I wish I would have found this thread earlier. I laughed out loud at some of the posts. (Just to clarify....I laughed with the poster, not at him)I would name names, but it would take too long, since there were so many funny ones.
Yeah, certain situations have caused me to jump, or tense up when I am in the dark woods. But, the situation is the cause, not the dark woods. Wouldn't matter if I was in my house in the dark, if someone or somethings screams at me when I don't expect it, I react. (and yes, there are times I have to expect it......I am married LOL) Am I scared? (except of my wife)....No....If I think there is someone in my house that shouldn't be, I grab a gun and head downstairs. Is the gun to protect me?...No, it is to kill the bad guy.
And, I mean that in the nicest way.
I live and hunt in Indiana, so there really aren't many animals to fear. The biggest thing I am afraid of, when walking to my stand, is getting my eye poked out by a branch I didn't see. LOL The only time the coyotes gave me pause was when I was jogging down our country road. I was in running shorts, and t-shirt. The pause was really only to decide how I would kill them if they jumped me. They didn't, but they crossed the road about 50 yds ahead of me. It was dark, but I could see their eyes reflecting light from the flashing light at the country intersection, I had just passed.
That isn't to say, that fear doesn't grip me sometimes. We all have to overcome the urge to lock-up. I have been in quite a few situations, that have scared me. Most of the time, the fear sets in after the situation/altercation is over. I can reflect on how close I came to death, or what I almost did wrong that could have led to my death.
Now, should we be offended by Hunter480? I don't think so. I am part of a group of some of the most dangerous (to bad guys) men around. We all have been scared of certain things at times. We, also, have ribbed, made fun of, put down, cut down, yelled at, belittled, and insulted each other over those things numerous times. That is what we do. We would fight, and die for each other, but we also can be pretty unforgiving of weakness. We are men. We focus on the weakness, and it is either remedied, or the weak leave. No offense intended toward the ladies, but that is how men roll. It hardens us. Don't like it, fine, don't get mad, though. Learn from it, or get out.
What Hunter480, or anyone else thinks, doesn't affect me emotionally. I either agree, or disagree. Getting all emotional about it, and yelling at him, are kinda feminine responses. Not that the people that had the responses are feminine, just the reactions. I actually agree with Hunter480, on most points, I guess. I like crotchety old geezers. Alot can be learned from them. Woodswalker's perspective is great. I like people that are direct.
I think most of the posts, were funny. The anecdotes were amusing, because no one was injured in the making of the story. Are there real dangers in the woods? Well, yes, but....that is what we like, right? Now, if you don't like the thrill of getting out there in the dark, that is when you should stay home. Otherwise, keep going out there, and posting these great "killer turkey" stories. I for one, will keep laughing with you. They're great.
Until then, FEAR THE DEMOCRATS. Or.... ANYONE that is mesmerized by OBAMA. It doesn't have to be in a dark and scary woods, to scare the pants off of me.....it just has to be liberal and hiding in clear view. Keep your guns handy.... it could get rough.