What do you do when you make a mistake? This is what I did. Klickitat County, Washington, is 3 point or better for blacktail or mule deer. I shot a 2 point. He had 3 before I shot him. I swear! Plenty of time to glass him over and alternate between binoculars and scope. Even sat down, cranked the scope to 9 power. Then he turned his head just right and I counted 3 on one side. That's it. He's legal. Take him. And that I did. My heart sunk in disbelief when I reached him and saw only 2 on each side. No eye guard horns, nothing to make 3. Oh no. What do I do now? Leave it and pretend it wasn't me. No, get it home quick and don't get caught (any horn is legal in Clark County). No, Do the right thing, Bill... turn it in. I've been hunting that area, with no success, for two previous seasons with my son, who is now 15. This weekend, he didn't come with me because he had too much homework. Ha! A teenager choose homework over hunting! I was pleased at his show of responsibility, however, I could have used a second pair of eyes that day. Then again, he was to have the first shot and I hate to think it could have been him to take down an illegal buck. So, just as well. I've been trying my best to teach him good sportsmanship, be safe, do the guy bonding thing, and have a great time at it. I hope he learns, from this, that it's best to do the right thing. Loaded him up in the truck and headed for camp to get my cell phone so I could call Fish and Wildlife. No reception there. Headed down the hill 'till I got a couple bars and called two phone numbers from the regulations book. Saturday. No one answered. Press 1 to report a poacher. Press 2 to report sea urchants on your boat. I hung up. Drove to Lyle. No police agency. No police cars. Ten miles West is Bingen/White Salmon. Found the Sheriff's office. Closed. Gee, a few more miles I'd be in a county where forks are legal. Hmmmmm. No. My son will know. I will know. I'd have to lie to several people. Wait. Just wait for an officer. Two mins later, one showed up. He called Fish and Game for me and they sent a game officer. I explained what happened and he fully understood that mistakes happen. There had not been any reports of anyone poaching, so, he let me go for now. He took the deer and said worst case might be that I could get an infraction in the mail with possibly an $80 fine. Real appreciative that I turned it in and owned up to it. He called me back today and gave me his decision on what they plan to do with me. No fine. No infraction. I can hunt next year. Only a warning. The officer said he had taken the deer to 3 H Meats in Goldendale, where the owner, Hank, will process it and give it to the needy. He said "you don't have to do this, it's not a requirement, however, if you feel so inclined, send a check to Hank to pay for the processing". I called Hank right away and made the arrangements. After all, I pulled the trigger. He should not have to work for free because of me. He's a great guy for being willing to do donate his services like this, but, I was the one responsible for it and I'll take the hit. If I had tried to take it home, and got caught, I would have been labeled a poacher! Includes a $2000 fine, they would taken away my rifle AND they would taken my truck! Besides not being able to hunt for a few years. The best part of all this... My son learned a lesson. Do the right thing. You'll be better off when you do. Bill Fish and Wildlife officer was Taylor Kimball. Very nice. Very helpful. I appreciate his understanding, communication skills and his service to our community. I'd invite him into camp any day!