|Sometimes "foolishness" can be hazardous to one's health|
as shown by this revolver fired with unsafe ammo.
Any company that makes outdoor gear is acquainted with this rule.
"If you make something idiot proof, someone will just make a better idiot."
Yes, in our worst moments, we can become card carrying members of the Outdoor Idiot Club. (OIC) It was a beautiful day in Wyoming as we were scouting a property for a mule deer hunt the next morning. GPS units were newly emerging as a mandatory hunting accessory and I was pleased with my brand new Whizbang 400 GPS unit. Waypoints were entered and the next morning, I envisioned heading to a backcountry ridge using my new GPS unit much to the envy of my hunting buddies. As we headed back to town for the night, I said, "Stop the truck." I had lost my GPS unit. It was somewhere in those Wyoming foothills where I absentmindedly set the unit down while glassing the open country. I entered the Idiot Zone at full speed .... we now had to drive around the prairie and numerous cow trails in our 4x4 trying to find the last place we stopped. It was hard. (We didn't have a GPS!) Thankfully, I found the unit as the sun was setting and all was well. The narrative in the truck was basically, "Chuck, you are a real idiot."
It is well known that technology can accelerate idiotic outdoor behavior. In the old days, I would head out on a hunt, find a Pronghorn Antelope, aim, shoot and be heading to the butcher. Today, I wouldn't think of taking any shot without first using my Mark 12 Mod 9 Laser Rangefinder. (M12M9LR) The new sequence is find a Pronghorn Antelope at 40 yards. Pull out the Laser Rangefinder to accurately determine actual distance to the animal. Watch the Antelope run off in the Laser Rangefinder. Yep- the idiot guy surfaces once more.
The most popular idiot behavior is placing an important piece of outdoor gear on a vehicle for just a minute. Anywhere on the vehicle works well. Great locations are the roof of the vehicle and the bumper of the vehicle. (We have already covered hazards associated with items underneath the vehicle.) It is generally better if the item is not secured in anyway. That way, when you drive away and your favorite pair of gloves or coffee cup falls to the ground, another hunter will find the item in good useable condition and mutter to himself, "what kind of idiot would leave a pair of binoculars in the middle of the road?"
Yes -- it was me passing through. Hopefully, you will enjoy the item as much as I did.
Be safe out there. Chuck @ Kodabow