One Honest Mistake Can Make Defending Our Rights Harder

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Montana/United States – -( I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the woman who thought she shot a wolf. I’m not going to throw the poor woman’s name out there. She’s notorious enough for what appears to be an honest mistake.

But it’s an honest mistake that will have consequences for everyone who hunts. Let’s put it this way – when anti-hunting extremists come looking to wreck that shooting sport, this woman’s honest mistake will be front and center in some of their campaigns. The mistake particularly could hurt those who hunt to feed their families or who donate the meat to Hunters for the Hungry.

She’s not the first to make such a mistake, and in fact, she is in some pretty famous company. When he was running for governor of Texas in 1994, former President George W. Bush accidentally shot a killdeer. In the pre-social media era, he paid the fine, and he was rightfully the butt of jokes for a little bit.

Part of it boiled down to a simple failure to follow a basic rule of firearms safety: Be sure of your target and what’s beyond it. There is a responsibility Second Amendment supporters need to shoulder – particularly when they are publicly advocating for the protection of our freedoms – in terms of modeling responsible use of firearms, and she unintentionally failed in that responsibility, albeit not as badly as Madison Cawthorn did.

This woman didn’t, and Second Amendment supporters would do well to learn from her honest mistake and to avoid making similar ones that could do damage to our efforts to preserve our freedoms for future generations. One such case of an honest mistake was when Al Salvi made the infamous claim that Jim Brady had a Class III license when debating anti-Second Amendment extremists Dick Durbin.

We’re all paying for Al Salvi’s honest mistake today, with every vote Dick Durbin makes. Would we likely be dealing with an anti-Second Amendment extremist today? Perhaps. But perhaps it could have been delayed for six years. That would have been a little better for a brief time.

In an ideal world, honest mistakes should be viewed as just what they are: Honest mistakes that people should pay the price for. But we’re not in an ideal world, especially with the double standards many media outlets have.

These days, a momentary lapse of thoughtfulness about how we come across, the brief moment where someone gives in to an understandable impulse, or the failure to select the right approach can make it harder to defeat anti-Second Amendment extremists via the ballot box at the federal, state, and local level.

About Harold Hutchison

Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post,, and other national websites.Harold Hutchison

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Wild Bill

Yes, it is not one or one million honest mistakes that make defending our Rights harder. It is the determined gun grabbers that have money and power, who would sieze on any excuse, that make defending our Rights harder.


Determined because an unarmed populace is a lot easier to force around. It’s bad enough putting up with all the crap they throw at us and we keep taking it. Like the 1st plank of the Communist manifesto…PROPERTY TAX aka RENT.




you shouldn’t have done such a thing, despite however thrilling & funny it may have been.



Haha… I’ve always fantasized about developing some type of tech, that instead of an RF jammer, it would be a jammer of the visual spectrum… So in other words, somehow it would disrupt a scanner’s ability to picture you… That either on a personal level, or on a given area, said certain compound when a satellite scans down to look at a certain area, all I can see is Big blobby pixelated blah… Or on a personal level, somehow this device would admit some type of radiation that the sensors of the camera will not be able to cut through…… Read more »


Oldvet, hell, I don’t even run slow anymore.


Maybe we should be sure to post all of the cop stories about the people that were shot ‘by accident’ because they were lousy marksmen. Would that be an anti second amendment article accident too? Shooting a guy in the back who has a cell phone in his hand and head phones on that can’t hear the enforcers commands seems like a good reason to disarm cops. Anyone with me?


Stray dogs in many areas are nonsense and are to be destroyed.

Very high likely hood that they take to killing wildlife and stock.

There is no shortage of dogs in the US.

Posting this on the net was the mistake looking for fame.


people puke their whole lives on social media, like you said looking for fame and for others to envy them. sad reflection on the mental state of many people around the world. nevertheless, if as this woman said, she was hunting alone, had proper permits and the animal was threatening her, she had all rights to shoot it. the government agents should be going balls to the wall to find out who let that large pack run feral, in effect threatening many people and animals. feral dogs are as dangerous as coyotes and should be put down. (you should have… Read more »


Coyotes are dangerous? I’ve got plenty around the area we live and have never felt threatened. Should I?


