I normally would not bring this to a fishing forum, but since no one really knows anyone involved I think this maybe the most unbiased place to get everyone’s take on the situation.
A few years back a buddy and were duck hunting on North Lake. I was using his back up gun for the day because mine was having jamming issues. When I got home I was unloading my boat and all the decoys. I had all the equipment and always took care of everything, I sent him a text to make sure he all his stuff. He said he did not have the gun I used and figured I had it still. I did not, I hitched the boat back up and went back to try and find it. Needless to say it was never found after many efforts. We hunted together for another couple years, but I got burned out being the sherpa and having to take care of all the equipment all time. I have pretty much sold off all of my waterfowl gear, as it just burned me out. He never brought the missing gun up through those years. I figured we were together and although yes I used his gun that day we both shared in the responsibility of whatever happened to it.
Flash forward a few years, since I stopped waterfowl hunting he has not been out in couple years and we talk sparingly through out the year. He called me last night, I figure just to catch up and after 20 minutes of small talk he asks that I repay him for the gun. Maybe I was wrong I guess we will see, but I was blown away. I figured through many years of taking him out and using all of my equipment (he did eventually buy a dozen honker floaters we used), we were even. The amount of scouting time I put in was crazy and never once did he ask to help or go with. He also sparingly gave me any gas money even though I would drive everywhere we went. In my opinion things would be different if he was not with me that day but he was. Although I used the gun I still feel he has responsibility to make sure he has all of his equipment. Through the years when stuff broke or we lost some decoys it never crossed my mind I ask him to help pay me back.
I am sure I left somethings out, but I am asking for a vote, do you think I am fully responsible to repay him for this gun?