AR: Deer carcass dumping puts blight on a great sport

LITTLE ROCK – Who is the ugliest, most despicable deer hunter in
Arkansas?

It could be the one who kills a deer and walks off from it
because it’s late in the day, he or she is tired and doesn’t want
to dress out the buck or doe.

How about the person who kills a buck, saws off the antlers and
leaves the rest where it fell?

Capt. Fred Harrod of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has a
nomination for this infamous title. It’s the person who shoots a
deer, loads it on a vehicle, drives to a bridge over a creek and
dumps the carcass or remains into the water.

Harrod said the creek dumping is not an isolated incident.

Deer parts after meat has been removed are sometimes dumped into
ditches, creeks and other places – even neighbors’ property.
Burying the remains is the proper way to dispose of these
items.

Any experienced deer hunter, and even newcomers know that you
just don’t do these things. It is unethical, distasteful, and
illegal. “Wanton waste of game” is the regulation covering deer
carcass dumping, and it is one that is high on the priority list of
wildlife officers.

Heavy penalties are imposed on deer dumpers, and these can be
more than a fine assessed by a court. Jail time is possible. So is
confiscation of equipment, like vehicles, used in the breaking of
the law. Killing and leaving a deer could result in forfeiture of
that spiffy, late-model, 4-wheel-drive pickup.

Handling a dead deer is not the exciting portion of hunting. But
it’s necessary. It is essential to properly take care of the
carcass after the kill. Be prepared for this before you pull the
trigger or release the arrow, AGFC staff members said.

A hunter who downs a deer has options as well as requirements.
Tag the deer immediately, and proceed with field dressing. Next,
decide if you want the meat. If not, give it away by taking it to a
processor in the Hungers Feeding the Hungry program or by giving it
with the needed paperwork to another hunter or even a non-hunter
who wants the meat.

A form for transferring game to another person is on Page 27 of
the 2011-12 Arkansas Hunting Guidebook. A hunter who is given a
deer by another hunter does not have to count this deer in his or
her season limit.

Anyone seeing an illegal dumping of a deer carcass or remains is
urged to phone the AGFC hotline at 1-800-482-9262 immediately.
Don’t wait until you get home or after you talk it over with
hunting buddies. Make the call at once. Hopefully, you’ll have a
vehicle license number to pass along. The license number is a great
help to investigators and can be a critical link in apprehending
the “ugliest, most despicable” deer hunter.

 

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