So i was out on the winter 40 mile hunt this weekend and as i was leaving, with 2 bou in tow, we were fueling up and someone pulled up and asked a question. "Hey did you guys shoot a caribou in that drainage and leave it?" i replied no. He continued to explain to me that there was a caribou wounded and not moving on a hillside about a mile away. I stated well it looks like your empty handed today why dont you take advantage of the situation and put him out of his misery. He chuckled and didnt say anything. I didnt know what that meant till later. Then a couple other people show up and he asks them the same thing. They reply no as well. he then tells them they should go shoot it. They say maybe and he shows them where its at. They ended up not going to get it cuz they didnt have much fuel left and one of their snowmachines was acting funny. Come to find out the reason was stated later on that the reason he didnt want to go get it was because he was out to get his grandson his first caribou.
I totally understand wanting your grandson the thrill of the hunt and stalking and shooting his own, but what better hunt to have with him than a ethics learning hunt.
How would some of you handled this if you were said individual. Would you have let the animal go to waste or taught your grandkid a lesson or heck maybe two.