Depends on how many and what conditions determine how much of a threat they are. If they are really hungry and times are tough for them, a pack of small dogs are as dangerous as wolves in a pack and they hunt the same way as lionesses do in Africa. Don’t ever run from them and if they are threatening you in any way, shoot them, picking on the biggest of the pack first. My experience with them is to be vewy vewy wary of large groups.


That has been my experience as well. One or two are usually man shy, but when 3 or more get together, their “fear” goes way down.

Roland T. Gunner

I waa on a couole of scenes in Houston over the years where feral pit bulls ate people. Not mauled them; pulled them down and ate them. One pack was living under a funeral parlor, and I’ve always wondered where they picked up the bad habit.


Just one more reason to avoid Houston – as if we needed any more.

Rural areas are generally safer when it comes to strays. City people will dump their dogs there – but ranchers and farmers are not shy about shooting any aggressive stray dogs. They are better off begging alone than joining a pack.


Have encountered them many times near our house. Have felt threatened only once – when followed by a fearless pair. Pretty sure they were coydogs rather than coyotes.

I agree with what I think you were suggesting. Stray dogs in packs are far more dangerous to people than coyotes. Individual stray dogs usually recognize people as a possible source of food (cooperatively) than as food.


In her defense, Siberians and Malamutes are frequently bred with wolves to increase stamina. Also, if it was feral, it was probably MORE dangerous to humans than an actual wolf.

Of course, anyone at all familiar with wolves would not mistake Bowser there for a wolf. I’m glad she didn’t see a woman wearing mink, or she might have filled that bear ticket.


Shitty optics?

Roland T. Gunner

Leaper’s 2-7× variable?


Pinty 3-9×40


True. Wolf/Dog Hybrids can be more dangerous according to reports.


Wolves, and more so coyotes, have a natural aversion to humans. We have killed their kind for centuries so they do their best to maintains safe distances. Urban coyotes at least partly lose that instinct through familiarity from being around humans all the time. Dogs have been bred to be comfortable around humans. I believe dogs engage in more violence for entertainment than most wild animals. Thus when dogs get crossed with wolves or coyotes you generally get an animal which has less fear of humans, more aggression, and more likely to hunt/kill for fun than the original wild animal.… Read more »


I have a German Pointer that would break the baddest wolf in the world, in half.

His name is Driver.

….and if he ever got ahold of a Black Bear, I would feel bad for the poor bear.


I read it… No, this animal has had a plush life…since with me anyway… He does everything with me, except shower… And if I would let him get in, he would… He sleeps with me, eats with me, goes everywhere with me… Rides in the cab…well, go everywhere that I go anymore though… But the last truck that I just traded in had something like 8,000 hours on it…from idling it all throughout the day, for dog always being in there.. …but this dog is a BEAST. He ways about 80 lb of solid muscle… More than 24″ to his… Read more »


I used to have a golden retriever named Sam.

…my other comment to you, on the other end of the topic got moderated..


Two weeks ago today, I put down my sweet little girl. Never met a dog who liked hugs more than my Daisy. My wife kept saying she wanted a fluffy little white dog. When I found Daisy she was 15 pounds below minimum breed standard for a female Pyr at only ~65 lbs. 2-5 years old and returned to the pound multiple times due to dog and cat aggression. Her dog aggression was a royal paid, though she seemed fine with all the other animals in the house – and got along fine with my other dogs. Quickly put on… Read more »


I am terribly sorry.

Thank you for sharing.


During WWII regular people became rather adept at identifying
aircraft using silhouette recognition.
Here’s a tip: canine with tail up and wagging . . . probably a dog.
Canine with tail down (especially when running) . . . Go with the
wolf classification. If your skinning knife hangs up on a collar . . .
It was a pet of some sort.
If the animal sports a tie with a Windsor knot . . . Werewolf.


