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#6094864 - 12/21/15 12:07 PM Owl attacked me this weekend ....Twice!
cuthand1 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 04/17/06
Posts: 252
Loc: Waxahachie
While in my ladder stand with my muzzle loader this week end a owl hit me twice.....I was in the stand about 45 minutes before you could see anything. I like to get out early and enjoy the quite time. Off in the far distance I could here owls hooting and doing their thing. Nothing really any different than the hundreds of other times I've been on stand. Right at first light I here a owl hoot about fifty yards to my right. I turn my head to look at him and see him fly and land in a tree about ten yards be hind me. I thought well that's pretty cool. A few minutes later he hoots real loud right behind me. I look around the tree and see him fly off through the trees for about a hundred yards out of sight. Well I get settled back in and about thirty seconds later SMACK right in the back of the head like someone hitting you with a open palm! The force knocked my head forward chin hitting my chest. I look up to see the owl land in a tree about tree 20 yards away. We have a star down and I reach up to feel my head and my toboggan in gone. Its laying half way to the owl on the ground. About that time the owl flies over to my right and land high in a tree ten yards away. The owl is moving his head back and forth like owls do sizing me up. I raise both arms trying to make him fly off. Well he lunges and makes about three power moves with his wings right toward my face. I swing my right arm to block him and down my head just as he knocks the crap out of the top of my head and fore head. Then flies over and lands about 10 yards away in another tree. Let me tell you a owl hits its prey with a lot of force! I raised my cap and ball to get even but didn't want to scare the deer away that could be in the area. He had enough flew away. Well after sitting in the tree for about ten minutes and absorbing what had just happened I feel something on my face. I rub my head and blood all over my face. Hooty had cut my eye brow about one inch long next to the eye socket and ended up with four puncture wounds in my head.... Question: Has anyone ever had that happen before? I've had them buzz me varmit calling before but never a hit, much less two! That's my story. Hope you enjoy it!

#6094874 - 12/21/15 12:14 PM Re: Owl attacked me this weekend ....Twice! [Re: cuthand1]
glb1955 Offline
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Registered: 07/21/11
Posts: 390
Loc: Brazos County Texas
I had one try to get my cap off one time while calling, but nothing like what you had.

#6094880 - 12/21/15 12:17 PM Re: Owl attacked me this weekend ....Twice! [Re: cuthand1]
J.R. Offline
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Registered: 09/26/07
Posts: 1513
Loc: Frisco, Tx.
Lucky the damage wasn't worse. Glad you're O.K. I would have streaked my drawers!-)

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#6094888 - 12/21/15 12:21 PM Re: Owl attacked me this weekend ....Twice! [Re: cuthand1]
Aggieman775 Offline

Registered: 04/24/15
Posts: 721
Loc: Pittsburg, TX
My dad had a hawk come at him once but he just covered his face with his arms and that was the end of that the hawk flew up when he did that. Glad you are ok.

#6094889 - 12/21/15 12:21 PM Re: Owl attacked me this weekend ....Twice! [Re: cuthand1]
BigPig Offline
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Registered: 08/27/09
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Loc: Forney, Tx
Never had that happen, but there wouldve been a dead owl for sure
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#6094904 - 12/21/15 12:28 PM Re: Owl attacked me this weekend ....Twice! [Re: cuthand1]
TX_LT230FH Offline
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Registered: 05/16/07
Posts: 4403
Loc: North Dallas
My niece's husband had that happen, but he was sitting down against a tree blowing a "dying-rabbit" call. Cut his scalp and he needed some stitches.

#6094909 - 12/21/15 12:33 PM Re: Owl attacked me this weekend ....Twice! [Re: cuthand1]
BOLT GUY Offline
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Registered: 02/17/11
Posts: 1228
Loc: North of Wylie
Similar situation happened to me about 8-9 years ago. Door on the stand latched on outside, had to got through the window and unlatch the door from the outside.
Three barn owls, apparently ones i had booted from the stand earlier in the year,were circling and smacking my arm every time I stuck it out to unlock the door.
Tore my insulated coveralls and 3 fairly deep gashes on my forearm. No way I sticking my head outside till they were gone.

