By: Old Bates, Oregon Guy Norm Rasmussen (November 7, 2015)

The deer herd here in Michigan is quickly diminishing due to over-hunting ... much like it did in Eastern Oregon starting back in the mid-to-late 1970's. Thus I've gone to "Catch And Release Deer Hunting."

Trying to run down a buck deer is impossible, as you know, unless it's crippled. Trying to lasso one with a rope is next to impossible as well, especially if you're an old guy like I am growing to be.

What I do is dig a pit in the ground deep enough to sit in, (for comfort) with a tunnel running to it connecting to a secret entrance/exit hole. (Learned this strategy from the Viet Congski in Vietnam, 1968).

Then I cover up the pit with plywood, yet leaving a hole in the plywood for my hand and arm to be able to get through easily.

I then cover the plywood with a little dirt, then bait -- so essentially all you have on top of the plywood is a little dirt and a bait pile with sugar beets, carrots; apple's - whatever they like eating.

I have a camcorder mounted on a tree near the bait pile that I can control remotely from inside my pit. I have a small TV monitor inside my pit with me. I can watch a buck approaching the bait pile on my monitor, and when the buck's 'nadds are positioned directly above my hole in the plywood, I quickly run my hand and arm up through the hole in the plywood to try to grab hold of the buck's 'nadds.

If I'm quick and lucky, I have now "caught" a buck. He ain't going nowhere as I put the squeeze on him. When he yells "Uncle!!!!!" in deer speak, I release him ... pull my hand and arm back down into the pit, and then proceed to clean all the buck urine and poop off it.

Hence my "catch and release" deer hunting technique. It's a lot more challenging than just slinging arrows and bullets at them. And they live to populate the herd, (if they're not sterile after that).

I have some excellent video footage of bucks doing things with their four legs and horns that defy one's imagination, but I figure if I upload the footage onto YouTube, the animal rights crowd will find out where I live and consider doing 3 a.m. drive-by's on me, so I'll probably just keep the video footage safely tucked away for my grandchildren's children to see one day.