Deer On Cars

I hope you had a successful whitetail season this year and if you're in the middle of a late-season hunt, keep up the faith. It sounds as if the weather is going to get nasty in the country's midsection and that can lead to great whitetail hunting after the rigors of the rut demand that whitetails eat. This E-mail crammed full of hilarious snapshots of hunters hauling venison home reminded me of my first buck. I was bowhunting in eastern South Dakota and managed to set up in a junction where deer filed out of standing cornfield to browse in a waterway full of grass. One adolescent buck sporting only one antler made a bad decision to saunter too close to my tree and two arrows later I had my first buck. After field-dressing the buck with the aid of a buck from the Outdoor Life Book Club (there are still blood stains on the field-dressing pages) and a flashlight gripped in my mouth, I hoisted the young buck on top of my old International Scout all by myself. I guess the adrenaline rush of shooting my first buck gave me the boost of strength to toss the buck up on the luggage rack.
I have to admit my favorites in this collage of photos are the deer hunters using their cars for hunting.
Whether they can't afford a truck or simply prefer better gas mileage doesn't matter to me. I just appreciate the fact that they don't let something as simple as a missing pickup bed deter them from hunting.
The hunter with the two bucks tied on top of a four-door sedan is my hero along with the hunter cruising down the road with a buck in the back of a Lincoln Continental.
The hunter with the two bucks tied on top of a four-door sedan is my hero along with the hunter cruising down the road with a buck in the back of a Lincoln Continental.
Another of my favorites is the hunter driving the Ford Mustang. They may not be whitetails, but he or she wasn't afraid to cram a couple of musky-smelling pronghorn into the trunk after a successful hunt. That's Western redneck hunting at its best and proves that hunting is definitely in your blood when you turn your Mustang into a venison hauler.
Here's hoping you get to use your Toyota Corolla to move venison from the field to the freezer.

The ingenious, sometimes odd ways that hunters pack out their venison.