Shooting a Deer After a Road Accident?

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    Question Shooting a Deer After a Road Accident?

    So, I was coming home late last night, and struck a deer. Lots of damage to the car, I'm fine, but I'm sure the deer was not as lucky.

    So this brings up a question...

    If the deer was still alive and obviously suffering, do I have the right to use my concealed weapon to put it out of its misery? This was a somewhat residential neighborhood, and I know you cannot fire a gun within 500' of any residence.

    The cellphone did not have a signal, so calling the police while on the scene was not an option. My fear would have been some resident getting nervous about gunshots late at night, and THEN calling the police. Then I would have some explaining to do.

    I'm just curious if anyone has any thoughts or experience with this sort of thing. This time, the deer got away, but looking at the damage on the car, the deer probably did not survive the night.
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    I would have shot it, put it in the bed of my truck, and the first time I got a signal I would have called the sheriff so they could put a tag on it.

    After that, it would go in the deep freeze(in appropriate size packages of course).
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    I've done it as a driver and I've done it as a Deputy.

    It really depends on the political climate of where you are at. In my county, which is mostly rural, its not a big deal. I hate to see an animal suffer.

    I've done several deer/vehicle collision reports where the deer was less than dead. If the driver totes I will usually let them put it down if need be.

    But none of that may work in NY. Te best thing is to ask an officer there how they handle it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerbouchard View Post
    I would have shot it, put it in the bed of my truck, and the first time I got a signal I would have called the sheriff so they could put a tag on it.

    After that, it would go in the deep freeze(in appropriate size packages of course).
    I'd have called the sheriff from the house and invited him for venison chili

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    I would say no. Most likely it is illegal to
    1. Take a deer out of season/ without a permit.
    2. Illegal to discharge a firearm on a road right of way
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    I would say no. Most likely it is illegal to
    1. Take a deer out of season/ without a permit.
    2. Illegal to discharge a firearm on a road right of way
    Under "normal" circumstances. Many places have exemptions for this. We get lots of calls about this very thing..escpecially during the rut when Bucks go crazy. If we are hooked up, we tell the people to shoot it themselves if they are able.
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    Just slit its throat with a good pocket knife it's a lot cheaper. Might sound grusome, but the animal will pass very quickly. Then call the sheriff for the tag, next bring it home and salvage what you can. If that's not for you call me up, I love venison!

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    B52 I challenge you to get within hooves range of a thrashing buck to slit it's throat. If you can you deserve the kill, if it doesn't catch you with a hoof (which it turns out are pretty damn gnarly).
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    Ditto that. A hurt,scared buck with any sized rack at all will tear you up if you get to close. They are incredibly strong. Its best just to shoot it.
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    In this state, it is legal to dispatch a wounded animal out of season/without a suitable tag. It is also legal to keep/consume the animal. If you hit it, you may keep it. Some folks use this as a method of hunting.

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    Some folks use this as a method of hunting.
    You ought to try Southern Mississippi sometime. I honestly dont know of anyone that hasnt hit a deer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    You ought to try Southern Mississippi sometime. I honestly dont know of anyone that hasnt hit a deer.
    Up here , folks mount those deer whistles on their cars. 'Cept they mount the whistles backwards, to lure them closer !


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    Here it is legal to shoot the deer and bring it home for dinner.

    While some people may not like the idea, it is the right, humane thing to do. Leaving an injured animal to suffer and die slowly is a horrible thing to do/witness.

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    Followup:

    I spoke with the local police this evening, and they said while it may be ethically proper to dispatch the animal, it would have been illegal for the following reasons:

    a) Discharging the firearm on a public highway
    b) Discharging the firearm within 500' of nearby residence
    c) Deer out of season

    They were very sympathetic, but they said I did the right thing by keeping the CCW right where it was.

    Thank you all for responding... it's an interesting discussion!
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    Here in Virginia I believe the only ones who can legally dispatch a wounded deer like this is the Game Warden (now called Conservation Police) or local police or sheriff deputies. Glad you didn't get hurt. They can do quite a bit of damage.

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