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Sam Cook: Tree toppling tradition takes odd turn
Duluth News Tribune ^ | 11/30/12 | Sam Cook

Posted on 11/30/2012 10:16:45 AM PST by DManA

And then there’s my friend John, whose family tradition is to go out and — this is true — shoot a Christmas tree. He takes his 12-gauge along, and when he sees the right tree, he blasts it.

“It’s surprising how many shots it takes, even at 6 inches away, to bring down a Christmas tree with birdshot,” he said.

He’s been shooting the family tree for years.

“There’s really no reason to do it anymore,” he said the other day.

Which made me wonder what the reason was in the first place.

“I didn’t have a saw,” he said. “I was out grouse hunting one day and saw the perfect tree.”

So, he shot it and brought it home.

“Unfortunately, it was a swamp spruce, and by Christmas, there was nary a needle left on it,” he said.

For years, he has taken the whole family along for the annual tree slaughter. He’s passing on the tree-shooting tradition to his daughters. It’s pretty easy to fast-forward this to a scenario a few years hence when one of the daughters and her newlywed husband are getting ready for their first holiday season together.

NEWLYWED HUSBAND: “Well, I suppose we should go buy a Christmas tree, eh?”

NEWLYWED WIFE: “Buy a tree? Why would we buy a tree when we can shoot one? Get me my 12-gauge.”

(Excerpt) Read more at duluthnewstribune.com ...


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I thought this was amusing.
1 posted on 11/30/2012 10:16:48 AM PST by DManA
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To: DManA
Using the wrong kind of saw.

Mythbusters - Kari Byron - Chopping down a tree with a mini gun
2 posted on 11/30/2012 10:21:17 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: DManA

I once chopped down a tree with a .22 ... took a while.


3 posted on 11/30/2012 10:25:58 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: DManA

Chopping a tree with .50cal BMG, one shot:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWH3V6NUx7c&oref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fresults%3Fsearch_query%3DChopping%2Bdown%2Ba%2Btree%2Bwith%2Ba%2B.50%2Bcal%26oq%3DChopping%2Bdown%2Ba%2Btree%2Bwith%2Ba%2B.50%2Bcal%26gs_l%3Dyoutube-reduced.3...152838.158556.0.158941.19.13.0.0.0.3.415.1072.12j4-1.13.0...0.0...1ac.1.ati9I8Tpal4&has_verified=1oref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fresults%3Fsearch_query%3DChopping%2Bdown%2Ba%2Btree%2Bwith%2Ba%2B.50%2Bcal%26oq%3DChopping%2Bdown%2Ba%2Btree%2Bwith%2Ba%2B.50%2Bcal%26gs_l%3Dyoutube-reduced.3...152838.158556.0.158941.19.13.0.0.0.3.415.1072.12j4-1.13.0...0.0...1ac.1.ati9I8Tpal4


4 posted on 11/30/2012 10:28:07 AM PST by carriage_hill (Don't whiz on the electric fence. Awwwww-yeah!)
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To: cripplecreek

Kari can “handle my gun” anytime she pleases!


5 posted on 11/30/2012 10:32:05 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: carriage_hill
LOL - This content may contain material flagged by YouTube's user community that may be inappropriate for some users.

Some vegitation was injured in the production of this video.

6 posted on 11/30/2012 10:32:30 AM PST by DManA
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To: DannyTN

I think whittled might be the more accurate verb.


7 posted on 11/30/2012 10:34:33 AM PST by DManA
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To: DManA

New line for Jeff Foxworthy....

You may be a redneck if....

You go Christmas Tree Shootin’.


8 posted on 11/30/2012 10:39:00 AM PST by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: DManA

I once chopped down a cherry tree and blamed it on the kid down the street.....


9 posted on 11/30/2012 10:42:33 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon.....)
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To: Responsibility2nd

We lovingly call them Jackpine Savages up here.


10 posted on 11/30/2012 10:43:15 AM PST by DManA
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To: Responsibility2nd

I knocked a hole in the ice for fishing with a shotgun once


11 posted on 11/30/2012 10:46:11 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

I’ll give you a topic.

What are the most creatives uses for a firearm?

Discuss.


12 posted on 11/30/2012 10:51:03 AM PST by DManA
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To: Mad Dawgg
Kari can “handle my gun” anytime she pleases!

Her husband might object.

13 posted on 11/30/2012 10:55:35 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: DManA
Which made me wonder what the reason was in the first place.

“I didn’t have a saw,” he said

You've got teeth, doncha?

14 posted on 11/30/2012 10:55:47 AM PST by varon (11-06-2012 dob United Socialist Ghettos of America (USGA))
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To: DManA

My family did this back in the 80’s. A brenneke slug can do a one shot 4” diameter tree.


15 posted on 11/30/2012 10:55:47 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: DManA

Traumatized Tree?


16 posted on 11/30/2012 11:00:59 AM PST by Twinkie (ABORTION is GENOCIDE of Blacks & Hispanics!)
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To: DManA

When I was just a baby

My momma told me, Son

Always be a good boy

Don’t ever play with guns

But I shot a man in Reno

Just to watch him die


17 posted on 11/30/2012 11:13:33 AM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: DManA

I knocked down a 4” tree once, using a full-choked 12 gauge with #6 shot. It took 12 shots before it fell. Range was about 3 feet.

Of course, that was in Texas, where the trees are tougher...


18 posted on 11/30/2012 4:23:05 PM PST by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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