Close Call Deer Hunting? I was shot!

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Close Call Deer Hunting? I was shot!

Postby Ambidextrous » Sat May 31, 2014 7:51 pm

Have you guys ever had a close call with a hunter where you were dangerously close to being hit? Unfortunately, during the 3rd season of the 2012 Colorado deer hunt I was hit by another hunter as he/she attempted to harvest a doe.

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Re: Close Call Deer Hunting? I was shot!

Postby Ohio farms » Sun Jun 01, 2014 2:01 pm

Can't say that I ever have had a close call, at least while hunting. I'd be interested in hearing the the rest of your story though.
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Re: Close Call Deer Hunting? I was shot!

Postby shaman » Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:29 am

The first time I ever came really close was the 1996 Ohio Opener. I was hunting the east side of a shallow creek bottom. At sunrise a herd of doe came running up the creek on the far side-- about 50 yards away. They were running so fast, I held back shooting. They disappeared onto the neighbor's property on the west side. As soon as they disappeared from sight, a fusillade erupted from the other side of the fence. You could tell it was three hunters. One was shooting a semi-auto 12 (BLAM!BLAM!BLAM!) the next one had double (Bla-Blam!). The last had a pump (BLAM! . . .BLAM! . . .BLAM!) . The problem was they were all shooting directly at me. Luckily the treestand I was on was facing away, so I had the tree to shield me, but it wasn't quite wide enough. The closest round hit a dead limb a few feet away, and knocked it off.

In 2001, I was walking across the parking apron next to the house at deer camp. A round from waaaay off came wzzzzzzing just over my head, close enough that I could feel it on my hair.
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Re: Close Call Deer Hunting? I was shot!

Postby MZS » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:22 am

I have had bullets zing by fairly close on a few occasions. Thankfully I was never hit. According to stats at http://dnr.wi.gov/files/pdf/pubs/le/LE0006_2012.pdf around 10% of deer-gun accidental shootings end up being fatal. The leading cause of accidental shootings is failure to identify the target. Next is hitting someone out of view.

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Re: Close Call Deer Hunting? I was shot!

Postby rthomas4 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:39 am

I watched a guy on a stand about 300 yards away shoot at a doe crossing a dirt road on the opposite side, away from me and some of the buckshot ricocheted off of the hard pan and actually hit in the trees above my spot. I've also been on a man drive with some guys on horseback when some buckshot hit a wood duck nesting box I was sitting behind. The rider swore he was shooting in the opposite direction at a buck that ended up going to my brother who was around the bend from me. My brother killed the deer and it didn't have any buckshot entry wounds on the side the rider claimed he was shooting at.
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Re: Close Call Deer Hunting? I was shot!

Postby kellory » Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:57 pm

Yes. Several times over the years, I've had shots flying through the trees at me, one time that nearly fouled my britches.
I was bow hunting in full camo, in a pop up blind on public lands. (Never again)
Dawn rises, the deer start moving, and some yahoo gun hunting on the far side of the gulley, starts blasting at me!
I start yelling (@#%$&#@) but he can't hear anything over the noise he is making, so I did the only thing I could to stop this idiot, I put an arrow in the tree about three foot over his head (and off to the side a bit). He jumped, swore, and got up and left. I reclaimed my arrow a couple of hours later. (_I didn't want to show myself to this fool ).
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Re: Close Call Deer Hunting? I was shot!

Postby Homunculi » Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:16 pm

no wonder i shy away from public lands .... glad you were not hit ...

but for now this fall looks like i am going to be on public lands if i cannot find a private property to hunt :(
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Re: Close Call Deer Hunting? I was shot!

Postby troutbum » Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:35 pm

Reminds me when I was in Nam. You would hear the bullets buzz over head, then the leaves would start falling around you. That's when you figured it was getting personal. :)

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Re: Close Call Deer Hunting? I was shot!

Postby rthomas4 » Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:34 am

What's the saying about hearing bullets? Something about never hearing the shot that kills you?
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Re: Close Call Deer Hunting? I was shot!

Postby Ohio farms » Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:04 pm

Curious...What happened to the guy who posed the question?
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