A couple of weeks ago, I told the story of Eileen’s mystery buck, but that is not the only unexplained occurrence I have seen in my hunting and fishing exploits.
I had a good friend whose son seemed to be jinxed while hunting. Like the time he was hurt while hunting. I am not sure of his age at the time but he was just entering puberty. His father and I were in the process of dressing a doe he had downed when we heard him yell out in excruciating pain. So we looked his way and there he was writhing on the ground and moaning. He had urinated on an electric fence.
What a way to begin early adulthood. The problem he faced just represents one of the dangers of spending time outdoors.
Another time the same youngster was hunting pheasants with us. The three of us were walking in a line when the youngest of us, this same youngster, just disappeared. This same boy, and he was snakebit for he had the misfortune of stepping on and into an old hand-dug well. We got him out, and now it’s funny, needless to say he might not think so.
The misfortunes of the younger hunter just represent a few of the hazards of taking part of the outdoor activities.
It also reminds me of an experienced outdoorsman who was seining minnows. He was walking upstream in a small creek in a crouched position and raised the sein and then he straightened himself up. The problem was he was under an electric fence. Good thing he was wearing rubber hip boots.
Always be careful around electric fences. The power pulsates and you can touch one and feel nothing but touch it again and find yourself lying on the ground. These fences are put in place to keep the cattle, which includes the possibility of a bull in the field, where they belong. But does a single strand of wire succeed when the bull feels that you have invaded his personal space?
Always keep in mind that fence will do little good if the bull wants you. Bulls can top a ton in weight and are incredibly strong. I once watched as a bull got his head stuck in the window of a Ford F-150 and was trying to get it back out. In his attempt he was raising the front of that truck off of the ground. Farming can be a dangerous occupation
Cows can also be nasty at times, especially if they aren’t used to people. One time, we were picking apples near home when my granddaughter and her brother’s wife decided to cross the fence to visit a young calf in the next field. Well momma was watching as the girls approached the now-frightened calf. I never knew my girls could run that fast as they came back over that fence. They made it but it was a lesson learned – leave the bovines alone.
The person not used to being in the outdoors can suffer allergies but also might run into a few wild critters. That strange acting raccoon may be suffering from distemper and is acting abnormal. Give it a bit of room.
Now is the time to pick much of nature’s bounty. Berries are ripening and few things growing wild taste better. Be careful and avoid the poison ivy and the numerous insects living in the berry patches. Yellow jackets and various bees can be bad, and while small will gang up on you. The yellow jackets are nasty creatures often living underground and they will follow you if you run. Ticks are particularly bad this year and so many of them carry disease. Luckily, we don’t have many bears in Washington County but one is seen here at home now and then. If encountered, leave the bear alone. He is probably only after a few berries, just like you.
Lastly in this dumb things done by outdoorsmen story, I must include my uncle. He was hunting for groundhogs that day and hit one, so he went to retrieve it. There was no groundhog lying on the spot so he went over to its hole and looked in, yep there it was lying dead in the hole. He reached in to get his trophy, which then sprang to life, my uncle had a scar on his palm and a matching one on the back of his hand. A reminder to us all to make sure before touching.
Well that’s it for today’s stupid stories, things we people can do. I bet some animals got a kick out of some of the stuff they see us do.