Shooting Wounded Deer After Legal Shooting Hours

BowOnly

8 pointer
Mar 6, 2008
864
Don't think shooting an arrowed deer with a pistol during bow season is what this is covering.

I'm neither a lawyer or a GW, but...

"at any time and during any season to: kill or attempt to kill an injured animal for humane purposes"

No stipulations about how it became injured.
 

Teach Deer

8 pointer
Aug 4, 2013
594
Georgetown
I read that. So you gut shoot a deer with an arrow. It's 150 yds away, you pull a rifle from your truck to finish it off, and that's legal? I'm not buying it.

I think the issue in this scenario is the rifle...assuming you are not carrying your deer rifle while bow hunting (for coyotes of course), then RETRIEVING the rifle to put the animal down would not be looked on favorably...using a handgun already in your possession to put down a mortally injured animal would be ethical if other means (another arrow) were not available...
 

1wildcatfan

12 pointer
Jan 2, 2009
13,475
raised n Bullitt Co.
I think the issue in this scenario is the rifle...assuming you are not carrying your deer rifle while bow hunting (for coyotes of course), then RETRIEVING the rifle to put the animal down would not be looked on favorably...using a handgun already in your possession to put down a mortally injured animal would be ethical if other means (another arrow) were not available...
What if my "carry" handgun was my super Redhawk in 480 Ruger with a scope????
 

carnivore

12 pointer
Nov 17, 2007
10,168
Ky
Do whats right by your ethics as an outdoorsman and be willing to gladly accept the consequences (after a potential fight in court). Most (not all)COs are reasonable.
 

predator1

12 pointer
Dec 25, 2008
3,298
Glasgow,Ky
What if my "carry" handgun was my super Redhawk in 480 Ruger with a scope????
There is no regulation on what type defense weapon you can pack while bow hunting. You use what’s available. Not saying you might not have a hard time getting the game warden to see it from your perspective. But the wording of the KRS statute clears you without question.
 

WildmanWilson

12 pointer
Dec 26, 2004
11,728
Western Ky.
Years ago, a guy I know, shot a doe with a bow and wounded it and he went back after dark to finish it off with a gun. A game warden checked him and he was fined and lost his hunting rights for three years for using the gun. I'm not sure what would have happened if he had used a bow to finish it or if that would be illegal as well.
 

useyourbow

12 pointer
Yet if you left the wounded animal, a animal you wounded and it went to waste that to would be a crime as well.

So, I would suggest calling the game warden from the scene, explain the situation, and seek his guidance or SSS or jump on it with a knife.
 

carnivore

12 pointer
Nov 17, 2007
10,168
Ky
Years ago, a guy I know, shot a doe with a bow and wounded it and he went back after dark to finish it off with a gun. A game warden checked him and he was fined and lost his hunting rights for three years for using the gun. I'm not sure what would have happened if he had used a bow to finish it or if that would be illegal as well.
Im going to do what is right given the situation at hand. That may mean paying a small fine and although id put up a fight in court im alright with that. I shot a deer at 11pm that was hit by a car in front of buffulo wild wings in florence ky that was paralyzed in its rear legs. I hoped to have not been ticketed but if so id do it again.
I was also on a cow elk hunt and there was a young bull shot above the spine (in the mytical no mans land) that was in terrible shape starving and dying i wanted to shoot it and leave it. But i wasnt willing to pay 10k and go to jail over it. So i let the sob suffer despite my better judgment. Ate me up all week.
 

WildmanWilson

12 pointer
Dec 26, 2004
11,728
Western Ky.
I don’t think shooting one hit by a car will get you in trouble. The reason they don’t want people to do it in hunting season is they would be shooting them at night and claiming they were just putting it out of its misery.
 

beauhunter41031

12 pointer
Jan 1, 2018
2,674
Cynthiana, Ky
Im going to do what is right given the situation at hand. That may mean paying a small fine.

I found one two weeks ago, leg tangled in top strand Barbwire. I cut it free as it was still lively and assumed it would be gone by morning given the toughness and Ability to recover that whitetails have. However checking on it the next day and had only drug itself 20 feet and seemed paralyzed in the rear end. I had to make a decision and i did. Was a nice little six point velvet buck
 


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