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Don't let this happen to you #8039910 11/06/20 01:19 AM
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I hope all my posts this week has made the time pass a little faster for those who read them.

Before I call it a week, I want to post just one more photo along with comments from the victim with hopes that it will serve as as safety reminder.

As it appears in the TPWD 2008 Hunting Accident Report...

VICTIM’S ACCOUNT – LAST DAY OF 2008 “Some of you may already know that I was involved in a hunting accident on New Year’s Eve but wanted you to hear about it from me so that you have the story first-hand and know that I am going to be okay. I was sitting in a tripod stand on my lease in South Texas at dusk when one of my hunters drove down an adjoining road. He stopped his jeep in my sendera, and I waved my hat and whistled so that he would see me and leave. I watched him get out of his jeep and the next thing I know I hear and feel the shot at the same instant. I was able to stand up and yell to him that he shot me and he drove to me as I climbed out of the stand. The 25-06 bullet went in the front of the top of my left shoulder where it joins the neck and exited out the back. He rushed me to the Eagle Pass emergency room which is only minutes from the ranch. I was flown home to Houston the next afternoon and have been having the wound treated at home by a doctor friend until I get in to see a general surgeon tomorrow. I have a very nasty exit wound that will require several weeks to heal and then plastic surgery to finish off. I was very, very fortunate in that the bullet missed all bones and vitals. I have attached a picture of the wound (don't open if you are squeamish). You will see how lucky I (and the shooter) am to be able to sit and write this today. I will tell you that it hurts, a lot! As to the question of how this could happen I don't have an answer. He is an experienced and normally very safe hunter and he can't explain his total lapse in judgment at shooting at something he could not positively identify, in very low light and at a 200 yard distance. He broke the number 1 rule in gun safety. His recovery time will be much longer than mine but he is not getting any sympathy from me at this time. The soreness gets a little better (easier to take) every day, and I expect to be working at least part time tomorrow and picking it up a little more every day. I'm thankful for all the support I have gotten in the last few days. I expect to have a great new year!”

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Re: Don't let this happen to you [Re: Texas Dan] #8040503 11/06/20 04:01 PM
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Wow

I'm not sure I am understanding the story. So his buddy shot at him thinking he was something else....and he was an experienced hunter.
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Experience is not necessarily directly proportional to intelligence.

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Re: Don't let this happen to you [Re: Texas Dan] #8040559 11/06/20 04:44 PM
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Weird story for sure. How tall was this tripod? Did the shooter think an animal climbed into the tripod?



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Wow.

Folks, be SURE of your TARGET and what is BEYOND it.


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WOW.


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I bet that stung a tad eek2

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Originally Posted by TCM3
Wow.

Folks, be SURE of your TARGET and what is BEYOND it.



Exactly

I can never, EVER remember even pointing a rifle in the general direction of a target unless I knew EXACTLY what it was and what was behind it!

To me, this type of thing is not a accident. It is just plain STUPIDITY at the highest level.


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This is absolute stupidity. WTF was the shooter hoping to hit? No way a human looks like a deer, pig, cow, coyote, etc.

Re: Don't let this happen to you [Re: Texas Dan] #8040831 11/06/20 09:23 PM
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I later learned through my connections with the TPWD that the victim ended up filing a lawsuit against the shooter.

Also, what should not be overlooked in this incident is how even a small piece of blaze orange clothing or hat could have resulted in a much different ending. I keep an orange vest in my bag just in case I should ever need to wear it or wave it at someone. And even the smallest light could ensure you’re not mistaken as being an animal. Absolutely, others should always be sure of their target. Do you want to bet your life they will?

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Maybe thought you were a roosting turkey? It's happened before. Still no excuse! Glad you're healing up ok.

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