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Me and the Buck

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Offline Cisco Kid

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Me and the Buck
« on: November 21, 2016, 05:22:22 PM »
Years ago when I was young and before I had any smarts (in the mid 1970's) I did the South Rim by my lonesome. I really didn't realize it was up hill both ways but lesson learned. I was returning near the line building near Boot Springs and the trail turned left behind a big boulder and when I turned I came face to face with a 6 point buck, maybe 5 feet. We were both startled and both of us froze! " you know those thoughts that flash through you head in a situation like that!" First thought was I hadn't seen anyone on the trail for the entire trip and if injured I would be on my own (As I was anyway). What to Do??????? So I said in a calm voice "Hello" Then I just talked nice to him in a soothing voice and just jabberd on for a bout a half minute. The buck never moved and neither did I. Nothing aggressive on either part. Then the buck walked down the slope about 20 feet from the trail and started  grazing  again. I just eased past him and went on my way.

Good story, lesson learned!
if it works don't fix it

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Offline House Made of Dawn

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Re: Me and the Buck
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2016, 05:29:07 PM »
Beautifully put.

I had my first face-to-face encounter with a bear in Big Bend. My first face-to-face encounter with a mountain lion. My first face-to-fang encounter with a rattlesnake.  And probably my first face-to-face encounter with myself. "Ain't no chance if you don't take it."

Vaya con Dios, amigo.
"The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts."

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Offline Quatro

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Re: Me and the Buck
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2016, 06:32:14 PM »
Where was Pancho?
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro - HST

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Offline Jalco

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Re: Me and the Buck
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2016, 06:33:14 PM »

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Offline Cisco Kid

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Re: Me and the Buck
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2016, 07:19:19 PM »
Where was Pancho?

He was drink'in Wine, Down on the Rio Grande
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Offline Hang10er

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Re: Me and the Buck
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2016, 08:30:20 PM »
Not Big Bend related but there's a buck in the story.

High schooler, hunting brush country of S Texas.  Had just started archery hunting.  Walked along the edge of a clearing one early afternoon to get to my tree stand.  Had a corn feeder in the corner of the clearing.  There was a large bush between the feeder and the mesquite that was my tree blind.  Or was it an oak?  Anyway, as I stealthily moved along the clearing I didn't think anything was under my feeder but I stayed quiet.  Bow in one hand I started up the board steps nailed to the tree.  2 rungs up I'm high enough to see over the bush and there's a deer, a buck nonetheless, eating under the feeder.  I promise he wasn't 15 feet away.  I stared at him, frozen.  He chewed corn and looked at me, wondering. 

It was a stand-off. 

Going on up wasn't an option.  Going back down wasn't really better.  We continued to stare and he still hadn't so much as snorted.  I thought about clinging to that tree until he got his fill and left.  I swear right then my nose itched.  I gave up.  I smiled and said softy, "Hey deer!"  He spooked and snorted and ran a dozen yards to some cover.  He stamped his feet and then snorted and ran again.  I realized I had been holding my breath and let it out and laughed a bit.  Climbed on up and as I did I heard him, or another deer, dash through the brush again.  I figured he warned every deer in the countryside that there was a guy standing in a tree next to the corn machine.

 


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