One year I had a guide license for deer hunting and I was taking a fellow through the woods. He was only a few feet behind me when a shot rang out north of us. The bullet from that shot lodged in a tree between us. He freaked!! He thought someone was taking a shot at him. He parked his butt on a tree the wind had blown down and demanded I take him out of the woods right now.
I said, "That's a little crazy, isn't it? Why would you think someone was taking a shot at you? There is obviously a hunting party just north of us, and there must be a deer running this way. There's a ravine just over there. I bet if we go over and watch we can spot the deer they are chasing."
No sir!! He wasn't getting off that stump. Again he demanded I get him out of there. I said I would, and I'd be back in a few minutes. I was just going to take a look down the ravine first.
Well I startled the deer who was coming at a dead run down the ravine. It saw me and was angling up through the trees on the other side. I was a little too fast trying to get into action, and I'm afraid I likely just plugged a tree myself. But the angle I was shooting at was safe; the bank to the other side of the steep ravine was where my bullet would have gone if it didn't hit the deer or a tree.
But then the fellow I was guiding freaked even more and hollered at me and asked what the hell I was shooting at. I dunno'.... some people shouldn't even be allowed in the woods....
I often have people ask me what the deer hunting is like in Nova Scotia. I usually tell them that if you look pretty sharp you can usually spot one or two. The video was taken in Kemptown, Nova Scotia, April of last year. Watch it carefully. You might see that one or two that I spoke of 😉
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