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The Hunters Who End up Dynamiting A Brand New SUV and Their Dog on a Frozen Lake-Fiction!




bulletSummary of eRumor:
It's a tragic tale with a twist.  Two hunters use a stick of dynamite to make a hole big enough in a frozen lake to set themselves up for duck hunting.  When they light the stick of dynamite, their faithful retriever fetches it.  They try to shoot the dog, but he runs for cover...which turns out to be underneath one of the hunters' shiny new Lincoln Navigator (there are versions saying it was a different SUV such as a Jeep Cherokee).   The dynamite blows, the dog goes, the ice opens, and the SUV drops to the bottom of the lake.  The insurance doesn't cover it, so the hunter is left with his payments and no SUV.
bulletThe Truth:
It's an entertaining story, but it is an urban legend.  There are several versions of it that change the make and model of the SUV from version to version.

This is a common scenario for some urban legends.  There is a similar story about a fisherman who decided to use a stick of dynamite to stun a pool of fish and his dog jumps in grabs the dynamite and returns to his master's side.  There are also stories of hunted animals turning the tables on the hunters when they tried to use dynamite on their prey.

Besides, don't ducks fly south for the Winter?
A real example of the story as it has been circulated:

   Two hunters from Michigan--(true story) This is from a radio program,
 a true report of an incident in Michigan:
   A guy buys a brand new Lincoln Navigator for $42,500 and has $560
 monthly payments.  He and a friend go duck hunting in winter, and of
 course all the lakes are frozen.  These two guys go out on the lake
 with the guns, the dog, and of course the new vehicle.
   They drive out onto the lake ice and get ready.  Now, they want to
 make some kind of a natural landing area for the ducks, something for
 the decoys to float on.   In order to make a hole large enough to look
 like something a wandering duck would fly down and land on, it is going
 to take a little more effort than an ice hole drill.
   So, out of the back of the new Navigator comes a stick of dynamite
 with a short, 40-second fuse.  Now these two Rocket Scientists do take
 into consideration that they want to place the stick of dynamite on the
 ice at a location far from where they are standing (and the new
 Navigator), because they don't want to take the risk of slipping on the
 ice when they run from the burning fuse and possibly go up in smoke
 with the resulting blast.
   They light the 40-second fuse and throw the dynamite.  Remember a
 couple of paragraphs back when I mentioned the vehicle, the guns and
 the dog?  Let's talk about the dog:  A highly trained Black Lab used
 for RETRIEVING.  Especially things thrown by the owner.
   You guessed it, the dog takes off at a high rate of doggy speed on
 the ice and captures the stick of dynamite with the burning 40-second
 fuse about the time it hits the ice.  The two men yell, scream, wave
 their arms and wonder what to do now.  The dog, cheered on, keeps
 coming.  One of the guys grabs the shotgun and shoots the dog.  The
 shotgun is loaded with # 8 buckshot, hardly big enough to stop a Black
 Lab.  The dog stops for a moment, slightly confused, but continues on.
 Another shot and this time the dog, still standing, becomes really
 confused, and of course terrified, thinking these two geniuses have
 gone insane.
   The dog takes off to find cover, under the brand new Navigator.
   ----BOOM!---- Dog and Navigator are blown to bits and sink to the
 bottom of the lake in a very large hole, leaving the two idiots
   standing there with this "I can't believe this happened" look on
 their faces.
   The insurance company says that sinking a vehicle in a lake by
 illegal use of explosives is not covered.  He still had yet to make the
 first of those $560 a month payments!
   And you thought your day was not going well?


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