OH CRAP! That’s why the bullets weren’t working! Werewolf…yep. Thanks. Actually thanks for the laugh.

Roland T. Gunner

I saw one of those in London once; he was reading a menu in a Chinese restaurant.


Did you ask to meet his tailor?

Roland T. Gunner

No, but he was a sharp dresser.


“would do well”

Harold the unwanted teacher is here to teach us a lesson again. Whether or not you acknowledge it, Harold, that’s how you come across.

Please go away.

Roland T. Gunner

That was a couple of minutes wasted that I’ll never get back; and I have no idea what Harold was talking about. But I knew it was him just from the title. I put him right up there with Bob Campbell’s writing.


Are you saying there’s more than one of him? We’re doomed!

Roland T. Gunner

Nah, there is only one.


I read title, guess and read byline. Then if it’s Harold, skip to comment section where all the good stuff is.




Oldvet, at least poor quisling Harold is consistent about something, being wrong.


Just another stupid TWAT trick . Proof you can’t fix stupid .


Scariest moment I ever had hunting was an Out of Stater asking to see my Bull Elk I’d taken, because he wasn’t sure “what they looked like.” Misidentified Game happens more than reported. It’s only when the Ranger happens to catch one every now and then. How many aren’t caught? My idiot Brother in Law took 2 Does and a Cow Elk (that I’m aware of) when he had Buck and Bull only tags, and all 3 times he managed to transport his kills home without getting caught. I quit going hunting with him after it happened the second time.… Read more »


Not a hunter, and this is one of the reasons… Are Does and Bucks sub-adult, equivalent to teen for a human? Which would make Cows and Bulls mature, presumably already bred adults?

Think even I could tell male from female elk. Certainly can tell difference with deer during antler season.

Could forgive your BIL if he asked you for instruction or pointers on recognition – but I’m with you, second time indicates lack of care or self improvement. If he shoots that indiscriminately I’d prefer to be out of range when he’s armed.


Legal gun owners gotta walk on eggshells. An outlier mistake could make “Defending our Rights Harder”. Meanwhile: Most inner cities are WAR ZONES! (Generating the shooting statistics that are being weaponized against LEGAL gun owners) Can’t talk about it, can’t use the fact as JUSTIFICATION for NEEDING our rights. (Can’t even think about mentioning WHO is responsible. IT SURE ISN’T WHITE SUPREMACISTS BECAUSE WE WOULD SURE BE HEARING ABOUT IT NON-STOP!!!) No, in fact, society needs to “understand”, we need “bail reform” and instant release (to get beck to violent crime) – Lori Lightfoot says a large gang shootout on… Read more »


F that. No walking on eggshells. Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away or destroy the property, rights or freedoms of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, the legislators and government put themselves into a state of WAR with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience. WE have the right and DUTY to alter or abolish such a government, as our Declaration so eloquently stated.


Yeah… But people are too busy sitting on the couch watching Netflix..

Roland T. Gunner

I sure wish we’d get to abolishin’.


First half way intelligent conversations I’ve seen here in a long time.


I knew it…

I knew just by the title.

Roland T. Gunner

I hadn’t heard of this either. Figured I might as well go to one of the most liberal sources as it had the most pictures. Needless to say, I don’t think she is the sharpest bulb on the Christmas tree.

Rob J

The crux of the article holds true, even if few have heard of the husky issue. Firearm ownership advocates need to tread carefully and utilize well thought out arguments, supported by facts readily available to those they are arguing with. We need to disassociate opinion from our arguments. We need to be pedantic with our use of terminology to ensure the discussion is on equal terms (eg semiautomatic rifles vs “weapons of war”, etc). We also need to not fall into knee jerk angry reactions to intentionally provocative counters. Taking a deep breath and saying “I am unaware of this”… Read more »

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