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Thread: Shoot your deer - dont try to 'rope' them !

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    Shoot your deer - dont try to 'rope' them !

    I have just received this letter from a shooting friend in the US..........

    Roping a Deer

    Actual letter from someone who farms, writes well and tried this!

    I had this idea that I was going to rope a deer, put it in a stall, feed it up
    on corn for a couple of weeks, then kill it and eat it.

    The first step in this adventure was getting a deer. I figured that, since they
    congregate at my cattle feeder and do not seem to have much fear of me when we
    are there (a bold one will sometimes come right up and sniff at the bags of feed
    while I am in the back of the truck not 4 feet away), it should not be difficult
    to rope one, get up to it and toss a bag over its head (to calm it down) then
    hog tie it and transport it home.

    I filled the cattle feeder then hid down at the end with my rope. The cattle,
    having seen the roping thing before, stayed well back. They were not having any
    of it.

    After about 20 minutes, my deer showed up -- 3 of them. I picked out....a
    likely looking one, stepped out from the end of the feeder, and rope.
    The deer just stood there and stared at me. I wrapped the rope around my waist
    and twisted the end so I would have a good hold. The deer still just stood and
    stared at me, but you could tell it was mildly concerned about the whole rope
    situation. I took a step towards took a step away. I put a little
    tension on the rope and then received an education.

    The first thing that I learned is that, while a deer may just stand there
    looking at you funny while you rope it, they are spurred to action when you
    start pulling on that rope.

    That deer EXPLODED.

    The second thing I learned is that pound for pound, a deer is a LOT stronger
    than a cow or a colt. A cow or a colt in that weight range I could fight down
    with a rope and with some dignity.

    A deer-- no chance.

    That thing ran and bucked and twis ted and pulled. There was no controlling it
    and certainly no getting close to it. As it jerked me off my feet and starte d
    dragging me across the ground, it occurred to me that having a deer on a rope
    was not nearly as good an idea as I had originally imagined.

    The only up side is that they do not have as much stamina as many other
    animals. A brief 10 minutes later, it was tired and not nearly as quick to jerk
    me off my feet and drag me when I managed to get up. It took me a few minutes to
    realize this, since I was mostly blinded by the blood flowing out of the big
    gash in my head. At that point, I had lost my taste for corn-fed venison. I just
    wanted to get that devil creature off the end of that rope.

    I figured if I just let it go with the rope hanging around its neck, it would
    likely die slow and painfully somewhere. At the time, there was no love at all
    between me and that deer. At that moment, I hated the thing, and I would venturea guess that the feeling was mutual.

    Despite the gash in my head and the several large knots where I had cleverly
    arrested the deer's mome ntum by bracing my head against various large rocks
    as it dragged me across the ground, I could still think clearly enough to
    recognize that there was a small chance that I shared some tiny amount of
    responsibility for the situation we were in, so I didn't want the deer to
    have to suffer a slow death, so I managed to get it lined back up in between my
    truck and the feeder - a little trap I had set before hand...kind of like a
    squeeze chute.

    I got it to back in there and I started moving up so I could get my rope back.

    Did you know that deer bite? They do! I never in a million years would have
    thought that a deer would bite somebody, so I was very surprised when...

    I reached up there to grab that r ope and the deer grabbed hold of my wrist.
    Now, when a deer bites you, it is not like being b it by a horse where they just
    bite you and then let go. A deer bites you and shakes its head --almost like a
    pit bull. They bite HARD and it hurts.

    The proper thi ng to do when a deer bites you is probably to freeze and draw
    back slowly. I tried screaming and shaking instead. My method was ineffective.
    It seems like the deer was biting and shaking for several minutes, but it was
    likely only several seconds.

    I, being smarter than a deer (though you may be questioning that claim by now),
    tricked it.

    While I kept it busy tearing the tendons out of my right arm, I reached up with
    my left hand and pulled that rope loose. That was when I got my final lesson in
    deer behavior for the day.

    Deer will strike at you with their front feet. They rear right up on their back
    feet and strike right about head and shoulder level, and their hooves are
    surprisingly sharp. I learned a long time ago that, when an animal --like a
    horse --strikes at you with their hooves and you can't get away easily, the
    best thing to do is try to make a loud noise and make an aggressive move towards
    the animal. This will usually cause them to back down a bit so you can escape.

    This was not a horse. This was a deer, so obviously, such trickery would not
    work. In the course of a millisecond, I devised a different strategy.

    I screamed like a woman and tried to turn and run.

    The reason I had always been told NOT to try to turn and run from a horse that
    paws at you is that there is a good chance that it will hit you in the back of
    the head. Deer may not be s o different from horses after all, besides being
    twice as strong and 3 times as evil, because the second I turned to run, it hit
    me right in the back of the head and knocked me down,

    Now, when a deer paws at you and knocks you down, it does not immediately
    leave. I suspect it does not recognize that the danger has passed. What they do
    instead is paw your back and jump up and down on you while you are laying there
    crying like a lit tle girl and covering your head. I finally managed to crawl
    under the truck and the deer went away.

    So now I know w hy when people go deer hunting they bring a rifle with a scope
    to sort of even the odds.

    All these events are true so help me God...

  2. #2
    I saw this or similar last year on another forum, cracks me up every time.


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    Anyone got a Banjo!!

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    Serves the silly sod right what was he thinking


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    Great story....I wonder if anyone has thought of doing that with a a Cape Buffalo....any volunteers?

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    Great story....I wonder if anyone has thought of doing that with a a Cape Buffalo....any volunteers?
    Gurube62 you thought of it. I volunteer to watch you.(from a distance)

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    Very good, still chuckling now

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