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Old 12-07-2017, 09:00 PM   #1
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As always I'm listening to Meat Eater podcast. Curious what if any life threatning injury or serious injury you may have sustained while hunting.

Fortunate for me mine have been minor cuts, falls etc. I want hear your expierence you may have had in the field.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:07 PM   #2
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Where can I listen to that pod cast?
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:19 PM   #3
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Where can I listen to that pod cast?
I use Castbox
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:19 PM   #4
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Is than an app?
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:19 PM   #5
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I cut the top of my thumb off while hanging a stand a few weeks ago. Also had a boar hog stick me in the leg a few years ago.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:21 PM   #6
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What is "meat eater" podcast? I'm old but I'm slow.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:21 PM   #7
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I ran out of propane for my blind heater...
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:22 PM   #8
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:22 PM   #9
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I cut the top of my thumb off while hanging a stand a few weeks ago. Also had a boar hog stick me in the leg a few years ago.
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Nevermind , found the app but can't find meat eater


Found it.. Thanks
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:24 PM   #11
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My uncle was sitting in an old stand. He leaned back in the chair and it broke. He fell about 10-12 ft. Broke a bone in his back. Was lucky he fell between 2 tposts. Could have been a lot worse.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:24 PM   #12
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I have broke my collar bone in an atv accident while hunting
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:27 PM   #13
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Nothing life threatening. Last year, the day after Christmas I believe, I was tracking a deer for some folks at night near San Saba. I hopped over a cross fence, landed on a rock and rolled my ankle. I sprained it so bad it still bothers me from time to time.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:32 PM   #14
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I have broke my collar bone in an atv accident while hunting
While at a hunting location does not necessarily mean the same thing as while hunting sir.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:45 PM   #15
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:51 PM   #16
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I did have a foot rest from a ladder stand fall out while setting it up. Hit me on top of the head and split my scalp pretty wide open. I had to drive from east of Mt. Pleasant to north of Dallas holding a cold wet towel on my head with one hand. Luckily it didn't knock me out but I'm sure I got some sort of concussion.

And now I have a scar that barbers always ask me how I got.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:55 PM   #17
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What is "meat eater" podcast? I'm old but I'm slow.
Steve Rinella's podcasts, some very interesting discussions, first one I listened to was the one about chronic wasting disease, very informative...

http://www.themeateater.com/podcasts/
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:15 PM   #18
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One of two......

Labor Day weekend....September 2016, I was standing in the middle of a dove field under a center pivot irrigation system. A storm starting to roll in north of us. We were monitoring the storm on our phones. The storm appeared to be several miles north and we were still well south of the rainfall. I began to move away from the center pivot as a precaution and moved my shotgun away from my shoulder. Just as I cleared the terminal end of the pivot, lightning struck it. The current arced from the terminal end...across the ground.....and straight up my shotgun. I was nearly knocked to the ground and completely in shock. A trip to the ER......and a follow up with a Cardiologist....I was billed extremely lucky. My blood pressure was through the roof after that little event! I later learned that the lightning literally destroyed all of the wiring in the pivot.

Major life lesson learned. When it rains now......I run!
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:17 PM   #19
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Almost died a couple of years ago. Opening morning it was pretty cool, climbed up my tree stand and flipped the seat up and about 100 wasps came flying straight toward my face. Being cool they were bundled up but were warm enough to fly.

I jumped down 12' and almost impaled myself on a 2" sapling cut at an angle. It stood about 3' high. Another foot forward and I would have been screwed. My buddy cut it a couple days before because it grew up in the off season and I didn't notice the danger until it was almost too late. Didn't hunt that day, went straight to the truck and got a saw to cut it off at ground level.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:20 PM   #20
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I pulled a tree limb off a mesquite tree one time. It snapped at the right moment and I fell face and neck into a mess of cactus. I murdered about 8 beers in 5 minutes after that. My buddy laughed till he had tears coming out his eyes as he plucked every cactus needle out of me. I still don’t see what was so funny! Haha
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:26 PM   #21
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I stuck a broad tipped arrow through my hand several years ago. Required around 30 stitches inside and outside of my hand
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:30 PM   #22
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Tore a groin muscle when I rolled a 4-wheeler guiding elk in CO. The rest of that season was ROUGH.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:32 PM   #23
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Driving a tpost and was on one of last ones very tired and the driver slipped up and off the post as I was in hammering motion I forcefully pulled it down and missed the post- the weight pulled my face within a half inch of the sharp post..could have lost an eye
Im very careful now...

