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Almost really messed up this weekend #9054240 05/29/24 08:41 PM
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I was leaving the lease Sunday, I didn’t hunt that morning but still set the alarm early cause we had some work to finish up at camp and both my girls (2&6), had fevers (my DA should’ve headed home the night before)

I was done with the clean up routine, got everything locked up, loaded the dog up and said farewell to the guys.

Pulled up to the gate, hopped out and was flipping that one number on the combo lock that everyone flips.

BOOM, get launched into the gate, I look over and all I see is black and thought I just got hit by a cow - maybe had a calf I didn’t see and came at me?

It was my F#@%ing truck- I forgot to put it in park. Instinctively I tried to push it off me but started feeling the pressure and knew it was a losing battle.

I tried to squeeze out, but the best I could do was get my boot in front of the tire, which was able to halt the truck enough to catch my breath and holler for help. Thank God my buddy, Bear, was loading his truck up and heard me. He jumped in his truck and took a straight line towards the gate, didn't even bother to use the road - hopped in my truck and was able to back it off me.

I’ve been in and out of that gate no less than 500 times, and just that simple mistake almost cost me everything.

We do what we do because we love it, and it’s so easy to forget the hundreds unforeseen risks we take being in the great outdoors, especially when by yourself.

Stay safe out there boys, and always put your truck in park when you get to the gate.

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Glad you are OK! Things like that happen more often than most think. I’ve lost track of the number of trucks and trailers I’ve seen in the drink at boat ramps over the years. It is easy to get complacent and quit paying attention. Sometimes it really bites you in the @ss.

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There is a sad statistic of lots of people that live in the country when checking their mail and run themselves over for the same mistake you made.

Glad your OK.

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Originally Posted by angus1956
There is a sad statistic of lots of people that live in the country when checking their mail and run themselves over for the same mistake you made.

Glad your OK.



We had a member die several years back from the same thing


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Glad to hear you weren't hurt bad. Can imagine that left a mark.


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Re: Almost really messed up this weekend [Re: TET3006] #9054275 05/29/24 09:34 PM
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I remember a kid in HS was at a fast food drive through line. He wasn't aligned with the mic when trying to order his food, so he opened the door and stepped out to make his order. Only problem was that he forgot to put it in park. People in line behind are screaming at him that his car was rolling forward. So he runs over to the car, jumps in quickly, and slams on the GAS instead of the brake. Car goes flying into the restaurant. Plenty of damage to his car and the building, but nobody was hurt.

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Good you weren’t killed. I’ve jumped out, missed park and almost by a hair got crushed. Got out of tractor one time, had out of gear, was behind back tire and it rolled about 10” for some unknown reason, everything around a farm or outdoors can kill you.

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Glad you are able to tell (type) your cautionary story!

Re: Almost really messed up this weekend [Re: TET3006] #9054284 05/29/24 09:43 PM
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We had an old dump truck. Dad was cleaning something up and I was allowed to run it back to the dump and dump it. 'Guess I was about 16. Backing up to the edge of the dump, with the door open looking back, the rear wheels slipped over the edge. I started falling out and got to see the front driver side tire about 8" from my melon and headed toward me. By the Grace of God, my right foot caught on the brake pedal and I was able to pull myself back up. I ran all the way back to the house. It made an impression on me. I can still operate a dump truck, but I'm dam careful 'bout it. up


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Thanks for the kind words guys. In the blink of an eye is right, it happened SO fast.

Walked away with just bruises and a sore pelvis/lower back - The good Lord was looking out for me, no doubt in my mind.

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I did the same thing in a parking lot - stopped, opened my door, stepped out and I was still in drive - thank God I was able to get back in and stop - I can see how this type of thing can happen especially if you are in a hurry = glad you are safe


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Originally Posted by TET3006
Thanks for the kind words guys. In the blink of an eye is right, it happened SO fast.

Walked away with just bruises and a sore pelvis/lower back - The good Lord was looking out for me, no doubt in my mind.


Glad you are alright and mostly unscathed.

It was just one of those things we've done hundreds of times with no thought and 'muscle memory' fails us.

I got similarly "crushed' one time feeding our horses. Before putting them in their stalls in the evening (10 horses) they would gather behind the barn in a gated area. I would fill a feed cart with alfalfa pellets and dump that into a couple of troughs just outside of the gated area. Then I would undo the chain on the gate and slide back the T-handle to let the horses on through.

