Skip to comments.As hunting accidents go, Cheney's is not unusual
Posted on 02/14/2006 4:09:57 AM PST by IrishMike
Vice President, Victim share blame in incident, Texas experts say.......Vice President Dick Cheney's hunting accident was a textbook example of a Texas bird-hunting mishap, and experts say both he and his victim violated basic hunting safety rules. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife records, swinging a shot gun outside a safe zone of fire is the No#1 cause of hunting accidents. On Saturday, the vice president was swinging his shot gun with a flying quail when the bird flew near Austin layer Harry Whittington as the shot was fired. Mr. Whittington was struck in the face and upper body by pellets from Mr. cheney's #28 gauge shot gun. The accident occured on the Armstrong ranch, south of Corpus Christi. Katherine Armstrong, a Dallas business woman whose family owns the ranch, said Mr. Whittington had been looking for a fallen bird and walked up behind Mr. Cheney and another hunter without announcing his presence. Ms. Armstrong is a knowledgeable hunter and was the first female chairman of the Parks and Wildlife Commission. Bird hunters become so focused on their fast moving targets that their visual background may become blurred. "In hunter education, we refer to that phenomenon as 'target fixation'", said Mr. Hall. "Every year, its the primary cause of Texas bird hunting accidents. In 2005, we had 13 reported hunting accidents that involved bird hunters. Twelve of those accidents were caused by swinging the shot gun outside a safe line of fire".
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"The press is PO'd because their elites were not told first and no reporter was invited."
Presstitutes are hardly the people one invites on a quail hunting trip.
"The only shotgun they've seen is in the movies or in the back of a police car."
The only shotgun they've seen is in the movies or from the back of a police car.
"My dad had a 8 gauge at one time, that was a brute!"
Brace yerself - a Safari Club International member had a double barrel 4 gauge made. That's dangerous at both ends if you are as light as I am.
Course how many of them ended up in ICU after being 'peppered', 'sprayed', or whatever the latest euphemism is for being shot in the face?
Can we PUH-LEASE put a stop to this silliness?!? We are fighting Canada geese off the golf courses, prairie dogs from outside our homes, and deer from our lawns.
Not to mention the stray dogs that someone didn't want anymore. Give it a rest, people!! The gun VP Cheney was using was standard, and he was using the shells that are standard for quail. Not very powerful...quail are tiny, they are good eating, and you don't want to tear them up with major shot. In my opinion, more trouble than they're worth to clean and prepare for eating! Not a lot of meat.
When I hear about the horses, cattle, and other LARGE animals that are being slaughtered (and you do NOT want to know how it's done) for meat here and in foreign countries, this silliness over Cheney's accident is typical liberal, "oh BOY! we've got him now!" crap.
Until you have been bird-hunting, know how to use a shotgun, and have a bird dog who knows what he's doing, please refrain from further comment. Or, if you prefer, please visit us here in the Texas Panhandle and see how we take care of prairie dogs.
This, of course, is being addressed ONLY to vegans who eat nothing but carrots, broccoli, and whatever other plants they can find. If you are a meat-eater, please disregard.
To solve the prairie dog problem, have you considered a varmint shooting contest? Those lil Dears are a resource waiting to be harvested. Tourism related industries would be happy to get more business, too.
How 'bout running that by Fawn?
I live in a rural area. I can load you up on all of the deer, squirrels, rabbits, possum, skunks, coyotes, etc. that you can handle. As soon as they're off of the endangered list, I'll even throw in a few nesting bald eagles we have around here.
NO Thanks....I'd rather they just live their lives out naturally.
Surely you jest? A shotgun is an automatic assualt rifle? Good joke. How is the incident related in any way to school lunches? Now your humor is either great or you are career victim? Could any of this have come from moveon/org? I hear moveon.org is paying the far left to chat on AOL. Maybe check into that as those who do might not need school lunch vouchers.
Rushing off to golf with wealthy white males. On the way home from the club, we will be stopping to scatter garbage about the slums, and possibly stop by some failing-due-to-lack-of-funds schools to eat the kid' lunches.
This evening, we have a right-wing fundmentalist church supper, and then a militia meeting. It will all be on NPR tomorrow morning and Mara Eliason will explain my kind of people to you in great depth.
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