Either way its a dead buck but maybe someone hit it with their vehicle and salvaged what they wanted. Any bullet holes? IMO the worst poachers are the so called sportsman who fill every buck tag they can get their hands on like wives, brothers, neighbors, co-workers, etc. I bet they account for more bucks killed than the spotlight crew. I can honestly say I've never known a single person that has used a light to shoot a deer but I know a lot of the unlimited tag boys. These kind seem to get a free pass from everyone including myself as its usually a friend or family member so its tough to turn them in. I've known a lot of wives that have killed some nice bucks without ever going hunting. I wish we had to take our deer to a check station as I'm sure many of these wives would'nt want to answer any questions face to face. Most of the guys that do this seem to get off on the adulation bestowed upon them by their friends. I've heard the excuse that "OH he eats all the meat". Bull!! Who cares he's still a poacher. If he wants meat shoot doe. We get plenty of tags for them. Its hard enough to try and have a decent program on our property and I don't mind a buck getting killed by a neighbor but when you hear that he'd already shot 4 bucks(limit 2) it sucks. The same guy that goes to church every sunday and would'nt think of taking a piece of candy from the bulk bin at the store but can't let a buck walk by so he can be praised by his disciples. Sometimes I think its a sickness. Again, I'm wrong to for not turning them in but sometimes I'm not so sure the state cares that much anyhow.
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