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Well, sad to report my friend, not great, but friend nonetheless, goes out hunting with three buddies this past weekend, all in their mid to late 50's. They spread out and one sure shot spots a "dear" and hits him twice and kills him. Yep, forgot to identify his prey and one dead human. Unbelievable but true. "Dear" father, grandfather and husband down, deader than dead with not one but two shots.

http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Lacom ... story.html

no need to send condolences as life is dealt the way its dealt. some of us get cancer, some of us get hit by cars and some die in just plain needless ways but when our time comes it comes. God Bless his Soul.

Please Hunt Safely friends!!!! Phil was my friend!
 

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That is really bad news and I am sorry to hear that. Safe hunting is no accident and being trigger happy in the woods simply does not pay off. I normally hunt on private land but there are always poachers and trespassers around so you never know if it could be them or you.

Each year I take some new friends out water fowling over decoys in open deep water in a small boat for diving ducks. It is an extremely dangerous adventure getting out there and back without having to worry about firearm incidents. Each year I have to be adamant that you do not shoot unless you are safe, even under duress. If a hunter makes a serious mistake, I never invite them out with us again.

Sorry for your loss, sigdizzy.
 

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Skypup you are Bang on, too many guys just don't get it and simply are not safe guys to be around. in this neck of the woods 80% of the guys hunting shouldn't be. Firing off 'sound shots' to scare the 'game' out of the woods and shooting at movement, and shooting at animals on a hill with no regard for whats over the hill I could go on and on and on. Here you spend 90% of your time watching for other hunters and staying out of the way and 10% of your time hunting. not worth it in my books. may be the last year I hunt around here.

On the lighter side a chap I know was boogie boarding in some heavy surf when he got hooked by a fisherman almost the same time a rip wave hit him, the fisherman pulled him in and the guy was safe. True story, this one has a better ending.
 

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Man, that's awful, I'm sorry for your loss.

It said in the story that one of the charges the shooter is facing is "having a firearm when prohibited to do so"----do you know why the guy was prohibited from having a gun in the first place?
 

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At deer camp one year we met at the top of a Noll for lunch and across the Noll was a huge buck we all lined up in a row and started shooting.

One of the guys was a State Policeman and ran out in front of us I saw a blur in my scope and pulled up he ran right in front of me if I had pulled the trigger I would have killed a cop and a friend.

With all five of us shooting and all five great shots I swear I could hear the deer laughing as he went into the woods.

Please be careful anything can happen.
 

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45 forever said:
I saw a blur in my scope and pulled up he ran right in front of me if I had pulled the trigger I would have killed a cop and a friend.
what the hell was he thinking, when he walked in front of a loaded barrel??? :?:
 

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Man, that's awful, I'm sorry for your loss.

It said in the story that one of the charges the shooter is facing is "having a firearm when prohibited to do so"----do you know why the guy was prohibited from having a gun in the first place?
Owenb01, they dropped those charges, never did find out why they were laid. The feds tend to charge you with everything they can think of here and then back off when they find out they were wrong. Involuntary manslaughter charge is staying and the shooter is out on 10,000 bail.
 

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I always wear a solid blaze orange top over my clothes, either a smock or vest, and a matching cap. I hunt on private land so there should be no one else out there but my brother said that he has had some poachers on his land before.

My brother also has a bunch of shooting houses and blinds set up so that minimizes the chances of being the victim of "if it moves shoot it" type hunters since we have never stalk hunted there before. I also never take a shot without having first identifying the target with my binoculars. This is probably not possible stalk hunting but that level of danger is why I do not like stalk hunting in dense woods. The only time I've actually beat the bush was on an apple orchard in Wisconsin during the winter. The trees were bare and regularly spaced so you could see forever down the rows of trees and where the guys on the skirmish line were at.

It always sucks to hear these things. Incidents like this are a tragedy to all involved and senseless...a little patience, another second or two, and proper training on target identification and use of it might have kept this guy from pulling the trigger. It also puts the entire sport of hunting/shooting in a bad light.
 

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Thats messed up, too bad the charges got dropped. Opening day I went hunting with my best friend/war buddy near Pittsburgh. We were up in our tree stands before first light and both wearing orange vest, and hats. About 1030 a nice 10 point comes trotting in front of him about 65 yards away, right as he got scoped in and about to take the shot "ka pow" the buck's ribcage blows out and the bullet hits 15ft away from the tree he was in. Then shooter pops out from the brush 40 yards away from the deer, obviously he saw where my friend was but he didn't care and proceeded to gut the deer. Needless to say he was more than a little pissed, I could hear him swearing at the guy from my stand 100 yards away. Next year we might start wearing Kevlar and plates on opening day just in case. There's a lot of dangerous hunters out there.
 

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Let us not forget that in many cases we need to identify the gender of the game as well as the species...Be careful who u go into the woods with.
 

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Nittany Lion said:
lcsig556 said:
Let us not forget that in many cases we need to identify the gender of the game as well as the species...Be careful who u go into the woods with.
haha, watch out for those damn female humans!
Beavers can bring much pleasure and pain.
 
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