Roping a deer

Roping a deer

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    Roping a deer

    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 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 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 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 scope to sort of even the odds.

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    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
    I sure hope you are joshing us with that story.
    Capturing a wild deer to fatten him up like a prize pig for slaughter is not very sportsmanlike.
    There is a big difference between game and livestock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KILTED COWBOY View Post
    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
    I sure hope you are joshing us with that story.
    Capturing a wild deer to fatten him up like a prize pig for slaughter is not very sportsmanlike.
    There is a big difference between game and livestock.
    Relax. It's almost deer season and TGIF.

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    OMG.....that was hilarious scottync!
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    I can relate, even though I know the story was meant in humor.

    I found out the hard way when I tried to keep a poorly hit deer that I thought was down and out, not get away from me.

    The struggle is real.....
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    About 35 years ago, a co-worker of mine was hunting up around Encampment, WY and dropped a nice bull Elk. When he got up to it, he found a lariat around it's neck. No telling how long it had been there. He got a nice shoulder mount with the lariat intact to hang in his basement.
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    I have tears streaming down my face.

    Sadly, folks that feed deer often find the deer have no sense of propriety when it comes to maiming or killing them as the case may me.
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    Thank God they’re vegetarian. Great story, thanks. Maybe plant a little corn in the spring and shoot that sucker next fall. I’ve roped cows and horses but had a similar experience as you with a little Donkey we were trying to rescue.
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    Ahhh shucks. I was thinking I would surely see an episode about you on one of those game warden series.

    One thing mystifies me. How come everybody up north has such a tough time when they rope something? We have used horses down here for two centuries or more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottync View Post
    Relax. It's almost deer season and TGIF.
    OK you got me Scottync
    I thought that was a true story!
    I didn't think I was that gullible, jokes on me.

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    Knew a family about 45 years ago that kept a mule deer doe as a pet. Showed up as a fawn, hung around for long enough that they figured its mother was no longer part of its life. The deer was surprisingly tame and gentle, followed the children around like a dog would. Loved popcorn, potato chips, anything salty. Ran around and played with the family dogs.

    On one occasion a rattlesnake showed up in the yard. Dogs went berserk. Deer just stomped it to death, no problem.

    Deer stayed there for 4 or 5 years, then one morning it was gone. No signs of predator attack, so it probably answered a call of nature from other deer in the area.
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    As much as I'd like to take credit for it (or maybe not), this one has been floating around on gun and hunting forums for awhile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottync View Post
    As much as I'd like to take credit for it (or maybe not), this one has been floating around on gun and hunting forums for awhile.
    Think I remember reading that way back in the Reader's Digest, Yes, it has been floating around for a very long time now and it was a true story.

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    I wouldn't want a deer on the end of the rope even if I were on a 16.5 hand horse, thank you very much. Those front hooves are wicked and neither the horse or myself are likely to fare well.
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    Sounds like a Patrick McManus story. Never laughed so so hard in my life reading his stories.
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