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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-14-2008, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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A Bear with a Twenty-two??

A recent post in Rifle Hunting about killing a deer with a .22 reminded me of this funny story which really happened to me about 30 years ago. I hope you have a hardy laugh!

When I was a taxidermist, a hunter once brought me a medium size black bear that he had killed with a .22. He had been hunting squirrels when he heard a commotion in the top leaves of a nearby tree. Thinking it was squirrels jumping around, he approached the tree, only to see a bear backing down the trunk. Because he had passed on a bear years earlier, and hadn't gotten another chance since, he decided to shoot it with his .22. He aimed at the bear's head and fired, dropping the animal dead at the base of the tree.

I was astonished when I heard the story. On a nearby table, I just happened to have a cleaned bear skull. I picked it up along with a Mini-mag flashlight. Then I shined the flashlight into the opening at the base of the bear skull. It was clear from the light that we could see shining through the bone on the side of the skull, that the only area that was thin enough for the bullet to penetrate, was about as big as a nickel, about half way between the eye and the ear, (like the temple of a human). I told the squirrel hunter that he had been VERY lucky to have a dead bear, instead of a really angry bear, coming off the tree trunk.

Now, you may not think that story is so funny, but here's the punch-line:

Just as the hunter who had killed the bear was about to leave, another squirrel hunter showed up. He handed me a totally black gray suirrel that he had shot and asked, "Did you ever see a squirrel like this before? To which I couldn't help responding with anything but, "Yes, this guy just brought me one, but his is a whole lot bigger!"

Pictured below, a much younger Onehorse skinning the world's biggest (black )gray squirrel.

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-14-2008, 09:29 PM
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I would have loved to see the expression on the other hunters face.probably something like this

Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison.
Genesis 27:3 "The thinking deer hunter should mature through three phases during his hunting life. First phase, "I need to kill a deer." Second phase, I want to harvest a nice deer. And last phase, we must manage this resource so our children and their children can experience the grand tradition of good deer hunting." - Jim Slinsky
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-15-2008, 10:57 AM
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While we're on funny stories: One year I said why don't we deduct an antler point for the buck pool if you have to shoot it more than once. Don't you know my first shot was high in the front leg and required a second shot. After hanging the buck and leaving for town I came back and the guys had hung a red cross sign on the buck, put a set of cruches under the front legs then shoved a buchers knife in the deer's throat. You don't don't want to suggest rule changes and be the first to have them used against you in our camp.

Here's my fun: One of the guys set his brand new Browning $150.00 boots too close to the fireplace and burned the toes out of them. When I got home I bought a pair in his size, carefully cut the toe areas out installed hinges on the cutouts. We presented him the new boots in camp infront of about 11 of us. We laughed so hard we were crying and rolling on the floor. Camp stories you gatta love them!
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