Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Bambi On Crack

Now that I am out in the woods again with a shotgun, all of a sudden I am hearing all kinds of stories and seeing videos of deer attacks on hunters.

SEDALIA, Mo. — A Sedalia hunter bagged a big buck on the second day of firearms season, but the kill caused him a lot of pain.

Forty-nine-year-old Randy Goodman said he thought two well-placed shots with his .270-caliber rifle had killed the buck on Nov. 19. Goodman said the deer looked dead to him, but seconds later the nine-point, 240-pound animal came to life.

The buck rose up, knocked Goodman down and attacked him with his antlers in what the veteran hunter called "15 seconds of hell." The deer ran a short distance and went down, and died after Goodman fired two more shots.

Obviously those first two shots were not as well placed as Randy imagined. The deer wasn't too pleased with them either.

Rutting deer are crazy. My SIL once shot a doe. The buck was following her and walked right into his sights after the gunshot instead of running away. Crazy buck didn't care. He also got shot for his efforts.

But at least Randy Goodman will be chowing down on some deer meat for his efforts.
This next hunter didn't manage as well.
The deer/kangeroo kicked his ass, took his money, his watch and his woman.

Deer are known on rare occassions to kill people, sometimes children.

• Ron Dudek, 73, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., died Oct. 17 of complications from antler wounds inflicted to his face by a male deer that Dudek encountered when he went to pick tomatoes in his backyard garden. It was the nation's second deer-assault death in two years: Donald Sellers, 79, was fatally gored and mauled by his pet buck in Gilbertown, Ala., in 2003.

• Karen Morris, 56, of Clearlake, Calif., was hospitalized for 12 days with head injuries in an attack by a young buck Nov. 17 outside her home. The horns bruised Clifford Morris, 68, when he came to his wife's aid.

• In Covelo, Calif., on Sept. 29, Arnold and Jeannine Bloom returned to their pickup after watering a friend's vegetable garden. A small buck ran up to the truck and knocked the man on his back, California Department of Fish and Game warden Rusty Boccaleoni says. When Jeannine Bloom swung at the animal with a piece of firewood, it turned upon her and ripped a hole in her arm. The next day, Boccaleoni shot and killed the animal.

• BALL GROUND, Ga. [10/8/07 - sig94]-- A man was found dead after apparently being attacked by a deer. The body of John Henry Frix, 66, was found around 8 p.m. Sunday inside the deer's pen on his property. He had been gored several times in the upper body by a deer's antlers, Cherokee County sheriff's Sgt. Jay Baker said.

The deer was one of several Frix kept on his property.

"This particular deer had apparently been in rut, which is their breeding cycle, and they become very aggressive," said Cherokee County Sheriff's Deputy Jay Baker. "This deer had been quite aggressive the past few days, so we think that's what caused the attack on the man."

Maybe I could start a protective service to handle these kinds of incidents. As a commenter said on the original deer-attacks-hunter article:

timpatico writes:
If that deer had a chance, he'd kill you and your entire family. Then burn down your house and pee on the ashs. Those Deer just are not right in the head.

My rates are reasonable and I'll give you a free fire extinguisher to boot.

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