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Wisconsin Hunters Settle Dispute Over Buck With Coin Toss

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Just hours into Wisconsin’s deer season opener, a young hunter shot and wounded a buck, but he wasn’t the only one to hit the deer.

Hunter D.J. Jorgenson and his 11-year-old son Kameron were hunting near Oneida when the boy shot and wounded a 9-point buck.

“Deer hit the ground, and it came back up, and took off running,” Jorgenson told reporters.

The father-son pair tracked the deer to their neighbor’s property. But when they found the animal it was already dead; their neighbor Randy Heyrman had shot it from his tree stand.

With the deer dead, Jorgenson and Hyrman couldn’t agree on who would take the deer home, so they flipped a coin.

Kameron posing with the deer he shot and wounded. Photo: StarTribune
Kameron posing with the deer he shot and wounded. Photo: StarTribune

Jorgenson’s father explained how the toss went down.

“So I dug in my pocket. I grabbed out a quarter. (Heryman) did the coin flip. My boy called tails, and it was heads. And (Heyrman) said, ‘Well, it looks like it’s my deer then,'” Jorgenson said. All Kameron got was a picture with the deer.

Wisconsin hunters require permission to track a deer onto private land. Heyrman could’ve legally taken the deer without question but instead opted for a coin toss, one of the fairest ways to settle a dispute. Still, Jorgenson wishes Heyrman would’ve let up for his son.

“I wish he would have done the right thing to begin with,” said Jorgenson. “All my son wants is his deer that he shot.”

Who do you think should’ve gone home with the deer?

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Wisconsin Hunters Settle Dispute Over Buck With Coin Toss