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View Poll Results: What would you do under these circumstances
Watch a second beautifully furred black bear walk 49 98.00%
Drop him right there, haul him off and nobody knows what happened 1 2.00%
Voters: 50. You may not vote on this poll


What would you have done under these circumstances

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Unread 09-16-2008, 08:09 AM
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Re: What would you have done under these circumstances

Posted is posted. I've been in the same spot except it was a herd of elk. Who wants to take an animal knowing it wasn't legal.
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Unread 09-16-2008, 09:25 AM
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Re: What would you have done under these circumstances

Originally Posted by NONYA View Post
Stupid questions usually bring on a S$%# storm of stupid responses,you ready?
No, stupid comments like that bring stupid reponses.

Great answers guys, I agree 100%, let him walk.
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Unread 09-16-2008, 09:48 AM
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Re: What would you have done under these circumstances

I don't think that anyone would admit that they would shoot whether they would or not is only known to them!

If it had stayed on the road would it have been legal to shoot it?

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Unread 09-16-2008, 10:43 AM
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Re: What would you have done under these circumstances

This reminds me of the time my son was bow hunting and had a deer under his tree. It was too dark to see it clearly but seemed big from what he heard. He didn't take a shot because the season didn't open yet for the day. He's still waiting for his first buck deer with a bow.

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Unread 09-16-2008, 11:34 AM
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Re: What would you have done under these circumstances

Gotta let em walk. It is easy to cross that line between hunting and poaching. I do not care how anyone hunts so long as they do it without breaking the law.
I admit that I know just enough to be dangerous.....but dangerous at ever extending distances.
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Unread 09-16-2008, 11:37 AM
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Re: What would you have done under these circumstances

Let it walk. LIW

On another note:
Some years ago I came across a large bull elk that was just over a fence line by about 30 yards (private Land). We noticed the bull from about a 1/3 mile down the road we were driving, returning from a hunting area we had access on the road to in the area. Upon getting closer to the elk we recognized this was a great shooter bull but we couldn't take it. As we approached closer the bull got up and started moving away from our direction parallel to the road some what and just over a lightly timber covered ridgeline. Once the Bull was on the move we noticed it had been injured pretty badly on the right rear quarter, this just made us more anxious to take the animal but we couldn't it was still on private land. As we drove down the road over the lightly timbered ridge we stopped the vehicle on the road and looked over in the direction the bull had gone. There stood the bull about 100 yards off the road standing in the heavily shaded evening in Timber and Aspen trees looking right at us, it was pretty cold and damp. While the Bull Elk was standing there I pulled up the binos and started getting a better view of the Bull Elk. The bull was a large 6X6 probably in the 310 class or larger looking in our direction breathing heavily large streams of panting steam with each breath chewing on a large piece of aspen bark in his mouth - beautiful thing you had to be there. This was a moment you don’t forget and would put most publication subscriptions pictures to shame. We let it walk. Follow-up I spoke in person to the local wildlife officer about this specific situation my main question was if the Bull Elk had come over the fence line and was in the road, Could I have taken or shot / harvested the elk illegally ? Never received a answer. The reason I ask, is the road is a right of access easement and it was legal for me to be there and due to the circumstances with the elk being injured I felt it would be best to take the animal. Would this be Legal ???????????

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Unread 09-16-2008, 12:34 PM
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Re: What would you have done under these circumstances

Guys I will say that the animals and situations happened exactly as described. I've noticed in the recent past that some people tend to go off on a radical tangent at the drop of a hat and usually have a tendency to assume a lot. I asked the question and then worded the description so that, if you have a tendency to do so, you would go in the direction you normally take/think. The results were what I expected.

Having said that, I find the responses great and it went about like I'd hoped it would and I'm proud of the caliber of guys we have on this site. I am sorry to see that one person said he'd shoot the second bear. But, I guess there's always those that march to their own drummer. The first responder answered his question with his opening statement before he even got to the question part.

For me this was a no-brainer and the gun was never even considered. The only thing that came up were the binoculars and it wouldn't have mattered if the second bear had been a world record animal, he was as safe in front of me as if he was in a zoo. I felt privileged and lucky to have seen 2 fine bears in one day.

Letting the second bear walk was just how it is, there was no other option.;)
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