A comedy of errors.

earlyearly Senior MemberPosts: 4,950 Senior Member
Got to elk camp this year and found out all the bread I bought on sale went moldy. Then due to lack of sleep, erected my tent under a widow maker. When I loaded my piece for opening day, I discovered I was short some spare accoutrements I use to keep my load dry. Opening day nothing seen. Sunday morning well in pursuit, I needed to avail my self of the deep woods facilities. Turning around to fininsh my buisness, I discovered an audience. Mom and her yearling not liking my sudden attention tried a 180 about face but were delayed by copious dead fall. With my trousers bunched about my ankles I shouldered my rifle searching aim, but not before big mom made cover. The yearling delayed a fraction of a second too long. It's an absolute miracle I hit her and I can claim no skill in it at all. By the time I gathered myself up and realoaded and made my way across a maze of dead fall, she was already attracting flys. So I decided to forego the pack frame and tote her pieces back to camp on my shoulder. It was a foolish decision that carried parden the punn extensive consequences. Another elk with the Hawken cap-lock 2017. No pics, believe it or don't.
About the only thing I did right was to be in the woods with a tag and a weapon.
My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 15,695 Senior Member
    Snort! Hey - at least you got something for your effort, flies and all!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    Carry a 25 if it makes you feel good, but do not ever load it. If you load it, you may shoot it. If you shoot it, you may hit somebody, and if you hit somebody – and he finds out about it – he may be very angry with you. --Jeff Cooper
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 6,040 Senior Member
    Ain't nothing wrong with being lucky! :up:
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 6,753 Senior Member
    Man, you got it done! The hard way, but you got it done. Congrats!
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    I had to wait a couple days for the prcessor to finish. It was nice. Piece and quiet in the woods with no phone, and no, well almost no traffic.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,345 Senior Member
    Good deal! Any elk is an accomplishment!
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 7,477 Senior Member
    Congrats
    I actually saw the largest deer of my life, right in the middle of a pee. Rifle was leaning against a tree. I was not as fast as you and he disappeared quicker than he appeared.
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 15,695 Senior Member
    Diver43 wrote: »
    Congrats
    I actually saw the largest deer of my life, right in the middle of a pee. Rifle was leaning against a tree. I was not as fast as you and he disappeared quicker than he appeared.

    Ya should have seen the one that got away... :tooth::jester:
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    Carry a 25 if it makes you feel good, but do not ever load it. If you load it, you may shoot it. If you shoot it, you may hit somebody, and if you hit somebody – and he finds out about it – he may be very angry with you. --Jeff Cooper
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 9,486 Senior Member
    Nicely done Early. I have to say though, I always see game when I stop to relive myself, eat or drink something, or put my gun down to adjust my gear, it is like magic:jester:
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • ArmoredmanArmoredman Member Posts: 308 Member
    Dumb question - what is a "widow maker"?
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,614 Senior Member
    Armoredman wrote: »
    Dumb question - what is a "widow maker"?

    A large branch or tree that can fall on you unexpectedly.

    D
    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
    Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.... now who's bringing the hot wings? :jester:
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 9,786 Senior Member
    Good job. :up:

    Trick shots count, and there is meat in the freezer.
  • VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior Member Posts: 6,255 Senior Member
    Armoredman wrote: »
    Dumb question - what is a "widow maker"?

    Large dead tree branch, tree or anything that can fall on you that you set your tent under.
    Dan got it first.
    It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.
  • Jeff in TXJeff in TX Senior Member Posts: 1,197 Senior Member
    You know at moments like this a video would have been worth its weight in gold! I mean pants around your ankles, possible fresh pile beneath your feet, swinging on a fleeing animal and making an incredible shot. You possible could have left out the part where after the shot you went to take a step or two, possibly stepping in your fresh pile or tripping over your pants around your ankles, Your story gives incredible visuals to the imagination but a video...priceless! Congrats on a great shot while in a bind and putting meat in the freezer!:worthy::roll2:
    Distance is not an issue, but the wind can make it interesting!

    John 3: 1-21
  • cpjcpj Senior Member Posts: 37,107 Senior Member
    Good shooting. However, I would recommend NOT practicing that technique at a public range....

