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DEER ROPING, foolish???????????

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  1. Jim101

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    Got this in an e-mail. Thought it was pretty funny and worth sharing. Jim


    DEER ROPING

    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 congregated 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) that 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, which had 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 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 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 originally imagined. The only up side is that they do not have as much stamina as many 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 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 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 bejesus 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 three 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.


    Now for the local legend. I was pretty beat up. My scalp was split open, I had several large goose eggs, my wrist was bleeding pretty good and felt broken (it turned out to be just badly bruised) and my back was bleeding in a few places, though my insulated canvas jacket had protected me from most of the worst of it. I drove to the nearest place, which was the Co-Op. I got out of the truck, covered in blood and dust and looking like hell. The guy who ran the place saw me through the window and came running out yelling, "What happened?"


    I have never seen any law in the state of Kansas that would prohibit an individual from roping a deer. I suspect that this is an area that they have overlooked entirely. Knowing, as I do, the lengths to which law enforcement personnel will go to exercise their power, I was concerned that they may find a way to twist the existing laws to paint my actions as criminal. I swear...not wanting to admit that I had done something monumentally stupid played no part in my response. I told him "I was attacked by a deer". I did not mention that at the time I had a rope on it. The evidence was all over my body. Deer prints on the back of my jacket where it had stomped all over me and a large deer print on my face where it had struck me there. I asked him to call somebody to come get me. I didn't think I could make it home on my own. He did.


    Later that afternoon, a game warden showed up at my house and wanted to know about the deer attack. Surprisingly, deer attacks are a rare thing and wildlife and parks was interested in the event. I tried to describe the attack as completely and accurately as I could. I was filling the grain hopper and this deer came out of nowhere and just started kicking the hell out of me and BIT me. It was obviously rabid or insane or something.


    EVERYBODY for miles around knows about the deer attack (the guy at the Co-Op has a big mouth). For several weeks people dragged their kids in the house when they saw deer around and the local ranchers carried rifles when they filled their feeders. I have told several people the story, but NEVER anybody around here. I have to see these people every day and as an outsider - a "city folk". I have enough trouble fitting in without them snickering behind my back and whispering, "There is the dumbass that tried to rope the deer!"


    - Rich Grant via email
     
  2. Dr.Longshot

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    That is a very good story, better than the one where the guy loaded a deer he thought he killed in his car, he got out to phone a buddy and the deer revived as he had only knocked him out and it tore the hell out of hi car, you should have heard the explanation he was giving the police over the phone after he called his buddy.


    Very very Funny story

    Dr.longshot
     
  3. Tailbuster

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    Now that's funny.

    all the best,
    john
     
  4. grammie

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    Sounds like a Patrick McManus story,,,you know,,the one where as a boy he ties that "dead deer" to his bike behind him!!!!! It was a "picture" that took two days to get out of my mind.....

    AKA Grammie..........
     
  5. RBur

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    That was great!!

    Ron Burdick
     
  6. Jeff P

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    A friend of my dad's shot a deer. When we got up to it, it was still alive - though apparently very close to expiring. Dad wanted to shoot it again, but Dick said not to waste a bullet, he'd slit it's throat. He grabbed that rack and rolled the (dying) deer over on it's back, stepped over it - straddling it - and prepared to slit its throat.

    Deer are fast. Near as we could tell...it kicked him square in the sack, the family jewels, call it what you will FOUR times. Bam-bam-bam-bam.

    Dick collapsed off to the side of the deer, holding his unmentionables and moaning "shoot that sonofabitch"

    But we were all laughing too hard.
     
  7. W.P.T.

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    So, I take it you gave up the idea ..? lol. Great story ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  8. ric3677

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    This is meant as a joke, but I know of a couple of guys that did that one time back in the "bob". Even two of them couldn't hold her down. They didn't bother trying to get the rope off.
     
  9. blizzard

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    I laughed harder at Jeff p's story.


    One time a buch of years ago, myself and several other questionable characters were driving some standing corn . I caught movement off to my right and turned to look several rows over just in time to see one of my buddies get steam rolled by a doe. That deer got up and ran him over before he could even get the gun up.


