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Old 01-10-2010, 06:47 PM
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How To Rope A Deer


An actual letter from a man who farms and writes well :

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 that 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 own
with a rope and 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, so I didn't want the deer to
have
to suffer a slow death, so I managed to get it lined back up between my truck
and the feeder - a little trap I had set up beforehand...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 it's 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 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 to try and make a loud noise and make an aggressive move
towards the animal. This usually will 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 girl 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 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
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