with the buck before they left. What do you think about this? I guess we should have asked permission to go get the deer, but it wasn't far. Those guys were jerks.--Tony in Kentucky
Hey Tony, the world is full of jerks. I am not excusing their attitude, but your buddy was wrong here. You never cross a property line after a deer, not even if it's mortally wounded 50 yards away. Could you get away with it? Probably, but don't take the chance. By law you need to call or find the property owner and get permission to enter the land. If you can't get in touch with the owner, call the game warden. If he can't run down the landowner, he might go get the deer for you.
Most of the time a landowner will give you permission to go look for your deer...but like you said, some people (anti-hunters) are jerks. Some hunters on a neighboring property can be difficult too, though they ought to understand the situation and act better.
FYI, those guys were not entitled to your buddy's dead deer.
Luckily I have never had this headache. Have any of you? What did you do? comment