Epic Deer Camp Jokes and Pranks
By: Lynn Burkhead
Believe it or not, the deer camps of television pros aren't too different from the ones most viewers are probably familiar with each fall, especially when it comes to pranking!
In the thorny wilds of Texas, there's a prank that often gets pulled on newbies, unsuspecting visitors to a well established deer camp that has a serious collection of practical jokers hunting in the midst of prickly pear cactus, mesquite trees, and Muy Grande whitetails.
What's the ruse? Well, let's just say that it involves a rattlesnake (often one that got too close for comfort to the camp's back door), a soda pop cooler, and some string.
All that's left to do after a hard day of hunting is to set the trap, sit back, wait on someone to get a little thirsty, and then get ready to laugh, Texas big.
Apparently, such pranks aren't exclusive to the Lone Star State.
"I'm not much of a prankster," said UNCHARTED host Jim Shockey, possibly with a far away gleam in his eye.
"I prefer quick wit and lively, intelligent banter (in camp) to pulling practical jokes," he continued.
"But I have been known to put muddy rocks, wet seaweed, live poisonous snakes, hornets nests, and fire ant colonies in my hunting buddy's sleeping bag!"
With friends like that ... well, you know how the rest of that saying goes!
And apparently, Shockey isn't alone in his brand of deer camp pranking humor.
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