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That Deer in the combine look
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New-Gen    Posted 11-13-2004 at 20:13:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
In order to make the harvest go more efficiently a small group of neighbors and I decided to pool our resources {mainly equipment and manpower} and work as a group. I don't know if we were really any more efficient, but it sure was a lot more fun!
Things would really get interesting when we went to some of the out of the way farms, particularly at night.

There's just nothing like being out in an unfamiliar, odd shaped field on a dark night, dust swirling up from the cornhead, giving the headlights an eerie glow. The tune from "The Twilight Zone" tends to get stuck in your head, and the cornstalks almost seem to be looking at you, first begging you not to run them through, then as they get caught in the snapping rolls and jerked down to their death, looking at you with despair as their ear is snapped off and run up through the gathering chains as it starts it's path through the machine. A combine is made up of a group of systems all working in conjunction toward the common goal of separating the grain from the chaff. The sounds of all the functions can add to the eerieness of it all, as, in a way, man and machine become one,until a variation in the routine sound jolts you back to reality.
Those interuptions can come in the form of a slip clutch slipping, a monitor beeping, or a host of other things.

One of our group was on the recieving end of such a jolt one night when the slip clutch on his cross auger started slipping. He instinctively hit the switch to shut off the feederhouse, leaving the separator running in order to clean itself out. After allowing a reasonable time, he shut off the separator and got out of the cab to check it out, and was greeted by the unmistakable odor of decomposing dead animal! Moving to the front of the combine, {with the platform up as high as it would go} he came face to face with a 4 point buck!! This poor critter had apparently succumed to natural causes sometime back, it's deathbed being the bean field. Afore mentioned dusty conditions made for a blind spot on the far end of the platform, so Harvey couldn't spot it in time. The hind quarter tore off and went clear through the machine and out the back, while the rest of the carcass lodged just behind the sickle. (thank God for reversible feederhouses}.

At about the same time I was in another field combining corn. We had ended up with a truck stranded at one end of the field and it's driver on the other end. At the last minute the driver decided to hitch a ride with me on the landing next to the cab.He evidently didn't see fit to make his presence known, and busy watching the down corn feed in the head so as not to let it bunch up and make a mess, I didn't notice him there until I got to the other end and happened to look over my left shoulder. All I could see was a big bearded man staring in at me!! I almost went through the roof!!! After my heart started beating again,{fortunatly none of my body functions disfunctioned}, we had a good laugh.

As for Harvey's "catch", we decided that combines really can't effectivly double as meat grinders, so processing deer meat is better left to profesionals with the proper equipment. For that matter, the same can be said for taxidermy, but we didn't let that stop us from sawing off the head, attaching it to the side of the combine, and making a sign with an arrow identifying our morbid mascot as ":John Deer"!!

Patria    Posted 11-14-2004 at 10:02:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
-"{fortunatly none of my body functions disfunctioned}"- do have a way with words..
Good to see you New-Gen!

DD    Posted 11-14-2004 at 07:43:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Whadda way to make a comeback! Where the heck ya been stranger? We miss yer stories too ya know. No more running away, but if yer running away doing stuff like this to give you fodder for another great story then permission is granted....teehee : )

KellyGa    Posted 11-14-2004 at 07:34:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Very well written! What a story NewGen! Deer and vegetables all rolled into one, ;)

Lazy Al    Posted 11-14-2004 at 05:02:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thur night about four in the afternoon the power went off It stayed off until around two in the morning . Come to find out one of the neighbors
hit a power pole with a combine which pulled down two more poles so by time the co-op got it fixed it was like eight hours . We got out the kerosene lamps an played old timey . The wood stove kept us warm so we were snug as a bug in the rug .
When the lights go out the whole country side is dark .You don't realize how many lights dot the landscape till they aren't there .
About 25 F this morning ,clear sky ,looks it's going to be a nice day .

deadcarp    Posted 11-14-2004 at 04:19:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
that's quite a story - they'll surprise you on occasion. my quick-draw nephew spun & fired on a bedding buck not 50 feet fron him a couple years ago - the thing had been hunkered down laying upright on its knees in a popple thicket. it stayed put so upon closer investigation, he discovered the deer had been mortally wounded before, got comfy and froze in that position. :)
then one day the redimix plant wanted a scoop of special gravel from their old pit so they just sent a payloader the couple miles down there. well the operator saw a buck dart across in front of him on the way there, but forgot about it. when he slowed the rig down to turn unto the pit, the thing hopped outa his bucket! it must have been stunned or something.

Alias    Posted 11-14-2004 at 02:37:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Very, very good. Where the heck have you been? there's been a few people, mostly female, been asking about you.......gfp

JB    Posted 11-13-2004 at 20:43:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nother good'un!!

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