Guides from Possible Threats during Deer Hunting

by : rhusain

There are some threats that the hunter will face during his hunting. Such as a bad weather or the attack of other animals such as bear and fox.

Another time on Deer Hill this adventure occurred: My wife said one day, "You will have to go to town today and get some meat for tomorrow." Now, town was three miles away and money was scarce, so I replied: "Never mind. I'll go and get a deer before noon." Of course, I was bragging some when I said that. What I intended to say was that I would try to get one before tomorrow. Along about ten o'clock I took the gun and went into the woods with the intention of stalking a bedding area about a half-mile from the house. Before noon I was back asking for help in dragging a six-point buck from the woods.

This is what happened. Hardly had I reached the edge of the bedding area where I was carefully treading a deer trail, when I came to a small natural clearing. This clearing was caused by water standing in a slight time and covered with grass and very low bushes. As I glanced across this clearing, I saw a deer. This was one of the few buck whose antlers I saw before shooting. The very instant that I spotted it, I fired. As I pulled the trigger, I thought, "That's the shortest legged deer I ever saw!" I never realized that he was in his bed until he leaped up when struck by the bullet, and ran into the woods. He didn't go far, and I wasted the second bullet that I sent after him as it didn't connect.

Yes, Kennebec County was a good place, and still is, but there are a lot of hunters there now and more land is being posted every year. I don't know what will happen, but I still have a little piece of brush land in the Deer Hill area and maybe some day I'll build a little shack there and spend a few days in an effort to see if deer still use the same trails and crossings of ten years ago. I am sure that they do, for deer seldom make permanent changes over the years.

Years ago, I was hunting with a companion and we took a canoe across a rather large lake. We had no luck by mid-afternoon so we decided to return to camp for the evening hunting. Although the wind was in our faces, blowing a small gale, we headed into it as we knew it would probably continue to blow until sunset. Under such conditions, we always keep as near the shoreline as possible to avoid a long swim in case of an upset-a real danger in windy weather.

There was a headland that consisted of a steep ledge with deep water right up to shore. When we came to it-paddling not over six or eight feet from shore, keeping in the lee of the cliff-my companion in the bow looked up on the cliff-side and cried, "Look!" He dropped his paddle and reached for his gun.

I looked up and there on a narrow ledge-a hundred feet above-was a bear. He had been eating blueberries, but about the time that I saw him, he started scrambling up the side of the almost perpendicular cliff. If you've never seen bears in action, you have no idea of the speed and agility they possess. Talk about cats. They're slow compared to bears, clumsy- looking critters though they may be.

The bear was directly above the canoe on our right when we both shot. This put us out of shooting position. The recoil of our two guns unbalanced the canoe for an instant and by the time we had recovered our balance and jacked another shell into our guns, the bear had disappeared over the top.

When the hunters are away in the forests or woods, they must always aware on wild animals in the forest or in the woods for their safety.