I’m going to admit that none of the deer I’ve shot bent the hook at the butcher’s.
Just for fun a couple weeks ago, I nested the rack of my 4×5 whitetail inside the antlers of the admittedly small 21/2-year-old muley I shot last month, and those of a 2-point blacktail inside the whitetail’s.
Even so, without a helper, those and a couple other deer haven’t exactly been easy to drag off the mountain, through the clearcut or up a canyon, in one exhausting case.
That last one was a doe up near Entiat, Wash. Nearly killed me and Dad, even after we cut it in half. The icing on the cake was that when I took it to the butcher, the gal who took my order assumed the deer had rolled to the bottom of the canyon after I shot it rather than being shot there.
Oh, sure, I have a friend who threw a small whitetail spike over his back and hauled it out of the forest, but dead critters are not easy to move. That’s why they invented game carts, sleds, horses and mules!
Which is why a pic I got earlier this week threw me for a loop — He-Man Scott Shafner throwing a full-grown blacktail buck on his back and tramping out of the woods.
True, Shafner should have kept his hunter orange on after he shot the deer near Belfair, Wash., during the late rifle hunt that wrapped up last weekend, but still, it’s a pretty cool feat of strength.
“Scott’s an avid distance cyclist, so his main routine is getting up at 3 a.m. to bike 50 miles or more before work,” explains friend Al Schultz who sent the photo taken by another man in the hunting party, Dave May. “He also jogs and does weight training and exercises …”
“I think in reality he only carried the deer like that for a quarter mile (he actually began jogging with it like that after we dressed it out, he was just stoked!). We dragged it the rest of the way,” he says.
By GPS, they were around 2 miles from the rig, Schultz believes.