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Thread: Why we shoot deer - an excellent deer story, worth the read!

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    Why we shoot deer - an excellent deer story, worth the read!

    Why we shoot deer in the wild (A letter from
    someone who wants to remain anonymous, who farms, writes well and actually
    tried this)

    I had this idea that I could 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 threw my 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 it, it 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 twisted and
    pulled.. There was no controlling it and certainly no getting close to it. As
    it jerked me off my feet and started 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 upside 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 venture a 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 momentum 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. 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 rope and the deer grabbed hold of my wrist.
    Now, when a deer bites you, it is not like being bit by a horse where they
    just bite you and slide off to then let go. A deer bites you and shakes its
    head--almost like a pit bull. They bite HARD and it hurts.

    The proper thing 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 so 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 little girl and
    covering your head.

    I finally managed to crawl under the truck and the
    deer went away. So now I know why when people go deer hunting they bring a
    rifle with a sort of even the odds!!

    All these events are true so help me God... An
    Educated Farmer

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    Thanks for the story, it definatly makes you laugh.

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    Completely and utterly outstanding Get this genius into print

    Blindness to suffering is an inherent consequence of natural selection. Nature is neither kind nor cruel but fiercely indifferent.

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    Outstandingly different method of 'hunting'...had me in utter stiches!

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    Loved it,i will not try that then,

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    Maybe you need a rifle and a tranquilliser bullet, rather than treating it like a bull.

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    Couldn't have been sober when he admitted to it

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    best thing i`v read for a long time had me crying

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    Quote Originally Posted by stone View Post
    If not mistaken it already is
    I was meaning a less ephemeral, more substantial print medium, but I take your point

    Blindness to suffering is an inherent consequence of natural selection. Nature is neither kind nor cruel but fiercely indifferent.

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