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Strange happenings in the woods

 

As hunters and outdoorsmen, we are privileged to witness weird and wonderful things happening out in the woods. The challenge of hunting is always a test, and if you hunt long enough, you get to hear and experience some pretty unbelievable stories.

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2013 is coming to an end, leaving its legacy of memorable tales. One of the stories worth remembering goes like this: A young man was coming from the woods after hunting on his grandparents’ farm. As he was walking back to the house, he witnessed this monster buck fighting with a concrete statue. He approached it and shot but hit it in the leg. Scared, the deer ran about 50 yards away and then suddenly stopped. Inexplicably, the deer turned around and took a dead run at the statue smashing hard into it.  The buck knocked himself out and the statue fell on his head pinning him down. The man nocked another arrow and shot the deer again.  The animal was finally dead and supposedly it  scored around 230″ points.

If this is allowed as a bow-kill, then it will be the new state record for archery.

 

Another funny story worth telling is this one: One morning, the Baltimore Gas and Electric department received a phone call from a customer saying: “My power is out. Be sure to bring a truck with a tall enough bucket to remove the deer, when you come to fix it”.

The customer service representative,  conscientiously trying to gather helpful information to diagnose the problem asked, “What deer”? The person replied ” We have a deer on the top of one of the electric poles on Wilkes Rd about 1/2 mile west of Perimeter Rd”. The customer service agent tried badly to pull herself together and not laugh and replied, “We will dispatch someone right away to investigate the power outage. Thank you for the call”. After hanging up, the agent  shared the funny story with her coworkers in the office and they all laughed their hearts out.

Well, low and behold, the serviceman who repaired the problem stopped by the customer service office the following day with pictures showing a pretty big buck on top of an electric pole. Most likely, the poor deer had been hit by a train and  landed on top of distribution feeder pole!

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The story of the man from Alaska who raised an abandoned moose calf is a top notch event we couldn’t bare to leave out. The man raised the moose together with his horses and he has trained the animal for lumber removal and other hauling tasks. He says, he couldn’t have done better in a million years, given the 2,000 pounds of robust muscle, and the splayed, grippy hooves, which make it  the best work animal on the planet. The secret to keeping the moose around is a sweet salt lick. Still, the moose disappears for a couple of weeks during the rut, and there is nothing his owner can do about it. Luckily, the animal always comes back!

 

It’s truly been a journey! Now let’s get ready for 2014. Great stories and amazing adventures are waiting for us! We’d better be prepared.

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