Monday, February 27, 2006
Florida deer tend to run small compared to other states. I don't know the reason for that. It could be poor nutrition due to our soils. I have never researched it, but I know that my deer hunting friends love to go to GA or SC where the deer are much bigger on the average.
This little deer is looking a kind of scruffy. Maybe it's ticky. I took this photo at Manatee Springs State Park which is tickiest place I have ever tromped through. I have literally sat a picnic table in the park and watched ticks crawling towards me through the leaf litter.
A coworker of mine, Bobby, was on his way to hunt deer in Georgia when he saw a large 12 point buck that had apparently just been struck on the side of the road. Being an avid deer hunter, he pulled over thinking he could salvage one of the beautiful antlers.
Bobby got out of his truck, walked to the deer, and took hold of an antler. He gave it a mighty twist to snap it off.
That was when the huge buck stood up.
Now Bobby had his hands full of the pointy end of a confused, ticked off deer. Apparently, this deer wasn't killed instantly when it was struck. They stared at each other face to face. Bobby hung on for a moment, afraid to let go, and then the deer collapsed again...this time for good.
He showed me the antler as he told me this story so it must be true.
Aren't all hunting and fishing tales true?