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DEER HUNTING SEASON IS HERE!
3 CRAZY STORIES OF PAST DEER HUNTING SEASONS
Halloween may be October’s premiere holiday, but this month also marks the start of an important season for many Louisianans: deer hunting season. That’s right. It’s time to break out our rifles, dust off our deer blinds, and get out in nature to hopefully take down that prized buck. Of course, what happens out in the woods isn’t always so cut and dry. Sometimes, what starts as a regular hunting trip turns into a story we tell for years to come. So, in honor of the season, here are a few crazy deer hunting stories from around the country. An Assault and a Stolen Buck Typically, when you hear about somebody stealing a buck, it’s out of a purse or a wallet. That wasn’t the case for Michigan hunter Patrick Mulligan in 2016. On the state’s opening day for firearms hunting season, Mulligan was out in the woods. He heard shots ring out nearby and saw a buck running toward him. After downing the buck and dragging it away, two men approached him, claiming the buck belonged to them. The disagreement turned violent when the two hunters beat up Mulligan and stole the buck he had rightfully downed. What was crazier was that Mulligan said it wasn’t the first time something like that had happened to someone in his family. His father was once involved in a dispute with another hunter, who pulled a gun on him while arguing over who shot the deer. It just goes to show that some people still need to grow up and learn how to share the woods.
made. But what 15-year- old Brady Hempen found in the antlers of the buck he shot was truly strange: a parachute with an attached military flare. There’s no way of telling where the parachute came from, but Hempen was able to tell
that it had been there since the previous August or September because there was still velvet on the parts of the antlers covered by the parachute. To commemorate the uniqueness of the kill, Hempen had the buck mounted without removing the parachute. If a Gun Could Talk There’s not a deer in this story, but the events surrounding a 20-gauge Ithaca shotgun purchased by Don Wiebenga of Grand Haven, Michigan, in 1973 are crazy enough to constitute their own story. Four years after Wiebenga bought the gun, it was stolen out of the back of his truck while he was eating in a diner after a hunt. He thought he would never see his gun again — until a police officer in Austin, Texas, recovered Wiebenga’s rifle during a routine traffic stop nearly 40 years later! The current owner was not aware the gun was stolen, and it had been in his possession for a long time. Wiebenga was sad for the kid who had unknowingly been using a stolen firearm, but he was happy to regain his old rifle — with a pretty amazing story to boot! Sometimes the stories are half the fun of the hunt. While we all want that prized buck to hang up on the wall, we’re not always so lucky. But luck has nothing to do with a good story. Even on the days with near misses, or the days where you never get anything in your sights, you can always leave the woods with a story. Good luck to all the hunters going out this season, and happy hunting! –Cra ig Jon e s & Cra ig Hill
“SOMETIMES, WHAT STARTS AS A REGULAR HUNTING TRIP TURNS INTO A STORY WE TELL FOR YEARS TO COME.”
All Tangled Up If we had massive sets of antlers on top of our heads, we’d probably get stuff tangled up in them, too. It happens often enough with big bucks, whether it be foliage, or something more man
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