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Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012 10:00 pm

A hunter from Paradise is feeling fortunate after surviving wounds from an accidental discharge of a high-powered rifle on a remote mountain between Plains and Paradise.

Dan Risland, 63, was recovering Friday at Kalispell Regional Medical Center after accidentally shooting himself in the abdomen at about 10 a.m. Thursday.

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          12 comments:

          • photoguy posted at 3:21 pm on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

            photoguy Posts: 940

            MfgMan,

            It is really not that hard, if you need some help, I am always available, the secret is to make sure your in the country that the animal you are hunting is in. I don't bugle or cow talk, I am a stalker, and it has been very successful for me, but I make sure the animals I am hunting are in the area that I am hunting, that is 90% of the game.

             
          • MfgMan posted at 10:53 am on Tue, Nov 20, 2012.

            MfgMan Posts: 345

            photoguy, I grew up rifle hunting and went out every year for the first 10 years I was legal to hunt. I switched over to bow hunting in college, and have never picked up a rifle again. I enjoy bow hunting immensly more...but I would absolutely assert that is definitely more difficult. Road hunting with a rifle is as easy as it gets. Getting to within 40 yards to use a bow, not so much. And with elk, you have to learn to bugle and cow call, which was also not easy for me to learn. I still stink at it, but fortunately some of my friends are very good!

             
          • photoguy posted at 12:15 am on Mon, Nov 19, 2012.

            photoguy Posts: 940

            Westvalley,

            Don't get me wrong, I am not saying don't hunt with a gun, all I am say, don't try to convince people that bow hunting is so hard. How you choose to hunt is your right. I wish you success with any legal manner you choose to hunt, bow hunting takes quite a bit of dedication, but once you get the hang of it, it is not difficult.

            By the way, the 4 days I spent and the 6 days my wife spent, we didn't freeze our butts off, it was nice t-shirt weather!
            [beam]

             
          • photoguy posted at 12:09 am on Mon, Nov 19, 2012.

            photoguy Posts: 940

            Westvalley,

            This year, I spent 4 days in the woods, 1 Elk in the freezer, 1 Deer in the freezer, my wife who is also a bow hunter 6 days, 1 Deer in the freezer, she did not choose to elk hunt this year. I used to hunt with a gun, in fact, I own several and I shot a heck of a lot of animals with a gun, none of them over 75 yards. it is no more difficult to hunt with a bow than it is with a gun.

             
          • Westvalley posted at 7:58 pm on Sun, Nov 18, 2012.

            Westvalley Posts: 100

            Photoguy, How many days do you spend in the woods? All the bowhunters i know spend days and sometimes weeks. This is my point. I don't have unlimited time to be sneaky or sit around and call game in. I can get a deer within a few hours of getting into the woods with a long range rifle......

             
          • photoguy posted at 11:45 am on Sun, Nov 18, 2012.

            photoguy Posts: 940

            I hunt only for food and have used a bow since the 80's, I never have a problem putting my food in the freezer with my bow Westvalley!

             
          • Westvalley posted at 1:49 pm on Sat, Nov 17, 2012.

            Westvalley Posts: 100

            Fast, That's all fine and dandy if you hunt for sport. I hunt for food and do not have the time to bow hunt. Haven't had time to hunt at all this year........

             
          • Fast posted at 1:20 pm on Sat, Nov 17, 2012.

            Fast Posts: 248

            And they wonder why smart people gave up hunting with fire arms.
            * 13 bull Elk with a bow
            * 21 Mulie Bucks
            * many white tail

             
          • Rob123 posted at 11:11 am on Sat, Nov 17, 2012.

            Rob123 Posts: 6602

            Jenr234 posted....

            You have never been out in the woods, only to realize you have your reading glasses on? You must be young? Somme day, you'll understand. [wink]

             
          • Jenr234 posted at 10:53 am on Sat, Nov 17, 2012.

            Jenr234 Posts: 14

            He's fifty feet away and wants to get closer? What's he going to do,club the animal with his gun?[beam]

             
          • Westvalley posted at 10:02 am on Sat, Nov 17, 2012.

            Westvalley Posts: 100

            Between fluke accidents and wolves nobody should hunt alone. The guy is DAMN luck to be alive.......

             
          • bill39 posted at 8:31 am on Sat, Nov 17, 2012.

            bill39 Posts: 1051

            lucky guy

             

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