#6094921 - 12/21/15 12:39 PM Re: Owl attacked me this weekend ....Twice! [Re: BigPig]
Pitchfork Predator Offline
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Registered: 01/25/13
Posts: 14064
Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
Originally Posted By: BigPig
Never had that happen, but there wouldve been a dead owl for sure

I like owls but that one I'd have killed. I have seen this behavior between owls and hawks fighting over hunting perches that they claim.

I guess that owl claimed your stand as his hunting perch but forgot to get you the memo. Glad you are ok. up

Edited by Pitchfork Predator (12/21/15 12:40 PM)
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#6095122 - 12/21/15 02:58 PM Re: Owl attacked me this weekend ....Twice! [Re: cuthand1]
crooked horn Offline

Registered: 01/20/14
Posts: 147
Loc: Brown County
Had a hawk try to land on me while I was sitting in a ladder stand. Right as he stretched his wings to break, and extended his legs, I hollered at him and threw my arms out. He plummeted out of control to the ground, then flew up and lit on a branch just above my head and started screaming obscenities at me while bobbing up and down. I was laughing so hard I couldn't see straight. After he had me lined out he flew off.
Thank you...thank you very much

#6095124 - 12/21/15 02:58 PM Re: Owl attacked me this weekend ....Twice! [Re: cuthand1]
Double Naught Spy Offline
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Registered: 05/18/11
Posts: 5498
Loc: Forestburg, Montague Cnty, TX
You don't happen to have a rat face, maybe big floppy ears, or any other prey characteristics, do you?

Great story!
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#6095230 - 12/21/15 04:06 PM Re: Owl attacked me this weekend ....Twice! [Re: cuthand1]
cuthand1 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 04/17/06
Posts: 252
Loc: Waxahachie
Double Naught , Not that I know of. Been called a Chicken $--t a few times but that's about it as far as owl prey.

#6095629 - 12/21/15 08:11 PM Re: Owl attacked me this weekend ....Twice! [Re: cuthand1]
HillbillyDeluxe Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 12/23/07
Posts: 8913
Loc: North Texas
Same thing happened to a buddy of mine on a lease we were on north of Olney about 10 years ago. He had a 12-foot tripod he was hunting out of and this owl kept coming at him right at first light and ripped a huge gash in the arm of his coveralls. He had to get his knife out to try and ward him off after the first couple of times and the owl finally gave up. At the same lease, I had a tower box blind and an owl tried and get in through the windows a couple of times when I was in it. Scared the hell out of me the first time because it was dark and I was half dozed off and totally relaxed about an hour before sunup.

When we left that lease, we went to get our stuff and the inside of my box blind was filled with feathers and rodent remains from owls and their kill.

Those things can be mean as hell. Glad you got away unscathed.

#6095643 - 12/21/15 08:21 PM Re: Owl attacked me this weekend ....Twice! [Re: cuthand1]
rdhibbs Offline

Registered: 04/08/15
Posts: 730
Loc: Dumas TX
Well I am certainly glad you were not seriously injured. Good thing he did not knock you down from the stand. scared hope ya got a good deer out of the deal elmer
Thank You

#6095852 - 12/21/15 10:07 PM Re: Owl attacked me this weekend ....Twice! [Re: cuthand1]
Tactical Cowboy Offline
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Registered: 08/23/11
Posts: 3493
Loc: Snyder
Dang! glad it wasn't worse.
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#6095854 - 12/21/15 10:10 PM Re: Owl attacked me this weekend ....Twice! [Re: cuthand1]
CenTex Offline

Registered: 01/12/10
Posts: 690
Loc: Waco
That is an amazing story. Glad you're ok.

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