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August 01, 2007

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Stop It ... You're Killing Me

Professional hunters fascinate me in much the same way professional soldiers do because the odds are at least fair that, in the course of making a living, they will be either killed or mangled. And yet they persist. Before the advent of antibiotics, the PH's job was a lot more perilous than it is now. If you were mauled by a leopard or chewed by the lion, you might be able to survive the mauling itself, but not the infection that followed.

Of the PHs I've known personally, one was killed by an elephant and five were chewed by leopards. All five survived, although one man shot a colleague of his during another leopard encounter. The reason so many run afoul of old chui (which is Swahili, I think, for leopard, and a great example of onomotopoeia)is the speed with which they get at you. Leopards are not all that large (a 150-pound tom is a very big one) and they can conceal themselves behind nothing more than a clump of grass, so the first sign that kitty is around is when his dewclaws are sunk in your neck and he is trying to disembowel you with his hind claws.

I know of only one PH who did the job for a long time and never ran afoul of an animal. He was a French PH who worked in Zambia, and in 40 years in the bush the only injury he sustained was when a Land Rover hood fell on his hand and chopped off a finger. The most unlikely death was a PH who perished when an iron-hard spike of mopane wood punched through the floor of his Land Rover and into his femoral artery.

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concernedhunter,protect the 1st amendment, like freedom of speech?then you say screen some of these....anyone else thinking what i am thinking?

Tommy

I'm retarded!

matthew crain

mr. gun nut you are my hero i only let my hero in on my invuntions my gun case is hand made out of aluminum with precicion tig welds the inside is made out of mink that i traped myself under that icut up an old temperpedic mattress with memoryfoam handle is made of stainless steel polished with a curly maple grip the double lined oluter shell of aluminium and precicion welds make it tough the handle gives it class and my own craftsmanship makes it sendimental after 8 years it has held up like a sherman tank if you would like one just ask it would be my honor to make you one email me at [email protected]

WaltSmith

Give lil kids a computer for their birthday and look what happens.

Clay Cooper

WaltSmith

Give lil kids a computer for their birthday and look what happens?

Yes I do know what happens.

Have that little nerd come over and fix my computer

Clay Cooper

Tommy retarded?

I don’t think so!

Green behind the gills (young person), I would say yes. But, retarded? NO!

I see a spark of hope in you Sir!

A spark when neutered right can lead a person beyond their dreams!

You said you lost your faith?

I say to you Tommy that you’re flat wrong!

I don’t know your age or who you are.

What I do know that you Tommy, you are capable of doing things that one would conceder impossible.

Don’t blow it!

Today, you started crawling, tomorrow you’ll be walking and before we all know it, you will be doing things that you would have said today, NO WAY!

Set back Tommy, watch and listen to us old guys like myself and ask questions.

Learn by our mistakes and fortunes.

Faith! Meekness! Humility!

Three of many of the most powerful words known by Christianity!

Devil_Dog

Of course being a soldier is more dangerous than being a PH. But then again all the PH's I've met and read about were a whole lot more disciplined and skilled in their craft that what the Army is currently producing. GO ARMY
HOO-AH!!!

Ralph the Rifleman

Wow-you boys have some serious time on your hands while some of you accuse others of being off their meds?

woodsgurl4evr94

Im 13 and i think i hear people grovel about more stupid things on here than in school.Some people need to stop acusing others of things though dont get me wrong everyone is intitled to their own opions.Like anouymus talkin crap about everyone or people gettin ridicouled by there spellin.I think most of you are missin the big point of hunting and PH's.Its not how you kill or what you kill its being out there..saying that you hunted and took the trophy thats on the wall.Yes although some hunting methods are way too unsportsman like but if its legal well you cant do much about it.Everyone is different and we should share our opions not talk crap about people.Lets grow up shall we? And for the record the Dave Rocks and posts some good stuff so lets get off his back shall we??

woodsgurl4evr94

Im 13 and i think i hear people grovel about more stupid things on here than in school.Some people need to stop acusing others of things though dont get me wrong everyone is intitled to their own opions.Like anouymus talkin crap about everyone or people gettin ridicouled by there spellin.I think most of you are missin the big point of hunting and PH's.Its not how you kill or what you kill its being out there..saying that you hunted and took the trophy thats on the wall.Yes although some hunting methods are way too unsportsman like but if its legal well you cant do much about it.Everyone is different and we should share our opions not talk crap about people.Lets grow up shall we? And for the record the Dave Rocks and posts some good stuff so lets get off his back shall we??

woodsgurl4evr

And i know some wise guy is gonna come back with a loud mouth remark.so i will just say this- in a polite way im just tryin to tell some of you to get over yourselfs(no names in particular)im sure there are chat rooms or something that you can go to to make fun of people or try to look for flaws.This is an article on PH hunters not on why (insert name here)is being an egotistical or why (insert name here)is insulting you in some way.Said it before im gonna say it again grow the freak up.

Clay Cooper

woodsgurl4evr

Very interesting there woodsgurl4evr. You sound like a very intelligent young “Lady”. By your righting, it’s obvious that the future holds for you interesting things? You remind me of another young “Lady” named Sandra Worman just a couple years older than you at the time. She wanted to learn how to shoot. As Captain of The Holloman AFB High Power Team and my assistant Msgt Mike was the Captain of the U.S. Air Force Small bore team. More qualified than I was to train her. This was back around April of 85. Shortly after we started training her, she out grew us. We were at what you could say at our knowledge end. So we contacted a Olympic Coach from Albuquerque New Mexico. The next thing we knew a year later June of 86, she was trying out for the Olympics. Young Lady, I’m going to tell you something that I told her. The word “practice”, remove this from your vocabulary. The reason why? How can you “practice” what you have not “mastered”. From now on, use the word training for now on! Two more words to know. Meekness and humility, I don’t expect you to understand these two words at the moment, one day you will. These three words when lived by will take you to the top!

