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#3085856 - 12/18/12 07:24 PM Deer Last Rte Ceremonies
gil1
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I'm doing sort of a retrospective article about deer death rituals. I know there are all kinds of interesting Native American rituals, and I can get some interesting information on-line. But I'm more interested in what we have adopted, changed, or fabricated for today's hunter.

How do you show respect for the deer? Or the hunter? Or nature?
Thanks in advance.
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#3085861 - 12/18/12 07:28 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: gil1]
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Just as an example, I found this German ritual to be interesting.

“Letzer bissen,” the “last bite” ceremony, is performed when hooved animals, such as red stag or fallow deer, are killed during a hunt.

Traditionally, a sprig from an evergreen is taken from a nearby tree and placed in the animal's mouth, and another sprig is placed in the hunter’s hat-band to identify the hunter's success.
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#3085982 - 12/18/12 08:30 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: gil1]
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No real ritual here, I simply look up and give thanks to the Lord
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#3086004 - 12/18/12 08:40 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: BigRod]
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Ditto that Gil...
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#3086156 - 12/18/12 10:31 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: Carlos Viagra]
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I too thank the Lord for my success. And then the ritual begins - gut, tag, drag and brag.
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#3086240 - 12/19/12 01:29 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: catman529]
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I too give thanks and the glory to God ..... then text my buddy and do the drag!!
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#3086281 - 12/19/12 05:25 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: in the dog house!]
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Letser bissen is actually quite a beautiful ritual. I don't practice it but I do have a ritual. I take off most of my outer clothing so I don't get too hot dtragging and I wear A-I gloves and exam gloves so I don't get bloody gutting. I have been doing it that way for quite some time.

There are some idiots on television who fist bump and pump and say idiotic things like, "He down! He's down!" and "That sucker is toast." and "He's taking a dirt nap" and Smoked that sucker!"

They of course, are the true hunters except they never kill anything. They only harvest. When they do, providing they haven't gut shot a doe, as so often happens, they spout some clap trap about how it all happened in the last hour of the last day and reitterate six or eight times exactly what happened, forgetting I suppose, they are on TeeWee and we saw it. Of course, we may not have seen it just that way.

The Mexicans have a rather unique ritual. The younger members of the village gather aruond the animal and upon cue, fly into that sucker like a pack of jakals. In 10-minutes, their is nothing left but tiny bits of the hooves. Quite touching to watch.

The Eskimos too have a ritual. It is called ookamoogalooga. Using whalebone knives called similacs, they slice off long strands of blubber. One end is placed in their mouth, the other in a pocket of their parkas. They then dance around in a circle with a female member of the band and sing Ookamookalooga which means I love you. Many years ago, R. Simbeck can verify this, Johnny Horton was inducted into their society and wrote a song about this ritual.

I sincerely hope this has helped you.
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#3086283 - 12/19/12 05:27 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: in the dog house!]
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Like the rest of you guys I thank God for his blessings not just the deer but everything he has done for me to allow me the opportunity to be where I am.
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#3086293 - 12/19/12 05:38 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: WGK]
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Just thank God,and get on with it
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#3086331 - 12/19/12 06:17 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: Football Hunter]
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I GIVE THANKS TO THE DEER FOR GIVING ITS LIFE THEN GUT THAT BEEACH

Edited by greygoose (12/19/12 06:18 AM)
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#3086438 - 12/19/12 07:47 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: greygoose]
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I just say a prayer of thanks to my Lord, gut it and get outa the woods.
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#3086465 - 12/19/12 08:03 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: BigRod]
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 Originally Posted By: BigRod
No real ritual here, I simply look up and give thanks to the Lord


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#3086517 - 12/19/12 08:33 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: greygoose]
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Not a ceremony really, but when I get to the animal I kneel down beside the deer and say a prayer thanking God for what he has provided and for the animal that is laying before me and then I take a few minutes for reflection on everything that just happened and just sit back and enjoy the moment before "the work" begins.
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#3086567 - 12/19/12 09:03 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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I thank God then look at it a moment if its a buck, tell my friends if its a buck, then start the tag, gut, drag, check, process.
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#3086577 - 12/19/12 09:07 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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 Originally Posted By: TNDeerGuy
Not a ceremony really, but when I get to the animal I kneel down beside the deer and say a prayer thanking God for what he has provided and for the animal that is laying before me and then I take a few minutes for reflection on everything that just happened and just sit back and enjoy the moment before "the work" begins.


What I do, almost to a T.
Only difference is I lay my hand on the shoulder of the deer as I give thanks.

Might sound strange but that's what I have done since the first one.
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#3086584 - 12/19/12 09:12 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: RUGER]
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No "ritual", just whip out my smartphone and check it in and fill out my blank permanenet kill tag. Shed clothes I don't want bloody and commence to gutting, dragging and loading on a 4Wheeler. And even though Im 48 years old now, I still call my dad and share the story with him. He doesn't hunt anymore but still loves talkin' bout it.
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#3086589 - 12/19/12 09:16 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: Dbllunger]
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 Originally Posted By: Dbllunger
And even though Im 48 years old now, I still call my dad and share the story with him. He doesn't hunt anymore but still loves talkin' bout it.