    My dad shot a deer in a similar fashion..
    "I'm here for the guns, hunting, and skirt wearing men."
    Zee
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    When I put up my wall tent I was looking for dead trees. Not seeing any I thought I was good. What I didn't notice was one aspen had a spilt trunk at the base. Half the split had already fallen exposing only a small portion of trunk base to support the tree left standing. This showed itself at an off angle I didn't see until after carcass recovery. By then I just chanced it due to physical exhaustion. I was indeed very lucky this year.

    Jeff, God save me from video. Much of my life is similar to what you've imagined. :tooth:
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    Good shooting. However, I would recommend NOT practicing that technique at a public range....

    My dad shot a deer in a similar fashion..

    In the back of my mind I knew this could happen one day. Of course public facilities are more preferable if available.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 9,078 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    Nicely done Early. I have to say though, I always see game when I stop to relive myself, eat or drink something, or put my gun down to adjust my gear, it is like magic:jester:

    which is why a 'cross chest' tactical sling makes such good sense for hunting. You can... keep your rifle handy while you have your gun out, if you get my drift.
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 9,078 Senior Member
    doubletap.
    To make something simple is a thousand times more difficult than to make something complex.
    -Mikhail Kalashnikov
  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 17,979 Senior Member
    Who knew that those animals were related to catfish? Is using stinkbait as an attractant legal where you hunt?
    :uhm:
    Jerry
    Hide and wail in terror, Eloi- - - -We Morlocks are on the hunt!
    ASK-HOLE Someone who asks for advice and always does something opposite
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Gonna cook up some a last years to make room.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    Who knew that those animals were related to catfish? Is using stinkbait as an attractant legal where you hunt?
    :uhm:
    Jerry

    I hope so :tooth:
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 6,040 Senior Member
    On a similar note, it seems the best way to attract an antelope is to kill one and start field dressing it where it dropped. It's not unusual for another one to come take a look to see what happened. Linefinder even killed on while I was dressing one I just killed.
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 21,925 Senior Member
    Sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do to fill the tag. You got meat for the freezer, and had a successful hunt. And a funny story to go with it! :roll2: What's not to like? :up:
    Non Sibi Sed Patriage (Not for self, but country)



  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 17,979 Senior Member
    I dropped two does one morning within about 5 minutes of each other, (3 doe a day limit in most of Tennessee) and while I was field dressing the second one I looked up to find two more watching me from about 50 yards away. My brother tried to get one of them, but the sun was rising right behind them and he couldn't find them in his scope. When he tried to move to a better angle and take a shot, they bolted.
    Hide and wail in terror, Eloi- - - -We Morlocks are on the hunt!
    ASK-HOLE Someone who asks for advice and always does something opposite
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 15,695 Senior Member
    Jeff in TX wrote: »
    You possible could have left out the part where after the shot you went to take a step or two, possibly stepping in your fresh pile or tripping over your pants around your ankles...

    A skirt wouldn't have these problems - just sayin'. :tooth:
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    Carry a 25 if it makes you feel good, but do not ever load it. If you load it, you may shoot it. If you shoot it, you may hit somebody, and if you hit somebody – and he finds out about it – he may be very angry with you. --Jeff Cooper
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,782 Senior Member
    Congrats
    it was funny though!
    I have a need for speed
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 6,587 Senior Member
    Congrats on a tasty kill, and thanks or sharing a great story.
  • JayJay Senior Member Posts: 2,850 Senior Member
    zorba wrote: »
    A skirt wouldn't have these problems - just sayin'. :tooth:

    Depends....
  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Moderator Posts: 25,426 Senior Member
    :rotflmao:

    I'd rather be lucky than good anyway! :tooth:
    "Attack rapidly, ruthlessly, viciously, without rest, however tired and hungry you may be, the enemy will be more tired, more hungry. Keep punching." General George S. Patton
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 20,866 Senior Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    :rotflmao:

    I'd rather be lucky than good anyway! :tooth:

    If you're real good and it gets around, you will most likely get lucky more often.....:tooth:
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
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