Funny story from my youth.

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    Funny story from my youth.

    I started this thread to avoid hijacking the aggressive deer thread. This was initially going to be a reply to that thread but it grew and grew. I decided to put it here. Enjoy.

    As a teen I had to kill a wounded doe with a knife. I shot her on the run and had broken her back. I was 13 and my dad had only given me 3 rounds of ammo (sort of like Barney Fife). I hit her on my first shot and was so excited that I missed while trying to finish her with my remaining two shots.

    Even with her back legs paralyzed she gave me a run for the money. She gave me more fight than I wanted but I got it done. I had to circle her until I was behind her and then I pounced on her and finished her off. It was a true fight to the death (for her). I had plenty of bruises and a gash in my left hand but in the end I put the meat on the table.

    I was pretty proud that I had harvested that doe. I did it completely on my own with no help. I dressed her and drug her back to the truck on my own too. As a boy turning into a young man I felt 50 feet tall when my dad told me the two simple words...."Well done."

    Years later folks still get a good laugh out of the story and the place where I killed that deer is now named after my epic battle (in deer camp terminology).
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    Those early accomplishments are what make the man (or woman).

    We do our children a disservice when we do everything for them. There is a notion that children should not have to struggle. I say, give them the opportunity to struggle whenever possible. When they learn to overcome adversity on their own, it builds strength of character and independence. These are qualities we want our kids to have. Right?

    Why can't more parents see that?
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    Great story and memory Timmy, I bet the greatest one is of your dad saying "well done."

    While I have never taken a deer, seen plenty but never have had a decent shot at one, I have hunted rabbits and squirrel. I have had to kill many a wounded one of the previous two mentioned with my bare hands. With the exception of the one time I used my .22 revolver to finish off a wounded squirrel that jumped up and tried to bite me.

    Needless to say, you manned up and did the job that needed to be done.
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    Great story... and memory. Thanks for sharing
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    I had to laugh, and still laughing. It reminds me of an incident about 10 years back where I had to finish off a doe in hand to hoof combat. It was about the same scenario. That's what makes it sooo funny for me. Epic battles, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    I had to laugh, and still laughing. It reminds me of an incident about 10 years back where I had to finish off a doe in hand to hoof combat. It was about the same scenario. That's what makes it sooo funny for me. Epic battles, lol.
    Then you know just how scrappy those things are. I still have a big scar on my left hand from that fight. :)
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    A few years back I was hunting with my dad and he took a doe but shot her just a tad too far to the back. Where we hunt is on our land, but the deer sometimes run over into the Metropark which butts up against our land, and we are allowed to go recover them but cannot take any sort of firearm or bow/crossbow with us. When her trail led us to her she was still kicking and very much alive. My dad got out the cheap Winchester hunting knife he had bought at Walmart (He means well, just lacks some common sense) and I could not even break the skin on her neck with it. Having no other way to finish her off, I took a rope and strangled her with it. It's kind of strange to think that I gave a deer the shortstrand once, but it did the job. :)

    Good luck to all of you this hunting season! Is there a dedicated thread for pictures of harvested animals?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DontTreadOnI View Post
    A few years back I was hunting with my dad and he took a doe but shot her just a tad too far to the back. Where we hunt is on our land, but the deer sometimes run over into the Metropark which butts up against our land, and we are allowed to go recover them but cannot take any sort of firearm or bow/crossbow with us. When her trail led us to her she was still kicking and very much alive. My dad got out the cheap Winchester hunting knife he had bought at Walmart (He means well, just lacks some common sense) and I could not even break the skin on her neck with it. Having no other way to finish her off, I took a rope and strangled her with it. It's kind of strange to think that I gave a deer the shortstrand once, but it did the job. :)
    Good luck to all of you this hunting season! Is there a dedicated thread for pictures of harvested animals?
    LOL. I'm still laughing, I've killed deer with a gun, a bow...I even had to finish off a button buck with a knife one time...
    but I never had to hang one!
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    I've probably not been hunting nearly as long as some here, I think I started around 12 or 13 and I'm 21 now. I have however, killed my fair share of deer. Fortunately for me I've only had two shots in the woods that weren't clean kill shots and both of those were clean misses, one with my Remington 870 slug gun and one with a bow.

    I hope I don't ever have to wrestle a deer with a knife but I know if it comes to that I'll deal with it, no one is above making a bad shot. I don't think it would be a story that I would laugh about though because it means I didn't do my part and the animal suffered more than it needed to.

    My funniest deer hunting story probably happened last season though, so while we're on the topic I suppose I'll share.

    I was sitting in a ground blind next to an old logging trail with a hill side to my right and a creek on my left that also bent around in front of me. As I was sitting there on my little tripod stool I started to feel a little rumble down under, if you know what I mean. I sent my dad a text message to let him know that I was heading to the outhouse (across the creek, about 250 yards in front of me), the reply from my dad read something like "hang tight, just saw a herd of does headed your way".

    I held on for all I was worth, the situation was getting desperate but I held on for about 10 more minutes and sure enough, 3 does crossed on the hillside in front of me and I never got a shot. After several more minutes I decided that they were gone and I wasn't going to get a shot and lets face it, I really had to poop.

    I unzipped the blind and walked about 30 yards and crossed the creek then walked a little bit farther and turned back to look at the blind and as sure is the sky is blue those 3 deer were just up the hill from my blind and I was standing 40 yards from it in the open and the shot was into cover, I had no rest and I was still about to crap my pants. So, I wrapped the sling around my arm for a little stability, put the scope up to my eye and cocked the hammer on my dad's Marlin 336 .30-30 and with the shot all lined up I sqeeeeezed the trigger... CLICK! With my great level of distraction I had forgotten to take the hammer block safety off

    I then re-cocked the hammer, lined up the shot all over again (the deer were still there), took the safety off and let a round fly. Perfect double lung shot, final range about 90 yards. I watched the deer drop on the spot and then I damn near sprinted to the outhouse.

    Turned out to be a nice button buck, definitely good eating

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    Quote Originally Posted by DontTreadOnI View Post
    A few years back I was hunting with my dad and he took a doe but shot her just a tad too far to the back. Where we hunt is on our land, but the deer sometimes run over into the Metropark which butts up against our land, and we are allowed to go recover them but cannot take any sort of firearm or bow/crossbow with us. When her trail led us to her she was still kicking and very much alive. My dad got out the cheap Winchester hunting knife he had bought at Walmart (He means well, just lacks some common sense) and I could not even break the skin on her neck with it. Having no other way to finish her off, I took a rope and strangled her with it. It's kind of strange to think that I gave a deer the shortstrand once, but it did the job. :)
    ....?
    Okay, I've never heard of someone choking out a deer. I'm glad you had the rope and didn't have to smother it with a pillow.
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    Yea...it's even harder to get a dry cleaning bag duct taped over their head
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