Last November, I think I broke a firearm rule and would like to hear some thoughts.
After opening day (deer rifle season) there was marked reduction in sightings. Around mid-afternoon each day, I would get out and check for tracks. MI was no bate last year, and looking at the tracks, I could see that the deer were moving through the family acreage around the same time I was headed out, most likely headed away from some corn fields. Not looking to get into a side conversation on how I knew this, just offering back ground info.
So I desided to head out, very early in the morning, way before sunrise. The plan was to get to the blind ahead of the movements. Note: I was not planing to shoot anything until after sunrise, just wanted to get there early.
So around 3:30 AM I'm headed out, down the road, then cutting along a line fence to a corner of the property blind, deep in the woods. The snow was deep, but to my left were several pines, and no snow under them. On the property there have been bear, badger, and coyote (wild dog) sightings.
I hear something big move and noticed a shadow. This is the same area my brother ran into a bear a few years ago. Later when I checked I could not find tracks. We have an agreement to follow wounded deer on the property, but not our property, so my time was short in looking for tracks. It could have been larger dog to bear sized, I could not tell. It was not a rabbit or squirrel. It could have been a deer, but it did not take off like a deer. Then again, deer don't always zip away, and I've even watched them crawl away under brush. My 30.06 was on a sling, and unloaded (as it was pre-sunrise, and I did not want a game warden problem).
You are allowed to CC with permit while hunting in MI. Well this shadow startled me, and I pulled my Glock as I shined with a flashlight. In retrospect, I guess this could be considered illegal (aka shining). However, at that moment, I can honestly state I was not hunting.
While I imagine a side conversation could develop concerning legal issues (was it shining), my primary concern is gun safety. I've been telling this story the last few months, and it was pointed out to me, that you should not shoot at shadows.
Now I never shot, but it has me thinking. Did I break a firearm safety rule?