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Howie Carr column ping

Caution: Hunters at work
Human season arrives with a bang
By Howie Carr | Sunday, November 25, 2007 |

Shotgun deer-hunting season begins in Massachusetts tomorrow, but it just ain’t what it used to be. The native hunter population has scattered south and north. Gun and rod clubs rank high on the moonbat hit parade. And the spread of dental insurance has reduced the number of toothless yahoos stumbling drunkenly through the woods around here every first Monday after Thanksgiving.

Still, tomorrow will not be a good day to be a cow in Massachusetts - or a stop sign. You know, you’re out drivin’ around in your pickup truck, jes’ itchin’ to pull the trigger on something - anything! - and you ain’t seen a deer in a month o’ Sundays, and you and Billy Bob jes’ keep a-poundin’ them Budweisers down, and what the Sam Hill is a body supposed to do? You gots to shoot something, even if it’s mooing.

And now they’re saying King Tut may have been killed in a hunting accident. Could they still test his blood-alcohol level after all these centuries? The word is he may have fallen from a chariot. Hunters still fall to their deaths, but usually it’s from a tree stand, the second-most-common cause of death among hunters, after being shot by a close relative.

Let’s go straight to this year’s stack of hunting accident stories.

Texas: A 35-year-old Waco man was found dead in a tree stand after dropping his deer rifle, causing the gun to fire into his chest. In addition to the nimrod’s corpse, the local paper reported that “also in the stand were several empty beer cans, including a half-empty can sitting in an insulated drink holder.”

Florida: A 31-year-old hunter was killed when he tossed a loaded 9mm handgun to a friend in the woods. The second hunter caught the gun by the trigger and it fired, sending a bullet first through the shooter’s other hand and then through his friend’s chest. Is it possible alcohol may have been involved in this misadventure?

Arkansas: A 44-year-old hunter was found dead, dangling from his tree stand. The sheriff speculated that the hunter “lost his balance.” I wonder why. The deerslayer then fell backwards with his feet stuck in the stand and “died from hanging upside down for a long period of time.” Do you suppose Bambi came along for a good laugh while the blood was rushing to his head?

How about some kinsmen killing kinsmen in the woods? These stories are filled with words like “mistook,” “distraught,” “ricocheted” and “stray bullet.”

Someday someone will research the correlation between the start of hunting season in the redneck districts and an increase in dismissal of suits involving disputed wills. It’s amazing how often two close relatives go into the woods and only one returns.

Wisconsin: A grandfather mistook his 18-year-old grandson for a deer and blasted him to kingdom come in Saxeville a week ago today.

Utah: A 9-year-old boy hunting geese with his 51-year-old uncle didn’t bag any birds, but he did manage to kill Uncle Chad when his shotgun “accidentally discharged.” This was the second fatality of the season in Utah. A 44-year-old nimrod was killed by a friend who was climbing over a fence with a rifle slung over his back. It too “accidentally” discharged.

Michigan: A 24-year-old man drilled his father in Dad’s own back yard. The lad was “looking for an animal he’d shot earlier” when his father ventured outside - not wearing anything orange. Pops never had a chance.

Connecticut: A 51-year-old Berlin deer hunter was shotgunned by his stepson.

Michigan: A man was flushing deer from hedges in order to give his son a clean shot. The son got one: He shot Dad in the hip.

New York: A 76-year-old man hunting with six relatives died after being shot in the hip. The undersheriff “could not confirm” whether the geezer was gunned down by a blood relative. No word on whether anyone in the shooting party was contesting a will.

Nebraska: A drug dealer was charged with manslaughter after shooting a hunter in front of his 15-year-old son. The drug dealer’s brother said his sibling was “trying to shoot a coyote.”

All I can say is, if you feel the call of nature tomorrow while driving to work, don’t pull over and walk into the woods - unless you’re wearing an orange blazer to your job. Otherwise, it could be the last pit stop you ever make. They’re out there!

2 posted on 11/25/2007 5:37:41 AM PST by raccoonradio (Howie Carr is Back! Weekdays 3-7 pm on WRKO & The Howie Network)
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To: raccoonradio
Guess who's taking Mitt to task over a certain judicial appointment?

LACONIA, N.H. - Sensing the political kill, GOP presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani yesterday slammed former Gov. Mitt Romney over his appointment of a now-controversial Bay State judge and said his rival has an abysmal record on violent crime.

“The governor is going to have to explain his appointment, and the judge is going to have to explain her decision,” Giuliani said, speaking of Superior Court Judge Kathe M. Tuttman, a Romney selection. Tuttman freed convicted killer Daniel T. Tavares Jr. on personal recognizance July 16, and the tattooed psycho stands accused of murdering a Washington state couple one week ago.

“It’s not an isolated situation,” the GOP front-runner said, asserting that Romney has a “poor record on violent crime” and adding: “He had an increase in murder and violent crime while he was governor. So it’s not so much the isolated situation which he and the judge will have to explain.”

Giulian’s attack came despite a furious effort by the Romney camp to bottle the Tavares controversy by calling on Tuttman to quit and emphasizing that the felon threatened to kill Romney and other officials on his release from prison.

Guiliani rips Romney on crime

by Jessica van Sack

3 posted on 11/25/2007 5:40:23 AM PST by raccoonradio (Howie Carr is Back! Weekdays 3-7 pm on WRKO & The Howie Network)
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To: raccoonradio
Nothing puts me in such a cheery glow on a Sunday morning as does reading about stupid hunting accidents.

Well, nothing else except tales of drunken snowmobilers being garrotted...

4 posted on 11/25/2007 5:42:18 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: raccoonradio
Lyrics to Tom Lehrer's Hunting song

(Hanna Barbera's Punkin Puss, from the mid 60s. Probably not politically correct these days!)

I'd think most hunters are responsible and that the ones mentioned by Howie in today's column are simply those who link the sport of hunting with the sport of consuming Pabst Blue Ribbon.

6 posted on 11/25/2007 5:48:06 AM PST by raccoonradio (Howie Carr is Back! Weekdays 3-7 pm on WRKO & The Howie Network)
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To: raccoonradio

On the brighter side ...

7 posted on 11/25/2007 5:49:16 AM PST by G.Mason (And what is intelligence if not the craft of outthinking our adversaries?)
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