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(Bangor Daily News)   Maine hunter loses his rifle to a beaver. Dam   (outthere.bangordailynews.com) divider line 29
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2013-11-20 08:00:25 AM
That beaver just snatched it right up.
 
2013-11-20 08:09:07 AM
God, that article was painful to read.  Too folksy.
 
2013-11-20 08:15:14 AM
Amateur.  A beaver once got my D-7.  Seriously.
 
2013-11-20 08:16:49 AM
Pretty irresponsible to leave a loaded rifle out like that, even if it is on his land in the middle of Maine. Guess now he knows better.
 
2013-11-20 08:22:21 AM

redmid17: Pretty irresponsible to leave a loaded rifle out like that, even if it is on his land in the middle of Maine. Guess now he knows better.


I don't know anything about gun permits, but I do hope there is some section in there about not leaving a gun unattended unless it's locked up.
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2013-11-20 08:24:47 AM
The article keeps saying "Things just happen to Nathan."   I think that's Maine's way of saying "Bless his heart" because he's obviously a moron.

What did he do to light a lawnmower on fire out of the factory?  Spill gas on the battery before he hooked up the line.  Spark.  Woosh.
 
2013-11-20 08:26:33 AM

talkertopc: redmid17: Pretty irresponsible to leave a loaded rifle out like that, even if it is on his land in the middle of Maine. Guess now he knows better.

I don't know anything about gun permits, but I do hope there is some section in there about not leaving a gun unattended unless it's locked up.
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Most states don't even require a permit to own a gun. If I remember correctly, Maine is one of those states. As long as he doesn't have any kids, I doubt there would be any applicable rules to punish him. Hell even in strict gun control places like NYC you can't require storage unless there is a prohibited person or a minor in the house.
 
2013-11-20 08:33:16 AM
That was NOT a nice beaver!
 
2013-11-20 08:33:38 AM
I once stuck my "rifle" in a "beaver."
 
2013-11-20 08:36:04 AM

Kyosuke: I once stuck my "rifle" in a "beaver."


Your rifle or your gun?

//just once?
 
2013-11-20 08:36:56 AM

xanadian: God, that article was painful to read.  Too folksy.


What he said.
 
2013-11-20 08:38:32 AM

Maine hunter loses his rifle to a beaver. Dam


I don't put much stock in this story.
 
2013-11-20 08:39:15 AM

mike_d85: The article keeps saying "Things just happen to Nathan."   I think that's Maine's way of saying "Bless his heart" because he's obviously a moron.

What did he do to light a lawnmower on fire out of the factory?  Spill gas on the battery before he hooked up the line.  Spark.  Woosh.


Defective batteries often produce hydrogen gas. It's very unusual, but it happens. Batteries being charged also produce H2.
 
2013-11-20 08:41:34 AM
Just a good ol beaver,
never meanin no harm
But he up and stole a gun
From some beaver killin son
the only way he knew how
 
2013-11-20 08:47:26 AM
I think many of us have lost plenty to the almighty beaver.
 
2013-11-20 09:02:55 AM

talkertopc: I don't know anything about gun permits, but I do hope there is some section in there about not leaving a gun unattended unless it's locked up.
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Permits?  Maine doesn't require permits to buy or keep firearms.  But yeah, a good gun safety class (which schools ought to have at various points throughout a student's education) will stress that you don't simply walk away from you gun if you can help it.
 
2013-11-20 09:12:39 AM

Kyosuke: I once stuck my "rifle" in a "beaver."


Shooting blanks?
 
2013-11-20 09:43:53 AM
It must be true.
I mean, they had a picture of what a gun stealing beaver may look like.
 
2013-11-20 09:45:47 AM

Arkanaut: Kyosuke: I once stuck my "rifle" in a "beaver."

Your rifle or your gun?

//just once?


Did you do it with a 'semi ' automaticly-
Or with sort of a 'Bolt' action?
 
2013-11-20 10:05:33 AM

talkertopc: redmid17: Pretty irresponsible to leave a loaded rifle out like that, even if it is on his land in the middle of Maine. Guess now he knows better.

