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Old 12-15-2008, 09:29 PM   #1
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Roping a Deer

Roping a Deer
(Actual letter from someone who farms, writes well and tried this!)

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 fee t 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 up side 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, so 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 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 robably 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 scope to sort of even the odds.

All these events are true so help me God...

Sincerely,

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Old 12-15-2008, 09:48 PM   #2
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I had a friend do the "Rambo" thing to a deer from a motorcycle...kinda a steer wrestling thing with a bike instead of a horse and a knife involved, and probably some beer...(fresh backstrap is sooo tasy!) That scene would have gone great on youtube! I read somewheres that deer kill more people than many other animals that are considered "dangerous". Great story!

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Old 12-16-2008, 09:28 AM   #3
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There is no cure for stupidity!!!

That guy got what he deserved. And then to share it with everyone confirms his mental state.
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Old 12-16-2008, 10:42 AM   #4
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A few years ago, I shot a small buck. I hit him three times and he still got up and ran into the laurels (yeah, go ahead...insert how bad I shot him - I deserve it).

It was getting dark and I really did not want to lose him so I ran after him. I found him laying down under some real thick brush. I was out of ammo so I grabbed my survival knife and decided jumped him when I saw him try to get up. That's when all hell broke lose.

Talk about a surprise!!! I did everything I could to keep those antlers off me. My intial thoughts were that this would be relatively simple thinking he was going down anyway. I totally under estimated how much he had left and how strong he was. I just kept a tight grip around those antlers and kept his head from coming up and waited for him to tire out. It probabl took 10-15 minutes but in my mind, the battle lasted for hours.

That was the dumb ass move of the century.... Next time I'll check out my scope better and bring more ammo.
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A few years ago, I shot a small buck. I hit him three times and he still got up and ran into the laurels (yeah, go ahead...insert how bad I shot him - I deserve it).

It was getting dark and I really did not want to lose him so I ran after him. I found him laying down under some real thick brush. I was out of ammo so I grabbed my survival knife and decided jumped him when I saw him try to get up. That's when all hell broke lose.

Talk about a surprise!!! I did everything I could to keep those antlers off me. My intial thoughts were that this would be relatively simple thinking he was going down anyway. I totally under estimated how much he had left and how strong he was. I just kept a tight grip around those antlers and kept his head from coming up and waited for him to tire out. It probabl took 10-15 minutes but in my mind, the battle lasted for hours.

That was the dumb ass move of the century.... Next time I'll check out my scope better and bring more ammo.
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MOz, you're not the only person that happened to. i went to help a buddy of mine track a 6 ptr he'd shot. we found it, laying down, still alive, but barely (or so we thought) as he pointed his rifle towards it something inside that deer roared to life and inside the approximate 5ft circle that the 3 of us (me, my friend, the deer) stood, there had to have been more energy released than when an earthquake happens. that thing jumped up, bucked a time or two, spun 360 and bolted off right between the two of us. i bought pissed my pants. i'd got about 30 yards before my buddy regained his composure and fired the last shot to kill it. it probably took 7 seconds for that whole thing topaly out but while it was happening i swear it took 10 minutes.
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Old 12-16-2008, 01:20 PM   #7
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MOz, you're not the only person that happened to. i went to help a buddy of mine track a 6 ptr he'd shot. we found it, laying down, still alive, but barely (or so we thought) as he pointed his rifle towards it something inside that deer roared to life and inside the approximate 5ft circle that the 3 of us (me, my friend, the deer) stood, there had to have been more energy released than when an earthquake happens. that thing jumped up, bucked a time or two, spun 360 and bolted off right between the two of us. i bought pissed my pants. i'd got about 30 yards before my buddy regained his composure and fired the last shot to kill it. it probably took 7 seconds for that whole thing topaly out but while it was happening i swear it took 10 minutes.
It's amazing how much strength they have. CAVEDIVER's right though, I think I have to get my sight redone. The only thing I can think of is that the deer was at least 1/4 of the distance I sighted the scope at so perhaps I needed to compensate for the shorter distance.
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how far off did you think he was and what caliber are you shooting?

as far as the strength. if you're ever lucky enough to see two bucks lock up, its and awesome display of power. their neck ond shoulder strenght is AMAZING. theres a video online somewhere of a deer stuck in a rope swing and i cannot believe his neck didnt snap
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how far off did you think he was and what caliber are you shooting?

as far as the strength. if you're ever lucky enough to see two bucks lock up, its and awesome display of power. their neck ond shoulder strenght is AMAZING. theres a video online somewhere of a deer stuck in a rope swing and i cannot believe his neck didnt snap
The deer was approx 30-35 yards. I was using my Stevens 30-30. I had sighted the scope in at 100 yards only a few weeks before and I thought I was very careful not to bump anything. The other variables (other than myself) were that it was extremely cold that afternoon (approx. 15-20 degrees) and the sun was going down. The scope was actually giving me more target illumination than ambient light.

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