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Lessons Learned The Hard Way Are Often Worth Repeating! By Darrell Holland

 
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Old 03-23-2010, 10:34 AM
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Lessons Learned The Hard Way Are Often Worth Repeating! By Darrell Holland

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We can all look back over our shooting career and note dreadful if not embarrassing moments when we really blew it. Anybody who claims to have never experienced such a moment is either telling a "Big Windy" or hasnít shot much!

After the humiliation of the screw-up, often in front of witnesses, but not always, we internally beat ourselves to a pulp on the trip home. Often displays of foul language, kicking dirt and occasionally hurling objects into trees and off canyon precipices accompany such mental lapses in our shooting performance.
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Old 03-23-2010, 08:14 PM
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Re: Lessons Learned The Hard Way Are Often Worth Repeating! By Darrell Holland

Good article. Honest and well written. When I screw up I call it a flub and I've had a few.
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Re: Lessons Learned The Hard Way Are Often Worth Repeating! By Darrell Holland

I had one of those during bow season. I just saw a buck 30 yards from me looking right at me so I froze. After a few minutes of looking at each other I figured I needed to make a move, I ever so slowly strung an arrow and just as slowly raised it and cocked my arm... while the arrow hinged off to the side like in the cartoons.
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Re: Lessons Learned The Hard Way Are Often Worth Repeating! By Darrell Holland

Darrell is right! Things can happen to equipment during travel to hunting areas, and those same areas can feature differences in where bullets are "supposed" to travel due to changes in humidity, altitude, temperature, karma, etc.

At least it warms my heart to know that someone as sharp and knowledgeable as Darrell Holland can screw up as much as those of us who are rank novices compared to him. BTW, I purchased my first bench rest/hunting rifle from Darrell in 1996. A great rifle that still shoots as accurately as the day I bought it.

I found that making a list of hunting/shooting equipment to take really helps me to not have to worry about leaving something behind. I keep the list on the desktop of my iMac so I can modify it if needed. I print out a copy when I am putting together the "stuff," and check off each item. I just don't trust things to memory. It has worked well so far.
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Re: Lessons Learned The Hard Way Are Often Worth Repeating! By Darrell Holland

I once knew two buddies who went deer hunting. Upon arriving where they were going to hunt, one guy realized he left his cartridges at home.

Fortunately, they had the same guns (.30-.30 Winchester lever actions), so the 2nd guy pulled out his shells to share. When he opened the box, he realized that he had grabbed a box with empties in it. (Note: Never put empty shells back in the box and close the box up so that it looks brand new.)

Fortunately, I had about 6 shells in my pocket that I could share with my buddy or that would have been one short trip.

Wait a minute, I didn't mean to imply that I did this. Uhh, it was a friend who did this. I would never be so foolish.
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Old 03-28-2010, 05:52 PM
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Re: Lessons Learned The Hard Way Are Often Worth Repeating! By Darrell Holland

Dadof10, I did the same thing when I went to the range one time.
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Re: Lessons Learned The Hard Way Are Often Worth Repeating! By Darrell Holland

Nice article Darrell, thanks for making us remember the mistakes and humbling moments we have had in the outdoors
We all have screwed up eventually. Learning from our mistakes is a good experience, even though it hurts our ego.
Thanks for the article.
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