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Gun Hunting Mishaps. Can You Relate?

Gun hunting mishapsSo one of the many hunting seasons I enjoy is gun hunting season. Unfortunatly there are mishaps to this like there is everything else. I am sure you can relate.

Gun Hunting Mishaps

I would say the one that caused the most annoyance was as I walked up a steep grade through thick brush for a mile with pounds of winter garb weighing heavy on my body, reaching the stand and getting settled in before day light, only to discover that I had left my gun in the Jeep! So if your as into a day of hunting as I am, you track back out quietly and stealth walk back in, because by this time it is day light.


How about tracking into the stand on what seems to be a perfect day to hunt getting into the stand with the last thing to do is load your gun and, yep, NO AMMO! I forgot to toss ammo in my pack or pocket! Now I can blame this on running all my necessities through my mind over and over so many times that I was bound to forget something, but in truth, it is absentmindedness!

Those Rope Pull Thingys

Confident its on the gun the right way. Climb up into the stand. Get organized and settled in. Pull on the rope and the gun drops loose. So you get down and retreive it and as you sit waiting for a harvest your mind is thinking…did I knock the scope off sight, or did I do any damage to the gun with the fall? OR, Is this thing going ot fire?

Then there is the, Well “One deer, one bullet!” I hear the russle of leaves. Somethings moving in fast. Very nice mature buck! At a quick paced stride! Well let me just say that I’m no sharp shooter. One deer, one bullet, one shot, one MISS!!

How about this one? 7 doe in a wide open field. Cross hairs on the big doe in the middle. I can taste the back straps. As I slowly squeeze the trigger and drool, BLAM! 7 doe scatter! None drop? Scope off! Well I put the gun in the cabinet after the season before and didn’t touch it so why would I need to site it in for the following season….should be good to go right?

deer in frezerNo Venison for my Freezer.

A recent one for me was two hunting seasons ago when at last light I caught a glimpse of a hugh bodied 9 point. With thoughts of him bedding down somewhere by that stand I called off work to hunt the next early morning. Upon heading out in the morning my husband handed me his rifle saying,

This gun will get the job done!

OK, the buck comes in the shot is taken and, BLOOD TRAIL! Thats right! My blood trail down my nose from scope eye! New gun to me. Never held it to my shoulder. Didn’t know the scope OR the kick! I will never again grab a gun without putting some practice on it first.

Then there is Gun JAM! Deer walks in, you wait for the moment to raise your gun. Sites on the vitals. Squeeze off the trigger…JAM. Should have stayed with the ammo the gun was used to, should have not went cheap on the ammo, should have cleaned the gun.

You may say I better give up gun hunting, well Thanks, but I think I got the mishaps out of my system.

Well, can you relate to these Gun hunting mishaps?




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Gail Olinick

About the Author:

Born and raised in Eastern Pennsylvania I spent time in the outdoors every chance I got as a child. I would rush home, do homework, go out until supper and then go back out after supper. My grandma would take me fishing in the creek as a child. We would catch minnows in a sack and release them. My dad wasn’t a hunter, but in hunting seasons we would go to my uncle’s hunting camp to see what their harvest was and I found that fascinating. I drifted away from the tomboy years and got married, raised two great children into adults, and established a career in Managing Food Safety. In my second marriage, my husband and best friend, introduced me to fishing and hunting. He’s an outdoorsman and we do everything together. I found that I enjoyed the things he did and I learned to gun hunt, dirt bike, inshore and off shore fish, and ride street bikes. My passion has become archery and everything it involves; the woods, the wait, the strategy, the harvest. Even though, I’ll admit, I am afraid of the dark woods and spiders, my passion is so strong that I am out there every season. I not only enjoy the hunt for myself but I love to talk with others about hunting and hope they can experience the outdoors and the thrills that can be achieved from wild game management.
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