My best friend and fellow NAHC member Branigan Weber is a die-hard hunter. Like me—and many of you—he's totally enthralled with all aspects of hunting. He's always willing to push the limits to shape epic days afield. During a recent bowhunting trip he happened upon some ruffed grouse and pulled a wild maneuver: He killed a ruffed grouse with his bare hands.
Moments before he lunged for the grouse, he captured this video:
In Branigan's words, directly from his "Sporting Midwest" blog: "Amidst their strutting, clucks and purrs I was able to climb down from my stand and sneak extremely close to their show. I was literally 10 feet away from them, filming with my cell phone in awe of their beauty. It was then that my hunter/gatherer instincts kicked in. I have never shot a grouse before in my life, granted I have taken more than my fair share of shots at them. This was the closest I had ever been to one, so I knew I had to try the impossible.
"I slowly set my bow down and, like a bobcat, I slinked in on the two, inching myself closer. Once I was 5 feet away, I pounced. To my surprise, in my hands was a grouse. I couldn’t believe what had just happened. With my heart beating through my chest in excitement, all I could think was, Could I take a deer this way?"