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Old 03-18-2013, 06:11 PM   #71
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This story happened when I was a boy living on the farm and very early into my career of a hunter. When Dad first got the Remington Mdl 510 single shot he instructed me very well in the safety of hunting and gun handling. It was not until he was convinced that I was safe with a gun in the field that he allowed me to hunt alone.
So I was hunting and in those days you did not just go out to hunt one species you hunted anything that came along. We ate on what I brought home in my bag and Dad always announced at the table that we were eating well tonight because big brother was a good hunter and brought home meat. (you can be assured that things like that have a lot to do for a young 12 yrs olds confidence in himself.)
But then there are set backs....like this incident.
I was walking slowly in the snow along a creek bank looking carefully in every piece of brush and shrub for the outline of a rabbit ears or a dark spot that could be a pheasant fluffed up in a snow nest. The rabbits were thick on our farm and they had little runways in the snow along the creek banks that were so often used that they were, in places, 6" deep. I spotted the outline of a rabbit and stopped, slowly brought my .22 rifle up and shot. At the shot the rabbit just sat there. I waited for a while fully expecting him to fall over any minute. Nothing
So I reloaded another .22 short and shot again. Same results. Nothing. Puzzled, my only thought was I had to aim better before the rabbit got tired of me shooting at him and took off. So I got down in a good kneeling postion and took extremely careful aim and shot again, and again, and again, and again. This damn rabbit was bullet proof!! Finally I got to thinking. I bet my sights got bumped. I looked at the rear sight and it did look like the little elevator thingy was up one notch to many so I decided the shots had all been going high and this rabbit had more nerve than any rabbit I had ever seen, but his days were over. He just came up against his waterloo.
So I aimed just under where I figured his chest was, it was difficult to see the lower part of him because the path in the snow he was in, was so deep. At the shot he fell over. YEHH YEHHH YEHHH! I did it, I got that little varmit, he just waited to long to run. Ha Ha. So I jumped over the creek and climbed the bank and reached down to pick up the rabbit. That is when I noticed all the holes in the snow behind the rabbit. It seems the first shot had killed the rabbit and he did not fall over because the path in the snow was so deep that it supported him in the upright position. My last shot had dislodged the crusted snow that was holding him up. I had shot the poor little sob 13 times.
So what to do? Well, when I got home and Dad saw that I was almost out of cartridges and had nothing to show for it I would be in trouble deep. Also if I told him I had left a rabbit I shot out in the woods, again I would be breaking the rules about wasting food. So I picked the rabbit sieve up and trudged back to the house.
I gave the rabbit to my Dad and he held it up to see it leaking blood out of 26 holes. He looked at me with a look of amazement on his face and said (before I tell you what he said let me tell you my Dad was one of the nicest gentleman the world ever saw. He was not the type to scold me if he thought I did my best and he had a great sense of humor)
and Dad said looking at my holey rabbit. "Put up quite a fight didn't it?"
This is the first time I have ever told anyone about my 13 shot rabbit. Before this it was known only to me and my Dad. He never brought it up again nor teased me about it. The only mention he ever said about it was when I proudly showed him my GOLD Excellence in Competition medal that I won in the Army. The highest medal that a soldier can win and wear on his uniform. Only about 900 of these medals have ever been awarded since WWII. And that out of a quarter a million competitors. What Dad said was: "That is fine son, I am proud of you, good thing it wasn't a rabbit you were shooting at."
Sarge the 13 shot rabbit hunter.

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wilst out hunting rabbits one night, i kept hearing this peeping noise, it was a mink, following the blood trail that was hanging on my belt from the rabbits that I had killed.......The mink brought 20 dollars at the fur buyers.... This thing was evidently caught in a trap, it only had three legs............

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I changed my mind, and decided to go to church instead.


Now THAT is a bear that needs killing right there!
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We left that afternoon. I have never been back. Still afraid to.
That's a great story! Made me wonder if it was the basis for your choice of a signature line...

I can't come close to topping any of these yarns, but here are a couple of quick ones:

I used to hunt squirrels with my brother a lot. In one place we hunted regularly the late summer foliage was so heavy that we sometimes used shotguns instead of .22's--my nice little side-by-side 20 and his 12 gauge Ithaca 37. One day he shot a squirrel out of the top of a pignut hickory with a high-brass load of #6 shot, and as it fell it lodged in a fork. We couldn't reach it by climbing and couldn't shake it out of the fork, so he shot it again. And again. And again. SIX ROUNDS of high-brass sixes. It finally fell out of the tree and I picked it up. Ever see a wool sock full of raspberry Jell-O?

