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I was out coyote hunting when I crested a hill and found a doe removing snow so she could get some acorns. I stopped and watched her for a time and saw she had a severly broken front leg. As she hobbled off I thought to myself should I shoot her,because she was only 15 yards from me? I decided to let her hobble off. What do you think, should I dispatched her knowing it would be illegal or let her walk as her leg was just holding on by a thread? By the way after she left I started up my Foxpro Spitfire on cottontail distress and nothing came in for a while then I started another Foxpro at the same time using a jackrabbit distress and here he comes straight at me, but just before he cleared the trees 50 yards out he slammed on the brakes and started circling . I had my shotgun with t shot so I did not shoot. I think he caught my wind, I just wish I had my rifle as he offered plenty of opportunies at longer ranges. Oh well maybe next time.
 

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I wonder what the law says. Then again we could always just let nature take its corse. When the doe does die, she will provide food for another creature.

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I know how you feel seeing a wounded deer. Unfortunately since it is out of season you cannot legally "put the deer out of its misery".

Interesting on using the different calls. I am going to mix it up this weekend. I just got my Fox Pro this week.
 

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I wonder what the law says. Then again we could always just let nature take its corse. When the doe does die, she will provide food for another creature.

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Illegal. Although it may seem cruel to let it walk, to shoot it could carry the same penalties as any other illegal deer case.
 

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Depending where you live she may make it through the winter and survive well enough. Three legged deer are not uncommon.

Here in the UP I would say it would just be a matter of time till she was run down and eaten in the deep snow.
 

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If she can clear this winter she will be fine. I saw a three legged deer running across a field one time in a group of others and she had no problem keeping up. Just like a 3-legged dog.
 
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