The thread regarding what to do with 'extra' game meat got me in the mood to post this question. Do you have a 'known' standard when it comes to splitting up a catch of game meat between partners who both/all don't get to punch a tag on a hunt?
I am thankful for what we have and harvest, but honestly when other folks don't conduct themselves with integrity, it just chaps my hide. I wondered if my expectations were to high or selfish- or if some people just behave like asses.
What sparked this for me- is that we allowed a family member to accompany us to our moose camp. We paid for all fuel (for boat, skiff, quads), groceries, booze- I feel that this doesn't change the expectation, but is relevant. Days were spent targeting a catch for the guest- he shot a small bull & we helped getting the animal out, butchering wrapping it (with our supplies) & freezing it, then hauling it out. Done at the expense of time for our family to hunt and space that we could not bring out the home canned fish that we generally get in the fall. After that was all done- we got a see ya & NO moose. Not even the piece that is usually cooked after the catch. Seriously, not one taste. Do I sound bitter? This fella doesn't have a herd of kids or even a wife- though he shared with his friends. I immediately was wound up- my dh urged me not to be to harsh, as my daughter had been fortunate enough to get a cow a month prior. We will deplete the freezer before the year is up (5 kids+2), but that isn't really the problem for me. In my opinion the guest hunter (not a new hunter) didn't do the right thing in the case. Didn't even offer...
In my years of being at moose camp- (20ish) the moose would have been slit in 1/2 if both parties helped get the animal out. We'd all help butcher & package, and in the few years that my family used a butcher- we'd split the cost.
What do you guys do?