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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-15-2007, 03:21 PM Thread Starter
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deer hunter this one is for you !

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, who 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, so I
didn't want the deer to have to suffer a slow death. I managed
to get it lined up to back in between my truck and the feeder a
little trap I had set beforehand. 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 heck. 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 heck 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 dumb-dumb that tried to rope the deer."


I read this and thought of you giving Doug heck.

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:shock: I would have paid money to see that!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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That's to funny! I bet you read that from a Montana news paper. :lol: :lol:

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:lol: :lol: :lol:
Check this video. http://youtube.com/watch?v=gq5BQcOCJ6g

I found out deer had super strength about 30 years ago in Missouri I skidded to a stop on a gravel road when I saw a small fawn hung up in a fence... Thinking I would have a "pet" deer... Them hooves are indeed sharp.

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Watch Out for Deer

Randy,

It's a real shame you didn't have someone there with a video camera!

If your experience isn't the "America's Funniest Home Video" $100,000.00 winner; I don't know who would be.

Hey, my grand daughters have a copy of "Bambi", I could send it to you for future reference?

Maybe "Deer Riding" will become a rodeo event?

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sounds like something my a neighbor would do!!!
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