Hunting creates a lot of adrenaline, especially when an animal you want to eat walks up or runs past. There’s nothing anyone can say to help you filter that adrenaline in the heat of the moment. During some hunts, I’ve seen grown men do really stupid shit trying to kill an animal…
Things that undoubtedly could have lethal consequences to the hunter. Like this [via newsplex.com]:
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said the accident happened near Howardsville around 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
A DGIF official said a deer ran between two hunters [not shown], and when one of them tried to shoot it, he accidentally shot another hunter twice in the left arm.
The hunter was taken to the University of Virginia Health System with non-life-threatening injuries.
No charges have been filed at this time, but officials said the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
The formula I use to determine what type of hunter you are: find out what type of driver you are.
If you’re prone to road racing or road rage I don’t want to be on a hunt with you. Unrestrained emotion can lead to impulsive behavior and irrationality is something you do not want holding a loaded weapon.
Same goes for inattentiveness while driving. I don’t want to hunt with someone who can’t pay attention, for both the long and short term.
Anyway, the moral of the story: keep calm, keep your eyes on the proverbial road and be aware of other hunters. You are responsible for their lives as well as your own.