Another had my cousin driving 4 wheeler he jumped a small burm and lost control. .kawasaki 700 rolled over top of me I felt crunches all over.. couldn't breathe. . Managed to get up and walk back to camp..cut up and bruised but thank God ok..
Atv was totaled
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:40 PM   #24
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I was climbing down off a 16 tripod at night after pig hunting last year...I had driven a t-post in the ground next to one of the legs and wired them together for added stability...anyway, I lost my footing and dropped straight down to the ground barely missing the t-post. It caught my jacket but luckily not me! That thing coulda went straight up my butt! Thankfully I only fell about 6 feet off the ground.


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Old 12-07-2017, 10:40 PM   #25
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Hand fed a wild hog once! Got bit taking hogs out of trap.

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Old 12-07-2017, 10:47 PM   #26
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Lots of crazy close calls but nothing bad ... yet
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:52 PM   #27
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About 25 years ago while climbing down after a hunt my bottom half of my stand gave while I was holding the top half away from the tree to get another bite on it. The bottom went to the ground. I fell about 5 feet holding the top half, and it caught the tree and I was shucked through and went straight to the ground, about 23 feet. I was hunting alone, down a ravine and it was dusk. After I realized I wasn't dead, I checked my bow for damage and decided I'd better shag it before I started hurting. When I went through the top half, I fractured 3 ribs and chipped my elbow.

I can tell you from experience, when people fall in the movies and yell on the way down is BS. You hit the ground before you can open your mouth.

I consider myself extremely lucky. I have some back problems now and I always wonder if that fall was the start of them.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:52 PM   #28
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Many years ago before everyone had cell phones and we all carried walkie talkies at the lease, I had a bad 4 wheeler accident. We all drove out for the evening hunt and I was going to sit in this blind on a cross fence that had a wasp problem. I took a can of spray and drove up under the blind to spray some nest. I left it running and it was in reverse. I leaned forward i guess and my leg hit the throttle. 4 wheeler had the front wheels turned and before i could get hold of it it flipped me over and pinned me between the barbwire fence and the ground.
It was opening day of rifle. I broke my left arm. I radio for help for like 3-4 hours with no response. Somehow muster up enough strength to lift it off me and ride back to camp with one arm. I get there and see dad has already made it back and I immediately lay into him about not answering the radio. He turned it off to avoid spooking any deer.

This was my very first year to have a lease and really start deer hunting, I was not about to leave on opening weekend. Made a camp stint that allowed me to somewhat brace my rifle up and went back to hunting. Went to hospital first thing Monday.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:53 PM   #29
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I nearly pooped myself one hunt. Had the worse BGs ever and couldn’t make it in.

Really wasn’t hunting but pulling a small pig out of a trap. Was tying him up and it bit the end of my left index finger off. Was bit from behind the entire finger nail. Had to go to the hospital to have sewed back on. Finger is about 1/8” shorter than the other index.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:58 PM   #30
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A few years ago I was in Idaho with my dad. We were setting up camp in the bitterroot, and I was two uprights short for my wall tent. Wasn’t much of an issue, as I could easily cut the right length of pine and knock off all the branches for a make do upright.

I had a RAZOR sharp small axe that I was using. I had just marked my cut with my axe, and was holding my hand within 6” of the spot to be cut. I was barely bringing the axe about 6-8” straight up, then immediately down to make the cut, so I wasn’t in any danger of hitting myself. Or so I thought. My dad walked by at the perfect moment, and bumped the branch I was cutting. It shifted everything 6” forward, including my hand. I took about 1/2” off the tip of my thumb. I was bleeding like a lung shot buck.

Me being the stubborn guy that I am refused medical treatment. Got out the first aid kit and made some mighty fine clean up of the situation. Tried that 4 times throughout the day, and couldn’t get the bleeding to stop for anything. Before bed I cleaned it up once last time and dressed it. Slept with my hand elevated to try and get the bleeding to stop on it’s own. Woke up in a puddle of blood. Decided we’d make the 3 1/2 hour trip into Missoula, Montana for the Dr, as that was the closest hospital. Got to the hospital and the dr looked at it, then dressed and cleaned it exactly as I had. He tried to send me on my way, but I stuck around 5 minutes just to show him that wasn’t going to do the trick. Sure enough 5 minutes later the new bandage looked like a massive red tomato on the tip of my thumb. He undressed it, Coterized it, and sent me on way. Not a single part of the whole thing hurt until the nurse stuck me with the anesthesia. That hurt 10x worse than any of it.
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Old 12-07-2017, 10:59 PM   #31
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When I was a kid, my job was to sharpen the filet knives after cleaning a mess of kingfish. I did such a great job, as I went to put it in the sheath, it went through it like butter, also went into the base of my thumb and out again at the base out the thumbnail. Never felt it till I saw it and then freaked out. Oh wait, that’s not a hunting story. Never mind
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:05 PM   #32
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Old 12-07-2017, 11:06 PM   #33
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two concussions in one year. first one was in a hurry to get to the blind, had hush hide on and the seats of polaris had just been armouralled. turn sharp corner going about 20 mph and huge bull right in front of me. cut hard and threw myself out the passengers side, landed on my rifle and busted it in multiple pieces. bolt broke a rib and i was out cold for a period of time. came to and bull was about a foot from my face breathing on me...

