Approaching Downed Game
A downed deer or other large animal should be approached carefully from above and behind the head.
- If the animal appears to be dead, wait a short distance away for a few minutes. Watch for any rise and fall of the chest cavity.
- Notice if the eyes are closed—the eyes of a dead animal are usually open. You can be certain that the animal is dead if the eye doesn’t blink when touched with a stick.
Approach downed game from above and behind the head; wait a short distance away, watching for any rise and fall of the chest cavity.
If the animal is still alive, it should be finished with a quick shot to the base of the ear. If you wish to mount the head, place your shot in the heart-lung area. For bowhunters, the only option is placing an arrow in the heart-lung area.
After you kill a deer or a turkey, you must immediately complete the game check process as outlined in the most current hunting regulations.