Re: What would you have done under these circumstances
My hunting buddy and I once each shot spike bulls about an hour apart with our bows. This is one of my fondest hunting memories. Lots of high fives, back slaps, and general good times. We took care of the meat. Got everything ready to come back the next morning and pack it out.
It was about midnight as we were hiking back to the truck. We came to a fence with a locked gate, and we were on the wrong side of it. Now this is one of my worst hunting memories. We had gotten onto private land during our hunt with out knowing it. Never crossed a fence or any thing. I know that it was our responsibility to know where we were, but we did not.
Long story short. The next day, after not being able to sleep, we smuggled our elk out. It was not fun, we felt like criminals.
Hunting is not about the kill. It's about the experience. I would much rather watch the animal, and be glad for seeing it, than do it wrong.
The folks that have responded to this thread all sound like great guys. I would join you in the field.
Good hunting to you all,
To hunt... or not to hunt...? What a stupid question.