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Thread: Stay safe out there.

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    Stay safe out there.

    Story from social media this evening. Good on the person for sharing i thought. Interesting

    Went out for a roar early this morning. Walked 45 minutes out into the back of a native block (public land) to a massive ridge in the area. Was a bit after 7am and had let out a few roars when I heard an animal coming in fast from about 60 metres away. No roaring but he was coming in fast.

    He got about 30mtrs out from me and I could clearly see his neck moving behind the scrub heading to my left. I was ready. Left hand on the front stock and right hand on the bolt knowing I was going to have to load up fast and aim even faster because he was so quick and close.

    I was counting down in my head to that moment where I have to make a choice about my shot placement once he shows himself fully and I had fast. 3-2-1 and there he was...... Another hunter!!!!!

    HEY HEY HEY HEY I yelled and not sure who got the bigger fright, me or him. My gun was and stayed the whole time with NO bullet in the breach and aimed 12 or so inches to the left of my left foot towards the ground. His weapon was also pointed in a safe direction.

    Will finish the story shortly after I give a bit of insight into always expecting what you think is coming is actually another person NO MATTER where you are!!!!

    We were in a Doc block. End of a long road, last track on that road, only campsite along that track and this is the "best" and "fastest" way to access the area I was hunting BUT not the only way. Keep in mind people can walk to any location from anywhere if they are dedicated so always expect the unexpected.

    I admit that I "assumed" me and my mate were the only people hunting that area and I was wrong. I "assumed" that if people were going to hunt back that far in this location that they would come in from this track as its the only track that leads to that area (public track) and boy was I wrong. As they say assumptions are the mother of all fu&k ups.

    We had been in since Friday evening and only come across one other hunter within a ten km radius and he had given us clear details as to his hunting intentions which was no where remote to us, in fact it was over ten km away (he was taking a quad into the back country) so we felt we were the only ones in the area.

    Back to my encounter... This gentlemen was wearing bright blaze orange. Before anyone gets on a high horse read and put yourself in my boots. I have been hunting all my life. Had my fal for nearly 3 decades. I have been told by certain friends that I am the safest person to be around with a firearm in my care. If I am not working I am hunting and have shot literally hundreds if not thousands of deer (done a few years of culling)

    When he was coming up to me I seen his blaze, sun behind me shining on the green leaves adding a bit of shadowing in the background (no making excuses but this could have been a tragedy so setting the scene) and honestly his blaze looked tan and it was real clean and bright blaze, like brand new but under the lighting and where he was positioned taking into account he had dark pants on his pants looked to be the dark mane and brisket of a stag and his blaze to be his hind quarters. I am writing this reluctantly as I can feel the hate already forming from the keyboard warriors but want to bring awareness to fellow hunters about identifying your target 100% beyond all doubt.

    As I said I have shot hundreds of deer so my eye are honed but I was absolutely taken back by this experience. My eyes tricked me. They seen a stags neck and brisket. The one thing I am thankful for and the other hunter should be more so thankful for is I will NEVER load a rifle or allow anyone with me to do so until I can see the animals head.

    Once you can see an animals head you can tell its sex. You get a rough idea of body condition. You can make a choice where to place your shot and you have just identified your target 100% beyond all doubt.

    I am shocked about this situation mainly because my eyes played tricks on me but also becauae blaze orange is not as safe as you think. People can pop up anywhere. Expect the unexpected.

    So please guys and girls IDENTIFY YOUR TARGET 100% BEYOND ALL DOUBT!!!!! I swore what I first seen was a stag coming at me and I am glad I think the way I do and that the outcome of this encounter was how it was because this could have ended in a tragedy.
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    Good work good info. Purposely not doing any hunting during the roar but still gutted because I got a blaze orange huntrch ghillie for my birthday which I now wish was just plain camo or blue.

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    What amazes me is how some people can't work out the difference between a human and a red stags vocals when up reasonably close.

    I haven't ever heard an electronic caller so can't comment on those. (should be ashamed if you use one for reds) The old 4 gallon tin with string soaked in diesel, is close but still sounds sort of tinny, even in skilled hands.

    But I have never in all my years heard anyone carry the range of vocals close to the real thing.

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    A lot of hunters are like me, not heard all that many real roars in the hills. I always seem to have something better to do around Easter ...

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    Why was the writer assuming a stag when he hasn't seen the head ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pengy View Post
    Why was the writer assuming a stag when he hasn't seen the head ?
    My limited knowledge of deer leads me to believe Hinds don't come running towards a roar and tend to ignore them as such thus it is a strong possibility that it is a stag. (or in this case a person) Until you identify it completely, however, probability ant truth are not always related. I had amate in a situation not quite like this. He was stalking a stag and heard what he thought was a roar, then heard something coming towards him at a rate of knots. He was eyes up looking for a stag when his feet were nearly taken from under him by a small ish boar fleeing from something (the possibility it was flushed by another hunter was his first thought...) While he never saw another person then, he was now aware the possibility of another hunter was stronger than it was earlier...In truth there is always the chance of another hunter.

    Identify your target, and dont forget check firing zone.
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    Did Clint write that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibo View Post
    Did Clint write that?
    Richard was his name
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    be careful to every extent but things still happen.
    about 25 years back my shooting mate ricocheted and the bullet got me in the shoulder, its a weird experience i assure you
    about the same time a group of us were spotlighting off a ute when the sharefarmer drove like an idiot and flipped it. i ended up with 3 shifted vertebrae and both thighs crushed as it ended up on its side with me pinned under it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timattalon View Post
    My limited knowledge of deer leads me to believe Hinds don't come running towards a roar and tend to ignore them as such thus it is a strong possibility that it is a stag. (or in this case a person) Until you identify it completely, however, probability ant truth are not always related. I had amate in a situation not quite like this. He was stalking a stag and heard what he thought was a roar, then heard something coming towards him at a rate of knots. He was eyes up looking for a stag when his feet were nearly taken from under him by a small ish boar fleeing from something (the possibility it was flushed by another hunter was his first thought...) While he never saw another person then, he was now aware the possibility of another hunter was stronger than it was earlier...In truth there is always the chance of another hunter.

    Identify your target, and dont forget check firing zone.
    I can't tell you how many spikers and hinds have come in to investigate me over the years.
    Never had a hind run in like a stag would but they will certainly come in for a look if intrigued enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by R93 View Post
    What amazes me is how some people can't work out the difference between a human and a red stags vocals when up reasonably close.

    I haven't ever heard an electronic caller so can't comment on those. (should be ashamed if you use one for reds) The old 4 gallon tin with string soaked in diesel, is close but still sounds sort of tinny, even in skilled hands.

    But I have never in all my years heard anyone carry the range of vocals close to the real thing.

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    I've heard a roar in Kaimais and thought what a pathetic attempt at roaring it was so cautiously moved in not concealing myself to the hunter. Bugger me dead the biggest stag I had ever laid eyes on comes marching in, gets a wiiff of my smelly stench and farks off leaving me somewhat embarrassed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusky View Post
    I've heard a roar in Kaimais and thought what a pathetic attempt at roaring it was so cautiously moved in not concealing myself to the hunter. Bugger me dead the biggest stag I had ever laid eyes on comes marching in, gets a wiiff of my smelly stench and farks off leaving me somewhat embarrassed.
    I have had the nearly the same thing happen to me. Stag was 330 DS class but I knew it was a deer. I just expected a young animal as it sounded like a sick calf.
    Never heard a stag sound like a human tho.

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