Dad's Xmas Gift: A "Dean's Deer Lure"

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Project by Jim posted 12-27-2009 06:28 PM 2187 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, this was more of a gag gift for my dad than anything. But it was also a way for me to show him a little bit of appreciation for this year. My dad and I have always fished, since before I could walk really (we actually do have pictures of me in a baby carrier with a fishing pole stuck in the sand…). Anyways, the last few years we’ve hardly gotten out more than one time a year, and we always did terrible (although that wasn’t what was important to us, just the time together was the real reason). This year we got out probably 5 times, and we did excellent on the last few trips. We also got a chance to go turkey hunting, which was a first for me, and probably the first time I’ve actually gone hunting in a dozen years. Deer hunting just never kept my attention when I was a kid.

This little project came to mind on the last fishing trip we went on this year. I was sitting in the boat and it just clicked in my head. A deer “lure”... so that weekend I mutilated a crankbait that I never had much luck with anyways, stole the lip and the hooks from it, and set to work on some butternut. I carved the body, burnt the hair on, and broke 3 sets of basswood antlers before I finally realized maple would be the better choice.

Long story short, Christmas morning dad just happened to open this first, first he got teary eyed (he almost never does), then he chuckled, and then he told me I needed to build him an acrylic box with a stand so he could display it. He then took it to our other xmas party the next day, and had to show it off to everyone on that side of the family. So now I plan to find an acrylic case for it, and carve out a “stump stickup” to “snag” it on like you see in a lot of taxidermy mounts so he can display it with all his deer and fish mounts in his reloading room.

Thanks for looking.
(P.S. sorry for blurry pics, the camera got cold in the car and the lens started fogging)

-- -- Jim - Kokomo, Indiana

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#1 posted 12-27-2009 07:09 PM

i didn’t notice the blury pics, i think i was getting teary eyed from the memorys you dredged up of me and my late dad.
thanks my friend

-- Ron, Missouri

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#2 posted 12-27-2009 07:11 PM

I’m sure your dad will treasure it forever. Great job!!!!!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#3 posted 12-27-2009 08:21 PM

Great gift! my dad would have loved this . Hey I just had an idea , a 1/4” dot red for the nose and call it the Rudolph reindeer crankbait.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#4 posted 12-27-2009 10:53 PM

nicely done:)
Gotta love the “show and tell” pride stories :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 06-22-2010 04:08 AM

That is the coolest thing I have seen in a long time.

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