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craigwill

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We all have made mistakes in life. Well Saturday morning I was finished hunting in the am and as I was loading my truck in the parking lot of Chesapeake Forrest Land 1 mile west of Sanford om rt. 366. I leaned my unloaded shotgun on the front driver side tire of my truck. Loaded my equipment in and drove home 6 miles away. I then realized what I had done and drove right back. It was less than 1 hour. GONE. Man was I pissed at myself. One car and a truck was parked in the lot when I left. The truck was a Chevrolet Silverado blue/grey with over sized tires and the car was a Chevrolet Equnox I think. The guy in the truck was hunting across rt 366 because as I was pulling out he was crossing 366 and I waved. The people in the car were hunting in a ground blind. I waved as I was walking out. Well I went back in the evening to see if they would return. Nope. You would think that the person that picked up my gun would know that the owner would realize it as soon as they got home and would come right back. sheriff called and a report was taken. Gun was reported stolen to the Snow Hill Sheriff office. I keep all my ser numbers recorded. Deputy taking the report said it is a felony. You are a hunter and you need the ability to possess a firearm to hunt. A felony will prevent that forever. I have owned that shotgun for over 30 years and have an emotional attachment ti it. OK let the keyboard trolls start and tear me up for my mistake.
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Contact the Sheriff Dept. at Worcester County Snow Hill Md.  410 632-1111
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Happened to me but nobody took my gun.  Got done turkey hunting, taking off all my gear, leaned my gun up against a telephone pole, loaded up my gear in my truck and I drove off.  Didn't realize I didn't have my gun until about 2 hours later.  Drove back and thankfully it was still where i left it.  No doubt 100 cars drove by it during that timeframe.    Nobody should tear you for making a mistake, somebody should tear the loser that took your gun. Hope you find it 
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If it was me, I would have taken the gun and left a note to call me.  I guarantee your not the first to do that.  A friend left his bow on the roof of my truck years ago.  Went off the truck on a turn at the general stone at Bishop head Dorchester co..  Bow was waiting for him at the store and no worst for the wear.  Good luck finding the gun.
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shit happens to us  all.  Hopefully the person will realize it could happen to them and figure out a way to let someone know.  calling the local sheriff or police department would have been the best thing for them to do.   If it were me I would be going back down there this weekend in hopes they come  back.  If they are good people they will come down there hoping to  find the rightful owner and return it.  if they are not then I doubt they will return.  best of luck getting your gun back.
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I'm sorry to hear about your misfortune. I would say you aren't likely to see that gun again, but you never no. Over the years I've had several citizens call in to report a found firearm. One turned out to be a federal agent's pistol that he had placed on the roof of his car while getting his things together to drive to work. Gun fell off the roof of his car down the street from his house and a neighbor who was walking their dog found it and called to report it. Most of us have a story similar to yours to tell. You never know, maybe someone will turn it in and you'll get it back. 
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Chit happens , happens more then you think, 4 of us went to Dorchester years ago and my one buddy did just what you did . We were back home 2 hours away when he realized it , we were going back the following week end so he said it will be there or not , it was also private property and decided to wait , it rained 3-4 days that week , we went straight to where we were parked the week before and we had to look a little as the grass had grown some , but there it was all rusty , and to add insult to injury we must have ran it over when turning around to leave the day he left it there , stock was cracked pretty bad . So don’t think your the only one it happens to .
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Sorry to hear but you aren't the only one who left their weapon behind. I once found a bow laying in the grass and pretty sure it belonged to a hunter I had issues in the past with. I left it alone but thought about leaving a messaging saying you're so lucky...
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found a nice shotgun in WMA parking lot, next to a bottle of JD, empty shells and an empty box of clays. you can guess what they were doing- or what they shouldnt have been doing. I took the gun, gave to NRP. i let them figure it out.
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I think had I been the other hunter that found it I too would have taken it but left a note like the others said
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That sux,hope u get it back
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Older guy I used to work with got a deer with his X-bow, took deer to his local butcher shop, X-bow in case was on top of the deer, took it and leaned it on tire.
It was dark out so I could see him doing this, after dropping the deer off, drove away. Didn't realize for a few days when he went to go hunting again....$1000 X-bow gone.

$#it happens to everyone.

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In my riding around days while working (I still ride around but different color car) I found 2 guns.  First was a benelli super black eagle II in a waterproof floating case laying in the middle of the road near a WMA in the pouring rain.   Left business card at nearby store and guy called within an hour duck hunter took off his chest waders  put gun on roof of suv and drove off.     Next was a 30-30 marlin laying on shoulder of the road it was firearms deer season stopped by nearby hunt camp left my card and got the call about week later.  Guy had been hunting and leaned gun on rear bumper while shooting the breeze then drove off.  Lucky guys and I felt pretty good afterwards too, hopefully yours will find its way home   leave a note in the parking lot too just in case he comes back, contact NRP too they prob hit those parking lots often and talk to those hunters.
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The only positive thing I can say is that areas public lands are not very busy. I feel it’s mostly locals that hunt most of em. I’d be willing to bet you’ll see the vehicles again since you live so close. Best bet is one of them picked it up. Again I’d a left a note or something but maybe if you see them n ask them they’ll give it back if they took it. People aren’t very smart anymore so I can see em just picking it up n not leaving a note. Might be worth a trip back by gate. Maybe they got home n the light bulb turned on an they drove back an put a note up. Good luck.
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