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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-12-2017, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Roping a Deer

Homer tells us about his brilliant plan to get a corn-fed deer for his freezer. . . .

" 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 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 slide off to 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.

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 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 sort of even the odds!!"
(by an anonymous educated farmer)

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I didn't read the whole post but true story:

I was flintlock hunting and shot a lovely doe. She dropped in her tracks. I walked up and saw no blood or evidence of a hit. So I said to myself said I, "Tie your dragging rope around her neck and anchor it to the tree next to her while you reload. If she gets up you'll have a second shot.
I was aiming at her shoulder and hit her under the eye. DOA, but I didn't know that at the time. A guy stumbled upon me while I was reloading and saw the deer with the rope around it's neck tied to a tree. I told him I always tie one up before the season.
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yrs ago we were building a large condensing unit for a local power plant ,it was also a high deer area
as it sat the unit was a steel 40'rectangle 10' high that we let a about a 20" opening in go get in and out.

well one morning we show up and we got a doe in there ,
we tried shoo'ing her our for awhile ,but she just ran in circles,
ignoring the opening and getting more panicked.

then someone yelled "send the apprentice in!!!"
our apprentice was about 22 yrs old ,maybe 6'1" 240lbs and he shrugged his shoulders and said ok
he slips in and basically chased the deer in circles trying to push her thru the opening .after awhile the deer tired
it stopped running and was just keeping distance.
then the apprentice declared "i'll just grab it " and pounced at the deer.

no sooner did he lunge at that doe ,she reared up and landed 2 blows...
the first hit him in the front of the hard hat ,probably the bill, because it launched that hard hat about 30' in the air
the second hit him high on the forehead and knocked him out cold,
then the deer started running again but this times as it came around full circle the crumpled unconscious apprentice was in her way ,she made a quick right and slipped thru the opening and was gone.

so now were in there dragging our semi conscious apprenti out of the area , our foreman pulls up.
now we have to explain why we have a man down with an injury and we haven't even started work yet.
as unbelievable as it all could sound ,the impression of a hoof print in the middle of our apprentices forehead
was deemed proof enough.

now the conversation turned to if we were gonna take our apprentice to medical,if he wanted to go?
and how we were gonna explain this "incident"if we do take it to medical.
after all we were still dealing with ramifications of the "Mideast caterpillar bite" incident that caused the safety dept to upend the whole jobsite.

Da hawk ate my baby!!
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My second year on the job, 1977, I received a radio call that there was an injured deer in the Conawago creek outside of Elizabethtown along state rt 283. This happened to be the first day of small game season and some small game hunters found the deer and drove to a phone and called it in. When I arrived there were the two hunters who found the deer waiting for me along the road along with an outdoor writer who wrote for the Lancaster Newspaper, whose name I will not mention. I followed them across the field along the creek until we came to a really big bodied 8 point buck in the middle of the creek. It was obvious he was hit by a vehicle on rt 283 and all four of his legs were broken below the knee and he was standing on bone with the legs hanging on by the skin. At that time we carried model 36 S&W 38 specials snub nose revolvers and ball ammunition and we were not issued a Sam brown belt with pouches for extra ammo so I had five rounds in my gun. I wasn't worried, the deer was only 10 yards from me and I didn't miss at 10 yards. However, I didn't take into account how worthless ball ammo is when you are shooting a large animal charged with Adrenalin and in pain. I put three rounds in the bucks shoulder and all he did was flinch, I put two more in his neck and all he did was to flip his head around. I was not out of ammo. The hunters shotguns were in their vehicle and the deer was standing there looking at us and the outdoor writer was taking notes and pictures. I walked back to my truck and retrieved a rope and a hunting knife and walked back to the deer. I tied a small loop in one end of the rope and ran the other end through the loop and made a lasso. I whirled the loop over mu head and threw it and low and behold I had the deer by the neck. I attempted to pull him to the bank so I could cut his throat, it was like trying to pull a truck and I could not move him. To make a log story short, it took all four of us to pull that deer to the bank where I killed him. After the deer was dead I saw the outdoor writer taking more notes and I walked up to him and said, "if I see any pictures or any story about this in the news paper, you will be forever on my do not talk to list". He had the decency not to write anything about the incident. From that day on I carried extra ammo in my pockets until I bough my own drop pouches and a Sam Brown Belt. The point of this ramble, is to show how dadblamed tough whitetail deer are and how hard they hang on to life.

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