4-legged Critter Encounter, a new one

4-legged Critter Encounter, a new one

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    4-legged Critter Encounter, a new one

    I was playing golf this afternoon and on a par 5 my second shot was about 10 yards from the green but across the fairway close to the trees but laying in the open. It was wet over there with the rain, so I parked my cart by the green and walked over. I noticed 2 balls laying there in the same area. Then I found out why someone else had left theirs.

    As I got to my ball, a scraggly looking raccoon came running out of the trees making a terrible racket. It scared the bejeezes out of me. I took off running (and for a man my size, that's no easy feat in and of itself). He stopped about half way across the fairway, and I'm glad he stopped because the thought of having to keep running in 94 degree heat was not something I was prepared for.

    I got my pistol out of my golf bag just in case he decided to bring it on. He would go back a few paces and then turn and make a bunch more racket. Well, at this point, I figured he was rabid and I probably should have shot him anyway, but I've not been at this course more than several times and I didn't want any unfavorable attention unless I had no choice. There were only a couple groups on the course and this was a remote corner with no houses around, but still. Why chance having the hassle. Back home in Virginia on the course I was a member for 14 years, I wouldn't have thought twice about it. I shot groundhogs out there in the evenings.

    So, I got in the cart and went to the next hole leaving the scraggly raccoon standing there having a fit. Now there's 2 balls laying over there. I told the guys when I finished what had happened. Judging by the size of the gators I saw out there, I'm surprised the raccoon is still around. A couple holes later I saw a 9 footer easily coming in over 300 lbs. When you hit a ball in the water, you don't go looking for it. Apparently you don't get near the trees either or the crazed raccoons will come after you. Perhaps he thought he was an alligator? Anyway, a good incentive to hit the fairway. Surprises lurking around when you least expect it.
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    Wow. Maby that's why I don't golf. BUT I would have had a coon skin cap and alligator boots. glad your ok.
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    putt the raccoon in the direction of the gator.
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    Oh, I can see the Headline In the Local Newspaper = Fat Cat Golfer Man shoots racoon on golf course................
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    Myself I would have asked the golf course to call animal control, coons are nocturnal and being out in the daytime is unusual and maybe a sign of rabies. So far this year we have had several reports of both rabid foxes and coons, considering the dangers I would not take the chance of a rabid animal running around.
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    Great story!


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    A good, concrete example of why being armed on a golf course isn't as insane as some folks presume it to be. Anytime, anywhere. Particularly in "gator" country.
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    The raccoon didn't do that, he didn't build that fairway. He has to pay taxes for the general good to be there. How dare he, think that he owns that area.
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    Now I know why I pack on the golf course as well. Great story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ksgunner View Post
    Now I know why I pack on the golf course as well. Great story.
    Gators in Kansas?

    Or, for those pesky geese in the 9th Hole lake?
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    And people think there's no reason for suppressors.
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    Clubbing him to death wasn't an option?

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    Like I needed another reason to not golf...
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    I never knew golfing was such a manly sport. You have to fend off rabid racoons and 300 pound gators.

    BigDude, you da man.

    (What I would pay to see a video of you running across that course, though)....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ANGLICO View Post
    Oh, I can see the Headline In the Local Newspaper = Fat Cat Golfer Man shoots racoon on golf course................
    Or maybe "golfer kills young raccoon over golf ball" (conveniently leaving out that the raccoon was rabid and attacked him).

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