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Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on April 27, 2011, 00:59:
This was forwarded to me, it did seem like a good idea.
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 in a flash ... 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 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.
Mission accomplished. 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 did not work.
Ouch! 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
Posted by Ashitaka (Member # 4924) on April 27, 2011, 01:43:
No real cowboy would ever be stupid enough to tie a rope around his waist and then arond an animal larger then a dog, even if he though he could bring it down. This is why you "herd" cattle. Even wiht a calf, you tie it off on your sattle, where the calf has the mass of a horse to pull against.
I say this is a hoax.
If someone was to really do this all they ouwl have to do is lure the deer into a barn with feed and close a stall door behind it.
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on April 27, 2011, 02:53:
_____While the preceding narrative may be fiction, this one is not. I have been up close and personal with a spike horn White Tailed Deer. I was at a Game preserve, injured animals are brought there and tended to by Veterinarians. The expenditures are some what off set by selling small bags of grain to feed the animals. The wild deer have caught on and visit for hand outs from the people looking at the caged animals.
_____ Enter a Spike Horn White Tail Deer, also a small boy with a bag of grain. The small boy held out his all most empty bag and the deer stuck his nose into said bag, he licked some of the corn, and then tried to inhale, the bag sucked tight to his face. The Spike Horn backed up suddenly and attempted to dislodge the bag. The parents grabbed the child and pulled him to safety while the Spike Horn thrashed about. I was the closest adult to the now terrified deer, those horns were every where, people were shouting grab the bag!! The deer was still thrashing about, NO WAY WAS I GOING TO TRY TO GET THAT BAG UNTIL THE DEER PASSED OUT. Finally it stumbled and fell dislodging the bag on the way to the ground. The Spike Horn took two big gasps of air got to his feet looked hard at the humans and left posthaste. I do not ever want to be that close to a scared deer again, calves and colts yes not a deer.
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on April 27, 2011, 16:30:
Um...the party in that story did a dumb dumb thing.
Here in the Northeast, we get more than our fair share of deer, and I know they've got a bit of 'zip.' I'm not hunter, but I know that tying oneself to that is...not bright. There's a pretty good reason why people shoot deer!
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on April 28, 2011, 12:56:
The guy tied himself to something that has antlers?
Sounds like he missed out on a Darwin Award on a technicality.
Posted by GMx (Member # 1523) on April 28, 2011, 14:37:
The stupiest hunter ever:
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