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    Things you learned from hunting or nature

    Well sense we were talking some of this stuff in another thread I thought itís a good topic worth exploring.

    I learned how to move in low light without spooking animals or myself. Oddly enough once I mastered the later the former fell right into place. Iíve had a couple close encounters where I could have nearly touched a deer in his bed.

    I mastered the art of walking silently. My wife really hates this one, it can be an amusing skill but dangerous if your wife is easily spooked.

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    Here’s another, maybe these will help.

    Even a seasoned shooter flat misses an easy shot once in a while.

    A quality scope will trick you into over estimating your ability or under estimating the distance. So if your scope is mildot (or another range estimating reticle) learn to use it.

    A ‘solid hit’ doesn’t always mean you will recover your prey. Sometimes a ‘solid hit’ isn’t solid.

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    No step da snek

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    Marksman

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tboy View Post
    No step da snek
    That reminds me of one that a good friend learned the hard way when we were kids.

    Just because it ain’t poisonous doesn’t mean it won’t hurt when it bites.

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    Madame Mayor's Fiefdom

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    A Short Story about sneaking in the woods:

    I was about 16/17 years old. Just old enough to have a license and drive myself.

    I had scouted an area at Honey Island I wanted to hunt.
    I left trail markers, small pieces of orange tape, from the road, to my spot.
    It had flooded since I scouted, and it was cold out.
    I was making my way, with no light on, before dawn, when I heard a noise. Right behind me. Seems like I could feel the breath on the back of my neck.
    I had a light in my hand that I turned on as I swung around.

    There, behind me, was a ten foot tall bull moose, with mayhem in it's eyes. Judging from it's breath, it had recently eaten a grizzly bear.

    I tried to 'gracefully' unsling my rifle. (Actually, My brother in law's Marlin .30-30).
    In doing so, the light fell in the water, along with myself, and the rifle.
    So much for gracefulness.

    I heard the distinct sound of that Bull Moose laughing, as it walked away, in no hurry what so ever.

    It's amazing the things you see in the dark. In the woods.

    Now, . . .

    We all know that Bear eating Bull Moose are very rare in Honey Island.
    It was probably more like a little doberman with antlers.

    But I woulda sworn, . . .
    "Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy."
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    Quote Originally Posted by DBMJR1 View Post
    A Short Story about sneaking in the woods:

    I was about 16/17 years old. Just old enough to have a license and drive myself.

    I had scouted an area at Honey Island I wanted to hunt.
    I left trail markers, small pieces of orange tape, from the road, to my spot.
    It had flooded since I scouted, and it was cold out.
    I was making my way, with no light on, before dawn, when I heard a noise. Right behind me. Seems like I could feel the breath on the back of my neck.
    I had a light in my hand that I turned on as I swung around.

    There, behind me, was a ten foot tall bull moose, with mayhem in it's eyes. Judging from it's breath, it had recently eaten a grizzly bear.

    I tried to 'gracefully' unsling my rifle. (Actually, My brother in law's Marlin .30-30).
    In doing so, the light fell in the water, along with myself, and the rifle.
    So much for gracefulness.

    I heard the distinct sound of that Bull Moose laughing, as it walked away, in no hurry what so ever.

    It's amazing the things you see in the dark. In the woods.

    Now, . . .

    We all know that Bear eating Bull Moose are very rare in Honey Island.
    It was probably more like a little doberman with antlers.

    But I woulda sworn, . . .
    It could have been a Rougarou I suppose.

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    Madame Mayor's Fiefdom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangswitch View Post
    It could have been a Rougarou I suppose.
    LOL

    I suppose.

    That was many years ago.

    Needless to say, I went home empty handed, cold and wet that day. With a rifle to clean, and no Youtube to help me.
    "Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy."
    Benjamin Franklin

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    Seriously Misunderstood!

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    The silent walk is an art form for me. My kids and my wife don't know how those size 11 Alpha Burlys walks across dried dead leaves with hardly a crackle; meanwhile they are mentally begging me to shoot them for the noise they make! Now, what is difficult is trying to slip through a sea of palmettos without making noise.

    I too, usually cut my light off when I get near my stand, though it doesn't seem to have far reaching adverse affects one way or another. One thing I have learned for sure is speed and stealth to get up the tree is paramount. The faster I can get my scent above their nose receptors' reach, the better and more successful I am. Not necessarily to kill, but to see more deer. I don't lollygag on the way in or out of the woods.

    I have learned to detect the different sounds that each animal makes walking. In dry conditions, I can tell a deer from a coon, a coon from a squirrel, a squirrel from a wren, etc. They all have a certain gait.

    I have mastered warmth on the coldest days, though we really don't get that cold here. Nonetheless, mid to high 20's and low 30's in a tree runs lesser men out way before me.

    I have learned and appreciate stamina. Dragging 200+ pound deer 200 yards through swamp and palmettos is not for pu$$ies!

    I have learned patience. I will square off with a squirrel or a deer as long as it takes to get my shot. I only hunt squirrels with a .22 so I usually only get one clean shot, two sometimes. Immature bucks only interest me because they will one day be mature bucks.

    I am a human bush hog for rabbits. Rabbits are sitting where the fair weathered hunters won't go, hence people that hunt with me never get more than me. Never!

    When I duck hunted a lot, I learned what decoy spread and each ones placement was the absolute best for getting them to commit on any conditions. I could call ducks back to me when they were hauling ass and not looking back. I would pull ducks away from my buddies in other ponds while they were circling them. If was funny too! They couldn't compete. I mastered the art of camouflage in my blind building too. I was a duck killing machine!

    One of my greatest takeaways from hunting is the seriousness of it. I never casually hunt ANYTHING. If I go hunting, it's for all the marbles, all the time. It truly is obsessive! It's not about proving my ability to others either. I can go kill things and no one ever hears of it. It's about me! My wife and kids don't even ask what I get anymore, because they know I always get something.

    So, in keeping with the theme of this thread, the answer is yes! I have taken away a lot from hunting and nature. And this above is just about hunting. Fishing, frogging, diving, camping, etc. It's all good too!
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    On Target

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    Bears really do sht in the woods.
    My name is Jim, but people call me .......... Jim.

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    Marksman

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimdanos View Post
    Bears really do sht in the woods.
    That reminds me always buy cheap orange vest, just in case you forget the toilet paper.

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