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What's the worst hunting "injury" you have ever had? Mine was when i was setting up a ground blind the last day of the season and (spring loaded ground blind) it opened up and popped me in the face i fell arms to my side to the ground knocked out cold when i woke up i got into the blind and found blood all over the snow my hands and the blind... I kept hunting...

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from kyle wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I did not really have a serious injury. I was setting my climber up and was about 20 feet in air and thought this is a good spot. So I kind of made a small hop to make sure the bottom piece was secured. It was not and down it went with the stand and trying to hug the tree as I went down. It was early in the season so I just had a long shirt on, my chest and belly had road burns mark. LOL Just went to the next tree and hunted.

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from johnycakes wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Way to man up! Mine was about 4 years ago. I was hanging a lock-on stand when I slipped and fell about 10' to the ground. Knocked the wind right out of me. i wasn't wearing a climbing harness, that I usually wear. I'm very lucky that bruising was my only injury.

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from johnycakes wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Kyle's story just reminded me of a friend that a climber for christmas when he was 16. He went straight out to the drivway and climbed up a light pole with it. He lost it about 15 ft up and slide down the pole with arms wrapped around it. Needless to say he had to be taken to the ER and had 60+ splinters removed. Some of them 3 inches long!

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from kyle wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

ouchhhhh That will ruin a guy day! LOL

Should have told him "quit whining and get back up there and try it again till you get it right, then we will take you to the ER" LOL

Man betca he use some few choice words!!

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from dukkillr wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Wow, guys! Nice work with those treestands!

The worst I ever had was in 2008, we had tied a rope to a tree and hoisted a deer off the ground so we could skin it, and my dad was using his machete to chop the hocks off. Well, he asked me to steady the deer, so I did, but on one swing he cut right through the leg and BAM! the machete caught me right across the face. Fortunately, the hilt struck me before the blade did, so it stopped most of the force, but I still saw stars for awhile...

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from johnycakes wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Yeah he learned his lesson. That guy is in his 40's now and still has scars from it. He's one of the best taxidermist in VA.

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from MB915 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

So have you people who have fallen from treestands learned your lessons and now use a safety harness 100% of the time.

For all the youngsters of people just getting into hunting, it is imperative that you always wear your harness, it cant save your life if your not using it. All of those mishaps could have been easily prevented.

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from hengst wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Smacked in the face with a tree branch right when a friggin BIG bobcat ran out I swung to shoot and WHAM..thought I was blind...always wear eyepro (now)would hate to loose an eye..I have a good scar just under the right eye...I will fess up with something that is now funny but also equally as stupid...shot at a rabbit with a ss 20 ga..wounded it and it ran into a section of long pvc pipe..I stood and waited and kicked at the pipe waited some more...nothing so being temporarily insane ( only excuse) I picked up the end of the pvc put the muzzle in the pipe and fired a round...holy cow was that loud..crap went everywhere..I thought I was friggin blind and deaf on top of stupid.....I don't like to wound anything but should have had a better plan than that...i hope I am wiser and older now ...go ahead laugh...be safe Darwin always needs new award recipients

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I took a dirty spill down an overgrown hillside once.The fall wasnt very far but I landed on my rattling antlers, leaving me with some nice puncture wounds to my gut...luckly my heavy hunting clothes and "internal insulation" aka beer belly stopped me from suffering too bad of an injury.These days I only carry rattling bags.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I slipped on some ice down by the river and my legs went up and I landed on my back on something that broke a rib directly under my heart. Total pain. Played a lot of rough sports in my life and been knocked out, but nothing like this. Paralyzed with pain. Bill was young and his hormones were waxing vigorous and he saw me down and came charging to do something x-rated with my leg. I knew if he did that I would be in serious trouble, as he had exceptional stamina. So I rolled over and jumped up simultaneously, thereby opening up new vistas of pain experience.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

After I shot my first turkey, I ran out and grabbed his leg (thought he was dead). He started thrashing and his spur buried itself in my hand between my first and middle finger. Opened me up pretty good. Tough place to get stitches to hold, so it took a return trip to the ER to get it healed up.
Scars are like tattoos, but with better stories.

