The story starts like this: left knee in brace due to broken knee cap, start deer hunting by hopping/hobbling 1/4 mile to blind site. Sit down take pain reliever, fall asleep. Wake to noise from woods to my right. See 2 whitetail running full out in open field in front of me and my M77/30-06. Lead front/ larger deer at the nose, take shot. Deer keeps on running full out with no flinch/hesitation at all. Take a little nap. Decide to hop/hobble to where the deer had crossed. 200 paces to hoof prints. Look down, find 4" diameter blood spot. SHHHTTT! Hop/Hobble 250 more paces, deer is lying dead in beginning of woods on south side of field over a knoll. GRRREATT! Now, since my left leg is in a brace, I have a small problem of kneeling to field dress the deer. HMMM, kneel on right knee, left stretched out precariously, start dressing out, fall over to my elbows in guts. NICE! Continue with the operation. Thinking there is help at the cabin, hobble over 1/2 mile back to get help. NOPE. No one is there, out looking for another hunters animal 3 miles away. (Found out later). So, get UTC, stick leg out side of unit, drive to the deer. Don't have the strength to pick animal up into the bed of the unit, so throw rope around the neck, loop over the roll bar, and with one hand pull deer head up and the other pull rope to keep tension. REAL FUN. Get upper part of deer on tailgate, start again, (don't ask why I just didn't drag the thing by the rope home, stupid I guess), get deer back to cabin. Still no one there to help hoist into tree to bleed out, so take rope throw over branch 12 foot in the air, attach UTC to rope pull deer up. REAL TIRED by this time, and with no one to help tie off the rope, back UTC around another small tree to allow enough friction on rope so I can release it from the unit, and without dropping deer, wrap & tie off the rope.
Really need more pain reliever by this time.
All this on the final day of deer season in 2011, and for a 200# DOE? YEP.
In 2012, went hunting at the same place, knee was doing fine, no worries, no problems, NO DEER!
Will continue the tradition of hunting cause it Ya never know what's next!
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