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On my way home tonight there was a truck parked in the road with his emergency flashers on. As I passed I noticed a buck laying down in front of the truck. I turned on my blue lights and parked up about 50 feet in front of the deer. When I got out of the car and approached the driver the deer started trying to get up but kept falling down. When it was able to get up it ran through a screen house before falling again. The poor thing kept falling but was still trying to get away. I was carrying my MP9c but due to the close proximity to several houses I didn't take a shot. To be honest I didn't even draw so no one there knew I was armed. Eventually the poor deer stumbled back into the woods. Anyone have an expierence like this? When is it appropriate to end an animal's suffering? I just feel bad for the poor thing because the other animals are probably going to have a field day with it.
 

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My brother hit a deer (it was pitch black on a windy dirt road and he was only going about 25 mph) and was about to put it down right when a cop car was driving by. The cop put it down but he wasn't considered to be doing anything wrong. I'd say if it's on the ground suffering and you have a clean and clear shot to go ahead and do it, unless it's expressly against the law I don't think any good cop or judge would ever fault you for it.
 

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We were instructed not to mess with injured wild animals, have dispatch contact the Ranger, of course half the time you couldn't get hold of the Ranger!
 

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darklyte24 said:
ending its life for a broken leg?.. Did anyone ever think, take it to the vet?.. haha just a diffrent way of looking at it.


It is a wild animal that will do what ever it will take to escape including run you down. Vets would not work on it even if you brought it in.
 

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That's the idea, the one we had at the time was really hard to find, most of the time, this was back in the 80's, I don't even remember his name now.
 

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I might try helping an injured doe depending on the severity of the injuries(broken leg? Probably not), but an injured buck? Hells no. I value my life. Scared injured bucks are nothing to toss a stick at. I'd end its misery if I knew I wouldn't get in trouble.
 

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Yeah, I definately wasn't going to go up and pet it. Thats for sure. That thing was desperate and had a strong will to live and get the heck outta there. The way it ran through that screen house and threw itself on the ground make me realize how dangerous it was. In the end I hope it either learns to live on 3 legs or that the coyotes have a good meal.
 

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I'm a hunter and have had many similar experiences. In fact I had a doe hit by a car in front of my house once. It ran off with a broken leg before I could do anything. By law, you cannot shoot the animal until you contact your SO ( if a vehicle is involved, and in your case, property) who will then contact a warden. Usually the LEO must be the one to put it down. Often times b/c of the red tape, the laws are not in the intrest of the animal. However, deer are amazing animals and can survive a lot.
 
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