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  • What is the stupidest thing you have ever seen somebody do while hunting?

    What is the stupidest thing you have ever seen somebody do while hunting?

  • #2
    I haven't actually seen it, but I've heard hunters say they took a "sound" shot at something they could not see. I haven't heard this recently, so I think hunter safety courses may be credited with reducing the incidence of hunter shooting accidents.

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    • #3
      I have seen hunters take a shot next to another hunter, saying they know that they could hit what they were aiming for. Thats too much for me. I have also seen somebody grab the wrong shotshells, only to find they won't fit in the gun.

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      • #4
        Yeah! Guy I worked with took his teenage son and a friend deer hunting. He climbed up in a tree stand with his rifle and a pint bottle. They found him at the base of the tree, dead from a broken neck.

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        • #5
          Back in the '60's i made my own hang on stand and tie on foot steps. Took it to my spot the day before and hung it in the tree. Next morning while dark i finally found it and got in it. No problem. Then it got light and the wind started. I almost got sea sick. I had it about 30' in the air on too small of a tree. Got it back down to 12' or so and it was good for the rest of the day.

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          • #6
            I watched a hunter grasp a loaded bolt action rifle by the barrel and pull it up a barrier after him. The trigger caught a dead twig or branch and the weapon discharged, sending a bullet past his head, close enough to teaxch a lasting lesson and to change the color of his laundry.
            The rifle's chamber wasn't unloaded and the safety wasn't on. We questioned it, and it was overlooked for the sake of haste and convenience.
            A friend of a friend, I hadn't been shooting with the fellow before and haven't sought him out since.

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            • #7
              I had a friends brother shoot and kill my German Shorthair in mistake for a pheasant. He saw movement and shot into the brush. Bad as it was we had his two young kids hunting too and it just as easily could have been them. Needless to say I never hunted with him again but it got me out of pheasant hunting for a long time.

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              • #8
                I was getting in position to start a deer drive when a doe busted out under my feet, as I looked in the direction of where the deer was going I noticed an orange clad hunter raise his gun and aim at the doe directly between us at less than 35 yards.He then pulled the trigger and all I could think was there goes my legs,I was so close I could see he was Amish and he was shooting a Rem 1100.Thank God he hit the deer and not me,he walked over to me and said "that could have been a bad situation"I said it didn't stop you from shooting did it!He then walked away and collected his doe or so I thought I guess he got shook up and he walked back up to me and ask if I knew where the deer was?I pointed him in the right direction which was 30 feet away and I said there is a drive coming please don't shoot in that area.It was so foolish I wasn't even angry!

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                • #9
                  I think the stupidest thing a hunter can do in the forest is steal another hunter's trail camera, ground blind or tree stand. Why would anybody do that and even take the risk, knowing there is another hunter out there with a deadly weapon who could easily retaliate against you.

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                  • #10
                    Luckily, farting in their coveralls is about the worst crime I've seen, its got nowhere to go but up. I have seen my fathers old 06' go off while he was unloading it before, he was pointed in a safe direction, it was still humbling to see though.

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                    • #11
                      while bear hunting, we were about to start a drive. the group circled up and we all began loading our weapons. behind me all the sudden i heard BOOM!!! one of the guys 45-70's went off right into the dirt next to guys foot. his face was pure white. out where we were, you get shot, your going to bleed out. no cell service, no hospitals.

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                      • #12
                        While Hunting in up-State NY on State Land had one hunter come by Drunker then a Skunk lost and could not find his Gun "Thank God" I think I found his gun the next
                        Hunting Season, A Rem 141 Pump/35Rem in fair shape over the winter snows.

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                        • #13
                          I was hunting on state land, and walking out for lunch, I see a guy with his rifle up to his shoulder looking through the scope, so I stopped and waited. when he put the gun down I walked up to ask him what he saw. "I was looking at one of my buddies down at the bottom of the hill." I reminded him that he should probably use binoculars. I didn't go back after lunch.

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                          • #14
                            Years ago, I was varminting with a companion on a dairy property in Upstate NY. Both of us have military experience. We separated to different sides of a pasture road to shoot out from the road to the adjoining pastures, one to the left, the other to the right. I looked back a while later and saw my shooting companion glassing my side of the pasture with the 10X scope on the .22-250 I had loaned him. I had a 12X scope on my rifle, and could discern details. I wondered why he wasn't glassing his side of the road, as we had agreed, but I was concerned because the bolt was closed on his rifle and his finger was in the trigger guard. I waved from the prone position, and he waved back, then turned his attention elsewhere. Later, he told me he had a round in the chamber. That was the last time we've been afield together, and it's been a long time!

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                            • #15
                              In January I was driving across a dam with a big lake on one side and public hunting on the other. I saw 2 cars stopped in front of me so I stopped a little ways behind them. I saw they were looking at a deer sliding on the ice. As the deer came to the bank and up to the road a guy jump out of one of the cars with his gun.when the deer got in the middle of the road he pulled up to shoot but saw me threw his scope. Then when the deer crossed the road he ran to that side to try to shoot it but then I started yelling at him and told him I was going to call the game wardens. Then he took off as fast as he could in his truck.

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