Hunting dilemmas worksheet

Directions: Print out this worksheet. Write an answer to dilemma #1 on a separate sheet of paper. Select two additional dilemmas and write answers that adequately analyzes each of them. Bring your completed assignment to your field/exam session and be ready to discuss your answers with the instructor. Your written answer should include a number of aspects regarding each dilemma.

  1. You are in your comfortable deer stand. It is the second day of your deer hunt. Walking into the stand with your flashlight, you saw a number of sets of deer tracks in the fresh snow. You are almost daydreaming, enjoying the outdoor experience, when a nice buck approaches the area you have determined to be in your safe zone of fire. You raise your rifle and are ready. He steps into the open, you determine that it is safe to fire, slip the safety off and you shoot. The buck takes a couple of jumps and goes down. Your heart is really racing. You take a few deep breaths and calm down some. You unload your rifle, case it and carefully lower it to the ground. You get down and carefully approach the buck from behind. You notice the eye is glazed. You carefully poke the deer with a stick and determine that it is dead. You get out your license tag and are about to punch out or validate your tag when up comes another hunter who says, "That's my deer. I shot at it first." You think back. You had heard a shot early in the morning. Whose deer is it? What would you do?
     
  2. You and your friends obtained permission to hunt squirrels on a large farm. Your friend is driving his pickup truck. Even though the farmer told you to drive only on established roads, your friend insists it is OK to drive across a field to get close to a hunting area. He doesn?t listen to your objections and starts to turn off the road into the field. You should:
     
  3. You are hunting deer in steep, hilly country. You spot a four-point buck. You are tired from all the hiking you have done, however, you push yourself to get close enough for an uphill, across-valley shot at the buck. It is still feeding in an open meadow but about ready to disappear into the thick trees. You find a spot that allows you to shoot prone, using your knapsack as a rest. The distance is about 200 yards. You shoot. The buck shows no sign of being hit. It takes off running down into the trees and out of sight. You should:
     
  4. When you were loading the deer you shot this afternoon into the pickup truck, you got a large smear of blood all the way up one side of your jeans. It has been a long day and now it is late afternoon and you have a long drive home. Your partner says you should stop at a restaurant to eat supper, which sounds great to you because you are so hungry. However, you look at your bloody jeans. What do you do?
     
  5. Hunting in an area where only antlered buck deer are legal to shoot, you see a six-point buck within easy shooting range, but it disappears into the brush before you can take aim. Suddenly you see a deer moving in the brush where the buck disappeared. You can?t see its head, only its body. You should:
     
  6. After obtaining permission from the landowner for you and your brother to hunt grouse on private land on opening day, your best friend calls you and says he/she would like to go hunting with you. You should:
     
  7. Your cousin calls to tell you that she was out hunting and was successful in bagging a "huge" buck. When you get over to her house, you see her "huge" deer is really a small buck. You should:
     
  8. Your good friend loves the out-of-doors but has never hunted or even been around hunting situations. Since he/she recently has expressed an interest in your hunting pheasants, you think you have a chance to introduce your friend to hunting and make a favorable impression. You should:
     
  9. After tracking a big buck over two ridges and finally getting a good shot and killing it, you realize just how far away you are from the road. After tagging and properly dressing the animal you are feeling very tired, and it is getting late in the day. You should:
     
  10. As you and your friend arrive at the spot where you like to hunt pheasants, you see two other hunters walking along the fencerow that you normally hunt. From previous experience, you know the only good hunting is at the end of that fencerow about a half-mile beyond the two hunters. There is a way to get around in front of them. You should: