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Old 09-29-2014, 06:10 PM
 
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I didn't even like to pull up my old Thompson Encore even uncapped. Barrel was pointing down, but man- the thought of that .50 going off unannounced gives me shivers!
Well, whitetails don't run far when shot with a .50 JHP with 100-150 grains. They usually just fall over like a sack of potatoes. Would be a guaranteed end of our/your life if hit!!


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Old 09-29-2014, 06:14 PM
Status: "Gone hunting until December!" (set 25 days ago)
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Or 3" 00 buckshot coming at you from the perspective of your dairy-aire!
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Old 09-29-2014, 06:26 PM
 
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Or 3" 00 buckshot coming at you from the perspective of your dairy-aire!
Yep, I'm afraid you'd be done with either. I read in my local newspaper a long time ago about a guy who tripped and blew a huge hole through the side of his barn. Guns like those don't give second chances.
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Old 09-29-2014, 09:22 PM
 
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I'm not a hunter, but I'm curious. What about your sidearm when hunting? Do hunters have issues with that being loaded? (Holstered.) What about climbing or crossing fences? When I hike I usually carry some sort of pistol from my EDC to a 1911 or .357 or .44 mag revolvers, depending on mood, what's available at the time and where I am. I haven't carried a shotgun in years, mainly because most places if you have a long gun in the woods it's seems you'd better have a hunting permit.
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Old 09-29-2014, 09:31 PM
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I met with stupidity myself about 10 years ago. I was in my stand bow hunting one evening, my stand was situated at the border of my property along a creek ( the name of the creek is threerun, hence my forum name ). A small buck, a forky horn, came walking down the other side of the creek, presented a nice broadside shot at 35-40 yards so I took it. Problem is my old Golden Eagle bow was a little loud on the string, the buck jumped the shot, and I hit him squarely through the liver.

He didn't go far. I dragged him to the garage and that night butchered him up.

Next day, maybe the day after- I go back to the stand looking for a doe. Climb up, sit down, get settled and I look across the creek and there I spied my arrow. I forgot to retrieve it the day I shot that buck. Sooo.. I get down, hop across the rocks to get across the creek and grab my arrow and hold it my right hand. I go skipping back across the rocks (like I had done hundreds of times before) and I slip. My feet simply skidded off the rocks and I was going down on my right side into a rock laden pool. So I turned my right hand to brace my fall, still clutching the arrow- an expandable with the spade razor tip. My left hand somehow met with that spade and sunk in right below my thumb- right where that tendon runs down to your upper wrist.

Ouch. Lot's of blood. Pain..

Somehow, I don't know how, I managed to pull out the arrow, throw it clear, and make it across the creek without falling. I swear I wish it was taped, because to this day I don't know how a lummox like me could somehow be that acrobatic to perform that stunt. I made it to the garage, clasping my dripping, no make that clearly bleeding hand. I open the door and say "Honey? Can I get an old kitchen towel?"

My wife of course understands this as a euphemism for "It's time we take daddy to the ER!"

So I go to the ER, this little Chinese lady is the attending physician. I explain what happens, the whole "deer shot through the liver several days prior and me being a dumba*s for crossing a creek with the arrow and I stuck my bloody self like a moron" story.

She says, and I swear on a stack of Bibles- "Wret me get this stwaight. You shot deer threw livah and den you stuck youself?!" "Ooohhh dats nawsty!"

So this little evil woman injects me with lots of saline and I swear grabbed a toilet brush and scrubbed that wound like a hound from hell. It hurt like ALL GET OUT. She refused to stitch me too. She said I had to keep it loosely gauzed and elevated, but every HOUR I was to drop my arm below my heart and let it free bleed. She was concerned about infection.

So I slept in a bloody recliner with my hand wrapped around my chest, and every hour I lowered it to let it bleed. I felt a little robbed in my medical attention because she failed to apply the leeches. I know I overpaid. That's another story though.

Anyway- the moral is- accidents will happen, and this one was my own stupid fault and I knew better. Thankfully I only hurt myself. Never walk around with an un-guarded broadhead..EVER. Keep it in your quiver, toss it over the creek or the fence, then put in your quiver. I caught so much crap from bowhunting buddies it was not funny. They called my 'Stuckey', 'Poke'.. It was relentless.

Anyway. That's what happened.
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Old 09-29-2014, 10:57 PM
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I'm not a hunter, but I'm curious. What about your sidearm when hunting? Do hunters have issues with that being loaded? (Holstered.) What about climbing or crossing fences? When I hike I usually carry some sort of pistol from my EDC to a 1911 or .357 or .44 mag revolvers, depending on mood, what's available at the time and where I am. I haven't carried a shotgun in years, mainly because most places if you have a long gun in the woods it's seems you'd better have a hunting permit.
I don't carry a side arm while hunting. I'm usually carrying a .30-06 or larger, and I cover a lot of ground, so my .44 would only burden me with weight. However if I were to carry it, then I would keep it loaded in my chest holster, hammer down and strapped. It's not going to go off even if I do cartwheels over a fence.

You can see the chest rig I use here:



....and no- I can't do a cartwheel let alone one over a fence
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Old 09-29-2014, 11:18 PM
 
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Do you guys carry cocked and locked or wait until you see big game? I met some guys that absolutely will not move with a loaded gun. I explained that was hard to do with any semi-auto. With my AR or 7400 I usually load at the truck because you can hear it rack for probably a mile.

They even went to the point to say I wasn't welcome to hunt with them unless I used a bolt gun . I have enough firearms to cover that, just thought it was odd. Now, I am teaching my son this method but these are all Adults with many years of experience.


Hunting pheasants would be rather tough wouldn't it?
Standard operating procedure in my book.
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Old 09-29-2014, 11:29 PM
 
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I'm not a hunter, but I'm curious. What about your sidearm when hunting? Do hunters have issues with that being loaded? (Holstered.) What about climbing or crossing fences? When I hike I usually carry some sort of pistol from my EDC to a 1911 or .357 or .44 mag revolvers, depending on mood, what's available at the time and where I am. I haven't carried a shotgun in years, mainly because most places if you have a long gun in the woods it's seems you'd better have a hunting permit.
I've always got a handgun on me, even while fishing or hunting. I even bought a Fail Zero EXO GLOCK 19 for the boat and fishing. No worries about rust or corrosion ever with that finish and pistol. A lot of guys carry those Mossberg 500 and 590A1 Mariners in their boats as well. You ain't gonna hurt that shotty either.
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Old 09-30-2014, 12:20 AM
 
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Always, we hunted chambered with the safety on. In some cases, hunting alone, looking for long range stuff, we hunted empty, but ready to slide one in. But that was rare.

Here in Wyoming, we don't hunt high powered game from blinds or stands so I have never set myself up that way. I know they do back East of South, but we don't up here.

For upland game birds, I hunt chambered with no safety, but our posture is set for that. Guns carried in a safe position, pointed in the proper position. I usually Cary a single shot broke open. Doesn't take me long to lock and shoot.
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Old 09-30-2014, 09:17 AM
 
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Do you guys carry cocked and locked or wait until you see big game? I met some guys that absolutely will not move with a loaded gun. I explained that was hard to do with any semi-auto. With my AR or 7400 I usually load at the truck because you can hear it rack for probably a mile.

They even went to the point to say I wasn't welcome to hunt with them unless I used a bolt gun . I have enough firearms to cover that, just thought it was odd. Now, I am teaching my son this method but these are all Adults with many years of experience.


Hunting pheasants would be rather tough wouldn't it?
Whether it's my crossbow, my muzzleloader, or my 30-06, I'll load it as soon as I get out of the vehicle. The safety is on, and I practice good muzzle control, with it pointed at the ground, or up at all times. I don't hunt out of a tree stand, though....so I don't need to worry about hauling a loaded weapon up a rope.

I really don't bird hunt, but when I lived in a better bird-hunting area, I would load the shotgun at the vehicle, then walk with the safety on to the field. If I had to cross a fence, I would either pass the gun to the other side, or hand it to a buddy to cross the fence.
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