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Question by Colby Lamarche. Uploaded on April 14, 2009
Most of my near death experiences have come while driving to hunting locations, or from being clumsy and falling. I think I have more of a chance of doing myself in than being killed by any wild animal.
While trying to get close to a heard of waterbuck; I belly crawled right into a black mamba who looked me in the face and after an eternity took off in the other direction.
2 years ago i was bring 2 bukets of bit back to a few bait stations and i heard a crash in the woods behind me i stopped and looked around and figured it was just a deer but a few seconds later after i started walking again i heard something walking behind me. it was a 200 or so pound black bear. so i dropped my bait buckets and yelled and after yelling for about 10 seconds it finnaly ran away. ever since then i bring a gun with e
I wasn't hunting at the time, but a medium momma grizzly and her kid came rumbling right by me. They passed within 40 feet and she gave a woof that said "hey, wanna die? ok. come near me and the kid". I just stood there and watched them go by, then I collected my jaw from the ground. They were on a path, and I was in the way. Oops.
I'm with idahooutdoors, where I hunt there are no grizzlies or black mambas so beyond the rattlesnake or wild hog I probably present the biggest danger to myself.
C'mon slothman, be real. You belly crawl for bufs amid mambas but you don't know what a Tenn. check in station is?
yup... I just moved up here to TN.! but i Did work in RSA for Thabbammoyo safaris for 4 months and have my RSA nature guide certificate. I dont appreciate your snide remarks MR. Jim in Mo. Mabe Its possible for someone to have alot of experiences you dont have- while lacking knowledge of things you would consider common place. would you likke a list of all the places and animals I have and haven't seen so you can feel better about yourself?
slothman, No I don't feel that way at all, but I do think you may be stretching things a bit and disillusioning a young man who asked an honest question. First, your in Africa chasing bufs, now your in college paying football, and now, your asking me, to ask you, to tell me the animals of the world you've seen/hunted. Good lord you've had an exciting short life. Maybe you have. I may be wrong, but if your kidding, don't do it with a young kid who was just asking a question.
And by the way, go ahead and tell me of all the places you've been and the animals you've seen all the while playing this glorious football career.
I am being serious, I'm not kidding I have had a good life, he asked and I honestly answered- is this site not intended to share our experiences and what little helpful knowledge we might have? If you would prefer i could stop asking questions that are relavent to me- stop answering questions that i Actually might now how to answer- and refrain from sharing any of my true life stories.
P.S. Colby Lamarche- i am truly sorry that Jim and I corrupted your answer columb into a war zone.
Slothman - I think it sounds like you have lived an exciting life and would love to see some photos posted of some of your adventures. I don't doubt you, I don't even know you, I just think that pictures from your many adventures would be very interesting. Sounds like you have much knowledge we can all benefit from. Post away.
Jim in Mo - You never know. Slothman may be shooting us straight as an arrow. One of the things about these sorts of sites...you can be anyone you wanna be. On another site, I am single, 6'2" and 192 lbs of solid muscle with a 6 pack that won't quit. If he is not being honest he will give himself away soon enough. If he is being honest he has got lots of experience and knowledge to share.
You guys fight nice!
I've never had a problem with the animals. I can assure you that the VAST majority of hunting injuries are not caused by game animals or other hunters, but by individuals on themselves. My own stupidity and the drives on icy mountain roads to my hunting spot are what's dangerous.
I apologize to Colby for going off subject here.
It can be a confounding experience going to a new state (or country) and trying to figure out the rules. I found out from another post that Wisconsin requires all deer to be registered at a check station. Our deer check ins are voluntary, but our elk check ins are mandatory. From another post, they also have a shotgun zone where pistols can be used but the legal cartridges are different. You can use a mechanical turkey decoy in some states but don't dare set one up here. Stream access (riparian) laws can be quite different. We live in a Republic so laws are different between states.
I respect slothman for asking what he knows he doesn't know. That says a lot about a man. Lends credibility when he says he does know something. Interesting life. Also curious what he plans to do after college - currently taking advanced geology? There are some very interesting folks on this site. Looking forward to hearing some more stories. Actually, more people need to post their stories on the Message Boards - I think the Campground is the right place, though I still hope the editors put up a Stories tab. Stories can get lost in all the other good stuff.
Sorry - should have said handguns instead of pistols.
Charged by a Florida sow wild hog with pigs. Shot her thru the neck when she dodged around a stump at 5 yds. Remember the photo of 2 bullets I posted last month. One of them was the bullet that killed that hog. Also shot 2 of the pigs for a bar b que. Nearly stepped on a 5 ft diamondback while deer hunting in Fla. back in '65.
When I was in Viet Nam. one night is was pitch black and misting rain in the jungle. My platoon was on patrol and had set up a perimeter to spend the night. Because of snakes and leaches I always slept in a hammock tied between 2 trees. On this night we had movement outside our perimeter. Might be Charlie so what you do is throw a hand grenade. (If it is Charlie there's no muzzle flash to give away your position.) The soldier on guard threw 2 grenades. One hit a dead tree and bounced back. Hearing the hollow thump and knowing what it was I rolled out of my hammock and hit the ground. Nobody was hurt but it scared the heck out of all. Having seen a troop earlier that day we decided the noise was monkeys. After daylight we found tiger tracks. That cat had walked right up to a soldier sleeping on the ground under a poncho and sniffed him. The pug marks were huge.
Oh yeah...I was about 2 feet from stepping on a diamondback too, but it was a smaller young one, and had been pretty mashed up by a hawk or something, so it wasn't in any shape to strike. It just watched me jump about 5 feet up and back. I used a putter to put it out of its misery.
I would like to clarify - I don't golf. It was someone else's putter. Haha.
Del - that's pretty horrifying. Tigers are some scary cats.
I have been tracked for 2 days by a nasty grizzly bear that liked to really sit up and ROAR...after 2 days, Id had enough and set up an ambush but I never saw him again...
I was chased and treed by a cow moose once as well...she really wanted a piece of me and I sat in that tree for a couple hours at least...I had a pistol with me at the time but decided not to shoot her because she had twin calves nearby...
one time i was sitting under this tree and then i heard somthing
and then i looked up
it was a squirl
i was terrifyed
but luckily it didnt charge
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