So for some reason I got this notion to go hunting. I was at my brother-in-law's house up in Maryland and he has a lot of property that can be hunted. This is my kind of hunt. It is within walking distance of the house, so if I decided I was completely bored I could just walk back.
So I dressed all in camo and set up in a tree stand starting at 5:30 in the morning. And for those that were not going to believe me, I even took a picture of myself:
So I am sitting up there for 2 hours when I suddenly turn to my left and see this buck:
Okay, so it wasn't that buck. It definitely wasn't that big, but this is my story so deal with it. So I turn and see this buck about 50 yards away...what the heck if its my story I might as well say 100 yards away. Anyway, I raised the gun (shotgun, by the way, and that ends up being an important part of the story) and look through the scope (scope on a shot gun? A lot of people have asked me this and I don't have and answer) and fired.
Guess what I didn't do? Yes the safety was off, yes the gun was loaded, no I did not have a good enough grip on the gun to control the recoil. So the gun kicked back and the scope nailed me just above my eye:
It obviously shocked the crap out of me and wouldn't you know that I missed the deer. But the deer didn't run, it actually walked closer to me. So I reaimed, controlled the gun much better and looked through the scope much further away. I shot again and knocked the deer on its back. The deer even let out a cry. Then it just lied motionless on its back. So I unloaded the remaining ammo out of the gun, unstrapped myself from the tree stand and climbed down.
As I was climbing down, I saw what I thought was another buck running into the woods. Much to my surprise, when I got to the area where I shot the deer, it was gone. No problem, I'll just follow the blood trail. Unfortunately the only blood trail led back to the tree stand. I looked for that deer for the next hour or more and never found even a sign of a deer that had just been shot. There are some theories here:
- I happen to shoot a deer with 9 lives.
- I hit the deer in a location that stunned it, didn't bleed much and it was able to get up
- Probably the most likely theory, the deer actually fell over from laughter. The noise it made was not a cry but a laugh: