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#27940 - 09/22/13 01:13 AM Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 [Re: Hard Knocks]
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Ol’ Stupid

A few years back we were bear hunting while the deer were dropping fawns. The bear are really hard on fawns in about the first month and this country is loaded with bear. It was getting on in the afternoon and hot, and we really hadn’t done a lot of good when of a sudden my main strike dog opened up in a hard strike. I got out to turn her down, thinking, man that bear must be close as hot and dry as it is.

He was close alright. When I stepped out the door of the truck Ol’ Stupid was maybe fifty feet off the road. He was sleeping under a big yellow pine, and had himself a nice little bed dug out like a dog will. I don’t know what he’d been into, but I guess a bunch of tree sap, because when he got up he had dead pine needles stuck all over him topped off with a nice coat of fine dust. He was the ugliest, dirtiest, most comical looking critter I think I had ever seen.

But funny-looking or not he was in the middle of the fawning, and that was not the place for him to be right then. I turned loose on him, and I swear that little bear stretched out and then proceeded to show those dogs how to run! Now a hound is no slouch when it comes to putting miles behind it, but there are some bear that just can’t be caught, and Ol’ Stupid showed us right then and there he was one of ‘em. What’s the saying, “The bear went over the mountain”……he did that and then some. I didn’t see hide nor hair of him any more that day, and after several hours I finally gathered up dogs and went to camp.

Well the next day I hunted above camp instead. Another day of no action, so along late I dropped down low. About a hundred yards below where we run the bear the day before, my old dog hits and I’m thinking, I sure hope it’s not that little runner again. So I turn down and sure enough up on the hill out pops Ol’ Stupid. Well, the dogs are still ticked off at him from the day before and really set in to catch him this time. I don’t know how much ground they covered, but I had to drive a long way around to get them all gathered up. Ol’ Stupid had outrun them again, and they were really licking their sore feet when they loaded in the box this night.

Now we didn’t set out and just intentionally call him Ol’ Stupid, like an insult to the little guy. But over the next few weeks, and then the following year I ran that bear at least a half dozen times and never could catch him. It got to the point that if you drove that stretch of road, you were going to see “that stupid little bear.” One buddy would say, “He better get off the road or that stupid little bear is gonna get shot,” or I’d say “I sure hope were not after that stupid little bear again,” and then it just got to where we were calling him Ol’ Stupid. Mostly I guess we were ticked that he just kept putting us in our place.

Although I haven’t seen him this year, the last time I saw him he was alive and well, and right in the middle of ‘his’ patch of hillside. I never bothered turning out on him, no way, he’d done educated me. I would really like to think he brained up enough to get back off the road before he met the guy that would just do a drive-by on him. Ol’ Stupid showed the dogs and me a lot of country, and I’d really like to think he’s out there somewhere right now having a good chuckle at us.

Ol' Stupid on his hillside




My old strike dog

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#27948 - 09/22/13 02:32 AM Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 [Re: Hard Knocks]
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March this year....











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#27949 - 09/22/13 02:49 AM Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 [Re: Hard Knocks]
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What is the deer species, andy? Is that a mature buck/bull???

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#27970 - 09/22/13 07:47 PM Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 [Re: Hard Knocks]
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I would guess Sambar or Red for species (but that is a WAG), and based upon size am leaning toward Sambar ...but the antlers seem a bit strange. Help us out, Andy.
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#27986 - 09/23/13 04:20 AM Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 [Re: Hard Knocks]
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They are Black Fallow. There are also Menil and Common Fallow roaming the same area. That is a young/small head but mature (that is why he is still walking wink )

This one was a little larger....



And a MUCH better one taken by my best mate in the same area (think same square KM) ...



Edited by Andy the Aussie (09/23/13 04:21 AM)
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#28015 - 09/23/13 01:49 PM Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 [Re: Hard Knocks]
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I would love to take a Fallow deer some day. They have IMO the best looking antlers of any animal. Great pics Andy.

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#28019 - 09/23/13 06:31 PM Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 [Re: Joshua R.]
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Originally Posted By: Joshua R.
I would love to take a Fallow deer some day. They have IMO the best looking antlers of any animal. Great pics Andy.


Josh, just pack your bow, hop on the plane... wink
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#28028 - 09/23/13 11:10 PM Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 [Re: Hard Knocks]
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Black Fallow. They are a really beautiful animal. Thanks.

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#28031 - 09/23/13 11:40 PM Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 [Re: Hard Knocks]
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There's some great hunting stories here, love that with the dogs. cool
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#28035 - 09/23/13 11:50 PM Re: Hunting Pictures and Stories 2013 [Re: Hard Knocks]
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I agree. There is something special about a good dog on a hunt. My last was with an Irish Wolfhound pair and black and tan for nose. The BT would find it and the Wolfhounds would end it. But that was many years ago hunting big cats with my father. I've not done it since.
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