"A true sportsman is defined by honesty"


December 7, 2012, 05:11 PM
A good friend of mine bought a 1956 Browning O/U for about $3,000. After having it completely referbished by Browning he took it bird hunting in the middle of no where, also in an extremely high illegal trafficing area of our state. After the hunt and while he was loading up his dogs, he put it in the case and set the case on the roof of his truck and forgot it was there. It wasn't until he got home that he realized what he had done. He drove back out to this issolated spot and it was gone. Heart broken he put an add in the news paper in hope someone might see the add, and be honest enough to return it. Several days later he got the call and it was returned to him.

This is the stuff a true sportsman is made of!

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December 7, 2012, 05:16 PM
Nice story to hear! I think a lot of people will pick it up and take it home with them because they know the next person won't answer the ad.

December 7, 2012, 05:20 PM
Honesty + 10% for fishing and hunting stories.

December 7, 2012, 05:29 PM
As tough, at times, as it is for me to see the good in folks, there are plenty of good ones out there.
I also happen to believe that a higher than average percentage of the truly good ones are also interested in hunting dogs, shotguns, and well, bows, rifles, deer, and..
Well you get the idea.

December 7, 2012, 05:34 PM
Great story. My wife has left (aka lost) her cell phone in places several times and I have gotten calls and they were returned.

A true sportsman is honest. But he or she should learn how to spin a good hunting yarn.

General Geoff
December 7, 2012, 05:46 PM
I was with a friend at a gun show a month or so ago, and he had about $9,000 in cash on him (he was looking to buy a .50BMG rifle and a few other things). He didn't find what he was looking for, and we went out to dinner after the show. After a nice meal, we went to different store, and as he went for his money to pay for his things, he realized he had at some point dropped his envelope with all his cash. He nearly had a heart attack, we went back to where we dined, searched up and down, asked the wait staff if they had seen the envelope, etc. but to no avail. He left his info with restaurant in the slim hope that the money would surface somehow.

That night he got a call that a person wishing to remain anonymous had dropped off the money with a nearby state police barracks. He successfully retrieved the money, with not a single dollar missing.

It takes some powerful conviction and a very strong moral compass to turn in an unmarked envelope with 9 grand in cash that you just found. My friend was absolutely floored that someone turned it in.

My faith in humanity kicked up a couple of notches that day.

December 7, 2012, 08:24 PM
Honesty, and generosity.
I've seen people arrive at my range having forgotten ammo, or a key to a gun case, or targets, or ear protection. Somebody always digs around in the back of their truck and comes up with whatever it takes to get the guy shooting.

Last time I was there I was shooting a new-to-me No. 4 Enfield with no sling. I got talking to the guy next to me, who I'd never seen before, and next thing I knew he walked back to his truck, returned with a beautiful old Lithgow, took the sling off it and gave it to me to keep...said he had extras at home.

There's a definite bond between gun people.


December 7, 2012, 10:21 PM
A long time ago, some guy at a kind of impromptu range (you had to slip a couple bucks under a farmhouse door) drove off without the cased guns he had just leaned against his rig. No one there but me.. I stayed there for about an hour 'til he came back.

December 7, 2012, 11:31 PM
I was fishing off the dock one night and three guys brought their boat in and after loading it into their truck and leaving, I saw a dark patch on the dock...It turned out to be their Minn-Kota trolling motor. I kept it with me until I left a few hours later, and tossed it in the Jeep and took it home. Next morning I went back out fishing, and about 30 minutes after I arrived, one of the guys came tearing in and asked me if I had seen a trolling motor. I pointed to the back of the Jeep. He was amazed he got it back, and I told him that it was only a matter of time before I would go into idiot mode and leave my tackle box or something, and I hoped Karma would smile on me...

December 8, 2012, 12:20 PM
Maybe slightly OT but here goes anyway. Sometimes people will truly do amazing things.

I was visiting with a business client recently and we got around to talking guns and reloading. Much to my surprise, next time we met at his office he handed me a box taped shut and said to open it when I got home. Well, needless to say I was absolutely shocked to discover he had given me a pre-war Colt Officer's Model .22 pistol, probably in 98% condition. Seems he had acquired it from a relative, and the original owner was a Navy flier in WWII. This was his personal trainer.

You just never know what's waiting around the corner. Karma is great. :D

December 8, 2012, 06:26 PM
Great stories. Ethics come into play as well with sportsmen. I like to consider myself a conservationist but not an environmentalist.

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