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#3086934 - 12/19/12 01:27 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: BigRod]

Registered: 12/05/03
Posts: 27878
Loc: TN

 Originally Posted By: BigRod
No real ritual here, I simply look up and give thanks to the Lord


#3087075 - 12/19/12 02:43 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: Winchester]
16 Point

Registered: 01/20/04
Posts: 14771
Loc: Clinton, TN

I try to remember to give thanks for the animal. That's about it though.
Greg Cooper

#3087152 - 12/19/12 03:23 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: JeepKuntry]
LA man
18 Point

Registered: 05/31/03
Posts: 20845
Loc: spencer, tn/houma, la.

i pat the deer on the ribs and thank the lord

#3087481 - 12/19/12 07:04 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: LA man]
10 Point

Registered: 08/22/06
Posts: 2701
Loc: Bartlett, TN

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.
I'm hungry and tired. Don't poke my belly.

#3087807 - 12/19/12 10:20 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: Crosshairy]
4 Point

Registered: 08/22/11
Posts: 408
Loc: Morgan County

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.

#3088143 - 12/20/12 08:26 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: LessIsLess]
4 Point

Registered: 08/17/12
Posts: 183
Loc: Gallatin, TN

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.
#3088169 - 12/20/12 08:43 AM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: greygoose]

Registered: 09/11/12
Posts: 52
Loc: Kingsport, Tn

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.

#3094981 - 12/25/12 01:03 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: Hit&Miss84]
12 Point

Registered: 04/06/07
Posts: 6349
Loc: Nashville, TN

Thanks for the stories, fellas.
It is not the killing ...; it is the contest of skill and cunning. The true hunter counts his achievement in proportion to the effort involved and the fairness of the sport.

Dr. Saxton Pope

#3095394 - 12/25/12 08:18 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: gil1]
Boone 58
16 Point

Registered: 06/23/04
Posts: 15185
Loc: Food Plot

 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.
The problem in America is not that ungodly people have said yes to ungodly things, but rather that Godly people have refused to say "no" to ungodly things.

#3096257 - 12/26/12 02:35 PM Re: Deer Last Rte Ceremonies [Re: LessIsLess]
16 Point

Registered: 07/31/01
Posts: 19146
Loc: Fayette County, TN US

Right after I shoot, I try to catch my breath.
Walls: Leading the way outdoors.

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