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First sign of fall tonight!

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by rcmodel, Sep 5, 2013.

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  1. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    The Orb Weaver spiders are back!!

    Got a photo of this one on the back deck tonight.
    Yep, fall is just around the corner!

    Now if I could just figure out where they are the other 10 months of the year when they aren't building webs in the fall!!


    At any rate, I'm not a spider person, but these things fascinate me.

    I have knocked them clear across the yard with a broom, destroyed all the guy-wire webs connecting the orb web to the house & power lines.
    Only to come back an hour later and 'HE's BACK!"

    Only way he could come back is to march clear out across the yard the other way, climb 25' up the power pole, and tight-rope walk the electric line back to the house.
    Only to build another web.

    The other thing is, they take the web down every morning right after sun-up.
    You would never know they were ever there an hour later.
    Until the next night when the web appears in 30 minutes or so after dark.


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    rc
     
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  2. Officers'Wife

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    If you knew where they were it might detract from the wonder of that first web. Here in corn country the stalks are starting to lose the green and the ears are starting to dry. This year's fawns are still playing in the soybean fields when I get home each morning but I know that as soon as hunting season start they will be hiding in the woods. My hummingbirds are eating even more constantly at the feeder stocking for their flight south and the temps are getting cool in the evenings. Soon the combines will start rolling and people with bows and arrows will be try to find Bambi's mother. And I have a good supply of split hickory for the smokehouse...

    The world is a good place and we are part of it.
     
  3. witchhunter

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    The fawns are starting to lose their spots and our little spike buck is scraping off his velvet.....I've got wood to split yet!
     
  4. RetiredUSNChief

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    Those are AWESOME spiders and they make GREAT webs! Thanks for the pic!

    My wife and in-laws call them "Writing Spiders". We had one a couple years back that would set up a web between the walk and the house under the cedar tree every night. By morning, it was packed up...and would be back again that night. HUGE web and a honkin' HUGE spider in it!

    Then one dark night, good ol' me took the trash out and forgot all about that web next to the walk. Forgot about, that is, right up until the point where I walked smack-dab into it. And then all I could think about was that HONKIN' HUGE SPIDER RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT!

    After much yelling, screaming, dancing, and slapping, I walked back into the house and went straight to the kitchen to get a drink of water and calm down. My wife walked through the kitchen and, noticing my pale features and rapid breathing, asked what was wrong.

    Very shortly SHE had breathing problems, too, but that was because she was laughing so hard at what happened.

    I'm just ever so thankful she didn't actually witness the event. My luck she'd have caught it on video and put it up on youtube.

    ;)
     
  5. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    Yea, I can relate!!! :D

    But apparently Orb Weavers are harmless.

    I've ate enough webs hunting in pre-dawn light, and had enough of them in my face going to get the morning paper over the years to not even worry about them anymore.

    They still give me the Shivering Heebeegeebee's when I walk into one in the dark.

    But an Orb Weaver spider has never harmed me in my life.
    Other then scaring the crap out of me when I didn't know the web was there until it was already plastered all over my face.

    rc
     
  6. Armored farmer

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    I don't know where corn country is for you....but it sounds like home to me.

    My young son claims that you are always an average of 3ft away from a spider at all times. ??((Don't know where he got that info.....probably the innernet)).

    to keep this gun related.....I would say a .410 with 1/2oz of #9s should be effective.
     
  7. osprey176

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    I can relate to the shivering heebeegeebees.Walking through Florida swamps,I must have knocked down hundreds of Banana spider webs.Too often,wearing a hat and bandana on my face,I didn't know it until they came climbing up their downed webs...across the back of my neck!! Still gives me goosebumps.
     
  8. skoro

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    Friday morning I saw three spotted fawns with two does. Yep, the season is beginning to turn.
     
  9. Inebriated

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    Pretty sure those are what's hanging around my house. I've been meaning to get out and take a nice picture of one. They flank my Jeep... One on the passenger mirror to bush, the other on the back corner of the rack to the same bush, and the other extending from the driver-side back corner of the rack, over the trash cans, to the corner of the house. There's a reason I back into the drive way lol.

    I'll post a pic if I can get out tonight and get a decent shot. They hate the light, so I really only get about one shot.

    I've developed a very real aversion to spider webs because of them.

    I'm wondering if a 12 gauge empty hull with just the primer would be enough to kill him? Might have to warn my neighbors.........
     
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