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castnblast
October 9, 2007, 09:47 PM
I posted this last fall after a near miss w/ lightening, and figured it's worth bringing up again. If you can hear thunder, YOU CAN GET STRUCK BY LIGHTENING
I knew better having a background in meteorology. However, the urge to press on the hunt overcame common sense. A bolt of lightening struck a tree less than 50yds from my treestand. The sun was out, but I could hear thunder. I thought to myself, If it gets any closer, I'm getting down. Well, It got closer all right. Please learn from my near fatal mistake last year, and don't do what I did. The hunt is not worth your life.

DesertDawg
October 10, 2007, 08:06 AM
Yep, not a good idea to be up a tree when there's lightning! On the other hand, it's not good to be anywhere NEAR lightning strikes! The pro golfer, Lee Trevino, has been struck by lightning TWICE while playing golf! Not sure if his golf club attracted the lightning, but probably!

FirstFreedom
October 10, 2007, 10:56 AM
Good reminder - and not only that, the high winds that accompany most any storm can and do break off large branches which fall to the ground. These chunks of wood can kill/maim/paralyze as well. Trees are not your friend in a storm. If it's a bad electrical storm, I go sit in my pickup until the worst of it passes - the rubber tires keep it from grounding, and so lightning will not hit.

Scorch
October 10, 2007, 01:46 PM
A bolt of lightening struck a tree less than 50yds from my treestand.WOW!! I bet that got your attention! I had a similar experience once when I was fishing and lighning hit a tree about 50-75 yds away from me. It made me want to lay down that 7' graphite fishing pole pretty quick! My ears rang for days!

castnblast
October 12, 2007, 01:05 PM
Yeah, I never got out of a stand so fast in all my life...I left my bow and hooked it.

nickE10mm
October 16, 2007, 01:51 PM
Thanks for the reminder. Lightning is the most dangerous part of the storm for hunters. Please be safe, all!

grymster2007
October 16, 2007, 02:02 PM
I think Trevino's advice was something like this:

...if you're afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron.:D