Larry Posted May 26, 2007 Share Posted May 26, 2007 > >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 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 the re 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 hell. 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 hell >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-*ss that tried >to rope the deer. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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