Well I spent the last weekend of Alabama deer season in a tree stand in Henry County Alabama. In fact I spent the entire day Saturday sitting in a climber 25 feet up a pine tree overlooking a creek bottom. I got settled in before daybreak and I didn’t climb down until dark.. I saw a total of five deer, including a small six point chasing a doe. Just nothing I wanted to hang on my wall – and my freezer is already full.
I started back home Sunday morning and had traveled no more than half a mile before a MONSTER buck ran right out in front of my truck. If I hadn’t slammed on brakes I’d have hit him! Whew. Close call number 1.
Twenty minutes later I spied lots of eyes off the side of the road and I did the prudent thing and slowed down. Traveling at about 40 mph I passed the largest gathering of deer I’ve ever seen in the wild. There was at least 25 does standing a tight little cluster immediately beside the road. I expected them to scatter in all directions – including right in front of me – for some reason not a one of the moved as I passed by, except to swivel theirs heads following my passing. I even had time to lower my truck window and get an up close look. Whew. Close call number 2.
Three’s the charm they say. About a minute after passing the doe convention on the left side of the road, I heard and felt a loud thud on the passenger side of my truck. I knew instantly what had to be the cause. Glancing down into my driver’s side mirror I could see a deer flying thru the air tumbling end over end and crashing down into the ditch along the opposite side of the road. I pulled over and surveyed the damage.
Dents in the rear passenger door, a shattered topper window, a smashed fender on my 4 wheeler, and the tailgate ramp torn loose from it’s locking pins requiring that I actually tie the trailer tailgate in place in order to drive.
I walked back the short distance to see about the deer – and he (or she) was gone! Doubtless the animal dragged itself off to die later.
What a frustrating way to close out the best hunting season I’ve had in a quite awhile! Oh well. I’m just glad the animal didn’t come thru my windshield and end up in my lap.