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Dumb Things That You Have Done and SURVIVED

OK gentlemen and ladies it is time to fess up.  After reading about the kids first bow kit I was thinking of what kind of bone head prank or stunt did you do and survived?

I'll start it off with a tail of when I was around six years old and wanted a bullet out of a loaded round. 

One day I decided that I wanted a bullet to take to school or to just play with.  Now with both of my parents gone from the home and knowing where dad kept the loaded rounds I had a idea.  After watching numerous cowboy and Indian shows I knew that if you put a loaded round into a fire that it would go off, so here was my plan.  I went into moms and dads bedroom and got into the dresser drawer that held the ammo.  I took one .30-06 round from the box of 20 not even thinking that dad would know when he found one round missing and headed outside.  I went to the side of the house that my sandpile was located on and dug myself a hole about two feet deep.  Into this hole I placed some crumpled newspaper and some wood for my fire.  Now here is where I got a little bit smarter.  I took a old roof top TV antenna that was laying up beside the back of the house and broke off two of the metal arms.  I fashioned these pieces of metal into a A frame to hold my loaded round on one side and I stuck the bullet into the dirt for rapid recovery after it went off into the dirt up to the case.  Now I started the fire. 

I don't remember just how long I stood there waiting for that shell to go off.  I do remember adding some more wood with no effect.  So after I while I got tired and decided to put the fire out.  Now here comes the real smart part.  I went and got the hose and turned on the water and headed to the hole that held my now small fire and the loaded shell still sitting on top of my A frame with the bullet stuck in the dirt.  Now for those of you that have never put something real cold onto something real hot here is what happened.  Just as soon as the water hit the shell casing there was a small explosion.  To this day I don't know if it was the primer going off or if it was just the shell casing exploding along with the powder and primer.  I do remember being just about as scared as a young man could be.  The fire was out, the shell had exploded and the hole was full of mud. 

To this day I still remember looking at that shell case and remembering what it looked like with its brass pealed down the side of the case and no bullet in it.  I still don't remember where the bullet went and I never went looking for it.  I buried it right there without exploring further. 

Dad never did mention that there was a shell missing out of that box of 20 and I am sure that the statute of limitations have ran out so I am safe from prosecution, but for a six year old that was quite a afternoon.

 

In the years since then I have done a few other bone head things but that was my start.  The amazing part if that I still have all my digits attached where they belong. 

 

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Dumb things

The dumbest thing I did was try to take down a folding ladder stand without wearing a harnesss. The stand started to fold and I fell and broke my back! The Lord looks out for fools and I am not in a wheelchair.

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I'll be brief - my older brother, me, and two of my cousins shot practice arrows straight up in the sky in a large field and then after waiting to see them arc we would run in any direction away from the falling arrow.  We did this for about an hour.  We were young and dumb... and darn lucky nobody got hurt or killed.

 

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When I was a little younger

When I was a little younger .I killed a moose not far from home ,it was late afternoon, and dark showed up with the last load of meat, I had left some gear at the kill site and went back the next morning to retrieve it.I was armed but alone ,coming over the last little rise, I looked around and saw the gut pile and all the gear had been buried by a brow bear.It just ticked me off ,after a quick look around I kicked the pile apart and retrieved my gear. It wasn't till I got back to my truck I realized how dumb that one could have been.

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Not me

Not enough room in cyber-space for all the stupid stuff I have done in my 47 years so I am leaving this one alone!!!!!

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Come on I've been at this

Come on I've been at this longer than that , admiting we do dumb things is one thing, telling about them could save some of the younger members from repeating. And then they can admit to the new ones they thought up.

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Excited and Lazy

I rushed out one night this year w/o much time to get up in my stand so I ran there and didn't bring my safety harness. I got so excited when I shot my deer I almost fell out of my stand and dropped my cell phone over 20 ft to the rocks below. Running home afterwards I so excited to tell everyone I tripped and fell face first in a stream and sent my shotgun swimming as well. I guess its good that I still get that excited but safety first!

 

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Dumb Things That You Have Done and SURVIVED

Like others have said, I have a long list.  But one of them was when my ATV started rolling down a gully and I couldn't get away from it.  I remember thinking how stupid I was for not having a helmet on, and then thinking it was going to hurt really badly when the bottom half of my body went under the machine.  But after the machine rolled over me and tumbled down the mountain, I realized that I could still feel my feet...and still move my legs.  I was black and blue on the outside of both hips where I'd been caught between the machine and the gravel, but somehow escaped serious injury.

I wear a helmet now...and bought machines with independent rear ends that are a lot more stable.

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All the dumb things I have

All the dumb things I have done fortunately have not been hunting related!

I did fracture my ankle jumping off a deck to chase a cow with a fishing net to stop it from eating my pumpkins...I ran around smacking the cow with the fishing net, while bare footed on the ankle (after I heard the POP in my ankle). Didn't notice soemthing was wrong until I got the cow outta the yard and my foot was the size of an elephants...

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your ankle,

Was it swollen like a pumpkin that you were trying to protect? Big smile

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Pretty Much!

It's was a pretty great site for the neighbors...

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