A group of friends went deer hunting and paired off in two's for the day. That night
one of the hunters returned alone, staggering under an eight point buck.
"Where's Harry?" "Harry had a stroke of some kind. He's a couple of
miles back up the trail."
"You left Harry laying there, and carried the deer back?"
"A tough call," nodded the hunter, "but I figured no one is going to
The Jokesmith, Christian Clippings, p. 27.
The hunter crouches in his blind
'Neath camouflage of every kind,
And conjures up a quacking noise
To lend allure to his decoys.
This grown-up man, with pluck and luck,
Is hoping to outwit a duck.
Officer Jim Heimerl , a Minneapolis policeman, was taking part in a 16.3 mile run in
Grantsburg, Wisconsin. Jim was four miles into the race, in a cluster of runners not far
off the pace of the leaders, when two deer ambled out of the woods and onto the road. The
startled buck, no doubt distressed to find himself in the middle of a human marathon,
began zigzagging wildly through the runners. Jim didn't even see the animal until the two
of them collided and sprawled together onto the asphalt highway. Jim fell flat on his
face, received a concussion and opened a nasty gash on his forehead that required 23
"Luckily there was a doctor running the race not far behind me," Jim
reported. "Because of the way my heart was pumping from running, I lost a lot of
blood in a hurry. The doctor applied pressure and got it stopped." The buck, however,
paid an even higher price for his encounter. The collision broke his leg and his back, and
the only humane response was to quickly dispense him to the ranks of the deerly departed.
Jin had already been admitted to a nearby hospital for repairs when state game officials
called to tell him Wisconsin law holds that anyone who hits and kills a deer on a
Wisconsin roadway can claim the deer. But since he didn't feel up to dealing with a dead
deer, and since he didn't want to store the carcass in his station wagon in 80-degree heat
while he recuperated overnight in the hospital, Jim declined the offer. He lamented his
luck. "I hunt deer for 14 years without getting a thing, and then I get one while I'm
running a race."