I don't know anything about gun permits, but I do hope there is some section in there about not leaving a gun unattended unless it's locked up.
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RESTRICTIONS?! ON MY RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS? HOW DARE YOU! SECOND AMEMBLEMENT ARGLEBARGLE WHAARGARBL!!1!
 
2013-11-20 10:37:47 AM

Greek: mike_d85: The article keeps saying "Things just happen to Nathan."   I think that's Maine's way of saying "Bless his heart" because he's obviously a moron.

What did he do to light a lawnmower on fire out of the factory?  Spill gas on the battery before he hooked up the line.  Spark.  Woosh.

Defective batteries often produce hydrogen gas. It's very unusual, but it happens. Batteries being charged also produce H2.


I prefer to assume that the guy who leaves a loaded rifle unattended and unsecured is the guy who spills gas and says "I don't know what happened" rather than a statistical outlier who entirely by coincidence attracts other statistical outliers.   Now that I think if it though, most lawnmowers made in the last 30 years have the battery well away from the gas compartment.  I haven't had a riding mower since dad brought home a 1980 Snapper from the flea market.

Entirely by coincidence, the probability of a beaver staling his rifle is his phone number.
 
2013-11-20 11:08:08 AM
So Hilary is going to take your guns not Obama.
 
2013-11-20 01:21:07 PM
If I have learned anything from cartoons, it's that you should never trust a beaver.

Not only will they steal your guns and furniture to build their lodges and dams, but they will chew through your peg legs, knock the crutches out from under you and attack en masse if you cross them.

Medieval legend claims a beaver will sacrifice it's testicles to escape from a predator, but they much prefer to bite off yours, so beware. They may look like muskrats that have been run over by a half ton truck, but they are rodents and therefore very cunning and dangerous.

Stay away from beaver ponds. You don't know what evil lurks beneath the placid surface of the water.
 
2013-11-20 01:29:27 PM
But seriously. The theory that the beaver stole the rifle for its wooden stock is probably right. To a beaver, a nice piece of wood is a nice piece of wood. If they can pull it, they will take it. Also, a gun would be light enough and just about the right shape regardless of whether it was edible. I expect urban beavers are happy to use what they can get to build their dams in culverts and ditches. If you told me they had taken to stealing hubcaps, I might believe you.

Also, the stock of the gun may be salty or rubbed with some natural oil or wax which might appeal to the beaver. They eat the fresh bark of trees, twigs, etc., and the gun stock might have smelled good enough to eat.

A lot of animals will eat things touched by humans for the salt. For example, porcupines often eat the seats of out-houses  because of the salt content (it sure as Hell isn't for the atmosphere). This irritates even more than men not putting the lid down. Nobody likes to discover the hole has been unexpectedly enlarged when they visit the outhouse at night.
 
2013-11-20 01:29:58 PM
This guy should stay away from mechanical things.
 
2013-11-20 02:46:29 PM
I am trying to figure out how to blow up a lawn tractor using a lead acid battery. The only things 'flammable' about the battery are that you can make sparks with 12v, and that it generates hydrogen when it charges or discharges.

I guess if you plugged all the vents, overcharged the battery, removed the fuse on the starter circuit and shorted the fuse holder, then set up an arc between the starter wire and the chassis near the battery... you could potentially get a small explosion when theplugs in the vents blew out while you started the tractor.

That's a lot of modifications though. How did he manage to do that by accident?
 
2013-11-20 09:43:53 PM
Maine hoop legend

I knew Maine was backwards but only one hoop?
 
2013-11-20 11:08:18 PM

morg: Maine hoop legend

I knew Maine was backwards but only one hoop?


He was a gunner, not a defender or rebounder. Hence the singular.

Seriously, the guy could play O. Google his name.
 
2013-11-20 11:10:07 PM

xanadian: God, that article was painful to read.  Too folksy.


It's a column about the outdoors. Hunting, fishing, etc. What'd you expect?

Obligatory--My headline was better
 
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