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from country road wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

My hunting partner shot me in the hand with a .22. The hand still ain't right. Hurt like dammit after the shock wore off.

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from Kenton wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

A few years ago there was an article about a rabbit hunter in OH that was crossing an old rusty fence. As he was swinging his leg over, the wire fence broke and he was impaled by a fence post via the "exhaust pipe". Was obvioulsy a very serious injury that required the life flight squad. They guy lived but has to wear a colonospy bag. Still sends shiver down my spine thinking about it...

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from Happy Myles wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Man, I am going to stay away from those dangerous tree blinds. Was pretty badly mauled by a leopard seven or eight years ago. My saddle horse slipped on ice and rolled over me breaking a couple of my ribs during an elk hunt.

Considering my mileage, I have been lucky

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from Elmer Fudd wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

been lucky, just a wrenched knee and twisted ankle not too bad over the years.... but have a funny story

Not too long ago was thinking "where could I still hunt when I am 80+ years old?" Might have to cut out the jumping over brooks and such. Then I thought, you know, right where I am hunting at this moment you can get right out of the truck and it's flat and you can go a good ways without jumping or climbing. The leaves had just fallen, and I no sooner thought that than stepped on a stick hidden by the leaves... IT ROLLED and I wound up falling on my back knocking the wind out of me. Well, I sure hope I don't get to old to hunt but there is always some something that can happen to get you hurt.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Torn ACL duck hunting. Steped into a beaver run and wedged my leg against a log, physics took care of the rest.

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from hengst wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Happy Myles..Mauled by a leopard...holy cow...pretty tough guy you must be to survive that one ...daggone...just wondering how did you get the leopard off of you?

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from gman3186 wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

i have been hurt worst fishing hook in the hand, dislocated knee stuff like that never really been hurt hunting a bloody nose was the worst injury i have got hunting

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Went end over end on my horse down a steep mountain. Man, she rang my bell! And broke my gun in half and never did find my glasses. If she'd have broken my saddle, I swear I'd have shot her on the spot. And, yes, I did a LOT of swearing! Beat on her for twenty minutes with that broken gunstock (she did it on purpose). Then used my first-aid kit to tape the stock back together, got back in the saddle, and proceeded up to the point where I planned to hunt. She had busted up my left knee badly a few years earlier pulling the same stunt on the flat. Never did it again, though.

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from Happy Myles wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Hengst,

The PH approached with an empty rifle hoping to get a chance to whack the cat on the head with the barrels of his 500 Nitro. The animal left me and jumped for him, he wisely kicked at the badly wounded cat which latched on to his foot with vim and vigor. This gave me the opportunity to roll onto my knees, spit the dirt and blood out and crank another round into my 416, when I lined up on the cats kill zone the leg the PH was standing on on was in the way, so I moved the sight back to his liver area. I was resigned to this shot making the leopard angry and his returning to chew on me. Instead he gave up and we beat him to death with our rifle barrels. A sad ending for a brave, beautiful animal. Not an adventure of which I am proud.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

These are some great ones but I have to give the prize so far to Happy Miles. We are fortunate to have you around after so close an encounter with a deadly cat. It often doesn't take them long to flat kill somebody once they get that close. I've had a life time of little things. I guess I would say the worst was when my brother accidentally shot me in the chest with 4 magnums out of his 12 gauge from about 25 yards. Luckily, I was wearing a heavy coat and a couple of sweat shirts. It knocked me back so fast, it just about snapped my neck. It collapsed both my lungs and one BB went through my neck, piercing the jugular vein. Lots of blood but little actual damage except for my coat and shirts which were torn to shreds. I have lots of lasting scars from mink bites on my trap line and while I raised them. Although they were not a leapords, they sure thought they were.

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from Happy Myles wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

DakotaMan.

That is not an adventure, that is a nightmare. Your brother must still be thanking God, as well as yourself.

