View Full Version : Your worst "I forgot to bring______"

July 15, 2001, 10:39 AM
Just to get the ball rolling...last night i went up in the woods, trying to call some Coon....brought the old J.S.Caller and tape, by same, of Coon Fight, a spotlight, my Howa .223, and a box of 55 gr. S.P.............well, I get to where I want to call and start the tape and run and get set....Nothing!....not nothing came(tho' that's correct as well).........but nothing, as in NO NOISE!! In my haste to get gone before Her original decision changed, I forgot to check the Battery in the Caller!!!..........To add insult to injury, I had also decided not to bring the old Tally-Ho for back-up.......so there I was sitting out in the woods with no way to call what I knew was So close....
Anyhow, if you've Ever had a good(bad) FORGOT-story....let us hear it!!!

Al Thompson
July 15, 2001, 11:39 AM
Last time I hunted with a certain guy (last in every sense of the word) he showed up late, tromped through the woods and got put on a stand.

Fifteen minutes later he comes tromping back through. He left the bolt to his rifle in the gun case.:mad:


July 15, 2001, 12:20 PM
I went bowhunting with a friend and forgot my facemask. No problem, I thought, I'll just smear some mud on my face to cover up the glare. Of course, 5 minutes after I do this the sky opens up. Seven minutes later the mud has run from my forehead into my eyes, and I am using my bow as sort of a cane to make sure I don't hit a tree, trying to follow the sound of my friend ahead of me. It is a good thing we got to the stand early, because it took 45 minutes for me to get all the crud out of my eyes. Took the biggest buck of my life that day, though... :D

July 15, 2001, 02:20 PM
Not as bad as me driving 6 hours to the hunting lodge and had everything cept .........

bolt for my rifle AT HOME :o

Keith Rogan
July 15, 2001, 02:24 PM
I'm pretty good about remembering all my stuff. Up here, most hunts are in fly-in affairs and if you forgot something you are hosed!
I've learned to be somewhat of a prick when it comes to this. If somebody forgot something and they are counting on me to supply the deficiency... they're out of luck. If I have "extra's" of something, well maybe - but generally people forget some pretty bizarre things. On one trip somebody forgot their frame pack and I ended up partnering with him for the day. He shot the first deer and then had the unmitigated gall to expect me to surrender my pack (basically give up my hunt for that day) so he could tote his meat several miles down the mountain back to camp. Not likely! I'm sure the 4 or 5 hours of dragging that buck through alder jungles and up and down steep inclines was a good character building exercise that made him a better and stronger man - you'd think he'd be grateful...
Another time some idjit forgot his sleeping bag! Can you imagine? You've just been dropped off in the middle of Kodiak Island in November, the plane isn't due back for a week and you forgot your bag?
This is almost Darwinian! The other three guys had enough space blankets and a spare tarp to keep the guy alive but none of us would spend the week "cuddling" with him in our bags and he just thought we were all bastards because of that.... I don't know.
The most common forgotten item is the good old knife. I buy good quality and after having a couple of loaned knives lost and then "replaced" with K Mart junk - "Gee, sorry about forgetting your hand-forged knife on that log six miles back in the swamp, but here's a nice replacement that has a $2 compass stuck in the plastic handle!" I don't loan stuff any more unless I'm standing right there with my hand out to get it back.

OK, rant mode "Off".

July 15, 2001, 04:52 PM
Won't forget, Keith.

What kind of knives do you favor?

July 15, 2001, 04:57 PM
Well the worst thing i have ever forgot was my ammo box i get to the state land where i shoot and i get all set up then i go to load my rifle and i dotn have any ammo. No big deal i just had to pack everything up again and go back to get it, I guess that was pretty stuppid but its only a 3 mile drive.

Keith Rogan
July 15, 2001, 06:01 PM
I have two knives (neither of which are available for loan... :D ). One is a little caping knife called a "cub-bear" by Knives of Alaska and the other is an old skinner made from a car spring and with an ivory handle that I bought from a native in Nome - it's very old and I like it for that reason among others. Both of these are small enough to be useful (no Bowie knives for me, thanks!) and excellent tools.

