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  •  Don't you think he was exaggerating to make the (3+ / 0-)

    point.  Most likely he means real shots.  Shots aimed at game.  And is comparing it to the number of shots Lanza took when actually aiming at something.

    "Speak the TRUTH, even if your voice shakes."

    by stellaluna on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 06:48:14 AM PDT

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    •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

      I'm pretty sure he was exaggerating.  Just not sure which direction the truth lies.  It is possible that he's counting only shots for specific game; I've racked up several times as many in six years, but then again I also hunt varmint.

      When God gives you lemons, you find a new god.

      by Patrick Costighan on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 07:00:40 AM PDT

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      •  I've hunted about the same period... (8+ / 0-)

        and I'd hazard that I've gone through a good deal less. Maybe 100 shots -- off the range.  I've certainly tested the patterns on an old adjustable choke 12 gauge inherited from a cousin.  I've plinked a lot of targets getting practice with a .22.  I've earned my marksmanship badge knocking down targets with a Remington .22. I've missed an awful lot of skeet.

        I don't think the larger caliber handguns or rifles at my house have been fired in twenty years. In fact, I'm sure of it.

        I've fired my grandfather's Marlin 1898 at game exactly twenty times. And I've hit game, exactly twenty times. Which is why I'll probably keep the old girl up on the wall from now on. You hate to ruin record like that.

        When I was a kid, squirrel, rabbit, and quail made up a fair portion of what was on my plate, but that hasn't been true for probably thirty years. As for big game, I've shot exactly one (1) deer.  That was when I was 14 (I think).  A rifled slug out of that same old Marlin.  I've not had an inclination to do so again.

        These days, a hunt is really more of an excuse to stroll around with a shotgun couched under my arm, enjoying an reason to get my boots muddy. If someone has a dog along, all the better. 9 times out of 10, I probably don't shoot at anything. I cheer for other folks' shots and trot out stories of the time I got a double at quail, or recall laying back in a wood to shoot squirrels on a frosty morning. Or waded nee deep snow following beagles trying to roust a few rabbits out of thickets. Last year I didn't shoot a thing, not even a piece of paper.

        And I still call myself a hunter.

        If the fellow in question had never fired more than 150 shots off the range, I'd believe that easily enough. And I'd believed he enjoyed himself and got as much out of his time hunting as folks who've fired twenty times as often.

        •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

          In which case, I wouldn't call him a "lifelong" hunter except in the narrow sense that he has occasionally hunted over the last forty years.

          So the question is does he mean off the range or not?

          When God gives you lemons, you find a new god.

          by Patrick Costighan on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 08:04:41 AM PDT

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        •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

          Some more details, from a twitter exchange with a rude critic of his:

          He may be misspeaking, but that reads a lot like an "admission" that he's fired only 154 shots in his life, on or off the range.

          When God gives you lemons, you find a new god.

          by Patrick Costighan on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 08:15:03 AM PDT

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          •  I'm not sure why this is so important to you. (3+ / 0-)

            But the more you talk the less you seem to know about hunting.  Many people don't hunt every year.  And it sounds like you think hunters can hunt every day of the year.  In fact, in many areas hunting season is limited to just a few weeks in the entire year.  One bout of the flu or bad cold, one important life event, one busy work schedule has knocked many hunters out of hunting for a year.  Again, I think you have some idealized vision of hunting.  Maybe that's why you want verification from a "real life" TV hunter or something.

            "Speak the TRUTH, even if your voice shakes."

            by stellaluna on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 11:18:04 AM PDT

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