corn fed deer
03-12-2011, 12:33 PM
corn fed deer
Actual letter from someone who farms, writes well and tried this:
I had this idea that I could 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
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 I started moving up so I could get my rope
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.
All these events are true so help me God.
An Educated Rancher
;)Workmans comp is not a road you want to travel alone.You need a good lawyer,a great family and good friends to lean on.If you make it thru without losing everything you have worked for all your life,you have come out ahead of the game.....
03-12-2011, 01:12 PM
RE: corn fed deer
We spent over 2 weeks once in Rocky Mountain National park. Every morning young moose would come into our campground and pick up and carry off anything they could. Our closest neighbor was in a tent and for two days in a row he had moose in his tent, I mean they would work at the front or side of the tent until they got in. One of them always ended up with some sort of clothing on their antlers (yes we have pictures), it was quite funny. Usually some ranger would come by and shoo off the moose, we were warned not to do anything.
But our neighbor did a similar thing as did the rancher in your story. He put down a noose on the ground, laid in wait inside his tent to teach the moose a lesson. Well he got one of the moose in the rope by a foreleg. The moose dragged him for over 200 feet why the young man didn't let go of the rope is beyond me, stomped him a couple of times once he stopped running. My husband came out banging pots and pans which alerted the rangers. The young man was taken away by an ambulance with broken bones, a concussion, etc. But you know he stopped the moose from coming into our campground for two days.
Then there's the story in Custer State park, South Dakota. Buffalo have free roam there, you let them roam, you leave them alone, if they're on the road you let them stay on the road until they decide to leave. One young man on a motorcycle decided to ride into the herd thinking that it would scatter the herd. Well momma buffalo can toss up people on motorcycles quite high, the motorcyclist was taken away by an ambulance as well.
Then there's the story of the momma mouse in our pop-up trailer but I'll leave that for anther day or month or year, you pick.
03-12-2011, 01:48 PM
RE: corn fed deer
Jayne, I must admit you hurt me from all the laughter.. Some people are just crazy, to bad no one caught that on video.. That made my day, even though it hurts... When I was 12 I can remember my first adventure of a angry buck. A group of us were making a drive, pushing the deer between 2 lakes and a narrow ridge about 150 ft between each lake.. I was one of the lucky ones who was posintion along side the first lake pushing to the ridge.. This buck had no intentions of going to the ridge, As he was heading straight for me. I couldnt shoot because my brother was about 50 ft behing the deer. That damn thing actually ran into me, I bet I flew about 20 ft in the air.. That is also the first time I seen a deer swim, that was a event I will never forget... Animals do what they need to survive and I respect that..........
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