More Roping Stories-By Rusty Fleming

Mike, my now deceased cousin, Benny Fleming, ranch born and raised in the Sacramento Mountains, told me the stories about having roped quite of few critters, for the purpose of this roped and drug to death 3 sheep killing bears, an eagle, he said the easiest to rope as he caught the eagle eating a fresh killed lamb and was so full the eagle would run but couldn’t get airborne,,, he’d also roped ONE bobcat and ONE badger, he finished those tales by telling me,,, bobcats and badger are NOT meant to be roped to kill them,,, you’re just glad they got loose before getting in the saddle with you,,,on bears he said, be sure you’re mounted, and you know where you’ll be headed once you’ve got the bear roped,,, you don’t wanna be looking over your shoulder and ride into a corner of the pasture you’re in,,, years ago I was helping Jack and Noel gather sheep between Alpine and Marathon, on the Altuda, when I rode up on a hawk standing on the ground making hawk-like noises,,, jerked my rope down, roped him and headed to a cedar in a high trot,,,it was obvious this hawk wasn’t the healthiest I’d ever seen, but since he appeared ill, I sped up his end of life on this earth, got my rope back and rode off, he mighta been an ill fowl, but I can say, I roped a live hawk,,, no further explanation needed,
By~Rusty Fleming

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Brantley Foster Sgt Texas Rangers Retired

I met Mike C. About 40 years ago thru mutual friend Larry Mahan at Larry’s ranch at Camp Verde Tex. Mike always had plenty of colorful cowboy stories. Larry also could hold his own with Rodeo tales, wish l had taken notes. Mike is a Vietnam Vet , But you will never learn that from him. I only mention it to relate this experience. Years ago Mike had a cow camp in far west Texas occupied by large number of longhorn cattle. We had gathered a small number and had them in a nice set of working pens. Mike was on foot walking down an isle inside the pens when l heard him holler as loud as he could “ INCOMING “ a milatary term meaning it is about to hit the fan. I turned just in time to see Mike step up on the top rail of a very tall set of pens just in time to avoid contact with a large longhorn steer that had a set of horns that filled the width of the isle and was on the hook. Mike had just explained the danger in a way that certainly described the potential danger in only ONE word”INCOMING “!!!!

Austin

Your art reminded be of teaching those South Texas steers up on the Kansas Flint Hills to stay in their 3-wire fenced pasture. A

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