A Corvair, gas mileage and a bullet-proof deer

By Gerre Joiner | Published Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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Several years ago, one of us sippers had purchased a brand new Chevrolet Corvair. We talked for a while about the above-average gas mileage associated with this rear-engine marvel.

The trunk compartment being in the front of this odd car is what prompted the next part of the conversation … deer hunting.

Gerre Joiner

Gerre Joiner

My friend and one of his friends had been deer hunting. They shot and collected a deer. They put him in the front trunk of the Corvair. They were driving back to town when they heard a commotion in the trunk and noticed little dents appearing from the inside of the trunk.

The deer was not dead.

They stopped the car. They devised a plan. My friend would open the trunk, and the other guy would quickly shoot the deer with his rifle. My friend cautioned the shooter about the importance of shooting the deer and not his new car.

At this point another odd Corvair feature floats to the top of the conversation. It has an aluminum transmission. The reason I mention this is because the man with the rifle killed both the deer and the transmission on that fateful day.

I’m not sure if the deer in the trunk was a legally-harvested deer, but that prompted a story from another coffee drinker about a friend of his who turned over a good deer rifle and some cash to the great state of Texas several years ago.

The great white hunter was traveling along a county road when he saw a deer standing in a field just begging to get shot.

It was purely an accident that he spotted the deer in the first place. It was dark! The guy shot once. The deer didn’t move. He shot again and hit the deer again.

Then he realized he was shooting a decoy deer.

He placed the rifle on the hood of his pickup and raised his hands, knowing that somewhere out there in the dark, the game warden was watching him. Turns out he was right.

I made up the last part.

Gerre Joiner is a semi-retired church musician and has lived in Decatur since 1999.

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