TWO DEER GET UP AND RUN AFTER THEIR THROATS ARE CUT
By S. C. Turnbo
The following accounts are given to show that a deer can live a short
time after its throat is cut. Peter Baughman, the old pioneer citizen and
hunter of Boone County, Ark., said that on a certain occasion while he and
Isaac Carter were hunting together on Crooked Creek he seen Carter shoot
a deer and when it fell Carter run to it with knife in hand and out its
throat severing the wind pipe entirely. In a moment after he did the work
the deer leaped to its feet and run a quarter of a mile and fell, but it
was not dead when we got to it, but it died in a short time afterward,"
said the old timer and hunter.
Samuel Carpenter, another old pioneer hunter of the upper White River,
furnished me with the following story.
"While I and a little boy of the name of George Cummings were out in the hills on the opposite side of James River from Galena in Stone County, Mo., one day I saw a doe deer and shot it and it fell apparently lifeless. I walked up to it slowly and with my hunting knife I cut its throat. There was no mistake about it for I cut its windpipe in twain. But for all this I was astonished to see it get up suddenly and start off on a run and soon it got beyond my view. I never saw it anymore, but we looked for it nearly two hours before I give it up. I do not think it was possible for the deer to live but a few minutes at the longest," said the old hunter of the bygone days.
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