This is the second "Knives of Alaska" knife I've had to buy and at about $100 a pop I hope it's the last. They have a website somewhere that details all the work going into their blades - I'll just say this last one has gone through a half-dozen deer and a caribou and hasn't needed sharpening yet.

July 15, 2001, 10:37 PM
Got all the way to my treestand, got up in it, then realized I forgot my release. Sat there all morning with my bow across my lap praying that I WOULDNT see anything.

July 16, 2001, 12:09 AM
A Knife!

So now I carry 5-6 smaller knives instead of one medium size knife.


July 16, 2001, 06:09 AM
A partial list:
Release for bow
Hunting license
22 Rifle when squirell hunting
Caps for muzzleloader (got the deer that trip too:) )

And I am kind of like Zorro. Rather than take one knife and sharpening stuff, I'll carry enough knives for the trip.

Jay Baker
July 16, 2001, 02:43 PM
I've been hunting for many years, and long ago started making lists of things I should always bring, depending on what kind of hunt I would be going on. So, I always "check off" stuff, as I pack it. Also, over the years, I've taken to handing my "lists" out to my hunting buddies, so they'll have the things they need. I'd become rather proud of never forgetting anything. Of course, pride runneth before the fall, so says Mr. Murphy.

In 1998, due to a very hectic situation at the time, I was extremely rushed packing for my elk hunt. Got to camp and looked in my hard case and had forgot my rifle sling. I made one from a piece of canas strap, para cord and duct tape, but it wasn't nearly as good as my regualr sling. Looked through the scope on my .338, and the horizontal crosshair was broken! (It was not broekn a few days before, at the range. Wha' hoppin'?? I don't know.)And, I had not brought a backup rifle this trip, due to the rush.

Thirty years ago, on a deer hunt in the central Sierra of Kalif., my buddy forgot ammo for his rifle... a Savage 99 .250-3000. Anyone tried to find .250-3000 at hardware stores in tiny towns in the boonies??

Lesson learned, no matter what, Mr. Murphy is always with you.


July 18, 2001, 01:05 PM
One trip I got about 5 miles from the house and remembered I had forgot the ammo.

Another trip I forgot the magazine to the rifle. Not so bad, just makes loading a pain.

July 18, 2001, 01:44 PM
the reminder to the deer that they needed to cross my path.

July 18, 2001, 02:55 PM
October 1997...

I didn't forget to bring it. I didn't forget to bring it. I actually planned to bring this other rifle - Yeah - that's the ticket!!

Ok I kinda forget to bring it (my elk rifle - cough cough). I actually grabbed the wrong rifle outa the safe - and it was almost the same caliber (25-06 instead of 30-06). And I did take an elk with it - after a 60 mile roundtrip into the nearest town to get ammo (as opposed to a 500 mile roundtrip back to home).

Now every year when I pull into camp, all my hunting buddies gather round my truck, to see if I brought the right rifle or the right ammo for the rifle I have with me. I still try to explain that I was just proving that a 25-06 was adequate to use on elk - Yeah - that's the ticket!!


PS - I always remember the sour cream for the Friday night fajita fest!

July 18, 2001, 06:48 PM
Bud o' mine didn't forget anything - well, forgot to take the keys outa his truck before locking/closing the door. Oops!

Opening day for elk, still o'dark-thirty, I'm all set & shufflin' back 'n forth wonderin' what's taking him so long. He was deciding which (cheapest) window to break on his 3 week old truck.

Ended up standing the truck bed with an ax & busted out the rear window .... ouch!

July 19, 2001, 01:07 PM
1995 went on an almost all day trip looking for birds. Got lost, found out where we were and the state had just closed the land for hunts two days previous. :rolleyes:

Forgot to check if the fields were still in use before draging myself and two dear friends on a really lame trip.


July 19, 2001, 04:17 PM
with no clays.

July 19, 2001, 08:00 PM
I'm a sunny Florida boy. Went to Alabama on a bow hunt in late november, it got down into the low 20's. Plenty cold for me!

Half way to the stand, I realized that my nice, comfy, VERY warm hat was still in the trailer! I made everybody turn back 'cause I wasn't gonna freeze my ears off! I've never heard the end of it, since.


Sam Norton
July 19, 2001, 09:42 PM
I packed up everything and then some and headed over to my cousins to go hunting loaded everthing into his truck and he says where is you gun? :eek: :o Be right back!


