yeah it came across wrong, but i'll let you guys form your opinions of me, I couldn't care less. only one that bothers me is FishSqueezer, I do everything by the book. what you describe is poaching. I'm not that guy. Except maybe throw out a bale or two in the winter...doesn't make me a poacher. I shoot a buck maybe every other 4 or 5 years too. So if i put an arrow in it, I'm tagging it even if it's a bone pile.
Anything else written here I couldn't care less. I've never had a rotten deer, i've left many lay on the side of caution.
Casedog is right, push a deer and it's gone. As a hunter it's my responsibility to do the right thing in recovering that deer. My hyperbole of "Horns don't rot" or "maggots on it" was simply a matter of speech. If i have to leave that deer lay because i made a bad shot in the liver, it's gonna lay for 8 hours and I don't give a crap about meat at that point. If I go in at 5 and jump that deer, a liver shot deer will run like a MOFO and leave ZERO blood. At that point your ethics got in the way of successfully recovering that animal. I don't know what the percentage of lost deer are, but i'd be willing to bet a high percentage if of lost deer are from people pushing them.
As madforlabs said, tracking is a skill. Last year a guy called me to track. he said he "hit it good". I said did you see it fall? Nope. Well then lets wait 4 hours and go look. He was like "no F'n way". Ok, so we went but I told him if I don't see what i want to see i'm calling the shots here. about 150 yards into the track, we found a bed. He was jacked....I was NOT optimistic. So he's thinking this deer can't be far and wants to push on. What he didn't know what that all the blood to that point was dry or 75% already. All the bed and blood afterward was wet. We just jumped that deer but didn't know it. I dragged his arse out of that woods and we went back 2 hours before dark. We found that deer 100 yards from the last bed still alive. Hit it in the liver going on 8 hours. He able to put another arrow in it.
If it was warm and he insisted we keep going cause it's warm...that deer would have been in the next county.
you guys can bash all you want, but when the rubber hit the road and you are in the situation where you are up against warm potentially wasted deer or bumping it and having zero chance of recovery......i'd love to know what you'd do. If you push it, that's just as ethically wrong.