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Old 03-06-2007, 08:24 PM
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i read this on another forum. supposedly its true but i doubt it. its great reading though. the guy that wrote this should become an author.



Deer Roping

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. 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
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 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 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 heck. 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 crap 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 dumby that tried to rope the deer!"
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Old 03-06-2007, 08:50 PM
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its in times like these i would love to be around and have a video camara handy. you could charge people money to watch the show. funny story indeed. even better if its true. we need some pics of the guy after he took the butt whoopin from the deer.

to bad it was not a buck. it could have horned him too

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