Deer hunting without a gun


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    Deer hunting without a gun

    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
    scope......to sort of even the odds!!

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


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    Re: Deer hunting without a gun



    Great story Iddee. Although I have used a rifle in the past, I usually use my 18 wheeler. Like the farmer in the story said-It sort of evens up the odds.


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    Re: Deer hunting without a gun

    wow i shouldve got a snack and a beer lol, nice one

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    Re: Deer hunting without a gun

    Very funny.
    Bamabww (Wayne)

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    Re: Deer hunting without a gun

    Quote Originally Posted by gunsmith


    Great story Iddee. Although I have used a rifle in the past, I usually use my 18 wheeler. Like the farmer in the story said-It sort of evens up the odds.
    Gunny,
    A friend of mine tried using a van several years ago and proved that it wasn't adequate to even the odds--he ended up on the losing side. Now I can tell him that he has to add a few more wheels and try again.

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