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I read this story about this School Bus driver, Wayne Rozel in Missouri, he carried his rifle during hunting season on the bus while performing his duties as bus driver for the Chadwick Missouri School District. Here he's shown with a doe he shot and strung it over the hood of the bus until he got home. Different times for sure.
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My mother road a school bus in Cooper Township, Clearfield County ( Now West Branch schools ) in the 1940s. Her bus driver had his rifle with him during deer season.
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and i bet the kids on the bus behaved too :)
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Try that today馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀My uncles use to carry there shotguns to school and go thru the woods home small game hunting along the way true definition of a POT LUCK dinner鈥ooks like a late 50s chevy bus make a KOOL street rod nowadays鈥
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Back in 1970-1974 in NJ going to high school we used to get on the bus with our shotguns and when we got to school we'd throw our shotguns in our lockers with the ammo and no gun case.
no locks on the lockers either.

Scotty our Irish bus driver would drop us off a few miles from home and we'd hunt our way hom.

Sometimes we'd skip school and Scotty would drop us off along the Old Mine Road and we would hunt most of the day and in the afternoon we would be at a certain spot and Scotty would pick us up ane we would get home and the parents would have no idea what we did that day.
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My old boss told us many times about his bus driver stopping and shooting a buck on the way to school鈥e got back in finished his route, dropped the kids off and took a couple older boys back to get his deer鈥hen took them back to school.
And of his classmate checking traps on the way to school and putting his .22 in the corner when he got to school.
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I drove a truck to school In 78,79,80 and 81 we had a gun club in basement and shot targets also took or shot guns to school left in truck and hunted squirrel and doves after school many of us did
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Here is one for you guys. My Uncles before any had a car would take the train to Quakertown on a Friday evening. They would take a bus to center city Phila. Then walk down the street to the train station all with thier shotguns & hunting clothes. They would then take the train to Quakertown, walk to thier Cousins farm.Put thier shotguns on the porch & go sleep in the Barn.This was the late 40's & early 50's. I would definately say times have changed.
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Try walking or ride a bus,train today with a gun slung over your shoulder 馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀馃槀馃ぃmissing them great times!!!!!!
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My buddies uncle went ram hunting, I believe in the 70's. He took a commercial flight to wherever he was hunting (can't remember were it was) and they could just walk on the plain with their rifles as long as their bolts were removed.
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I remember late 60's early 70's I lived in a small town with my parents and walked to school with my books in one hand and a 22 rifle in the other that was stored in my home room. During study hall I'd get all or most all my homework done so I could cut through the woods without books and hunt on my way home after school. No orange requirements in those days and half the kids in school were farmers so boots were the norm for school attire. Great Days!
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I remember my step-dad shooting a deer with his bow from the open window frame of a home under construction. He had seen it earlier so he grabbed his bow and had it with him when it reappeared. During archery, my bow & gear was always in my car too. Went directly from school to my treestand many times.
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Saw this story last week and shared it with one of my camp farmer neighbors. His dad drove his own bus for years and always had a rifle with him in deer seasons. Asked him if that reminded him of anyone? Bob was legendary for dropping whatever he was doing, if there was a deer that "needed shot".

Sometime in the 80s the school district banned the bus drivers from bringing a rifle along when hauling students.

Had a Potter cousin that drove a PADOT fuel truck for decades. Got a new district manager who stopped him from taking a rifle or shotgun along in the fuel truck. So he kept firearms at his in-laws farm between North Bingham and Genesee, parked the fuel truck behind their barn and got some turkey and deer hunting in each fall. Said he couldn't get radio calls if the boss said he'd tried to contact him.

New boss claimed he checked and there was radio coverage in all the areas my cousin claimed he couldn't hear the calls. I think new boss finally gave up?

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Much earlier time frame, mid to late 40"s . Dad lived in Downingtown take a 22 or shotgun to school, after school take the city bus on Rt 30 either to Thorndale or the other direction towards Exton. Hunt his way home along the PRR tracks or farm fields. Said he always got something for the stew pot. Nowadays its all business strips with stores and malls.
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Local gentlemen drove cement truck for years and would carry a rifle during deer season and always managed to get a monster while delivering concrete鈥
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I remember my school bus driver having a rifle on the bus during deer season in the 1950's and 60's. I don't remember him ever stopping to shoot at anything though.

Back in the mid 60's I took a rifle, bolt included, to school, on the school bus, put it in my locker, without a lock. I carried it back and forth between my locker and the woodshop during every free period, for weeks while I made a new stock for it in the woodshop. Different teachers and other school administrators would stop me, when we would pass in the halls, so they could check out the progress on the new stock. No one had the slightest concern about that rifle being in my locker for weeks.

Dick Bodenhorn
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A friend shot on the school rifle team and he told me on days they had a match after school he would check his school rifle out and just take it to last period class with him. It would be cased and sitting right beside him during class.
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All These stories reinforce the idea that we have a "People Problem" in this world, not a "Gun problem"
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All These stories reinforce the idea that we have a "People Problem" in this world, not a "Gun problem"
Yup there is absolutely a people problem in this country not to be confused for a gun problem!
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A friend shot on the school rifle team and he told me on days they had a match after school he would check his school rifle out and just take it to last period class with him. It would be cased and sitting right beside him during class.
I did the same in the 70's. Waugh!
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