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O/T Roping a Deer--Sunday Morn Humor

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  1. lbshootin

    lbshootin Active Member

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    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 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 ge t 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, so I didn't want the deer to have it 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 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 an d 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 so that they can be somewhat equal to the prey. That stupid deer gives me a weird look every time I feed the cattle now. It ducks down its head with ears crooked back seemingly to ask if I want some more.
    Stupid deer......
     
  2. Bruce Specht

    Bruce Specht Well-Known Member

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    You've mdae my Sunday thanks for the humor! Great Story, if your not a writer by trade you might consider it.
     
  3. lbshootin

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    Nope, not the author, recieved it on an email early this morning, thought it would be a good distraction from all of the accidents that were flooding this site last week.....Let's all pay attention out there, no more shooting incidents!..Stay safe and HIT 'EM ALL....lb
     
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    This is just a story, but I know a couple of guys from here in Montana that actually tried that. Not exactly, but they did rope a doe that was following them in the "Bob" It turned out just about the same.....they were trying desperately to let the deer go. Kinda funny ....NOT.

    Rickyd
     
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    Have you ever "fished" for prairie dogs? Jimmy Borum
     
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    As a child I tried that with my Mother's pet deer, my little red wagon, and a rope. It came out about the same except I had to deal with Mom after the doe finished working me over. AJ
     
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    Fished for gophers in MT. Drive a country road, use a large snagging pole with a treble hook on it. See a gopher or a cock ringneck and with one guy driving and the other in the bed of the truck with the pole, you snag 'em. Works great until you snag something real heavy. Then the fun starts.

    I also never roped a deer but I did have one come back to life while I was leaning over his antlers. I had shot him and he went down dead...or so I thought. I poked him with my gun barrel and no movement. So I knelt down along sie of his right shoulder and bent over his rack to grab his chin. I was going to reposition it for a photo. Well, the dang thing woke up and thats when the fun began. I weighed over 260 lbs and am 6'3" tall yet that wounded deer was able to toss me like a rag doll.
     
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