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what is the most unsafe thing you have seen someone do while hunting? I have had guns pointed at me but other than that not much

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  • afyffe8600
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    A friend cut open his hand in the middle of a hike trying to start a fire. Don't cut toward yourself...

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  • Brock Holloway
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    I've seen several people look down the barrel of a loaded gun

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  • wittsec
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    Stupidest thing I have seen is people grabbing loaded weapons with way to much "warming" alchol in them.

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  • Woods Walker
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    In many years of conservation enforcement I have witnessed MANY dangerous situations but the worst one that immediately comes to mind was the time I walked up to check on a man sitting in the drivers seat in a parked car. When I looked through the car window, I saw he was slumped over asleep. Then I noticed that his rifle was beside him with the muzzle tucked under his chin. Then to my absolute horror I saw that his finger was through the trigger guard and on the trigger. I stepped back and signaled for my LE partner to come over for a conference at the back of the car. Fortunately for him, he partially woke up when he heard our voices and somehow removed his finger (wearing gloves, no less) without pulling the trigger. He pushed the gun aside and fell back asleep before I could return to the window. He could not understand why we wrote him a ticket for the loaded gun in the car!!!!

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  • Ontario Honker Hunter
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    Probably thousands of people die from heart attacks every year behind the wheel of a vehicle (which would not be surprising considering how much time we spend driving). But that doesn't stop us from getting in the driver's seat.

    I DO NOT advocate that just anyone should take to suddenly hunting alone. I started it as a kid in close proximity to my home in areas that were easily accessible in case someone needed to come looking for me. Worked my up (or rather out) from there. After a few decades one learns where his limits are and more than a few things about planning for the unexpected. I am very free about sharing that knowledge because 1) I believe the spiritual benefits of hunting alone far outweigh the possible dangers and 2) I don't want someone else learning from experience the same mistakes I have made. They likely wouldn't survive. My survival has been due to "skill" for sure. But also in a much larger part due to luck and/or divine intervention. The next guy can't count on that.

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  • 99explorer
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    I would not make light of the hazards of hunting alone, although I have done so on many occasions.
    Dozens of hunters die of heart attacks every year while dragging a deer without the help of a companion.
    And I've heard of at least one hunter who was found dead several days after he fell out of his tree stand, and was hanging suspended midway between the ground and his seat in the treestand.

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  • Clay Cooper
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    Follow me here, the fella I was hunting with has a Masters Degree in Commercial Safety, we were 30 yards apart, I was using my 25-06, he was using a 30-06 with 130 grain. While walking on flat ground a jackrabbit popped up right between us, he aimed I yelled! He said the bullet wouldn't of gone anywhere. Think about it, Masters Degree in what and did I mention was the Chief of Ground Safety at the Base I was stationed at....

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  • 99explorer
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    Treestand - Your story takes the cake!

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  • Treestand
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    Hunting State Land in N.Y.State walking to a spot I had good luck with in past hunts,I came across a dead man laying over a deer,(no cell-phones 1971)I walked out of the woods to a Pay Phone called N.Y.State Troopers, The short of this the Man was Shot in the back by his younger Son the day before by Accident?
    I hunt alone.

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  • Treestand
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    Hunting State Land in N.Y.State walking to a spot I had good luck with in past hunts,I came across a dead man laying over a deer,(no cell-phones 1971)I walked out of the woods to a Pay Phone called N.Y.State Troopers, The short of this the Man was Shot in the back by his younger Son the day before by Accident?

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  • Ontario Honker Hunter
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    I ordinarily hunt alone too. And I admit it makes me a bit nervous when I'm hunting with someone else. They could be the safest person in the world too. But I am not used to hunting with others and I feel that automatically makes me something of a safety risk. Not intentionally, but nonetheless still a risk. I keep that in my head at all times. But I don't like being nervous about myself ... so I prefer to hunt alone. If I hurt myself ... well, crap! But if I hurt someone else? Not sure I could live with that.

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  • chuckles
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    I get to watch a guy I hunt with climb up and into ancient wooden treestands on public ground. The one time his foot went through the floor. His comment was "Better sit on the edge."
    When he called me a wuss for not doing it I told him someone has to be there to show the rescue folks to the victim. Pretty sure we'll be packing him out one of these days.

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  • Ontario Honker Hunter
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    Drunks with guns the first week of hunting season. Had a confrontation of the worst kind with some belligerent arsehole who was so smashed he didn't know what planet he was on. Thought we were going to have to shoot him. After that I stayed away from the woods the first two weeks of big game season. Stuck to hunting geese instead.

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  • DakotaMan
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    Tough question... I've seen a LOT! For many years, it was my [email protected]# brother-in-law knocking me out and cutting the hair above my left ear right down to my skull with both barrels of a 12 gauge. This year seems to take the cake though.

    My brother was riding shotgun when he spotted a herd of antelope way out there. They pulled broadside to take a look. While my brother was checking them out through the truck window with the scope on his rifle, a newbie Rambo in the back seat thought he was shooting; so he figured he would take a quick pot shot himself. He fired from the driver's side of the back seat, out the rear passenger side window. The muzzle brake on his .338 Lapua wasn't even out the window and was about 18 inches from my brother's head. The muzzle blast blew my brother against the windshield, blew his hat off, bent his rifle scope and worst of all blew out his right ear drum. He is now deaf in that ear. Fortunately, he survived.

    Sometimes, people at the shallow end eliminate others too.

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  • JPMNTMAN
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    hunting alone

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