Fielding Stories From Afield

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Nov. 17, 2004

Fielding Stories From Afield

With many hunting seasons now in full swing across the country, it seems like some great hunting tales are also at their peak. So, in keeping with true Outdoor News Hound tradition, you’ll read about two whitetail bucks taken with a single shot, a Maine deer hunter who called 911 to report his pursuit by an amorous bull moose, and a pair of devoted Labrador retrievers that are credited with saving the life of a hunter. What more could you ask for?


One Bullet, Two Bucks

Minnesota deer hunter Dennis Paulson made a perfect heart shot and a dead-on neck shot on the opening day of firearms deer season — and they both occurred with a single bullet from his bolt-action .300 Winchester Magnum.


J.R. Absher

In one shot, Paulson harvested an 8-point buck and a 7-point buck, shooting across a field at a distance of about 125 yards.


The Maple Grove, Minn., hunter said he saw the 8-point come out of the woods with another deer behind it.


And then things really got interesting.


His first attempt at a shot resulted in a misfire. When he ejected the cartridge, another bullet jammed. Watching the two deer all the while, he finally freed and ejected the jammed cartridge, leaving him with one bullet to do the job. The deer looked up, and he squeezed the trigger. The single bullet passed through one buck’s heart and another buck’s neck, killing one instantly and the other seconds later.


“You always hear about this with a buck and doe, but never two bucks together like that,” said Paulson’s brother Allan, who backed up his sibling’s story. “We all said that’s unbelievable.”


Good Dogs, Great Story

Here at The Outdoor New Hound, we’re unapologetically partial to hunting dogs and stories about them. And here’s one of the best dog tales we’ve run across in some time.


Two yellow Labs, 4-1/2-year-old Lily and her offspring, 1-1/2-year-old Jack, are credited with saving the life of a Rhode Island hunter who fell and possibly suffered a slight stroke while bird hunting on the Arcadia Wildlife Management Area last Tuesday. Steven Goslee’s devoted dogs huddled against him all night as the air temperature fell to 15 degrees — the coldest night so far this fall. After a long night, Jack left Goslee and Lily at first light Wednesday and attracted the attention of another hunter, who summoned game wardens from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management.


John Gingerella, the officer responding to the call on the WMA, was familiar with Goslee and his dogs.


“When we got that call, I didn’t think much about it until I realized who the dog was and knew it shouldn’t be doing that,” Gingerella said. “Those dogs never ever leave their master’s side. I called in the search team right away.”


Searchers soon found Goslee, and transported him to a nearby hospital, where he continues to recover.


From his hospital bed, Goslee told the Newport Daily News about his long, cold night spent in the woods.


“I grew those dogs myself. Lily slept in my coat, and Jackie was on guard duty,” he said.


Fatal Attraction

Rut-induced attraction proved to be fatal to a young bull moose in Maine last week. That’s because his amorous advances were not made toward another moose, instead they were aimed at a 43-year-old deer hunter who wanted nothing to do with ungulate overtures of love.


“He didn’t touch me at all, just kept snorting and keeping me within his sights,” hunter Steve Knight told the Kennebec (Maine) Journal. “I had some doe-in-heat scent in my pocket, and I think he got a whiff of that. It’s the end of the rutting season and he probably wanted to have his way with me. He was snorting and grunting and rubbing his head up against the tree. He was trying to mark his territory thinking I was a girl moose, a cow.”


Feeling threatened by the actions of the bull, Knight used his cell phone to call 911, and was told by a police dispatcher not to shoot the moose himself and that a game warder would be notified.


When wildlife officer Terry Hughes arrived at the scene, he found Knight trying to flee from the love-crazed moose, throwing rocks and sticks at the animal. After attempting to control the beast by shooting plastic pellets, the warden finally decided there was no alternative and killed the animal.


“The moose horned the side of my truck and stood right in front of my truck, then charged the bumper,” Hughes said. “He definitely posed a threat to other hunters.”


Like A Good Neighbor…

State Farm is — there!


As an insurance agent in Tennessee for 28 years, Tom Jones has filed his share of claims relating to whitetails — mostly as the result of deer/vehicle accidents in the fall months. But Jones had never received a broken window claim involving a deer, until last week.


Jones’ State Farm Insurance office in Brentwood was the site of a break-in last week — by a disoriented 5-point buck. The intruder crashed through a 7-foot window, knocked pictures from a shelving unit, then crashed down a flight of stairs and into a storage room, where authorities contained it until help arrived.


Responding state wildlife officers tranquilized the deer, loaded it into a truck and released it in a nearby wooded area.


“We’ve had cars go through windows at gas stations and banks, but never a deer,” Jones told The Insurance Journal.


Quote Of The Week

“When I am making a personal outfit for hunting in a type of country new to me, the first thing I give serious thought to is the shoes I am to wear. Long ago I found out that if the hunter is properly and comfortably shod he isn’t too badly off, but if his feet are cold, wet, covered with stone bruises, or if he constantly slips and slides he is a very unhappy man.”

-Jack O’Connor

“Outfitting for the Pack Trip”

“Hunting Big Game in North America,” 1967


J.R. Absher is a freelance outdoor writer whose articles and columns appear in numerous national publications. Visit his Web sites, The Outdoor Pressroom (www.outdoorpressroom.com and The Outdoor Weblog www.outdoorweblog.com ) to find the latest outdoor news of interest. He offers his unique perspective of the outdoors weekly for sportsmansguide.com. You may contact him at jrabsher@outdoorpressroom.com.

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