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limewave2011-12-30 17:17:24 +0000 #1
DH and I went out for a xc ride yesterday afternoon. About 6 miles into our ride we hear pow pow pow! That is not the first time I've heard rifles when out on a bike ride, but this was different in that the shots seemed to be fired from much closer range. It gave me the heebie-jeebies. And then immediately I heard another round pow pow pow but this time it was followed by a thud as one of the bullets crashed into a tree right near my head. I nearly emptied my bladder!

What does one do when they are being shot at? I took off at unhuman speeds on my mountain bike. DH took the smarter route and started yelling. We heard no more pows after DH let loose on these guys.

Both of us were wearing high-vis cycling clothing. We also saw at least a half dozen other bikers out on the trail before and after us, not sure if we were the only ones that got shot at though.

I ended up having one of my best rides ever. The adrenaline rush pushed me to ride hard and fast. I even gapped DH a few times, a first for me.

tulip2011-12-30 17:26:13 +0000 #2
Oh my goodness! did you call the police? I was in the line of hunter fire when riding my road bike in college. I was riding on a road and the hunters were shooting at doves that were on the electric wires above me. I rode straight to the police and they said that hunters could not shoot at roads. Whatever. They did!

There's no way I would mountain bike during hunting season around here. Hunters are everywhere outside the state parks. Find out when various season are and don't go out on the trails. It's not worth the risk. If you must, wear hunters orange, NOT hi-viz yellow. Hunters are looking for orange, and yellow does not compute in their minds. I've read that hi-viz yellow is appropriate for urban settings, but that orange is better in rural and woods settings. Definitely during hunting season, orange us the way to go.

Jeeze, that really shocking that they came so close! Be careful!
badgercat2011-12-30 17:44:21 +0000 #3
Holy moly!

That's about all I have to say.
Biciclista2011-12-30 18:32:59 +0000 #4
I'm glad you were not hit. Someone in our neighborhood just was, there's a pellet in his leg so deep it would be serious surgery to get it out.

Congrats on the high speeds. but at what a cost!
sarahkonamojo2011-12-30 18:07:55 +0000 #5
Hunting season can put a damper on one of the nicest seasons of the year. I have been shot at and it wasn't even hunting season, near Canyonlands in Utah. I enjoy seeing the early season bow hunters in CO. They need to be really quiet, patient, and close to their prey. When rifle season starts, the worst of the hunting contingent comes out to play.
OakLeaf2011-12-30 18:28:57 +0000 #6
Holy sh*t. Glad everyone's okay.

Do you have any idea what the deal was ... were they really shooting at you (as has been known to happen)? Is hunting legal where you were riding (while people around here tend to go batsh*t during deer gun season, something is in season year round, even if it's only squirrels or groundhogs)? Or is there private land adjacent where someone might've been carelessly hunting or plinking?

IAE I would definitely make a sheriff's report to have it on record, although I'm not sure there's much they can/will do. We had bullets bouncing off our roof for most of two summers ... just thank goodness none of them hit us our or dogs (the property has since been sold to someone who doesn't shoot).
Desert Tortoise2011-12-30 18:53:17 +0000 #7
Limewave, glad you and your dh are ok, hope the other riders too. Tulip has a good point about knowing the hunting seasons. My dh and I have to do that for hiking in certain areas. And if hunting is not allowed there, definitely worth a sheriff's report.
Muirenn2011-12-30 17:55:19 +0000 #8
You do need to contact the police. There should be bullet casings and other evidence in the area. The casings will have tool-marks that allow the rounds to be connected with a particular weapon. That way, if it happens again, they'll know it's the same weapon that was fired.

Seriously. Report it. They won't mind that you waited. (Not much, anyway).



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