WHY WE SHOOT DEER-- Why we shoot deer in the wild. (A letter from someone who wants to remain anonymous, who farms, writes well, and actually tried this). I had this idea that I could rope a deer, put it in a stall, feed it 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 get up to it, toss a bag over its head (to calm it down) hog tie it with a rope 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 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 slowly 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 I started moving up so I could get my rope back. Did you know that deer bite? They do! I would have never in a million years 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 slide off to 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 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 lying 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!! All of these events are true... An Educated Farmer
Monthly Archives: March 2013
Ok, you know I always try and find the positive in every situation right? Well I haven’t suffered great loss, divorce or any of the many other tragic events that can occur.
I still believe in finding the positive, never giving up and always moving forward. That being said, what would drive someone to move forward after a life changing event? ………
Dreams, Goals, Adventures….
I believe that if you truly have a dream or goal, you will always search for a means and way to move towards that goal, no matter what. If you haven’t seen the stories or videos of Nick Vujicic, then you are missing out of a heartwarming story of no limits living. Here is a link to his site, http://www.lifewithoutlimbs.org/ got media and watch Live Forever..
Tissues maybe required.
So, having a goal or dream is the key. If you don’t have one, take some quiet time and really think about what you want, where you want to be and then how you can get there. Sure, this maybe a 10 year journey, or maybe its a few months, but you need to have dreams and goals to live your life to its fullest.
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Hey, we all have one, at least I hope you do. Having a happy place is great, it calms the nerves, relaxes the mind and brings some peace to us when we need it.
Sure everyones happy place is different and should be made for solitude. Maybe yours is quiet beach, a small peaceful planet, maybe a dark closet….
It doesn’t matter where you happy place is, just make sure you get to visit it often. The world is full of distractions, highlights and shiny things that keep us from our focus and dreams.
So, short and sweet today, if you haven’t been to your happy place in awhile, make some time and visit, sit, enjoy and relax, even if its only for a few minutes.
This will help you regain your focus and be able to move forward towards your goals…
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Hey, happy day after St. Patties Day. I hope all made it home safely. As you know, I have tried several times to catch Santa, the Tooth Fairy (she is a sly one), the easter Bunny (he is just plain mean) and a leprechaun.
Well last night, just before bar close, I met up with one, we had some drinks, told some stories and I thought all was good. My plan was to get him to my house, tie him up and make him give me my new found gold.
Um, not really sure where and what went wrong, but woke up this morning to an empty liquor cabinet, empty fridge and the above picure.
Trust me people, I can’t stress this enough…. Don’t ever, ever party with a leprechaun (or for that matter any of these holiday creatures). I won’t give up on my quest to capture them, but with each failure I learn something new about them, so in time, I will finish this quest or have enough knowledge to pass on to my children so they can finish it.
Remember, failure isn’t the end, but we need to learn from it, pick ourselves up (buy more liquor and food) and move forward with what we now know.
Keep Doing Your Dreams
Hey, if you have met me, you know I am not normal. I kinda live outside the box for the most part. Growing up, I used humor to get me through many things, and I always tried to be just ME.
Everyone of us is different, but I do remember wanting to “fit in” with a certain crowd, group or person. I know I have pretended to be something else to fit it and I am sure you have too. But its really hard to “pretend” to be someone other that who you are isn’t it.
Why work that hard, in the end, your true self will always come out. If you accept, love and embrace your true self, you will be amazed at where you fit in. Being different is fine, being yourself is great. Imagine not worrying about what others think of you, doing what makes you happy, and well singing your song out loud.
Yes, I have scared many people through my years, people know I am harmless, but some do find me quite annoying at times. I do sing, dance and act out often, but I don’t worry about what others think. Thats the key.
Be yourself, act like yourself and enjoy yourself.
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Is just 14 inches. From the heart to the head….(Thanks Jodi for posting pic).
Wow, thats a great subject for today huh? I am sure most of you are groggy and tired from the beloved TIME CHANGE (we lost an hour if you didnt know).
But, having a dream or goal is usually set in the mind (head). Getting to the action on making that happen often takes a lot of HEART. So how do we tie these two together to make those dreams and goal happen?
Yes, practice, vision and purpose will help get the heart going on your dreams. If you goal is a good one (good for you and all others), you can instill passion, purpose and a vision to help enlist your heart. I think if your heart and head are both in it, we can call it PASSION. Once you have a passion, getting the needed things done to move you forward towards your goal is much easier.
So, find a way to develop PASSION and you will see your heart and head are both on the same page.
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Some people aren’t fortunate enough to live in the upper midwest and have snow days, but you can’t have everything I guess.
Overnight we got a fresh 8+” of snow, everything, I mean everything is bright WHITE. Beautiful, a fresh canvas to start the day. Now, I got the driveway done, waiting till 7:30am so the neighbors don’t bitch. My boys came out to help shortly after that. They really aren’t much help, but oh its fun to watch them work around the snow. They dug my van out, then proceeded to go make their mark all over the fresh canvas of snow. Front and backyard now has snow angles, boot tracks and more.
How do you find your fresh canvas? For me, its Mondays. I love them, a whole new week of possibilities, challenges, decisions, etc.. But thats me, what do you do to get yourself focused? A fresh canvas allows you to see only your goals, dreams and the things to come. I think its needed quite often in this age, too many distractions, they take our focus away from where we want to go.
So, if you can’t do Mondays, find something that works for you to get that FRESH CANVAS and get your focus back.
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