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Thread: flintlock doe ended in hand to hoof combat

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    flintlock doe ended in hand to hoof combat

    It's our flintlock season went out in the cold and wind yesterday morning , along comes a nice doe at about 30 yds perfect shot 65 grs of 3F and a 50 cal cast round ball . Stupid me out of habit set the back trigger took aim and touched that very light front trigger with my gloves on . Boooom I see her hunch up through the smoke and take off I hit her a touch too far back not gut shot but close . I hurry and reload as I know darn well she's heading for the 45degree hill that's about 75 yds away , I lose sight of her over a little rise . Should have just waited 15 minutes or so but . Anyways I head out on the tracks I go about 15 yds and see her laying . I take two step and her head lift up ! I take aim at the back of the head . Boooom a miss! She gets op stumbling about 10 yds from the edge of the hill I don't want to drag her up . I set my gun and bag down thinking ohhhh no you don't ! As I'm running the 20 yds at her I pull out my 3" pocket knife a Ontario rat 2 she's thrashing around as I jump on her caveman style stabbing numerous times into the neck finially getting it in deep and the throat cut through and she lay still . It was some scene I'm sure I was covered with blood and hair ! But I didn't have to drag her up that steep hill . It's one deer I won't forget
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    I think many of us would pay to see a video of that

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    I have had to use a knife to finish off a deer or two. I don't go for the throat, just stab them in the lungs repeatedly.

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    I once hurried to keep a small buck with the back of his head blown off from a 12 ga slug from rolling down a steep bench...grabbed hold of a rear leg and promptly got mule kicked by the other leg. I bet you will always remember that one.
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    Oh, my. Reminds me of a buck some years ago. Windy - so windy my tree / stand is swaying back and forth. I realize that 25 yards away a buck in laying down in a briar thicket. Only see him every 5 or 10 minutes when he lifts his head briefly and then lays down again out of sight. I wait, shoot and see him thrash and disappear. Took forever to push my way through the thickets when I see him upside down / antlers in the ground. It's so thick I have to back my way in against the briars. I get to him, grab a leg to start to pull when he wakes up and just about knocks me over as he rushes past. I just knocked him out with the 20 slug that grazed the top of his head. It was so thick, I couldn't bring my shotgun to bear. At least you were able to get your deer as where I just fumbled around. For sure, you have a memory for life with that one. Well done.

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    Next time you have to finish one caveman style you need a spear!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gewehr-Guy View Post
    Next time you have to finish one caveman style you need a spear!!!
    Lol indeed ! An attached bayonet would have been nice too
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    That's one to remember!

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    congrats on the deer
    I to would have paid for a video of that
    I once came up on a deer in the middle of the road
    someone apparently hit I drove by and turned around
    to pull the deer out of the road so no one would run it over
    one car had already passed it while I was turning around
    pulled over to the side and went and grabbed deer by hind legs
    and could feel her pulling away so I got her to the side of road
    far enough off so I could pull my truck along side of her and waited
    bout 2-3 mins she starts to pick up her head and a min or so later
    she staggered out into a cut corn field and walked away
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    Did something similar way back in my early bow hunting days.

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    That's a good story. Memories are something nobody can take away from you. My Brother in law and I had a very similar incident, but it was 2 on 1 so it went a little more smoothly for us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RU shooter View Post
    Lol indeed ! An attached bayonet would have been nice too
    Good story! I have had a similar situation years ago and never thought of this solution, since I generally hunt with one of those old military rifles!

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    More hunters are killed by deer than all other big game animals combined.

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    you know they make bayonets for flintlocks....

    that must have been some hill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blammer View Post
    you know they make bayonets for flintlocks....

    that must have been some hill.
    Yes it is ! I've drug several up it over the years when I was younger . As I said 45 degree and about 75 yds to the bottom . No more for me thanks .
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    I agree with the spear method. I'm glad you weren't injured.

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    So a model 44 Mosin is the perfect close in deer rifle?
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    Had one bad experience like that several years ago, buck facing me at about 100 yds shooting through a hole in an old tobacco barn using 7mm mag BAR shot through the brisket area bullet hit the edge of the rib cage and ploughed between skin and ribs all the way back to the hind quarter, after walking the 100 yds the deer was laying motionless on the ground didn't move when poked with rifle barrel layed rifle down and pulled my shrade belt knife to cut its throat knife in right hand left foot on bottom antler and left hand on top antler leaned over to cut throat and deer came alive and tried to gore me had to hold him off with hands on antlers until he bled out not a fun thing started to carry a revolver with me after that incident to shoot them to make sure they were dead. Had a hunter almost killed by a gut shot buck across the road in the river bottom a few years later. If in doubt shoot them again.

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    So easy a caveman could do it
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    I was hunting with a percussion TC in or around 1979. I scared up a 4 point mule deer that started bounding straight away from me. I shot him and he went down after 506 steps then his head would raise up then drop. I reloaded and put another one in his neck at 15 yards, boom flat. I set my rifle on my pack, grabbed his horns to tilt the head back so I could cut his throat and the left horn came off in my hand. He on the other hand, wasn't having any of it so I had to reach across with my left hand and grab a sheathed knife on my right hip. After too long of a time I got him bled out and dead. I had an easy drag down to my jeep of 1/2 mile or so but couldn't get him over a 15 foot high hump. I drug him down the long way to a 1 1/2 mile walk back to the jeep from a forest service road.
    Deer weighed 140 on the hook, no hide, head or guts. It may have been the largest bodied deer I ever shot and the last neck shot I ever took. That bullet missed the spine by 3 ". First shot hit the left antler 2" from the base and knocked him down and probably concussed.
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