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#1050805 - 09/04/17 03:37 PM Hunting Season Started ... time for war stories!
Lord Mortdecai Offline
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Registered: 02/19/10
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Well, hunting season has opened in most places. Dove hunting was always my favorite. I've hunted dove, squirrel, deer, rabbit, pheasant, raccoon, coyote, quail, and others.

I'm starting to feel the cooler air move, and those stirrings of wilderness desire. Therefore, I thought it might be fun to tell our "horror" or "war" or "campfire" hunting stories. I have a few to share.

Architect's First True Hunting Story ....
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#1050806 - 09/04/17 03:48 PM Re: Hunting Season Started ... time for war stories! [Re: Lord Mortdecai]
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While I was in high school I dated the football coach's daughter . Yes, I was on the football team. She was a sweet lass, and I spent a lot of time at Coach's house. During our second year of dating he invited me to go deer hunting. I reluctantly accepted, because I knew my girlfriend's younger brother would disapprove. Eventually the day came, and we all piled into Coach's dilapidated Dodge pickup. I was use to driving for a couple of hours for a choice hunting spot as deer weren't very plentiful in my home town 25-30 years ago. The spot he had chosen was less than choice. It was in a river bottom amongst some water shed scrub. I nonetheless hauled my homemade climber and shotgun about 200 yards into the woods. I found a semi-straight tree and proceeded to climb to about 10 feet.

As the morning light and breeze started to show itself I could hear rustling near my tree. I was excited because I thought for sure I'd have a shot at first legal light. As the sun rose the trees cast eerie shadows in this scrubby low land. I could hear more noises, but I wasn't sure what I was hearing.

By the time I could make out shapes I was 100% positive I wasn't looking at a whitetail deer. The thing I was looking at was bigger but smaller at the same time. It seemed to be oscillating too.

A very unusual sound behind my tree startled me, and I swung around to see what it was. This loosened my homemade climbers grip on the crooked tree. I didn't see what had made the sound, and by the time I stabilized the stand whatever had been in front of me was gone.

It was at this time I realized some of the noises I had heard were in the trees around me. The sun was still rising, and I was struggling to make out the shapes when WHAM I was hit with a burst of activity that scared me so badly I lost my balance and fell out of the stand. The improvised safety harness tangled up in the stand and we were both left hanging about 7 feet in the air. I had to cut myself loose, and man, gun, and stand all came to stop in one big bleeding heap at the foot of the tree.

This was the day I learned turkeys could fly.

Yes, what I had heard and saw were turkeys. A large tom had been the oscillating object.

Until that morning I had never seen a wild turkey (they were about as common as unicorns in my area). I certainly didn't know they could fly or roost in trees.
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#1050810 - 09/04/17 05:48 PM Re: Hunting Season Started ... time for war stories! [Re: Lord Mortdecai]
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Registered: 08/26/11
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Where do I start.....LOL

Given I have hunted since I was about 10 I have more than my fair share of wonderful hunting tales but also many many mishaps and "character building" happenings (whenever something bad happens or we have had a particularly tough day, it is ALWAYS described as "character building"). I need to think of some of the better.

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#1050828 - 09/04/17 08:17 PM Re: Hunting Season Started ... time for war stories! [Re: Lord Mortdecai]
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I'd love to hear them Andy. I started at 10 as well, but haven't really been an active hunter for years.

Andy's adventures are certainly something I'm very interested in hearing!
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#1050959 - 09/07/17 04:03 PM Re: Hunting Season Started ... time for war stories! [Re: Lord Mortdecai]
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Registered: 03/02/09
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I have a story but it's maybe a little to long to type out on a phone. Hopefully I will be at a keyboard soon.
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#1050960 - 09/07/17 04:27 PM Re: Hunting Season Started ... time for war stories! [Re: Lord Mortdecai]
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I've only been hunting a short while. Around 5 years now...

To see how much time and money I put into hunting and fishing you would think I would be somewhat good at it. Nope! I just enjoy it. I don't have to catch a fish or harvest a single animal. It is frustrating when I don't but it doesn't change how much I enjoy the experience and appreciate the opportunity.

