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These are the Crazy Things We Do to Make a Shot

Making that shot on an animal isn’t always easy. Sometimes, we have to improvise.

I’ve heard so many crazy stories from several people about what they’ve done to make a shot on an animal. Some of them are actually pretty funny and pretty amazing. I always try to keep my ears open when someone’s telling a story. Here are a few that I can’t help but share with you all.

Bench time is important but all we learn and practice can sometimes be thrown right out the door.
Bench time is important, but all we learn and practice can sometimes be thrown right out the door.

Caught with Your Pants Down

This is the one I have probably heard the most often: “I had to relieve myself, and all of the sudden, there he was the biggest bull or buck ever!”

Yup, and even my own father tucked and rolled grabbed his rifle one year, pants at his ankles, and took a shot. He didn’t connect and had some cleanup afterwards. I still laugh at that one when he tells it to this day. We have all been there, and it’s bound to happen to some of us, right? One friend told me of his experience using the outhouse. Leaned the gun out the window, pulled the trigger and downed the animal. He didn’t even get up off the toilet!

It’s Too Darn Cold

How about 63 degrees below zero? Yes, I know a husband and wife who canoed the Snake River in Wyoming to shoot a moose. Might I add, she made a great shot. Exposing oneself to the elements is definitely a sacrifice.

Sometimes battling the conditions is what makes for a difficult opportunity.
Sometimes battling the conditions is what makes for a difficult opportunity.

I Strapped Myself in… What?

Yet, another gent was kind enough to tell me how he tied a rope around his waist and strapped himself into a makeshift harness to hang over the edge of a cliff. He managed to make a great shot on a nice mule deer. Of course there’s all those long range shots. Trust me, they are a lot tougher than the folks at Extreme Outer Limits make them look. Not recommended or endorsed. He did admit he was young and a bit more free spirited at the time. Then of course there was a lady friend of mine who wasn’t quite tall enough to see over the high grass and sage to shoot her pronghorn. Yep, well, she climbed onto her guide’s back and managed to make the shot.

Not all shots are easy!
Not all shots are easy!

Think I Pulled a Muscle

Of course, we have all contorted, twisted and leaned to make a shot. Some of us have leaned and bent so much that we pull muscles or even break bones. Another friend of mine was quail hunting when the covey flushes and birds flew in every direction; he was all twisted up falling over trying to make a good shot. It’s not easy picking just one. Ha!

Waiting for long periods or bending in precarious positions is sometimes part of the game.
Waiting for long periods or bending in precarious positions is sometimes part of the game.

Sometimes, improvising works out, but often, we find ourselves with nothing but a funny story to tell. Happy shooting to all! Let’s hear some of your favorites.

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These are the Crazy Things We Do to Make a Shot