14 thoughts on “Going To and Fro in the Earth

  1. Just make sure you take your venison with a bullet or an arrow. Deer vs. car tends to be a loser for the deer, but the car and it’s occupant(s) don’t always do that much better.

    I’ve seen at least six deer in various amounts of dismemberment and squishedness on the sides of the roads here in eastern Connecticut in the last week. Add in the foxes, raccoons, and skunks, and it seems to be vehicular faunicide season up here.

    • Buddy of mine spent a week in the freezing rain without getting a deer. Sure enough, he hit one with his car on the way home. He called the Game Warden who allowed him to take the deer. He ended up mounting the head and keeps the trim ring from around his headlight hanging from it’s antlers.

      • My husband has fond, tasty memories of the deer that jumped in front of his brother-in-law’s truck years ago. Another friend had her boy friend scare her when he showed up, covered in blood, several hours late on a long-haul drive from VA to upstate NY. After he blurted out “Deer! Where’s the foil?” she calmed down. He had his knives with him, so he’d done some road-side butchery, figuring the deer owed him for the dent it had left in the van. And a friend of a friend met a deer in a fiberglass sports car. The deer walked away, but the insurance inspector took many, many photos of the hoof prints in the roof, all the time muttering about how the guys at the office were never going to believe this.

    • Ach! No arrows! A close friend is an avid deer hunter of 50 years, and he says that 99% of bow hunters are such poor shots that they cause the animal needlesss pain and suffering. Someone shot a deer with a bow and it died in his driveway, because the SOB didn’t bother to track it down. A good .308 is the way to go.

      • I live in a rifle-allowed county, so I use either a Tikka T3 in .270 Win, an Marlin 1895 in .45/70, or Contender Pistol also in .45/70.

        All my .308 hardware is really 7.62 x 51 mm and more suitable for high-power match shooting than hunting.

    • Hornady 130 gr SST in .270 Win.
      Winchester 300 gr JHP in .45/70.

      The range time today wound up being spent with handguns, coaching a new shooter.

  2. Fellow here in South Carolina was deer hunting and instead, got the state record for Black Bear…609 pounds.

    On the way to work this AM, hit a raccoon doing about 50mph. Looked in my rear view mirror and saw him get up and scurry limp off into the woods at the side of the road.

      • Evidently not fast enough. 😉

        I should have wrote…” I had accelerated to 50 mph out of a 20 mph curve on a mountain road when a Raccoon, trying to see what the chicken saw*, scurried across the road in front of me. Luckily for him, he ducked and I only scraped his back with my undercarriage.”

        *- I really think the Squirrel, Possum and Skunk goaded him into it on a dare. (The Turkey and the Deer tried to talk him out of it, but you know how ‘Coons are.)

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