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Ok, guys, we've all known somebody -- the guy who fancies himself a mighty hunter, but who you just know is going to become a statistic someday.

I just ran into one -- the guy who thinks he knows everything about hunting, but who was positively scary in the woods -- one trip out, and it became obvious that the guy's headed for disaster because he's risking hypothermia by wearing cotton clothes and no raingear in boggy terrain on a cold, rainy day, and charging through dense cover in grizzly country at high speed without paying attention to his surroundings and no bear protection. Then he starts talking about using a .45 for bear protection because he's so good at quick draws and can shoot beach balls at 300 yards. Good luck with that when you jump a sow with cubs at 5 yards, buddy.

In Alaska, if you don't respect the wilderness, it'll kill you -- and this guy's headed for disaster.

Prior to this guy, the worst I'd seen was a guy that joined our deer hunting party when I was growing up an wore a white hat in the woods because he didn't have orange.

Anyone else? Who's the scariest guy you ever went in the woods with?

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When I was a teen a buddy of mine almost blew his head off while trying to flush rabbits from a brush pile. He pushed the butt of his gun into the pile and on the way out the trigger caught a branch and fired. Guess where the muzzle was pointing. I saw the whole thing happen and just knew he was going to fall over dead but he missed his ear by about 1 inch and just went deaf for a few minutes instead. I still know him and he still hunts but I still wont hunt with him. Blink

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The scariest guy, I've ever seen was also when I was a teen (13 years old actually.) He also talked a big game. My uncle invited a friend he worked with to pheasant hunt with us. He was a city guy and before we started hunting, he bragged continuously of his hunting expertise, marksmanship, and exploits into the wilds of the world.

He missed a bird twice with his 12 gauge Browning ove/under and I killed it with my single shot .410. He claimed his shot actually killed it, but my uncle had none of it. Then, he blamed it on the gun so uncle suggested that he should trade me guns

My Dad and uncle warned him a couple of times regarding his unsafe gun handling. He also shot non-game birds and also shot a couple of small trees down, which he was also warned about. He also shot at a couple of birds that were WAY out of range. My Dad caught him taking a big pull off a bottle of Black Velvet, which was apparently the straw that broke the camel's back. It got a bit ugly after that......but for only a few minutes. My Dad took all of his ammunition and made him walk back to my Grandfather's house and leave. My Uncle told him he was no longer welcome there and to never again ask him to hunt. I never saw him again.

All of this happened before noon. It was also the 1st time I ever heard my Dad use the term, "citiot." My Dad and Uncle sat down with my cousin and I after the hunt that day. They explained why they taught us safety, values and the importance of game laws. My Uncle also apologized to us for inviting the guy, and said he had no knowledge that he would be like that. Admittedly, I learned a lot that day.

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I think I posted this before so I'll give a short cap.
A freind and I had invited someone along one season. I was concerned about their gun safety, and we had mentioned it to him on a few occasions. On the last hunt we did together, I was sitting with this individual on the edge of a thick swamp overlooking a couple game trails I knew the deer were using recently. Just before dark, my freind radioed me and offered to push through the swamp for us. At this time I sat next to the individual and informed him I'd let him take the shot if one presented itself. After about 30 minutes later we heard some branches snapping. It was a little obvious it was my freind, and by the sounds of his steps I think he got a little turned around (though he won't admit it). Just as he came into view, the person I was with shouldered his rifle and took the safety off. I immediately spoke up and had him unload. I told my freind about it after. We never went with that person again. I'm just glad I was sitting with that person, otherwise I might be a freind short. (by the way, my freind was wearing blaze orange).

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The husband of a friend of my wife's friend I was told was an avid hunter. They said he was even asked to teach hunters safety classes. A few minutes of taking to him and a couple hours dove hunting with him in the field proved that he was nothing more than and over eager novice who billed himself as a seasoned hunter. I know how to listen and read between the lines when people are BS'n. Hunting was his new hobby. He wasn't familiar with even the most basic hunting regs, was too willing to trespass on private property, shot from the center of a country road.

When approaching a farmers house to ask for permission to hunt I had to yell at him to drop his shotgun as I was putting mine back in my Jeep, because I saw him approach the farmers house holding his shotgun. Not a smart thing to do when you're isolated in the country, the farmer just might be justified in shooting you for fear of harm.

I also have to chuckle about his so-called prized retriever. A so-called chocolate lab that I was told was a great retriever. One glance and anyone who knows a little about dogs could instantly tell that it was no pure bred chocolate lab. Nice dog, but not even a mediocre retriever.

Oh yeah the last straw was when he shot a dove off of a 6 foot tall sunflower plant 100 yards away from me right in my direction. I got peppered and it stung a bit, but I was okay. He got a stern talking to and I promptly drove us back home. I mean seriously, before he walked off to scare off some feeding doves I told him I would say right where I was and be vigilant of where he was. What an idiot!!! He's lucky that he got away with only a stern talking to. Didn't try to continue nor encourage any friendship further with that guy.

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Didn't know either party, but I was fifty yards away from a young fella when he shot and killed a man in his seventies who was sitting on a stump during deer season, back about 1978.
He testified in court that he thought he was a deer Think

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Hammer, what happened to the kid?

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I am glad that hunter safety courses are mandatory now. It seems to me that the hunters in the woods today are much safer than in the past.....I knoe there are still a few guys that realy shouldnt be in the woods.

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I was huntng once in SW Montana when I stopped short of a ridgetop to catch my breatth. I sat down and immediately heard a bullet go buzzing overhead and smack into a tree behind me. Don't know who the guy was or where he was shooting from, but it was definitely unnerving.

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ifrench asked: What happened to the kid ?

He was charged with Criminal Negligence causing death ? The deceased was clothed in a brown plad jacket, no cap, white hair(hunter orange was mandatory but some opposed the idea, as did the deceased). The shooter, I believe was 18 years old, not a kid per se.
Anyway the jury cut him a beak with a Not Guilty verdict. And the rest is history.

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The guys that scare me are the ones that are one donut away from a triple bypass yet insist on hiking through the hills like they did a few decades before. Sometimes accessing your hunting ability should first include an honest look at your physical health.

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