Dazed and Confused
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Upstate New York
Re: Why We Shoot Deer In The Wild
I laughed until tears were coming out my eyes! As soon as I read "rope a deer", I knew that adventure could only go down hill, I just didn't kow how far. I know of only 2 direct encounters with deer, but they taught me how strong a deer can be.
I have an uncle who used to weigh close to 300 pounds and stands 6'4". We had mortally wounded a smaller 4 pointer and my step father pulled out his 22 stated that he'd finish him. My uncle said "Save your shell, I got it." and pulled out his hunting knife and pulled the deer's head up to slit his throat. Even mortally wounded, the deer had the strength to pull his head back down and threw my uncle down the hill. From that day on, my uncle didn't feel that the cost of a 22 shell wasn't a waste of money when finishing off a deer.
The second encounter, was when I was in junior high. I didn't actually see the encounter, but I saw the end results. One of my classmates was out hunting (can't remember if it was bow or rifle) and was in a tree stand about 10 feet off the ground. An eight pointer (so he claimed) was heading towards him and he realized it was going to pass right under him. Figuring he could really get some bragging rights, he laid his weapon down and pulled out his buck knife. When the deer passed under him, he jumped down on the deer with buck knife in had with the intention of taking him Tarzan style. The deer, in his own magnanimous way, showed him that this particular venture wasn't to end in a testosterone victory and proceeded to launch into the briars. About this time, my classmate had forgotten all about the buck knife (which was never recovered) and stupidly decided to hang on for about (as he claims) a hundred yards. Now, I'm reasonably sure that parts of that story were exaggerated, but the fact that he looked more like coleslaw than human laid proof that at least the core of the story was true.
There's a very good reason why deer were never domesticated for farm use.
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