You are a lucky man.
Never stop doing that man.
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#3086762 - 12/19/12 11:26 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: RUGER]
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Look up and thank god!
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#3086830 - 12/19/12 12:18 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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X2 exactly what i do

 Originally Posted By: TNDeerGuy
Not a ceremony really, but when I get to the animal I kneel down beside the deer and say a prayer thanking God for what he has provided and for the animal that is laying before me and then I take a few minutes for reflection on everything that just happened and just sit back and enjoy the moment before "the work" begins.
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#3086845 - 12/19/12 12:32 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: HuntingDicksonDTC]
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I have no defined routine per say, but I do always give thanks to the animal with a moment of respect. Occasionally, especially have after hard won hunt with a specific deer, I'll enter a deep, introspective mood either once I get home and really start to take things in, or sometimes, on the spot right there in the woods. I must admit, that on occasion, after killing a specific animal that I hunted or had multiple encounters with, I get this melancholy, introspective feeling that the woods is going to miss this deer. When that is the case, I'll often pick up my guitar and play "Fly Eagle Fly" by the Marshall Tucker Band. For some reason, that song always feels like the final chapter in a hunting story.
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#3086934 - 12/19/12 01:27 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: BigRod]
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 Originally Posted By: BigRod
No real ritual here, I simply look up and give thanks to the Lord

Ditto

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#3087075 - 12/19/12 02:43 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: Winchester]
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I try to remember to give thanks for the animal. That's about it though.
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#3087152 - 12/19/12 03:23 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: JeepKuntry]
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i pat the deer on the ribs and thank the lord
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#3087481 - 12/19/12 07:04 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: LA man]
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I guess my ritual starts when I see the deer on the blood trail, or as soon as I start walking towards it if it dropped within sight.

I generally say some sort of prayer of thanks as i approach. I lost my only deer to a bad shot about 18 years ago, and I think that habit is partially a reflection of the appreciation of knowing the deer is down and dead, not hobbling along unaccounted for. When I am walking towards the animal, I'm thankful for being able to see the deer in the wild (alive), the opportunity for a good shot, the proper execution with no hiccups in the process, and the swift death.

I'm usually still in that mode as I reach the deer, and then spend a minute or three absorbing the experience.
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#3087807 - 12/19/12 10:20 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: Crosshairy]
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absolute, hands down, best thread i've ever read on here.

I'm with Ruger, less the prayer part. Love it, and it seems just about right by the time I'm getting into the work.

<jamming to 'Fly Eagle Fly' as I'm typing....> goodnight ladies and gentlemen.

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#3088143 - 12/20/12 08:26 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: LessIsLess]
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I lost my dad 12 years ago, so I always just thank the good Lord then show the deer to my dad. My thanksgiving morning buck actually drew a few tears while in deep conversation with myself and my dad about missing our yearly hunt with him thanksgiving morning.
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#3088169 - 12/20/12 08:43 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: greygoose]
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My ritual usually involves steak and gravy!

Every blessing comes from the Lord so I try to remember to thank God for the opportunity to spend time in the woods with friends and family, and for the bounty of the hunt when we are successful.

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#3094981 - 12/25/12 01:03 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: Hit&Miss84]
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Thanks for the stories, fellas.
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#3095394 - 12/25/12 08:18 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: gil1]
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 Originally Posted By: gil1
I'm doing sort of a retrospective article about deer death rituals. I know there are all kinds of interesting Native American rituals, and I can get some interesting information on-line. But I'm more interested in what we have adopted, changed, or fabricated for today's hunter.

How do you show respect for the deer? Or the hunter? Or nature?
Thanks in advance.


I dont hang him by his head.......Just as the Benoits dont who are Iroquois indian.
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#3096257 - 12/26/12 02:35 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: LessIsLess]
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#3096935 - 12/26/12 10:18 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: Dbllunger]
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 Originally Posted By: Dbllunger
And even though Im 48 years old now, I still call my dad and share the story with him. He doesn't hunt anymore but still loves talkin' bout it.


Thats funny. First thing I do with every single deer is call my dad too even if he's with me or not. Buck or doe. Ive been hunting for 22yrs and to this day he still hurridly makes his way to me if he's there. Every single deer I have killed I always think back to the first one and how happy it made us both. I always take a second to thank god for my success. No matter what it is. I cant stand it when guys on tv praise god when they kill a big buck but u see the same guys shoot a doe and dont say anything. I took my 3yr old to watch me kill one this season and I showed him how we thank god for bringing us this beautiful animal today and how this harvest was part of the circle of life. So this ritual will be passed on to him also.

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