Naturally at feeding time they are anxious to eat and would crowd up against one another and rush through the gate when opened. I would always be on the other side of it. Well there one horse I wanted to 'doctor' after feeding time, so I went back to the barn and got a halter, put it on that horse. Then NOT thinking....I went to go open the gate to let them feed. Once they heard the chain drop they started trying to go through the gate!

My dumb a$$ was on the INSIDE of it. I had all those horses pushing against me (pinned) against the gate until the force of it bent the T-handle and the gate opened. At that point about 5-6 of the horses had to jump over me (me on the ground) to get on through.

Man....that hurt. I mean really hurt.


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In a hurry and/or tired are quick ways to get hurt at a deer lease. Have to remind myself once a year to slow down or rest a bit before doing work.

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Originally Posted by angus1956
There is a sad statistic of lots of people that live in the country when checking their mail and run themselves over for the same mistake you made.

Glad your OK.



We had a member die several years back from the same thing


That is what killed Crazyhorse. Glad your ok. A safety feature I noticed with my new truck. In gear, seat belt off, the truck will stop and and not move if I open the door.

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Does your HS buddy running his hot rod Chopped & channeled 32 ford roadster with Chebby motor) over your foot count? He didn't 'burn' rubber so no real damage. 'Darn guy, you just ran over my foot!'

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Glad you're okay.

I've learned it's often something that changes your routine and makes you forget to do something else that's part of that routine. And sometimes it can be nothing more than an unusual or out of place thought. In your case, it might have been the thought of needing to get home to check on the kids, combined with just being in a hurry.

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Young and upcoming actor, Anton Yelchin died in 2016 after being pinned by his VW and another car after mistakingly thinking he had set his emergency brake in the Hollywood Hills. Be careful out there and take some time watching your Ps and Qs.

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Glad you are okay. Being on and around a tractor a lot will keep a person aware of how machinery can kill.

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Originally Posted by ntxtrapper
Glad you are okay. Being on and around a tractor a lot will keep a person aware of how machinery can kill.


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any time I have to do anything around our tractors the bucket is down with just a little lift on the front so I know it is solid.

knew a guy in colorado that got run over and killed while bailing alfalfa.


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Glad you are okay. Being on and around a tractor a lot will keep a person aware of how machinery can kill.


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any time I have to do anything around our tractors the bucket is down with just a little lift on the front so I know it is solid.

knew a guy in colorado that got run over and killed while bailing alfalfa.



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I feel for you! I had same type incident last March, 10 ton forklift and 2 ton AJAX exhaust with myself in the middle. Time slowed down and tunnel vision set in before I was found. I made the mistake of saying the words out loud "today is the day I die!" That is sign of resolved and giving up! I came back around and got mad thinking my son would return to work to find his father dead. I still have mental issues at times.


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A rancher had a load of cattle drove through the gate, stopped got out if the truck, and closed the gate about that time the cattle got to moving around causing the truck and trailer to roll back penning him between his trailer and the gate killing him.

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About a year ago here at work we had a subcontractor cut his foot off because he forgot to put his truck in park. He hopped out to fill his cooler at our ice machine and the truck started rolling. He ran after, jumped halfway in it and had one foot in, one foot out when the front end fell off the curb into a drainage by the shop. Sharp cement ledge spillway. his left foot was under it when it fell. The running board sheared his foot off above his ankle. I worked as a first responder for years and had never seen that much blood while on the job. He lived but lost his foot. And a crapload of blood. We stack tires there now...

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Pulled up this morning to a downhill gate, F150 + a 20' gooseneck. Not only did I put it in park, I also set the brake, because I thought of this story. Stay safe out there, gents.


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So glad your OK and had someone to hear your call for help!!!
I did the same thing 4 years ago but left it in reverse and got out and it rolled back and wedged my wife against a feeder, Was able to respond quickly enough so she was not injured. Just a moment of carelessness and a real tragedy can occur. I always double check my self now when I back up to a feeder or any other like situation. I often rethink that situation and I shake at the thought of possibly hurting my wife of 56 years.

Again glad you are OK!!!!!!!!!!!

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