Remember one thing, to go these kinds of places; your Schoolwork comes first!

woodsgurl4evr

Well Mr. Cooper thanks.i think.But im not bein a cocky or anythin but skool anit back in session for 25 more days.LONG LIVE THE SUMMER BABY!but trust me i think i have an idea on wut u mean.You know people who have a good head on there shoulders like you should be more involved with this website and this orginaization than those who just want on here to prove (pardon my french) how big a di$k they can be.Thanks

SilverArrow

Dave
Please put a 'spell check' option on this blog!!
Woodsgurl4ever I love the sentiment but please do check your spelling. Just because you are not in school now doesn't mean it isn't important. Ignore the boorish remarks which will, no doubt, come your way; at the same time please don't provoke them.

Tommy

Clay,

I am 34, hardly green. I have been raising a little girl for the last 8 years. Her real father never even sent a b-day card. I and my wief had his rights as a father revoked. He didn't even show at the hearing. I am adopting her now. I have done more than I think anyone on this blog will ever know. That is just the first part.

Tommy

Also,

Thank you for the kind words. I suppose now you realize I meant you no foul intention on the post preceeding your angry reply on Friday. I too, am working on the ability to remove my anger from my words at times; on blogs and the real world. I hope others will take an example from the two of us. We have taken angry shots at one another in the past, and now it seems we have come to some sort of peace. May it last. I think re-reading posts is in order; for both of us. Perhaps you already have.

Tommy

Dr. Ralph,

You have quite a fixation on hermaphrodites. You talk of them on several different blogs.

I would say you are no doctor.
A doctor would not throw around hatred an insults as you do. Especially not as easily as you do. A doctor would not kill as easily as you either.

If you are indeed a doctor - I would suggest you re-read that oath on your wall. You have lost your way.

I have a suggestion to settle this matter. If you are a doctor, surely you have money. Fly to Raleigh Durham Airport - you pick the day, the time and if I am a woman, I will pay for your round-trip ticket. If anything I have said about myself is proved untrue, I will pay for your ticket. This blog is saved daily, you can have this post as a written agreement. What do you say, ''doctor''? Where does your courage lie? I do not threaten you. I would however love the opportunity to shut your lying, hypocrite, assuming pie-hole.

What do you say?

Tommy

Sorry, I was an abused child....

devil_dog

If bartenders can say, "I'm sorry you've had to much, please leave", at what point can the blog administrator say, "I'm sorry you've posted WAY too much"?

Just a thought.

Black Rifle addict

I'm with devil_dog on this one..anyone else like to spill some tears like a little girl?

woodsgurl4evr

Hello this one goes to 'silver arrow'.Now im not being rude..but maybe its time to eat my words.People like you sometimes deserve what their told.Who cares about spelling as long as you can read it.Frankly not me.And if you can read it to critisize me it must be good enough.

Clay Cooper

Mr. Tommy

Were do I start?

34 years old? LOL!

I wish I were 34 years old (now 52).

Your still young Mr.!

I got to be honest with you Tommy.

I know what you’re going thru, I really do!

I’m not going into detail, but I will say this.

A couple of things I want to pass onto you Tommy.

She is not your “step” Daughter.

She is you daughter not by blood, but by “heart”!

What ever she does, love her and her mother that much more, relentlessly!

For now remember these three Christian words (three of the many word tools for life) to start with.

Faith, meekness and humility.

For those that know the true meaning and live by these three words of many, are the most wise.

Tommy and Family, you will be in my prayers.

My heart goes out to the three of you.

"Illegitimi non carborundum"

(Latin "don't let the bastards grind you down")

Clay Cooper

By the way Tommy, Ol' Dr. Ralph might be one of those wacky, can’t put your finger on Democrats, but after a few weeks of, what did I call him? I forgot. Anyhow He isn’t that bad of a Sportsman. Maybe a City Slicker, haven’t been dar and dun dat! But if Mr. David Petzal would pick a group of people for a get together hunt, He would be a good choice, I would say. Paid by Field and Stream of course. What do think, I’m some rich person? Not!

Besides, there are about 10 or so would be a good idea!

A mix of across the country!

Move over, The View!

O’by the way,

Oscar-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg will fill the vacancy left by Rosie O'Donnell on ABC's morning talk show "The View,"

Tommy

Clay,

You continue to astound me in a most positive and profound way. You too, are in my prayers. And again thank you for your kind words.

As far as what I wrote towards Dr. Ralph. I had let his comments go, but then yesterday, I saw he attacked me again, on the deer scent blog. He attacked me and the woodsgurl. He was negative and unchecked. I simply wanted to try to reach him. I meant no harm or disrespect to anyone in doing so. Those words were removed yesterday, on the deer scent blog, and I think they should have been. It was the right thing to do.

As far as the hunt thing goes. I would love to join you guys. As long as it was open range, of course.

Thank you again Nate and Clay.

Tommy

I would also like to point out the post that appears to be me saying ''I was an abused child'' was not mine. My father beat my tail many a time. And I have thanked him with all my heart, more than once, since. Whoever posted that was wrong.




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