You ain't living until you walk up to a spot stop and think that you've been Herr Before. Then you realize you sort of walked a circle like they said people do when are lost. Then you realize that were actually lost in the woods and didn't even know it. And then there's a deer standing there starring right at you like "WTF are you doing". I really wanted to shoot that deer just because he was a witness. laugh

That's not the story though...
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#1050965 - 09/07/17 09:25 PM Re: Hunting Season Started ... time for war stories! [Re: Lord Mortdecai]
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lazi,

When I was around 11 years old I went deer hunting with my first step father. He really disliked me so I half way thought he'd leave me in the woods. Anyway, we drive out to an area I've never been in, park the truck on the side of a dirt road, load up and head into the woods. Its dark, and we're walking by flashlight. After about 20 minutes he turns to me and says "this is a good spot" (while aiming the flashlight at a tree....just like the 50,000 other trees we passed). He tells me to clear the leaves out around it so I don't make noise, and walks off in the darkness. As he walking away he mumbled something about lunch time.

I do as instructed. I clear about 24" around the trunk of the tree and sit down on the damp bare earth - leaning against the tree. Isn't long before my butt is wet, and I'm getting really cold.

Eventually the sun starts to come up, and I can see that I'm sitting on a little ridge in the middle of a woods. I sit there for what feels like an eternity ... never see any deer, but do remember watching a squirrel for a while.

I sit there longer, and start to feel like I should be watching for my stepdad (remember .. something about lunch time).

I sit there for what felt like another hour, but it was probably only 10 minutes. I'm starting to get worried, and wondering if I was suppose to walk back to the truck.

The sun moves 4 trees over in the sky so I decided it was time to move. I had NO IDEA which way we came in, because I had (as instructed) cleared out a circle around the tree and had moved around it trying to stay out of the wind.

I eventually decided to set out in a randomly selected direction. I walked for MUCH longer than it had taken to arrive at my magical tree.

The terrain was becoming more dramatic (ridges became larger), and I started to feel panic setting in. I was very lost.

As I was walking up out of a draw I heard something crashing toward me. I was shocked to see a doe running over the crest and down toward me a few steps before breaking off to one side. At that moment BAM BAM BAM a hunter was firing at her.

Apparently I had spooked her, and he tried to get off a few butt shots. I hesitated for a second, and decided to walk up to ask for directions out of the woods.

I get to the top of the hill, and didn't see anyone. I stood there for a few seconds looking around like an idiot before I felt an acorn bounce off my hat. I looked up and saw the guy in a tree stand. He looked MAD. I decided against asking for directions, and just continued in the same direction.

I walked for about 30 minutes before I hit a road. It was a dirt road bordered by trees on both sides. I randomly choose to go "left". I walked for quite a while before I started to see a few random trucks on the side of the road (other hunters). Eventually I did find our truck. My stepdad was there, mad that I hadn't followed instructions.

It was a long drive home.
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#1050970 - 09/08/17 02:41 AM Re: Hunting Season Started ... time for war stories! [Re: Lord Mortdecai]
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Not near as exciting as yours, but here is my First "Alone" hunting trip in the Woods not more than 200 yards from Grandma and Grandpa's house.

I was 10 and had my trusty Iver Johnson single shot break open shotgun (Yeah it was a 20) paperbag I heard some rustling in the leaves and saw a squirrel running toward and then up a tree. I put the stock between my legs (had to use both hands, thumbs, to [censored] the hammer). Got it cocked without shooting myself and looked up into the tree. Finally spotted the squirrel and let loose a barrage. FOUR shots later I had my first "Partly pre-skinned and tenderized) squirrel.
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#1050972 - 09/08/17 03:09 AM Re: Hunting Season Started ... time for war stories! [Re: SkunkHunter]
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My most serious hunting took place in VietNam....oops, wrong kind of war story. blush
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#1050974 - 09/08/17 03:17 AM Re: Hunting Season Started ... time for war stories! [Re: Lord Mortdecai]
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Tom, I hold you and ALL those who have been in combat in the highest regard. You deserve it.
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