    Afetr I stopped laughing, a good 10 min. later, we continued on with the drive. There was no point in that, we should have just gone somewhere else immediately.



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  10. superxjeff

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    Here is my deer came to life story. True story. I shot a 4 point buck in the neck and the side of the head with fittingly #4 buck shot. Now this deer was only about 15 feet away and when i shot it.The plan was to shoot the head so severly that it would be very,very dead. At the shot the deer dropped to it's knees( collasped under him - all 4 legs) he just kind of sat there wobbling. Know I have shot many deer with buck shot and for them to wobble a bit is not uncommon but this deer was so close I expected it to just fall over, very, very dead. Anyway... I just walked over and grabbed it by the horns and dragged it over to the road where the car was. A paved road I might add. It was at this point that Mr Buck tried to stand up. I just twisted his haed and pushed him to the ground. At this point my buddies are yelling to let him go! let hime go! . No..... Not me... in the space of 10 seconds it became quite clear that the deer was not going calmly toward the light at the end of the long tunnel.
    One buddy yells" I got a knife". I suggested that now would be a real good time to use it. Anyway... I am now riding this deer every once in a while between the times when I drag him back to the ground. My buddy slits his throat and it was then we discover that flinching isn't just for trapshooters. When I had fired, the shot had gone high and the only damage had been a tine knocked off his rack, a hole through the rack, and two ears that were throughly shot up. I had rung his bell and that was the only damage I had done with the shotgun. Now... I am 38 years old and this happened when I was 16 years old. For reasons I will not go into, time was of the essence and we needed to get that deer off the road and into the car. We did this with a quickness. As we were leaving in a Honda CRX car the buck started kicking. He kicked a speaker out and throughly kicked up the side of the car as well as the headliner. Moral to the story? Young boys left to their own devices can find a lot of trouble to get into. Jeff
     
  11. K-GUNS

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    A local guy was on his way to work when a deer jumped out crossing the road. The car hit it, the deer flew in threw the windshield, still very much alive and started kicking. The deer kept on kicking striking the driver over and over-The driver was taken to the hospital in guarded condition-almost died.Long recovery time-True story but I don't remember the name of the driver.Never heard weather or not someone shot the deer.
     
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    That's a funny story. This one is true it happened to my Business Agent who happens to raise birds and deer. He had raised "Bucky" from a fawn and he was about 5 I think, this happened three years ago. He went to the deer pen to feed and Bucky attacked him. You have to understand that Sam is a big boy here. He's 6'2" and about 270 at the time. Very stout and able to hold his own or so he thought. When the deer attacked Sam got ahold of the rack and the deer kept trying to charge and they fought all over the deer pen and back. Sam told me it lasted for almost 20 minutes and he finally was against the gate where he got a hand free and opened the gate when pushing Bucky back one last time. Told me he sat on a bale of hay and shook with exhaustion for several minutes before he could make it to the house and his wife took him to get all the holes and cuts looked at at the ER in town. The next day another deer raiser and he darted the buck and cut his rack off. My buddy told me that's the closest he had ever come to dying. If it had been his wife feeding that evening she wouldn't have made it, those deer are strong. YOu have to be careful and never assume that they are totally tame. Dan
     
  13. flylta

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    Jeff - Your story was even funnier...

    Thanks for the laugh
     
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    Jeff - Your story was even funnier...

    Thanks for the laugh
     
  15. Gargoyle!

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    Here we go with the fight beteew the hunter and the deer. The odds are hunter 1 to 1 odds and the 100 to 1 . The fight has just begun. The hunter has his rope and gets it around the deers neck. OH NO the deer takes the hunter off his feet dragges him all over the place. Wait the deer just stopped and now is going toward the hunter. OH this is to ugly to tell you all.The deer is now kicking the you know wha out of the hunter. I have to say the hunter is now out matched. The hunter is down for the count.
     
  16. Bawana

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    A friend when he was in high school was going hunting. While out with a friend and his brother saw a doe on the other side of afence with a gun wound. He said stop the car and I will cuts its throat. He reached over the fence grabbed the deer and before he knew it he was on the same side of the fence as the deer and on his back. He did not think the deer could do that being wounded. They went ahead and just shot the deer.

