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Old 01-06-2014, 09:29 PM   #1
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Now we've got the sickest thing thread, and that is all well and good, but how about scary moments out hunting? I've head a few slugs ricochet over the years, but had a scary moment the 2nd season shotgun.

Last push of the last day of season. My wife (who hunts but doesn't have a ton of experience shooting other than the last two deer seasons and target shooting with me on a regular basis) is crossing a deep ravine, coming up on the other side a big (160's class) deer comes tearing down through the ravine spooked by one of our other guys. She is shooting a youth 870 20 ga. She fires all 5 rounds at the deer and misses. She said after her last shot she felt a little funny, but thought it was because she had just missed a really nice buck. She reloads, finishes the hunt, never sees another deer. We pack everything up, grab my doe, help my folks load up, and take off for home.

The next night I am working on cleaning guns and I hit something in her barrel. I take a look with a flashlight, and the look on my face was enough to scare the hell out of my wife. Her last round was sitting about 8" from the breech. It was wedged in hard too. I've never seen that happen, have never had it happen. Had she fired one more round that could have been disastrous. She never picked up the shell casing, so hard to say if it was a light powder load, or if it had gotten some moisture in there.

She was shooting Brenneke KO's, which I have shot here or there for several years without any issue. I called the company (based out of Clinton, IA) and had a long talk with their rep. I agree, it could have been moisture exposure after it left the factory, it could have been a storage issue with me (they were 3-4 years old), hard to say without the hull or lot numbers (we had tossed all of the boxes after hunting). Could have been a light powder charge in the factory. Either way, the guy was awesome, he's sending me a case + of slugs (including their higher bracket ones), told me to send back the few other remaining loads I had left along with the slug he wanted me to pound out. He said they would take care of the barrel also if it was fouled (looks great after I cleaned it).

End of the story, she didn't get hurt and everything is OK. Still scary. I have to imagine had it happened to me, I have felt plenty of crappy loads shooting reloads at trap, I would hope I would have felt it and checked. I'm gonna get her out shooting trap this summer and work in some light powder reloads.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Educate your beginning hunters and shooters extensively about checking barrels if you have an odd feeling or sounding round! Oh, and store your slugs with good temperature and moisture control!

Other scary stories involving shooting/boats/etc?
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Was bow hunting two years ago and my brother was a few 100 yards away well he decided to be funny and make a bunch of noise in the bush as he was coming to help me out of stand, he had his rattling horns on his head acting like a deer, that's all I seen and I was at full draw when he stepped out
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Now we've got the sickest thing thread, and that is all well and good, but how about scary moments out hunting? I've head a few slugs ricochet over the years, but had a scary moment the 2nd season shotgun.

Last push of the last day of season. My wife (who hunts but doesn't have a ton of experience shooting other than the last two deer seasons and target shooting with me on a regular basis) is crossing a deep ravine, coming up on the other side a big (160's class) deer comes tearing down through the ravine spooked by one of our other guys. She is shooting a youth 870 20 ga. She fires all 5 rounds at the deer and misses. She said after her last shot she felt a little funny, but thought it was because she had just missed a really nice buck. She reloads, finishes the hunt, never sees another deer. We pack everything up, grab my doe, help my folks load up, and take off for home.

The next night I am working on cleaning guns and I hit something in her barrel. I take a look with a flashlight, and the look on my face was enough to scare the hell out of my wife. Her last round was sitting about 8" from the breech. It was wedged in hard too. I've never seen that happen, have never had it happen. Had she fired one more round that could have been disastrous. She never picked up the shell casing, so hard to say if it was a light powder load, or if it had gotten some moisture in there.

She was shooting Brenneke KO's, which I have shot here or there for several years without any issue. I called the company (based out of Clinton, IA) and had a long talk with their rep. I agree, it could have been moisture exposure after it left the factory, it could have been a storage issue with me (they were 3-4 years old), hard to say without the hull or lot numbers (we had tossed all of the boxes after hunting). Could have been a light powder charge in the factory. Either way, the guy was awesome, he's sending me a case + of slugs (including their higher bracket ones), told me to send back the few other remaining loads I had left along with the slug he wanted me to pound out. He said they would take care of the barrel also if it was fouled (looks great after I cleaned it).

End of the story, she didn't get hurt and everything is OK. Still scary. I have to imagine had it happened to me, I have felt plenty of crappy loads shooting reloads at trap, I would hope I would have felt it and checked. I'm gonna get her out shooting trap this summer and work in some light powder reloads.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Educate your beginning hunters and shooters extensively about checking barrels if you have an odd feeling or sounding round! Oh, and store your slugs with good temperature and moisture control!

Other scary stories involving shooting/boats/etc?
I watched a father let his son shoot a teal on the water.. Poor kid about shot the dog?
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A couple scary ones.

5 years ago i was hunting Lower Morse up in wright county with my dad. we were hunting next to the channel, and we had sailed a bird farther back in the marsh. I didn't want to ruin our camo job on the boat so i decided to walk back there and get it. Being 15 and over confident, i didn't give the channel the respect it deserved and i was trying to grab the bird in the channel, took a wrong step, and went in over my head. somehow got my footing and used my gun to stick in the mud and climb back out of the channel. it was probably 30-35 out that day but windy and cloudy and it took a lot out of me to just get back to the boat.