Another day I was hunting with the same 20 gauge double, hadn't seen a squirrel all morning, and went back to my car for a cup of coffee. Unloaded the side-by-side and laid it across the hood of the vehicle. As I was pouring my coffee, the tree I'd parked under exploded with squirrels! I grabbed the twenty, fumbled for a couple of shells, and suddenly realized I was trying to load the right barrel with a roll of Tums. By the time I stopped laughing, the squirrels had left to go tell their buddies a funny story about the idiot hunter they had ambushed.
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I was walking back from a morning turkey hunt when I saw a coyote about 350 yards away. I had my 223 in hand and snuck up on 'em to about 120. I helped a couple barks to stopping him dead in his tracks, settled the sites and- click! Firing pin struck the primer sending the bullet about 2 inches down the barrel where it stayed. Coyote ran off into the woods with his life...

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I was bowhunting in a tree on some public land one afternoon. Didn't see anything and was getting dark so I started walking back to meet my friend at his blind to go to the truck. I was on this levee type deal and on each side of it the ground dropped about 8 feet. On my right was a bunch of tall bone dry grass. Hogs were overpopulated in this area so my nerves were a little on edge walking alone with only a bow. I started hearing loud footsteps to the right where it drops off. They were so ded gum loud I thought it was a deer. I drew back and waited for it to show itself. Minutes passed and still just footsteps. I could hear my heart beating it was so fast. I started picking up rocks and chunking them at whatever was there, but never spooked it. I drew back again and sprinted 3 yards to the edge of the dry grass screaming my head off. Then I saw the animal!!
Freakin armadillos...

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One of my uncles did this to the bed of his old Ram Charger pick up.

Visting his place a couple of years back, I'm leaning on one side of the truck and he's leaning on the other when I notice what appears to be a .30 Cal hole in the folded over metal at the top of the box.

So I said... "you sight in you 30-06 this year?"

He's says... "kiss my ass"...

Last year he had his son, my cousin, pull a few dent's and repaint that old Dodge... I made sure my cousin "left the bullet hole"!

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This isn't my story, But I thought it was Funny. Its the Story of a Friend's Grandson's first Kill.
My Friends Grandson Denny. Went hunting for his first time, For his first Kill he wanted to get a buck so he could mount it. They Head out to their stand and sit all day. No deer. They walk back to their truck and Denny saw a 8 point. So he Grabs his 30-06 and Lays on the Trucks hood, Lines up his scope and Pulls off a PERFECT SHOT! But No deer fall, No Blood. When they get back to their Truck, Denny figures out what he killed. He calls to his dad to come see. His First Kill was.... The ENGINE BLOCK of their truck!
My friend said He told his Grandson to Mount that Hood In the Oak tree of their front yard.
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My Brother and I split up during buck season. I placed myself in a comfortable, sheltered area out of the wind along the edge of the woods, where I had a good long view of the field and a nearby game trail. I settled down for a long wait, anxious to be the one to bring home a nice trophy along with some tasty venison. I was about 17 years old, and had never bagged so much as a rabbit. I must have been really daydreaming and lost track of time. I had been out there for hours and scarcely moved. Sipping hot coffee from my thermos all morning, I really had to go. I rested my gun safely against the tree and went back into the woods a ways to take a leak. No sooner than I started to relieve myself, than a nice six point buck darted past me on it's way to the very game trail I had been watching all morning.
I could only stand there and watch. I knew my brother would never believe me anyway, so back to my spot I went. I pulled out my lunch bag and ate my lunch. Well, that buck must have been spooked by something else, because back down the trail he came, and there I sat with both hands on a bologna and cheese sandwich. I gave up at that point. Needless to say, I did not get a buck that year. And I was right, my brother did not believe me.

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My dad took my younger sister bow hunting one time at a nice little block we had set up. She was about 12 or so....they got to the spot to sit and my dad had told her to put her mask down and sit still and that when she realized she had dripped it walking in....so my dad put down his bow and told her to sit quietly and he'd be right back and started walling back to get it. When he got back to her she told him that a group of deer had walked right past her and didn't even know she was there bc she was so still and quiet... Dad was not happy.

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I was deer hunting one evening and I see a big groundhog 75 yards in front of me. I raise my rifle up to pop him and when I pulled the trigger, my .41 mag Marlin went "ping!". I looked down and I FORGOT TO TAKE THE SAFETY OFF! he did his equivalent to flipping me off and hauled a$$ back to his hole before I could try again.

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