In November, Mr. ]. R. Andrews and myself left Minneapolis for Sandstone in search of deer. We arrived at our destination at 6:30 P. M., ate a hearty meal, had a good rest at night, and next morning up at 5 A. M. Ate breakfast and off to the woods.
I was on a stand just waiting for a chance, and as luck would have it, a nice big buck came hustling by and then I started my old Mauser to talking and at the first shot Mr. Deer fell over, just to get up and start again, but not to be out-done. I called on it a second and third time and the result was the deer had refused to go any further, as the Mauser had done its work in fine style. When Mr. Andrews and the Workman Bros., and Chas. Baughmer came up; they asked me what I was looking so excited about. I said I was not excited; it was the big buck that was excited, because he couldn't go any further. Mr. Andrews said, "Appie, I don't think you have got the deer, but if you have, I will be here until the season closes, if I don't kill one myself." I said, "Don't worry; just brace up. Your chance will come." And sure enough it did, and just 40 minutes after I told him, he had a nice one weighing 156 pounds, and he was just as proud as if he had killed all the deer in Pine County.
But I never heard of a man shooting at a deer's eye before. He said he aimed at its eye and hit it just below the ear. But it was a blamed good shot, wherever he aimed. Chas. Baughmer said it was accidental that he made a shot like that. If it was I don't think the deer thought so.
When we got back to the city and were telling of our trip, some of our friends said we were kidding about our great shooting. Well, if we were kidding, we got the deer just the same.
L. F. Thompson
Hennepin Co., Minn.
Hunter-Trader-Trapper. October: 1921,
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