jumping off the deck onto a deer
I recently listened to a former classmate of mine chat about “fair chase hunting”. In a fair chase hunt the animal you are hunting is in its natural environment and has more of a chance than not of alluding you. So to call a hunt fair chase you would not be hunting a caged animal or over a bait pile.
I see animals in my yard regularly because they know they can find food and water here. If I shot a big deer while sitting in one of the patio chairs, linguistically I shouldn’t tell anyone I shot that deer in a fair chase hunt.
My friend Stan and I always
joke around about / plan on launching ourselves off my top deck onto the back of one of the deer who show up regularly. Ideally we’d do this in the winter when there is a deep snow pack to pad our jump. Stan thinks he could punch the deer out before any harm would befall him and I think I’d get my face/skull shattered with a few swift kicks to the face after I got bucked off the back. Before anyone calls PETA you should know there isn’t nearly enough snow to support us launching ourselves off the deck.
Tomorrow temperatures will rise above freezing. The 6 inches of snow we have will become perfect packing snow. I bet that if I get outside and mold the snow into a little snow maze, the turkeys will come and make their way through the maze to get at some corn…definitely proof that my yard is not fair chase hunting material.