WHITE TAILS

12/9/2018

As the leaves from the deciduous trees make their timely trips from the branches to their winter homes on the ground, an animal forages among them. The Odocoileus virginianus, or the White Tail Deer, is the most widely distributed ungulates in the Americas and range from southern Canada to Bolivia. In the United States, autumn seasons have been established to provide sport for hunters and herd control by local government agencies assigned this responsibility. License sales generate revenue for these departments, along with fines imposed for rule infractions, generate millions of dollars. The word “buck”, from the late 1700’s, is synonymous with the word “dollar”. One deer hide (buck) was worth $1.00 in trade for supplies such as gunpowder or rifles. As the season opens, with many rules attached to prevent species extinction, hunters spend a great deal on equipment and time in the woods to try and extract a trophy deer for both food and ego boost. At times, excitement or lack of skill will arise, and a wounded quarry will struggle off to die in a remote location denying the hunter his prize. This situation, during the gun hunting season, has been remedied with the introduction of Tannerite. This product is a compressive initiated explosive that found its way into sniper training. Placed in “kill zones” of a long-range target, if the shooter is successful in hitting this area with a high-powered bullet, the target explodes instantly, telling the sniper that his round hit the bullseye. No need to walk up and see where it hit. This labor-saving product started showing up in sporting goods stores, and some clever individual thought that if you scent it with an apple aroma and threw in a corn flavor that deer would eat it; and they did. As the Tannerite found its way into the deer’s body, it was stored in their fat reserves and lies in wait for some high compressive force (a bullet) to ignite it. Instantly dead deer now pacify impatient hunters.

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