2-3 years ago jaceklein93 and I were hunting colo bog. I went for a marsh walk to flush up some birds, and thats all i remember. next thing i could remember was waking up in a cold sweat in the backyard of the house down the road with a red shed. To this day have no idea how I got there or when i shot the 2 ducks that I had with me. it was really warm that day, probably 60 some degrees, and so i could have just been dehydrated or overheated. either way, it was pretty scary.

this season, I pulled an all nighter to drive from story city to Webster, SD and hunt with Chesadore. Once all the decoys were unloaded in the field, I drove the truck back to the field drive, and next thing i know I am waking up next to the truck with a terrible headache. turns out i was probably out for 15 minutes. I had drank a lot of caffeine to make it through the night, so that could have had something to do with it.

also watched a guy break waves over his bow and about put his boat under one day, so that was pretty scary too.
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I watched a father let his son shoot a teal on the water.. Poor kid about shot the dog?
We get it man your upset somebody called you on shooting birds on the ground when you were probably just joking and they didnt take it that way and ripped into you. Let it go stop beating tbe dead horse move on to other things pal.
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Took my buddies girlfriend out for her first hunt and there was a group about 300 yards from us and it was my dogs 3rd hunt. we heard the other group shoot about 4 times then all there shot rained down on us. I stood up and just yelled like hell cause my dog was freaking out and my buddy was telling his girlfriend that this never happens. talk about pissed off and scared all at the same time.
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Took my buddies girlfriend out for her first hunt and there was a group about 300 yards from us and it was my dogs 3rd hunt. we heard the other group shoot about 4 times then all there shot rained down on us. I stood up and just yelled like hell cause my dog was freaking out and my buddy was telling his girlfriend that this never happens. talk about pissed off and scared all at the same time.
Shot raining down on you from 300 yards and being pissed about it and it having never happened? Do you even hunt iowa? lol
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The day after Thanksgiving several years ago I sunk my boat on the Cedar. Thank God my uncle was on the river walleye fishing at the time. He saw me go down. Luckily it was only about 3 feet deep. My buddy and I were able to drag the boat up on shore to drain it and load stuff in my uncles boat. No body got hurt and we didn't lose any gear. It still gets brought up at every family get together.

However the scariest was on a newly created NRCS wetland. I was hunting solo and had just just knocked down my last two birds. When I went to retrieve them I went from where I was only knee deep to where I never touched. Somehow I managed to keep a hold of my gun and claw my way back out of the channel.
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A couple scary ones.

5 years ago i was hunting Lower Morse up in wright county with my dad. we were hunting next to the channel, and we had sailed a bird farther back in the marsh. I didn't want to ruin our camo job on the boat so i decided to walk back there and get it. Being 15 and over confident, i didn't give the channel the respect it deserved and i was trying to grab the bird in the channel, took a wrong step, and went in over my head. somehow got my footing and used my gun to stick in the mud and climb back out of the channel. it was probably 30-35 out that day but windy and cloudy and it took a lot out of me to just get back to the boat.

2-3 years ago jaceklein93 and I were hunting colo bog. I went for a marsh walk to flush up some birds, and thats all i remember. next thing i could remember was waking up in a cold sweat in the backyard of the house down the road with a red shed. To this day have no idea how I got there or when i shot the 2 ducks that I had with me. it was really warm that day, probably 60 some degrees, and so i could have just been dehydrated or overheated. either way, it was pretty scary.

this season, I pulled an all nighter to drive from story city to Webster, SD and hunt with Chesadore. Once all the decoys were unloaded in the field, I drove the truck back to the field drive, and next thing i know I am waking up next to the truck with a terrible headache. turns out i was probably out for 15 minutes. I had drank a lot of caffeine to make it through the night, so that could have had something to do with it.

also watched a guy break waves over his bow and about put his boat under one day, so that was pretty scary too.
I've seen 2 people go down in that channel. Not sure how deep it is but both said the same, they never touched bottom
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I've seen 2 people go down in that channel. Not sure how deep it is but both said the same, they never touched bottom
Called the CO to ask how deep it is, I believe In full water years it is 12 feet if I remember correctly but that was awhile ago. This year was insanely low when I checked it ouT, still was 6 foot deep
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Yeah I haven't hunted it for 3-4 years and it was at crest then so it woulda prolly been at 12'
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A couple years ago a group of us were down at OC and it was a slowww day. The three of them were sitting down and I was the last guy on the right standing up. I has just moved to this position because i was standing on the far left and moved around becuase i dont like to sit still when its slow. All of a sudden the guy on the far lefts gun went off and we all look at him like WTF MAN!!! He replies with a "I didn't think my safety was off". If I was standing on the far left of him for a minute later I probably wouldn't be here today because the shot would have hit me square on from point blank range. I'm glad I was on the right side and I refuse to hunt with this guy to this day.

Second would be during deer season a couple years ago a guy in our group came back after the drive with a gash under his eye bleeding perfusively. He then goes to show us his barrel of his gun and it had banana peeled and shrapnel had caught him right under his eye. He is a lucky guy for sure!
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Other than a few bad weather hunts that could have ended bad, there have been a few scary moments.

I've had 2 different guys sit up to shoot birds across my blind. One was snow goose hunting and I saw his muzzle flash right above my face mesh. I requested to move my blind and that the guide talk to the individual before i did. Couldn't hear much the rest of the day. The other his forearm practically rested on my blind door...

The big mishap was last deer season when one of our drivers had a deer running back at him, he shouldered his gun, and swung on the deer.. I knew his intentions right then! I yelled"NO!!" as loud as I could and watched as he fired right down the line of my brother and several others in my party! I was pissed to say the least. He's no longer hunting with my group. It was sheer luck that nobody got shot.

The last was this year. 8:30is slower day and sun blaring in our face so what we could see was marginal. one of our guys in the other boat just got done arranging decoys. A duck came in, and me and my buddy stood up to shoot it. We each took the only shot we had due to the sun, we missed the duck, but it was above our unseen partner that had went out to fix decoys again. high Enough not to be worried about him being in danger(>45), but enough to scare me as I don't like shooting with a dog in the water much less a buddy, that was back in the other boat last I knew. Rare for me to have a mishap of my own. But enough to remind all involved.
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