fast forward to closing weekend, hopped out of the high rack on back of jeep and catch the hammer loop of my pants on the little steps that are basically like steps you screw into a tree. immediately flips me upside down and right when im pointing 180 degrees in the wrong direction, hammer loops rips off and drops me on the back of my head/neck. out cold again. just lucky that my head wasn't pointing straight down on that occasion or that one couldve been really ugly.
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Old 12-08-2017, 12:11 AM   #34
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Recently took a #7 shot pellet to the temple. Had to have it taken out at the hospital because it was embedded to deep.
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Old 12-08-2017, 06:59 AM   #35
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2012, I was on a horseback elk hunt in the San Juans in Colorado. Second morning of the hunt we were riding in before daylight. Something spooked my horse and he started bucking. I lasted about 4 jumps and went over his head. I landed about 10 feet below the trail, flat on my back. It didn't help that I was wearing a backpack. The guide helped me get back on my horse and I hunted the rest of the day.

Next morning I had to be helped out of my cot. I decided to stay in camp, and as the morning wore on the pain got worse, the Tylenol wasn't helping. Since my buddy had killed an elk the first day and the outfitter was going to pack it out, we decided to cut our hunt short. I won't say that the 14 mile ride out over rough mountain trails was fun, but I survived it. That wasn't the first time I've been thrown by a horse, but at 66 yrs old I didn't bounce as good as I used to.
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Old 12-08-2017, 07:32 AM   #36
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I've been very lucky hunting, no injuries, hope my luck holds.

Came close one evening sitting on a 5gal bucket. Hunting along the St Charles Bay shore line I kept hearing a crab boat checking his crab traps. Went off and on for 15 min then realized he only checked crab trap when I moved my feet. A 3ft rattle snake was coiled up inside my brush blind. My hearing is not as good as it use to be..smh
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:26 AM   #37
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Had a tri pod sink in the ground and fell. On my .44 mag in a shoulder rig. Broke 3 ribs.
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:28 AM   #38
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I've been lucky. Rinella's podcast is great.

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Old 12-08-2017, 09:35 AM   #39
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Hunting a antler restriction area in NYS. Falling in and out of sleep. Open eyes...see buck. Looks legal, I cock hammer on 30/30. Buck turns, no 3rd point on left side. Pull rifle back into blind. Forget to decock hammer. Fall back asleep with cocked rifle in my lap. Open eyes later...see deer. Go to raise rifle and BOOM! gun goes off in blind. Discharge was in a safe direction, but sheesh. I was lucky. My hearing still ain't right since.
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:44 AM   #40
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agree on the Meat Eater podcast. I listen to him every night. Cool stories, expierences, knowledge etc that he passes on. My favorite pod.
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:46 AM   #41
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Dang. Seems like a majority are spills from tripods, trees watch out, please
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:56 AM   #42
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Didn't happen to me but my uncle a couple seasons ago. Walking up an incline he tripped on a rock. Fell and hit his head. Unfortunately he passed away. Neighbors found him while driving the fenceline. It was opening wknd of rifle season.
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:02 AM   #43
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Scary story! Back in the early 90s my dad set me up in a tripod and he went over 50 yds in a ladder stand. He climbed up, chambered a bullet and sat down. Seconds later the gun went off and the bullet hit 5' above me on the tree directly behind me. If that tripod would have been any taller no telling what would have happened. Pointed in my direction why? Lesson learned that day for sure!
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:52 AM   #44
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was in a rifle stand on my property trying to get a quick weekday hunt in before I had to get on some conference calls. I was the owner and the only people who could hunt the property was me, my brother, and my dad. My dad had just built that stand so it had only been out there for less than 1 season. I was in my stand early one morning and was dozing off waiting on the sun to rise in about 45 min. The back door was only a 3/4 length door so had a little opening at top where you could reach in and unlatch the door. I had my head on the board behind me which was right next to that latch. About 20 min after I had gotten settled in and comfortable to wait on daylight, a hand wrapped around my throat from behind me. **** poacher was trying to slip in and hunt my stand. He was reaching in for the latch without looking or using a flashlight. Obviously he had been there before to know the general area that the latch was in. I jumped up, I'm almost 6'3" and my stand was 6'. Pretty much knocked myself out and fell down in the stand, knocked over my rifle, ribs across the arm of the chair slamming it into back wall, etc. Took me a few min before I could gather myself enough to stand up and confront the poacher. He could have easily ran off and I wouldn't have been able to chase. I was still woozy from the knocking myself silly and my ribs were hurting so I didn't want a fight with another guy who had a gun in the middle of nowhere so I walked him to where he entered the property. I was able to get a good look at his license plate and called GW as soon as he left. Told him the story and he took care of it.