Arizona Fusilier
July 19, 2001, 11:18 PM
Well, my buddy forgot his rifle sling too, and had to walk around with a rope around his Remington 700. I guess I have to come up with something else.

Oh yeah! After a long day of hunting, and settling down to a monstrous steak dinner, I discovered my buddy forgot the damn butter for the baked potato:mad:

July 22, 2001, 04:48 PM
My dad and I once forgot the transport pole by which we hung our wild
boar. Luckily, a big bowie knife, a small hatchet and spare rope made
up for that deficiency so carried home that 160 lbs boar.

So far, when I go hunting, I pack accordingly to the TO&E the evening

July 24, 2001, 10:41 PM

Point Blank
July 25, 2001, 03:57 AM
Forgot the magazine to my new CZ 75B when i went to the range to test it out.Was very tempted to load one at a time then drop the slide but heard its bad on slide.Had to just sit there.....looking at it.You only do things like this once after driving nearly 70 miles to go shooting!!!!!! :o

Johnny Guest
July 28, 2001, 08:23 PM
After a long trip to a dove hunt, I found I'd brought the wrong shotgun! I'd put my old Remington 11-48 16-ga in the wrong case and had it instead of my 12-ga. 1100. NO ONE on the hunt had any 16-ga. shells. Luckily, I was still carrying a 12-ga. riot gun in my car in those days, so I whittled a plug for it, and still got some birds.

I've made other errors since, but not THAT particular mistake.


July 29, 2001, 12:18 AM
I forgot to bring allergy medicine. By nine o'clock my nose was completely stopped up. I still came home with a doe, though.

July 30, 2001, 01:27 PM
A screwdriver! Dern if those peky screws on the scope don't always come loose when your carrying a Jim Bowie instead of a pocket knife:mad: ruined an excellent squirrel trip.

Also at the range the other day, extractor on my 22WMR came off a piece of brass and would not re-engage, thus brass stuck in chamber. No cleaning rod to shove the brass out, cuz I was just loving having my bore-snake:rolleyes:


July 30, 2001, 02:56 PM
There is a legend in our elk camp about I guy. (I've met him and I believe it) who forgot his knife. He discovered it at the bottom of the canyon after he dropped a bull. He gutted the elk with the lid to his can of pudding.


July 30, 2001, 03:27 PM
My hunting license....several times. That was when we were required to wear them on our backs. As the weather, or type of hunt changed, so did my attire. It's six AM.....ooops, where the heck is that thing??!!

I also forgot my knife one day. I decided to take a pass on any shots rather then telling my buddy that I forgot it, or God forbid, asking to borrow his. Luckily (?) didn't see anything that day.

August 3, 2001, 11:27 PM
Personally, I very seldom forget anything when I go hunting. I always make check off lists days before the trip. However on one trip way back around '87 or '88, my buddy and I were going for a weekend deer hunt, by boat. Back then we weren't as well set up as we are now, but we were determined. We made a list and split the responsibilities. It was his job to supply the tent; no problem, since he was in the National Guard, he was going to get one of those pup tents which are two halves which snap together. (Yes, really, two men, a weekend trip, in December in south La., and all we had was a pup tent. I tell you, we were desperate back then.) When we arrived at the campsite, in the middle of the night, in the rain, after a 1 1/2 hour drive and a 1 hour boat ride, we only had one half of the tent. I was furious.(and wet) But, being the McGuyver types we are, we made the other half of the tent out of an army poncho, and managed to get a couple of hours sleep that first night. Mind you, not very comfortable sleep, as all of our gear which could not get wet was in there with us. The next day, after the morning hunt, when I could look around the public campsite in the daylight, it was obvious that we were the laughing stock of the campground. There were around 10-12 other groups in the camp (30-40 people total) and all had better boats, tents, equipment, etc. than we did. I'll shorten this long story and just tell you that at the end of the weekend, they weren't laughing anymore. My friend and I each had a deer hanging, and one other group of about six people had two deer hanging. All others had scratched. (our scouting the previous weekend had paid off)

October 6, 2001, 03:17 PM
A condom!

Keeps dirt and water out of bore!