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    Not being patient on my first mule deer hunt. While a buddy and I were walking to where we planned to hunt we saw a nice buck in his bed at the edge of the woods about 30 yards on the wrong side of a low fence dividing private land from public. We watched him for about 30 minutes and the buck had no clue we were 100 yards from him.

    The guy I was hunting with was a bird hunter, not a big game hunter and he wanted to move on. I was trying to get him interested in deer hunting and stuck with him so we went on.

    What I should have done was sent him on and stayed for a while to see what the buck would do when he got up to stretch or feed. Or, I could have sent my buddy to where the buck would see him and have my buddy stop. That might have gotten the buck to get up and move the short distance back onto public land.

    It was not a great unit (we drew it with no points) and as it turned out that was by far the best buck we saw all week.
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    Actually, I thought of a far worse one because it put my life in real danger.

    I have a climbing stand that I use, a Summit Viper. One time I used it to climb between 25-30 feet up a pine tree. I had the cable set a little loose but didn't pay it any mind because it made climbing faster. I figured I would tighten up the cable a notch when I got down.

    After hunting, when I started to come down the cable on the bottom portion of the stand stayed around the tree but because it was a little too big for the tree diameter the foot platform front swung down to where it was vertical instead of horizontal, pointing down toward the ground instead of out from the tree.

    When it droppped down, my foot support was suddently removed and I immediately fell, but just as quickly caught myself by my elbows and forearms on the top portion of the stand, my feet hanging helplessly in midair. I hung there for a moment and then figured I only had a limited amount of time before my arms got too tired. I was unable to each the bottom half of my stand with my feet.

    I actually did have a rope tied between the top and bottom but the way the stand bottom was hanging down I had tied the rope too long for my legs to reach it.

    Hanging by my forearms on top of the side rails I fished with my feet to see if I could snag any part of the stand bottom with the toes of my boots. Eventually, after what seemed like a very long time, I was successful and worked it up the tree to where I could straighten it horizontal again.

    Then I carefully but quickly climbed down and thanked God for saving me from my own nearly lethal carelessness. But for the grace of God, I came very close that day to turning my wife into a widow.

    Before I left the woods I shortened the rope between the two parts of the climber. When I got home, I put a matching rope on the other side and reattached the strap in the front that serves to carry the stand on your back.

    Now, whenever I use my climber I check the rope lengths and knots and the strap. I also use a harness and safety system.

    I never told my wife.
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    Following a herd of elk over the top of a steep, snow covered 11,000 ft peak. I thought that if the elk could do it, then I could as well. Cut their tracks and followed them down for about 30 feet, then heard the worst sound of my life. I look back and see a 6 inch crack in the snow all above me. After careful consideration I found a small 6 foot tree about 40 yds down, but it was a little to my left and the only tree close. I carefully moved above it and strapped my rifle to the front of my chest and sat down. Instantly triggering the slide. I hit that tree pretty hard and wrapped my arms around it, about bending it in half as the snow passed me by. My leg hurt and I saw a large tear in my wool pants. I knew better then to look at it , as I had a long way down and to camp. I moved over away from the tree and slid like a rocket to the bottom of the slide. I finally hit the jeep trail and it was dark and had 4 miles to camp. About 10 minutes into my hike I see headlights and it was my hunting buddy coming to look for me. I had a good size cut on my leg and some good swelling but nothing that needed stitches. Critters with 2 legs sometimes have no business going where critters with 4 legs can go.

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    How about 2 for the price of one! In 1999 My Dad (who was 81) and another friend got our tags for Wyoming Deer. My friend had just started hunting and had never even shot at a deer! We took my travel trailer and my new 1999 F350 4x4 diesel. Set up camp on a big ranch I had hunted for years and waited for opening day. Did a little scouting and saw plenty of small bucks.

    Opening morning there was 6" of new snow on the ground and it was still snowing! We managed to get around, but did not see anything opening day. 2nd day was clear, cold & sunny. Lots of deer tracks everywhere. We were driving to an area I wanted to hunt and found a stuck pickup, it was the ranch security guard. Got him out and decided that the area we wanted to hunt was not doable that day, too much snow & mud. On our way to another spot, we saw a 3x3 standing next to a big haystack and my Dad said "Stop, I'll take him". He dumped the deer and we walked over to gut him and get him in the truck. Mistake #1....Dad left his rifle in the truck! As we approached the deer, it got and took off running. Ran back to the truck and got the rifle and Dad shot him again. This time down for good. He was laying right next to a 2 track road so we drove right to him and got ready to gut the deer. Mistake #2...we all got out and closed the doors with the truck running. As this was a brand new truck, I didn't realize that the alarm system would lock the doors...which it did! Spare keys in the trailer 10 miles away. What to do now. I sure as hell was not going to break a window in my brand new truck, so I started walking. Best luck of all was that the security guard we got out of the mud happened by and gave me a ride both ways.

    We did fill our tags and I learned a lesson about keeping a hideout set of keys on the truck. Had a great laugh about everything that evening over a glass of good whiskey!
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