    Another story that I read out of a hunting mag. A guy shot a buck and it ran off. He sat down and waited for about half an hour then started to track the deer. As he went down the trail he saw a set of racks just on the other side of a fallen log. He did not want to shot the deer again and ruin any meat so he took his knife out and jumped on the deer. He finally put the deer down after a surprisingly (sp) harder then he thought fight for a wounded deer. He checked the deer over and found that it did not have a gun wound at all. It was a different deer all together. OOPS.

    A guy shot a deer and a nice one he thought. He got the deer to sit its head up and he put his rifle in the rack like most hunters do and stepped back to take a pic of the deer. He got his camera out and looked throught the eye piece to take the pic. He loked for the deer and then took the camera down just in time to see the deer run into the brush with his rifle in his rack. Next time I think he will gut it before taking a pic. LOL

    A friend of mine is a waterman from the bay. he is skilled with a shotgun being a long time duck hunter. He was in a stand and a deer came out and he waited tillit was in range. He was using a 3" A5 with buck shot. He hit the deer 3 times and it went down three time and got up three times. The deer started to go into the brush and he just jumped out of his stand and because he had shot all of his shells dropped his gun and ran for the deer. Another friend heard the shoots and got out of his stand to help him. When he came around the bend he saw him being dragged from the field into the brush by the deer. He had grabbed the deers rear legs and the deer was still able to drag him. They cut the deers throat and then took another 30 min to find the gun that he dropped.

    Do not ever think that deer is dead or is unable to do something. They can and they will hurt you. These stories are funny and some are true.
     
  17. roper

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    WOW, good idea !!! (WTF were you thinking)

    good story though


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  18. avidtrapshooter

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    lol those are some good stories, i'm glad i decided to shoot my button buck again instead of trying to slit its throat, wouldn't want to mess with one a them anymore, me and a buddy a mine had a plan to do something dumb like that but we were gonna wait for them to get under our treestands and jump on em and go for a ride, after all these stories i am quite glad we didn't get the chance.
     
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    I have a good one too. Right after I moved to Florida (1988), a buddy and I got in the habit of going to Okeechobee every Sunday afernoon and fishing for speckled perch (really black crappie) until dark. One Sunday we put in and were headed out of the canal and I spotted a man in a new purple sparkle bass boat slumped over the console. After several minutes of conversation with my buddy, I convinced him we couldn't just leave the guy there (my buddy was cautious because you ever know what you might meet up with--probably smarter than me) but we started slowly over to the guy with me yelling at him asking if he was alright. He raised up, but then just slumped back over. We got to him and he had a big gash in his forehead and many cuts on his arms. He sort of was consious and I tied up to him and asked which boat ramp he used and we towed him to it. He was still not in any shape to drive, so I asked for his keys and had him tell me what he drove. We loaded his boat with him in it and pulled away from the ramp. I got out and asked what had happened. He explained that a small deer was swimming across the canal and he got his net over the deer and rolled into the boat. That's when all hell broke out and the deer won and went on his way. The guy kept saying he dodn't know deer hoofs were so sharp. We took the guy down to a quicky store and I told him to go in and get a cup of coffee and call someone to come get him. The truly remarkable part is that when we came in at dark and stopped for a snack, the clerk asked if we were the ones who brought the deer victim in. As I was about to apologize for dumping him there, the clerk told me to fill up the boat, the truck and pick out whatever we wanted to eat. The guy left his credit card number and told the clerk to give us whatever we wanted. That was more unbelievable to me that the poor guy's stupidity.

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  20. Shootrman

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    When we were teen agers we'd go out spotting deer and we found thid dandy place. There was a field that was fenced in and just about every night the deer would walk into this fenced in area to feed so being the sporting type we decided to beat one up with a bat. Me being the youngest I had to stay in the truck and shine the light while the 4 bigger guys would circle around the deer to chase the herd of about 15 to the opening where our biggest and most powerful slugger waited. I stood steady on the light shining it in their eyes to blind them. I heard the whisles knowing that the chase was on and when the deer started to run for the opening in the fence, the youngest kid (w/big feet)holding the light bummed the cord and the light went out. Later that night Whiz went to the Emergency ward with a concussion. HEY, I was sorry
     
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