While growing up, we always had a HUGE garden ... as one of the kids who had to hoe, weed & pick ... I'd estimate it was about 5 acres. LOL (probably in truth it was closer to 3/4 of an acre ... Mom canned tons of everything!)
The deer always got into our sweet corn ... every year. One year when I was about 16, they were really bad. Even the moth balls we put around to keep the racoons away weren't keeping the deer out. Dad had finally had enough. He decided he was going to start shooting the deer "in self defense" so to speak.
Well, he did alright. He actually took down two deer with one shot! It went right through the first one and into the lungs of the second one. We didn't even know about the second one as we set out to get the kill. But there they were ... both pretty much dropped right in their tracks. I'll never forget that.
This hunting season, my Dad, who is now in his early 70's, dropped a nice buck (single shot, broke the spine) in the swap by his house. I was lucky enough to be there at the time and went out with him to bring it in. Let me tell you something ... that old man kicked my @$$ in the strength and stamina department! He hauled that buck out all by himself ... all he had me do was walk in front to get branches and crap out of the way. I was huffing, puffing & panting by the time we had that buck out of the swamp, up the backyard hill and hosed out. Dad ... not so much. LOL!
Ok, I tried to add a click-able link for a picture, but I think I need more posts before I'm allowed to do that. And, since I don't have his permission to put his picture on the internet, I've cropped the photo. (ps: Dad is 6' 2" ... the deer is hanging from the garage rafters with feet almost touching the floor) If you want to see it, you'll have to go to PictureTrail. Here is the url for the buck picture:http://pic80.picturetrail.com/VOL2014/1 ... 641812.jpg
(yes, that makes my Dad a Great-Grandpa ... LOL!)