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    Hi All,
    I have come back to hunting this year after a 30 year time out. I am having a great time trying to bag a deer after all these years. My previous hunting experience from age 11 to 28 was all in PA with very restrictive laws. Up there, dogs are used for birds and small game, but strictly prohibited for deer, so I have a question on how to handle a situation where a dog pack runs a deer past me and I am lucky enough to take it. First question, is it ethical to shoot a deer in front of a strangers pack? If it is ethical, is there a common courtesy that should be extended to the dog owner (share of kill, cash, etc.) I am asking because a pack chased a deer within 200 yards of me last week on state gamelands, unfortunately out of my sightline. Just looking to know how to handle this if it happens again.

    Thanks in advance for your advice.
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    Re: What to do?
    if you are on state game lands the deer is fair game. id shoot it in a heart beat if its a deer you want to take. dog hunters are all different. ive ran into some that will get all kinds of upset if its a big buck and others who will congradulate you. a deer is a wild animal and doesnt belong to anyone. some people get stuck up and obsessed with a buck and think its theirs just because they saw it first or got a trail cam pic of it. only advice i can give is go out there and have a fun and safe time hunting. if you do kill a deer in front of dogs. it is curtious to help round up the dogs if you can and they will let you get close. or atleast stay by the deer until dog hunters show up...as far as giving money or meat thats a personal decision you would have to make. good luck man and hope u get 1.
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    Re: What to do?
    Great question Startin Over. The answer to your question is an unequivocal yes....Yes it's ok, yes it's ethical and yes, most dog hunters don't mind you shooting deer in front of their dogs, in fact, most would tell you to 'shoot'em lizabeth, shoot'em.......'lol. My experience has always been positive with respect of shooting deer in front of dogs. One reason they would rather you shoot than not, is to stop the dogs and they can gather them back up, regroup and turn'em out again. Otherwise, dogs can chase a buck into the next county. I have hunted in clubs that uses dogs and have hunted in clubs where some loathe the dog hunters...Currently, I lease a piece of property that I still hunt but am surrounded by dog hunting clubs. My philosophy is, if you can't beat'em, exploit'em..that is, if they nudge a deer my way, I'm shootn'em...
    One word of caution, might want to check local game land laws and make sure dog hunting is ok. The county I hunt in allows it and a couple of clubs turn out regularly and the property I hunt is on the backside of it so sometimes it gets pretty interesting....besides, truth be known, (1) nothing like a pack a hounds yelping in the bottom lands. and (2) chances are you'll see deer that you may not have ever seen.
    Anyway, you see'em, you shoot'em.
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    Re: What to do?
    If you are legal then the deer is legal. Don't shoot the dogs and don't worry about the dogs. 90 percent have tracking collars on them so the owner knows where they are. In the process of getting the deer out (dragging) some of the dogs might follow you out, at that point if its private land I would allow one person in to gather their dogs not the whole hunting party, if its public land they should be helping you drag the deer to your truck. On public land the dogs and dog hunters will take care of them selves. There are always one or two in a crowd that don't have no raising, don't let them intimidate you. You have as much right to be on public land as they do. I would expect that you will not have any problems the majority of hunters are kind, caring, respectful people.
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