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Missouri girl, 14, thought she was shooting a deer when she pulled the trigger

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by sbeebe, Nov 14, 2017 at 12:38 AM.

  1. sbeebe

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    Man, that headline sounded ominous...as I'm sure they intended. Instead it ended up being very interesting.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news...-girl-14-thought-she-shooting-deer/860605001/
     
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  2. MacFromOK

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  3. Poke78

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    I hope we eventually get the results of the DNA testing that provides a clue to the elk's origin. The prevalence of game cameras may eventually be the best source of info on the elk's travels.
     
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    So there “might” be charges brought against the girl, and she “might” get none of the elk? Not even the antlers, yet there’s no season for hunting elk in MO. Seems they should let her keep something other than pics.
     
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  5. Honey Badger

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    Honest mistake. They did the right thing and called it in. Give the kid a break. Let her keep it.
     
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    I wouldn't fine her, but I wouldn't let her keep it either. If you did you'd suddenly have a massive amount of "mistaken identity" elk killings.

    I can kinda sympathize. First draw hunt I ever got drawn for was a muzzleloader hunt at Pushmataha. I had no idea there were elk in there. When dawn broke that morning, I saw the biggest set of antlers I'd ever seen stand up thru the scrub brush not 50 yards away. I could tell they didn't belong to a deer, but I can see where a newb could get excited and easily screw up.
     
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    Sadly, I agree.
     
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    Well, OK does have an elk season and MO does not. So, big difference. I know it's only for certain areas, guided hunts, etc. Just pointing that out.
     
  9. dennishoddy

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    Exactly. If you make a mistake in any state, your not allowed to keep your mistake. If she avoids a fine, she will be lucky.
    Proper identification of your target while hunting is part of being a hunter.
    There are several mis-id's that resulted in a human being shot.
     
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    It must be because she is a 14 year old girl that it took 9 posts for someone to mention that she broke a cardinal rule of firearms handling a d hunting. Had this happend to an adult male you all would have had a fit. She shouldn't keep a thing from the elk and can be better served in other ways. She should be lucky to not have some sort of fine or other state sanction. As Dennis said, this could have been a lot worse.
     
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