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Zombie Deer

I've been meaning to post this for a while to see if anybody else has seen this sort of thing. I shot a big whitetailed doe a few weeks ago. My shot was, admittedly, not that great. A little over 200yds and I didn't have the greatest rest, but I hit her in the spine, which certainly works, but I never shoot for the spine because it tears up the back strap. Anyway, when hunting, I always carry one or two freezer bags with me to put the tenderloin in. I field dressed her, cut out one tender loin which oddly was twitching as I did. I figured it would stop once removed from the inside of the rib cage, but it didn't. I was standing there holding it while it twitched in my hand, almost enough to be creepy. I looked into the body cavity and saw that the other tender loin was also twitching. I put the first one into a zip-lock freezer bag and it twitched enough to actually make a little noise rustling the plastic. I cut out the other tender loin and it did the same thing, twitched around in my hand.

It was very strange. I kept expecting the doe to jump up and try to eat my brain or something. I was tempted to sit around and see how long the tender loins would keep moving on their own, but night was falling and I had a long way to drag my deer. Anyway, ever see that or anything like it? I've shot a ton of WT deer in my life and never seen something like that. As I indicated before, I try to avoid the spine, but it occurred to me that maybe the muscles were doing that because of trauma to the spine. Got me. Think

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Zombie Deer

Hmmmmmm Think back smoking that high grade Sage?
Very strange never seen it happen. Though one summer during college I was working for the forest service in SC. The other wildlife tech I was working with had killed about a 5 foot long eastern dimondback. We lopped its head off and tossed the body in the back of the truck. We were going to skin it and eat it that night. As we were driving through the national forest I looked in the back and the thing was all coiled up and rattling looking like it was going to strike but it had no head? It was a little freaky.

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Spine shots are not generally immeadiatly terminal.... Did you make sure the deer was dead before field dressing?

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I believe its called "stored chemical/electrical resonence"... Something to do with the chemical charge that hits the muscles upon traumatic death such as a bullet strike. Im guessing that since the muscles react to electrical charges, that there is some sort of "capacitor" reaction. Neurons firing that have a stored electrical charge and releasing slowly even after death. Example to look at would be the "chicken with its head cut off" scenario. That would be my best educated guess. Kinna hard to remember Biology 101 when its been 100 years since a class. Big smile

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No, I wasn't smoking anything.

Yes, the deer was exceedingly dead.

It was very strange. Several times when I'm cutting the meat away from the sternum before sawing through it I'll have a leg twitch, but nothing like this. It was only the tenderloins too, as far as I could tell.

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Man, That one must have been a little creepy to eat............

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You can believe that stored chemical/electrical resonance thing if you want, but I'm with Sage. It was a zombie deer.

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Sage of the Sage wrote:
I kept expecting the doe to jump up and try to eat my brain or something.

Man, this has got to be one of the funniest posts I've seen in awhile...... Big smile

Congrats on the deer!!!!! That stuff happens. Chemical stimulation can go on for minutes afterwards......

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The important thing to do in that situation is to IMMEDIATELY shoot the deer in the head.  You have to remove the head or destroy the brain.  As for your current situation, if you hear something in the middle of the night, turn on the light, and find a tenderloin in the middle of the bedroom floor, GET OUT OF THE HOUSE. 

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Hey Expat, were you "sleep

Hey Expat, were you "sleep typing" last night?  This post is almost 5 years old..... Wink

lol

 

 

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No sleep typing...for some reason it popped up on top of the list and frankly, zombie deer are becoming way too much of a problem lately. I realize the government's program to unleash the mutated CWD virus in order to have zombie deer enforce border security may have been well intentioned, but for those of us who hunt down here in Southern Arizona it gets downright distrurbing. It was bad enough dealing with snakes, spiders, scorpions, poisonous lizards, cactus, drug smugglers and human traffickers, but now we gotta deal with ultra-violent, brain-eating deer as well. Thank goodness the governor signed a law removing restrictions on magazine capacity.   Big smile

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