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  • Are you conscious of the backdrop of every shot you take? One dead,killed by his hunting pal

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  • #2
    One of the major reasons I don't hunt public land!
    I just have to lookout for livestock.

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    • #3
      I am certain that is a very goog question and should be considered, but with that being said, I would say it would be very difficult to always do in actual hunting situations. I would think that most hunters would not be able to say that has happened with every shot taken in the field. I would consider making very certain of your target as important, so it is not just thought to be a deer (or whatever) before the trigger is pulled ! 100% target identification is mandatory ! Those who are responsible users of firearms almost unknowingly consider whats on the other end of their sights, it‘s automatic, or should be.

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      • #4
        That is something to keep in mind when hunting squirrels with a rifle.

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        • #5
          Deleted, posted under comment by Bubba.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post
            One of the major reasons I don't hunt public land!
            I just have to lookout for livestock.
            Bubba, is the livestock “fair game” if cow or other ID is not painted on it ?

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            • #7
              I'd say that I try to be aware of my backdrop.
              Is it always possible that a ninja in a gilly suit and no orange is at the far side of a field? Yes... but you can't help that.

              I was talking to a guy last night who described seeing the biggest buck of his life and missing it twice at 40 yards (he blamed the fact that he dialed up his scope to 7x earlier in the day and forgot to bring it down so was having trouble following the deer. I don't disagree its an issue, but just saying).. "... and then just as it crested the hill I missed a third time!"
              I cringed at that last. Launching a 12 gauge slug over the horizon is a big no-no.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post
                One of the major reasons I don't hunt public land!
                I just have to lookout for livestock.
                LOL! I suppose BHR!

                Back in the early/mid 70's, the bottom fell out of the livestock market.
                A "want ad" came out in the local paper during deer season.
                A local farmer was charging $50/day to "day hunt"!
                Limit:
                One deer.
                One armadillo.
                One squirrel.
                One cow.
                One anything!

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                • #9
                  Sound Hunters are a Danger when hunting State Land;-((

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                  • #10
                    Yes. All of my shots at deer are fifty yards or less; our woods during gun season are pretty bare; and, barring some moron in full camo farther off through the woods, there's no reason why I can't be alert to another hunter beyond my deer. I'm also surrounded by fields in some parts of my woods, with a farm in the distance in one direction and roads in three directions, so again, it's not something I forget about. As for the topic in general, I've always believed that wearing blaze orange is not only wise for your own safety, but also as a courtesy to other hunters, so they can be more sure of their target's background.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MattM37 View Post
                      Yes. All of my shots at deer are fifty yards or less; our woods during gun season are pretty bare; and, barring some moron in full camo farther off through the woods, there's no reason why I can't be alert to another hunter beyond my deer. I'm also surrounded by fields in some parts of my woods, with a farm in the distance in one direction and roads in three directions, so again, it's not something I forget about. As for the topic in general, I've always believed that wearing blaze orange is not only wise for your own safety, but also as a courtesy to other hunters, so they can be more sure of their target's background.
                      By the way, a hunter here in NY shot a truck the other day. Said he thought it was a deer. Crazy.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by MattM37 View Post
                        Yes. All of my shots at deer are fifty yards or less; our woods during gun season are pretty bare; and, barring some moron in full camo farther off through the woods, there's no reason why I can't be alert to another hunter beyond my deer. I'm also surrounded by fields in some parts of my woods, with a farm in the distance in one direction and roads in three directions, so again, it's not something I forget about. As for the topic in general, I've always believed that wearing blaze orange is not only wise for your own safety, but also as a courtesy to other hunters, so they can be more sure of their target's background.
                        MattM, Jimbo hunting NY this week. Was that him shooting the truck?? LMAO
                        +1

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                        • #13
                          I love hunting tree stands. The backdrop is the ground. If a doe was standing behind a nice buck, I would wait for a clear shot. No need to injured a doe on a past-through slug.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MattM37 View Post
                            Yes. All of my shots at deer are fifty yards or less; our woods during gun season are pretty bare; and, barring some moron in full camo farther off through the woods, there's no reason why I can't be alert to another hunter beyond my deer. I'm also surrounded by fields in some parts of my woods, with a farm in the distance in one direction and roads in three directions, so again, it's not something I forget about. As for the topic in general, I've always believed that wearing blaze orange is not only wise for your own safety, but also as a courtesy to other hunters, so they can be more sure of their target's background.
                            I thought jhjimbo was headin to Ohio?

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                            • #15
                              I grew up deer hunting in Michigan near a big state game area. Heard many a hair raiser. Went on big drives too so I've got a few choice memories myself. Sometimes even hunter orange ain't enough when the white flags start waving. I always blamed the peer pressure to kill any buck and prove you're a man. Wrong thinking of course but it was still there nonetheless.One very good side benefit of all the squirrel hunting I do is the level of background awareness it teaches. Never use sky as a backdrop. Or for many old timers, use only shotguns, never a .22. to hunt squirrel.

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