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from dukkillr wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Happy Myles,

I think you won this competition. Not exactly the kind of competition a person would want to win, but congratulations anyway. =)

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from hengst wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Happy Myles,
Thanks, I like your respect for the animal...As you know soemthings have to be done at times that we don't like but still the only decision at the time

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from hengst wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Some of you guys have 9 lives...good thing

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I took a dirty spill down an overgrown hillside once.The fall wasnt very far but I landed on my rattling antlers, leaving me with some nice puncture wounds to my gut...luckly my heavy hunting clothes and "internal insulation" aka beer belly stopped me from suffering too bad of an injury.These days I only carry rattling bags.

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from Happy Myles wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Hengst,

The PH approached with an empty rifle hoping to get a chance to whack the cat on the head with the barrels of his 500 Nitro. The animal left me and jumped for him, he wisely kicked at the badly wounded cat which latched on to his foot with vim and vigor. This gave me the opportunity to roll onto my knees, spit the dirt and blood out and crank another round into my 416, when I lined up on the cats kill zone the leg the PH was standing on on was in the way, so I moved the sight back to his liver area. I was resigned to this shot making the leopard angry and his returning to chew on me. Instead he gave up and we beat him to death with our rifle barrels. A sad ending for a brave, beautiful animal. Not an adventure of which I am proud.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

These are some great ones but I have to give the prize so far to Happy Miles. We are fortunate to have you around after so close an encounter with a deadly cat. It often doesn't take them long to flat kill somebody once they get that close. I've had a life time of little things. I guess I would say the worst was when my brother accidentally shot me in the chest with 4 magnums out of his 12 gauge from about 25 yards. Luckily, I was wearing a heavy coat and a couple of sweat shirts. It knocked me back so fast, it just about snapped my neck. It collapsed both my lungs and one BB went through my neck, piercing the jugular vein. Lots of blood but little actual damage except for my coat and shirts which were torn to shreds. I have lots of lasting scars from mink bites on my trap line and while I raised them. Although they were not a leapords, they sure thought they were.

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from dukkillr wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Happy Myles,

I think you won this competition. Not exactly the kind of competition a person would want to win, but congratulations anyway. =)

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from dukkillr wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Wow, guys! Nice work with those treestands!

The worst I ever had was in 2008, we had tied a rope to a tree and hoisted a deer off the ground so we could skin it, and my dad was using his machete to chop the hocks off. Well, he asked me to steady the deer, so I did, but on one swing he cut right through the leg and BAM! the machete caught me right across the face. Fortunately, the hilt struck me before the blade did, so it stopped most of the force, but I still saw stars for awhile...

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from johnycakes wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Yeah he learned his lesson. That guy is in his 40's now and still has scars from it. He's one of the best taxidermist in VA.

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from MB915 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

So have you people who have fallen from treestands learned your lessons and now use a safety harness 100% of the time.

For all the youngsters of people just getting into hunting, it is imperative that you always wear your harness, it cant save your life if your not using it. All of those mishaps could have been easily prevented.

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from hengst wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Smacked in the face with a tree branch right when a friggin BIG bobcat ran out I swung to shoot and WHAM..thought I was blind...always wear eyepro (now)would hate to loose an eye..I have a good scar just under the right eye...I will fess up with something that is now funny but also equally as stupid...shot at a rabbit with a ss 20 ga..wounded it and it ran into a section of long pvc pipe..I stood and waited and kicked at the pipe waited some more...nothing so being temporarily insane ( only excuse) I picked up the end of the pvc put the muzzle in the pipe and fired a round...holy cow was that loud..crap went everywhere..I thought I was friggin blind and deaf on top of stupid.....I don't like to wound anything but should have had a better plan than that...i hope I am wiser and older now ...go ahead laugh...be safe Darwin always needs new award recipients

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I slipped on some ice down by the river and my legs went up and I landed on my back on something that broke a rib directly under my heart. Total pain. Played a lot of rough sports in my life and been knocked out, but nothing like this. Paralyzed with pain. Bill was young and his hormones were waxing vigorous and he saw me down and came charging to do something x-rated with my leg. I knew if he did that I would be in serious trouble, as he had exceptional stamina. So I rolled over and jumped up simultaneously, thereby opening up new vistas of pain experience.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

After I shot my first turkey, I ran out and grabbed his leg (thought he was dead). He started thrashing and his spur buried itself in my hand between my first and middle finger. Opened me up pretty good. Tough place to get stitches to hold, so it took a return trip to the ER to get it healed up.
Scars are like tattoos, but with better stories.

