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    Okay heres a question. Your hunting the last day of the season and you shoot a moose before nightfall, You loose blodd in the dark and head out the next morning. You find the animal still alive and wounded. Can you legally harvest it, because it is not hunting season? I was just curious and thought about it while I sat calling moose tonight.

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    I would contact the troopers and let them decide before looking for the animal the next day. They may go with you or at least give you the green light to recover the animal.

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    I would second Boud'arc's suggestion. This is very similar to if you shoot an animal in an open area and it travels into a closed area before going down. You would be best served to mark where (or prove when in your example) you made the initial shot and then make sure the Troopers are involved to keep from getting nailed. You may be perfectly legal, but there is enough opportunity in either of those situations to get in trouble from someone only seeing the end result that it would be best to cover your butt. Flag where the initial shot was taken and flag the blood trail before leaving. If they question it, have one with you when you return the next day to track it and go to your flagging (clearly from the previous day) and continue from there.

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    I have bounced this exact same question off of a local wildlife trooper years ago. His advice was to contact troopers and explain the situtation. They would then make every effort to escort you the next day to get the moose to finish it off. However, this trooper also made it a point to say that if he felt it was a superficial wound (his decision) you may not get to shoot again and would let mother nature take it's path.
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    Said like a true wildlife trooper!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKDoug View Post
    However, this trooper also made it a point to say that if he felt it was a superficial wound (his decision) you may not get to shoot again and would let mother nature take it's path.
    That's fair. Could you just imagine the reaction to a moose with an arrow stuck in it's ass or neck!!
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    Yeah well I was just curious. I didnt see a bull the last day of the season, I did find 2 lone cows and watched them for 3 hours no bull, I grunted and they actually came right to me.
    Yeah ass and neck shots suck ass, However not to proud but I hit a caribou in the neck while she was feeding (hit release by accident) clipped her artery and she expired in like 1 minute.

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