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Okay someone post on another thread that you could track a wounded deer onto another property without permission.

I found this in the laws:

"A person on foot may, without permission, enter land that is not posted to retrieve a wounded animal that was lawfully shot, but may not remain on the land after being told to leave."

So I still don't think you can track it if the land is posted.

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If it is posted you have to gain permission. I know that if you track onto someone elses land you have to leave your gun otherwise it is a gross mistermeaner. It is always best policy to ask permission. I am hunting a 40 CRP field this year and I know that I have to more or less drop it in its tracks otherwise I will have to get permission to cross over to other peoples property. We already have verbal permission, but still, it obviously depends on the deer for the land owners response.

There was a post a few years ago where someone shot a 180 class deer and it ran into posted land and expired. The person who shot the deer legally asked the land owner if he could retrieve the deer. The land owner looked at the deer and said no. He walked out and tagged the deer himself. The shooter called the DNR and the DNR officer told the shooter that unfortunately he could do nothing about it. I don't know if that is a true story, but man I would be very unhappy if that ever happened to me.

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It is true that if it is posted that you do NOT have permission to enter. You must ask the property owner. It would also be in your best interest to contact the CO or local sheriff. That just eliminates a step if you talk to the owner and they say no.

If the law enforcement speaks with the owner and they still say "NO, you cannot enter", then there is nothing they can do. You are not allowed to retrieve that animal.

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There was a post a few years ago where someone shot a 180 class deer and it ran into posted land and expired. The person who shot the deer legally asked the land owner if he could retrieve the deer. The land owner looked at the deer and said no. He walked out and tagged the deer himself. The shooter called the DNR and the DNR officer told the shooter that unfortunately he could do nothing about it. I don't know if that is a true story, but man I would be very unhappy if that ever happened to me.

You lot are more charitable than I. If it had been me, there would have been a midnight run and a couple hundred pounds of salt pellets involved.

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This did not happen to me. I just want to make that very clear. I would have probably done something very different as well. I just know it can be a sticky situation. Something that did happen to our group was that we had a neighbor on some land we hunt down in SE MN that has been known to pull guns on trespassers and will not allow individuals on his land at any cost. It is not posted however. My buddy had a deer land about 120 yards onto his property. Lets just say there was a late night extraction team (I was not a part of) that went on and pulled that deer out without any lights or anything. It was not posted and they did not have any guns, knives or archery equipment, so it was not against the law, but it was definately risky. The deer scored 176.

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