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from country road wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

My hunting partner shot me in the hand with a .22. The hand still ain't right. Hurt like dammit after the shock wore off.

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from Kenton wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

A few years ago there was an article about a rabbit hunter in OH that was crossing an old rusty fence. As he was swinging his leg over, the wire fence broke and he was impaled by a fence post via the "exhaust pipe". Was obvioulsy a very serious injury that required the life flight squad. They guy lived but has to wear a colonospy bag. Still sends shiver down my spine thinking about it...

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from Happy Myles wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Man, I am going to stay away from those dangerous tree blinds. Was pretty badly mauled by a leopard seven or eight years ago. My saddle horse slipped on ice and rolled over me breaking a couple of my ribs during an elk hunt.

Considering my mileage, I have been lucky

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from Elmer Fudd wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

been lucky, just a wrenched knee and twisted ankle not too bad over the years.... but have a funny story

Not too long ago was thinking "where could I still hunt when I am 80+ years old?" Might have to cut out the jumping over brooks and such. Then I thought, you know, right where I am hunting at this moment you can get right out of the truck and it's flat and you can go a good ways without jumping or climbing. The leaves had just fallen, and I no sooner thought that than stepped on a stick hidden by the leaves... IT ROLLED and I wound up falling on my back knocking the wind out of me. Well, I sure hope I don't get to old to hunt but there is always some something that can happen to get you hurt.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Torn ACL duck hunting. Steped into a beaver run and wedged my leg against a log, physics took care of the rest.

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from hengst wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Happy Myles..Mauled by a leopard...holy cow...pretty tough guy you must be to survive that one ...daggone...just wondering how did you get the leopard off of you?

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from Happy Myles wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

DakotaMan.

That is not an adventure, that is a nightmare. Your brother must still be thanking God, as well as yourself.

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from hengst wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Happy Myles,
Thanks, I like your respect for the animal...As you know soemthings have to be done at times that we don't like but still the only decision at the time

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from kyle wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

I did not really have a serious injury. I was setting my climber up and was about 20 feet in air and thought this is a good spot. So I kind of made a small hop to make sure the bottom piece was secured. It was not and down it went with the stand and trying to hug the tree as I went down. It was early in the season so I just had a long shirt on, my chest and belly had road burns mark. LOL Just went to the next tree and hunted.

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from johnycakes wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Way to man up! Mine was about 4 years ago. I was hanging a lock-on stand when I slipped and fell about 10' to the ground. Knocked the wind right out of me. i wasn't wearing a climbing harness, that I usually wear. I'm very lucky that bruising was my only injury.

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from johnycakes wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

Kyle's story just reminded me of a friend that a climber for christmas when he was 16. He went straight out to the drivway and climbed up a light pole with it. He lost it about 15 ft up and slide down the pole with arms wrapped around it. Needless to say he had to be taken to the ER and had 60+ splinters removed. Some of them 3 inches long!

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from kyle wrote 4 years 10 weeks ago

ouchhhhh That will ruin a guy day! LOL

Should have told him "quit whining and get back up there and try it again till you get it right, then we will take you to the ER" LOL

Man betca he use some few choice words!!

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from gman3186 wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

i have been hurt worst fishing hook in the hand, dislocated knee stuff like that never really been hurt hunting a bloody nose was the worst injury i have got hunting

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Went end over end on my horse down a steep mountain. Man, she rang my bell! And broke my gun in half and never did find my glasses. If she'd have broken my saddle, I swear I'd have shot her on the spot. And, yes, I did a LOT of swearing! Beat on her for twenty minutes with that broken gunstock (she did it on purpose). Then used my first-aid kit to tape the stock back together, got back in the saddle, and proceeded up to the point where I planned to hunt. She had busted up my left knee badly a few years earlier pulling the same stunt on the flat. Never did it again, though.

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from hengst wrote 4 years 9 weeks ago

Some of you guys have 9 lives...good thing

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