Other than a headache, sore neck, and a few bruised ribs from it, it wasn't as bad as it could have been.
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Old 12-08-2017, 12:57 PM   #45
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I haven't told this story in a long time - Sorry for the long read:

In 1996, on Halloween night, I was in Llano on a company dear lease with 3 other guys preparing for a company deer hunt. We were filling feeders cleaning out blinds, spraying wasps etc.

Two of the guys were driving an old 4x4 Suburban and I was driving a truck. The guys in the Suburban drove off the main road to go around a rough spot when the rear wheels dropped off into a deep but narrow wet weather creek causing the Suburban to high center the frame.
We decided we would use one of those hi-lift ranch jacks which had a piece of pipe welded into it for the handle to jack it up and place rocks and other debris under the rear tires to drive it out. After getting it jacked up and debris placed under the tires, I placed my left hand on the rear of the Suburban and my right hand on the jack handle and flipped the switch on the jack with my boot to lower it down. I guess my leather gloves on a metal pipe made for a slick combination because when I pushed the handle down my hand slipped completely from the jack and the weight of the Suburban flung the jack handle upward hitting me in the left jaw.

The handle left a nice gash on the left side of my chin and although I was not knocked to the ground I think I temporarily lost conciseness for a few seconds. I knew my jaw was broken because my mouth was open and the teeth on my left side were touching but the ones on my right were not. When I closed my mouth I could feel the row of lower teeth on the left move back into place so that the teeth on both sides of my mouth were now touching.

I went to the Llano ER, they took some x-rays and said they really didn’t see anything and would probably just stitch me up and send me home but wanted to get more x-rays first just to make sure. Immediately after the second x-rays the doctor came in and said he couldn’t believe they didn’t see the large spider fracture of my left mandible. They gave me two injections of Demerol and sent me to Austin to meet a maxillofacial surgeon at the ER.

I had surgery the next day and had a plate with three screws installed and had my mouth wired shut for 6 weeks. At week 12 I went in for an evaluation and I showed the surgeon how the row of left lower teeth would move together when I clenched my jaw. I had more x-rays, a second surgery to remove the plate and screws previously installed and had my mouth wired shut for 6 more weeks. At week 24 I was still not properly healed. More x-rays, 3rd surgery and a large plate that extends from the right side of my chin on around to the full length of my left mandible secured with 9 screws and my mouth wired shut for another 6 weeks. After the 3rd surgery I had to have 2 teeth pulled, 3 root canals and a bridge installed.

Now 21 years later I do not have much feeling on the left side of my chin. When asked about the scar that extends from the right side of my chin and around to my left jaw I tell people I was in knife fight defending a woman’s honor and please let me know if you ever see me with hot coffee or ice cream on my chin, I can’t feel it.
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Old 12-08-2017, 09:43 PM   #46
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Not while hunting but driving to the stand flipped my Polaris and broke my friends leg


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Old 12-09-2017, 07:36 AM   #47
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Oh my first post I stated falls and cuts. Last night stalking corn senderos for pigs and no light for me.

Guess who busted his azzz again? Yep me. Some of you have been very lucky in the situations you were in.
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Old 12-09-2017, 07:44 AM   #48
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[QUOTE=Huntsman27;12997661]I haven't told this story in a long time - Sorry for the long read:

In 1996, on Halloween night, I was in Llano on a company dear lease with 3 other guys preparing for a company deer hunt. We were filling feeders cleaning out blinds, spraying wasps etc.

As Bobby Bare would say- Makes you the winner. Nobody can top this one, that hurts just reading it.
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Old 12-09-2017, 07:52 AM   #49
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I almost got killed at deer camp by getting hit across the head repeatedly with a full propane tank 30+ yrs ago.

I was like 9 and accidently fired a shot out of my 223 while emptying the gun before taking it into the camp shack. My grandfather was getting the propane tanks off the truck at the time. Ended up only getting a slap across the head but it could of been ugly.
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:04 AM   #50
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A few years ago I was moving a ladder stand in Kansas by myself. got to the top and released the ratchet strap. 2 steps down the ladder twisted away from the tree and the ladder folded. I hit the ground feet first and left knee folded. torn patella tendon that took forever to heal.
also had a gator gar/hybrid remove a finger nail while bowfishing the trinity river
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