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Strangest thing you came across while hunting

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  1. Timmypage16

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    The only thing I have found out of the ordinary in the woods was while playing paintball when I was younger. We were playing in a small patch of woods and stumbled upon someone's cannabis. Just turned around and walked out as if I didn't see a thing.
     
  2. Biggs300

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    This past October, while elk hunting during the 2nd rifle season in CO, I ran into another hunter. Turns out, he wrestled at Oklahoma State and was a proud "Cowboy". Perhaps more importantly, he was a bronze medal winner in the 1976 Olympics. I typically don't like to run into other hunters while out in the field, but this encounter was rewarding and I truly enjoyed our brief conversation. Oh, I'm from Oklahoma and I'm a Sooner fan…and he was fine with it. Truly, a real gentleman!
     
  3. 25cschaefer

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    I wasn't hunting but, on the Continental Divide between Idaho and Big Sky a couple of years ago, I was bopping along a forest service road from camp to the worksite in my old Scout when an emu ran in front of me. I almost hit it, I skidded to a stop and it stopped about 40yds from me and we stared at each other for about a minute before he started pecking at the ground and I drove off. I had my pistol on the seat next to me but it did not even cross my mind, I was in shock. I didn't even tell anybody at work because I knew they wouldn't believe me and construction workers can be cruel. Our jobsite was about 15 miles from any private building and more than 20 from anything with suitable facilities for an emu.
     
  4. BudgetBucks1

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    JRH6586, that is awesome, you made my day. As I read the poem it gave me flashbacks.
     
  5. j1

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    My underwear which I used to wipe my butt and left in the woods the first time I ever went hunting.
     
  6. H&Hhunter

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    MRH wrote;
    I wrote;
    I've been waiting for somebody to catch on to this but I can't stand it anymore. JUST FOOLING guys......:D:D:D
     
  7. R.W.Dale

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    Not hunting but it involves a game animal.

    My youngest son who was just old enough to go out in the back yard unsupervised (3 or 4) to play was in the back yard when me and the wife who are inside hear the most horrified blood curdling screams come from the child.

    Naturally we bolt outside to find the strangest sight that was the last thing we expected to see. To our vast relief and actual amusement we find poor Lukas literally with his back against the wall mere inches from being nose to nose with a small fawn not much taller than him that was absolutely nonplussed about the poor child's abject terror.

    Of course we "rescued" the poor kid from his impending doom and as it turned out this was another case of an escaped pet from just up the road.
     
  8. stressed

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    Cool stories. Anymore?
     
  9. countertop

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    I came across this the other day, hunting in Maryland on property we lease. This is a good ways from any public road. Of course, its been leased for years - and the area has had a human presence since John Smith first surveyed the land in 1608.

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  10. H&Hhunter

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    Looks like someone had a bright idea^^^.
     
  11. Armored farmer

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    Those are illegal now right??
     
  12. countertop

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    I don't think they can be manufactured any more. Not sure if they are illegal to sell. Don't think this one works.

    It was a VERY odd place to find it. Not sure how long it had been there. We just added this land to your club this fall - and while we hunted it alot (I shot two white tails and a sika stag and a sika hind on it, a buddy killed a huge 6 pointer that I missed two shots on and saw on 3 other occaisions, and we found a pretty nice 7 pointer that we suspect died of EHD in the marsh further down from here), we never realy spent lots of time in this part of the property because there is both a major whitetail bedding area and a sika bedding area not too far from here.

    Since Saturday was the last day of rifle season we decided to head in there mid day to see if we could jump anything and to explore, realizing that theres a whole 9 months till the season re-opens. I had identified this area to stick a ground blind in back in August, but never got around to it. We have two ladder stands and a ground blind that will be going in this spring during turkey season.

    I am just wondering how long the bulb has been there. I suspect at least a year. Cameras all over the place, but we've never seen anyone on it in those pcitures.
     
  13. utbrowningman

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    Probably hunting the same ground I am. No roosters in sight.
     
  14. Field Tester

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    Sounds like a fruit bat, but we don't have any in North America. The largest on this continent is the Western Mastiff Bat.
    Although it depends on where you are. Could also be a one in a million chance it was a transient fruit bat.
     
  15. Field Tester

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    Looks like it burned recently.
     
  16. 308win

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    Maybe the deer like to read before bed?:D
     
  17. T.R.

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    I was hunting in the high country of Alpine County, California for mule deer when I came across an interesting sight. A boulder the size of a garage was seen with a single tree growing out of a crack in the top. No soil in sight. This healthy tree rec'd all of its nutrients from the granite builder!

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  18. Field Tester

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    Alpine in San Diego county?
     
  19. WestKentucky

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    I once found a rather large pot-grow on my parents/grandparents property line while I was turkey hunting. Probably about 40 plants.
    While hunting in college on a piece of US Forest Service land I think I found someone's still location (scorched ground, trash, broken glass jars)
    At a friends while turkey hunting I came across a really odd mound of dirt which was intriguing because of its location. Further inspection of the area showed much newer growth trees directly away in one direction then suddenly back to old growth. There was a rusted out model T truck there and a huge chunk of thin steel riveted together. Turns out I found the site of a military planecrash from shortly after ww2. The owner of the farm was a kid at the time and tried to pull the chunk of metal out to sell for scrap and he threw a rod through the side of the engine block thus the final resting place of the truck.
    Another farm I used to hunt was adjacent to the interstate. I found a woman's purse, clothing, shoes etc. it was probably an Amish girls stash of English clothes.
     
  20. Armored farmer

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    Not hunting related, but funny.
    I have a field across the road from an Amish household. I was shelling corn in that field a few years back and discovered a styrofoam cooler full of Coors Lite.
    Sometime later I was ribbing the old Amish dad about finding the cooler. I said something like "boys will be boys". He said, "Yah dat iss true but dah coolah dona belonk to dah boys".
    He had stashed it.
     
  21. LT.Diver

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    I was hunting in Colorado and I found a Winchester 94 just leaning against a tree, so I took it.
     
  22. H&Hhunter

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    Hey that was mine and I need it back!
     
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    A tree that had been stuck by lighting the night before. Fatherinlaw and I were impressed at the damage.
     
  24. Captcurt

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    Was this in the Pilot Knob area? I had someone tell me that they found one many years ago.
     
  25. tightgroup tiger

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    This didn't happen to me but a friend of mine was archery hunting in the woods behind his brothers house and came down through woods yelling he needed help.

    This was in Pennsylvania in the fall and he was deer hunting. He said he saw an Ostrich. We of course asked him what he was smoking and he "No, I just saw an Ostrich so I shot with my bow. I need help dragging it out"

    Low and behold there was an flippen Ostrich that probably was at least 6' tall laying there on the ground with an arrow sticking in it and it was still warm.

    They actually taste pretty decent. Never found out where it came from.

    Another time I was hunting in the woods in a pretty wild area and I found an air vent for an old Limestone mine. The brambles had grown over this 2' square hole and I stepped in it. The next thing I knew was my arm pits were at ground level and my new 12ga was bridging the hole and holding me up.

    I finally got out of the hole and the barrel and receiver of my shotgun was bent. I looked down the hole, and could see bottom about 20' down. I went over the other side of the railroad tracks and found the entrance to the mine in a large depression in the woods. The mine had to have ran under the tracks or the tracks were built over it not knowing it was there. The entrance to this mine was huge, like 12'x12' and was standing wide open. I didn't go in there, I had had enough excitement for one day.
     
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