Skip to comments.Sam Cook: Tree toppling tradition takes odd turn
Posted on 11/30/2012 10:16:45 AM PST by DManA
And then theres my friend John, whose family tradition is to go out and this is true shoot a Christmas tree. He takes his 12-gauge along, and when he sees the right tree, he blasts it.
Its surprising how many shots it takes, even at 6 inches away, to bring down a Christmas tree with birdshot, he said.
Hes been shooting the family tree for years.
Theres really no reason to do it anymore, he said the other day.
Which made me wonder what the reason was in the first place.
I didnt have a saw, he said. I was out grouse hunting one day and saw the perfect tree.
So, he shot it and brought it home.
Unfortunately, it was a swamp spruce, and by Christmas, there was nary a needle left on it, he said.
For years, he has taken the whole family along for the annual tree slaughter. Hes passing on the tree-shooting tradition to his daughters. Its pretty easy to fast-forward this to a scenario a few years hence when one of the daughters and her newlywed husband are getting ready for their first holiday season together.
NEWLYWED HUSBAND: Well, I suppose we should go buy a Christmas tree, eh?
NEWLYWED WIFE: Buy a tree? Why would we buy a tree when we can shoot one? Get me my 12-gauge.
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I once chopped down a tree with a .22 ... took a while.
Chopping a tree with .50cal BMG, one shot:
Kari can “handle my gun” anytime she pleases!
Some vegitation was injured in the production of this video.
I think whittled might be the more accurate verb.
New line for Jeff Foxworthy....
You may be a redneck if....
You go Christmas Tree Shootin’.
I once chopped down a cherry tree and blamed it on the kid down the street.....
We lovingly call them Jackpine Savages up here.
I knocked a hole in the ice for fishing with a shotgun once
I’ll give you a topic.
What are the most creatives uses for a firearm?
Her husband might object.
I didnt have a saw, he said
You've got teeth, doncha?
My family did this back in the 80’s. A brenneke slug can do a one shot 4” diameter tree.
When I was just a baby
My momma told me, Son
Always be a good boy
Don’t ever play with guns
But I shot a man in Reno
Just to watch him die
I knocked down a 4” tree once, using a full-choked 12 gauge with #6 shot. It took 12 shots before it fell. Range was about 3 feet.
Of course, that was in Texas, where the trees are tougher...