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    Possum shoots Chicken Farmer

    MOUNT VERNON, Wash. A northwest Washington man is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the leg while hunting an opossum that had been snatching his chickens.

    Larry Tenbrink of Mount Vernon was watching TV when he heard his chickens "carrying on" late Sunday. He figured the problem was the opossum that had already killed more than a dozen of his chickens over the past few months.

    Tenbrink grabbed his .22 caliber pistol, headed outside and spotted an opossum the size of a large cat wandering his property. But he accidentally pulled the trigger too early, sending a bullet through his lower right thigh.

    The 61-year-old handyman told the Skagit Valley Herald on Monday that he's back home after a trip to the hospital. And though the opossum is free for now, he'll be hunting it again. But next time, he says he'll use a trap.

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    It not the opossum, it's the finger...it's always a finger thing.
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    The title of the post kind of threw me for a second. I was thinking that 'possums are now carrying weapons when stealing from chicken farmers, but after reading it, I see that I am in error.

    Kidding aside, the guy needs some safety classes when dealing with a firearm.
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    Note to self: Keep booger hook off the bang switch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoJoGunn View Post
    The title of the post kind of threw me for a second. I was thinking that 'possums are now carrying weapons when stealing from chicken farmers, but after reading it, I see that I am in error.

    Kidding aside, the guy needs some safety classes when dealing with a firearm.
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    Surely this will generate some much needed legislation for tighter gun control with armed possums.

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    I once was "shooing" you know, like "shoo shoo", not shooting) a possum off my front porch railing with a broom. The lil fella decided he liked my looks and started coming down the broom handle to shake hands with me. I checked, and he wasn't "carrying" so I just toted him to the fence and tossed him over. Dang glad I didn't have to draw!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by First Sgt View Post
    I once was "shooing" you know, like "shoo shoo", not shooting) a possum off my front porch railing with a broom. The lil fella decided he liked my looks and started coming down the broom handle to shake hands with me. I checked, and he wasn't "carrying" so I just toted him to the fence and tossed him over. Dang glad I didn't have to draw!!
    My lab use to bring home her"things" she found,nore than once it was a possum playing dead,,I could tell by her gait in the dark when she had something that was gonna scare the crap out of me
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    They "can" be vicious animals if they want to be. I would suggest using a rifle....and not a hand gun. Shotguns work well too, although he may take a few chickens out in the process.

    The real "trick" , is not to put that finger on the trigger until he has the muzzle aimed at the target.

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    Media agenda

    It really gets my goat when the Roanoke Times (Roanoke Va) published this story from across the country, but won't publish accounts of defensive shooting around the State.

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    Did anyone ever consider that one of the chickens might have thought he was coming for them and shot the farmer. If the chicken thought it was dinner for the next day it could be considered a justified shooting!

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    This guy needs a new job title. "Handyman" no longer applies.
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    It's not just a finger trigger issue, it's also a muzzle awareness issue. It should have never been pointed at his thigh to begin with, unless he was using some floppy holster and drew the weapon dangerously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dukalmighty View Post
    MOUNT VERNON, Wash. A northwest Washington man is recovering after accidentally shooting himself in the leg while hunting an opossum that had been snatching his chickens.

    Larry Tenbrink of Mount Vernon was watching TV when he heard his chickens "carrying on" late Sunday. He figured the problem was the opossum that had already killed more than a dozen of his chickens over the past few months.

    Tenbrink grabbed his .22 caliber pistol, headed outside and spotted an opossum the size of a large cat wandering his property. But he accidentally pulled the trigger too early, sending a bullet through his lower right thigh.

    The 61-year-old handyman told the Skagit Valley Herald on Monday that he's back home after a trip to the hospital. And though the opossum is free for now, he'll be hunting it again. But next time, he says he'll use a trap.

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    I'm not sure this guy needs to be messing around with traps without adult supervision.
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