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Strangest, weirdest, coolest thing seen in the woods?

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Johnpl, Jan 11, 2003.

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  1. Johnpl

    Johnpl Member

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    The Bigfoot thread got me to thinking...what's the strangest, weirdest,or coolest thing you've seen in the woods? For me, weird was the 4 goat skulls on sticks surrounding some sort of alter...satanists, maybe? Coolest was seeing a hawk take a grouse about 20 feet in front of me. Still waiting to stumble across the lonely former-swimsuit-model-turned-forest ranger in need of assistance;)
     
  2. Cadwallader

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    I once saw a Great Horned Owl catch and eat an adult skunk while I was in a treestand. Not very uncommon I suppose, but being only ten yards away the whole time was pretty neat.
     
  3. Dr.Rob

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    Most dangerous: walking into someone's illegal marijuana patch in a wilderness area.

    Most memorable:

    Having a coyote walk close enough to me that I could have swatted him on the nose (I didn't).

    Seeing a an owl take a ground squirrel. (Heap BIG owl)

    Seeing a golden eagle for the first time.

    Walking in cougar tracks for the first time. (have yet to see one.. may have caught a glimpse of one once but never ever got a good look)

    Seeing an ermine in his winter whites, he was mad that I made him drop the mouse he had killed.

    Momma bear and cub eating rasberries (watched from a distance)

    Oh and this Elk (which I did not shoot, but almost pulled the trigger on) if you look closely he's frozen in place in the stream bed, as if in suspended animation. Nothing had preyed on him yet. Pretty amazing.
     

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  4. one-shot-one

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    :what: neatest : while riding a mountain bike in southeast texas, had a large bobcat run out in frount of me just as i got back to a paved road. he reached the center of the pavement and spun to face me. he crouched down tring to hide from me and using that slow movment that cats are known for looked to each side realizing he had no cover to hide himself there in the middle of the street he begian a reverse stalk, backing away for me towards the opposite side of the street.when his back feet felt the edge of the pavement in one motion he spun around and disappered into the underbrush.
    :D
     
  5. Marshall

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    Aside from the story I posted the other day:

    Wearing Treebark Camo while sitting in a tree, no stand, and watching a squirrel above me make his way down the tree and jump on my leg thinking it was the tree. He was more surprised than I.

    Sitting in the woods full camo'd and having a Bobcat come up to my feet and stare at me trying to figure out what in the world I was. Then, letting out a scream that would make the hair on Supermans neck stand up.

    Same stand the next day seeing two mature bucks come into my area, one from either direction and locking them up in front of me.

    Most uneasy feeling: Myself and three buddies searching for one of our hunters after he didn't show up 3 hours after dark and not getting any return fire reports.

    Hunt I wish to forget: While turning my Silverado Ext Cab 4X4 around in a pasture, after pulling my friends little Nissan out of a "stuck", I feel it just suddenly sink up to the axles! After getting out, cussing and smoking a cig, noticing the truck catch on fire. With no way to get the truck unstuck or get under the truck to put the fire out, I was afforded the fine luxury of watching it burn to the ground. Yes, pasture grass and a hot converter do not go together! Pssssst, both trucks today are converterless and wear strait duals and stage 2 Flowmasters. Shhhhh

    Most memorable: My first time hunting as a youth with my Dad!
     
  6. Art Eatman

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    Weirdest? Sitting in a tree stand and hearing a strange, rasping sort of "rawrr" sound. Spooky! I looked and looked and finally saw a bobcat trying to claw dried-out cactus pads away from a woods-rat's nest. Claw, get stuck, yowl. Claw, get stuck, yowl. (She weighed 18 pounds.)

    Funniest? Sneaking up on a buck to about ten feet and hitting him on the rump with a rock. He turned inside out, tried to leave in 5th gear, wide-open throttle and couldn't get traction. My laughter provided further incitement to wall-eyed pandemonium.

    Next funniest: "Squeaking" a fox up close enough to where I was sitting so I tapped his nose with my boot toe. Think "bottle brush"!

    Funniest hunt-camp prank: A rancher's wet came in and told us of "un vena'o muy grande" (very large buck) caught in a fence. Another guy and I drove out and found a little forkhorn, caught in a coyote snare when he'd tried to crawl under a net fence. We freed him, clove-hitched his feet, and tossed him in the back of the pickup. Drove back to camp; several guys came toward the truck.

    "Where's the deer?" "Right here," I said, releasing the little buck and helping him in his jump--toward the guys. First time I ever saw great big deer hunters run away from a forkhorn! :D

    Art
     
  7. Keith

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    Sitting on the spur of a ridge with a dozen or more deer below me on one side, while just below me on other side two whales cavorted in the shallows. I finally turned my back on the deer and watched the whales till near dark.

    Keith
     
  8. Ron L

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    Coolest would be one of two different instances.

    First would be mountain biking once on the Potto Trail in Pinckney, MI. As I was coming around a curve, I startled a deer that was half-in and half-out of the trail. The darned thing spun and starting running along the trail in front of me like he wanted to race. We boggied like that for almost a half minute until he finally found a break in the trees and dove back into the forest.

    Second would be also mountain biking, this time in the Shiawasee National Forest in the UP. I was riding alone and had gotten turned around and it was already late afternoon in the fall and my wife was back at the nice warm hotel waiting for me to get back. I wasn't panicked because I had some gear and I figured if I had to spend the night, so be it, but she would have freaked. I tried backtracking a couple of times but hadn't gone back far enough, but didn't know that yet. I took a break and took a look at the map but found it hard to get my bearings. Just as I was asking one of those "Why me Lord?" questions, there was a break in the clouds and I was able to tell which way was west and then make my way back to the main trail.
     
  9. PALongbow

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    While bowhunting out of a treestand here in PA three years ago, I had a curious black bear climb up in the tree in which I was sitting in. I don't know who had more of a reaction when I got up and yelled.

    Ron
     
  10. Poodleshooter

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    It's not that unusual,but I love it everytime a songbird lands on my shoulder.
     
  11. GinSlinger

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    Sitting in my cover blind one afternoon and saw a covey of about 20 quail scraping around and strutting proud. Now that is not at all funny or unusual, it gets better. Couple of minutes later I hear a kissing sound behind me. And from the brush behind me out come another 15-20 quail. All the quail in the are now total approx 35. The new comers line up on one side and the original on the other. They all kind of do this wierd line dance thing and one from each side comes out and they spar, then they go back to the line and another two come out. This goes on for a while and I am quite amused by the dancing and the fighting when I realize that I have seen this kind of thing before. The quail were re-inacting "West Side Story". I nearly laughed when I thought of this. I then named one side Tjhe Jets, and the other side the Sharks, and watched them for the next ten minutes before they all lost interest in each other. If I had had a shotgun, I could have goten my bag limit with one shot:p

    GinSlinger
     
  12. Marshall

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    Hahahaha
     
  13. keano44

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    Two memories that come to mind:
    Watching a mink chase a rabbit under my treestand. It was like a beagle/rabbit chase, but in slow motion. Over the course of about an hour, the rabbit passed my stand three times, with the mink trailing far behind, but on the exact path the rabbit had passed.

    Another cool thing was watching a woodpecker pecking around the top of a tall, dead tree trunk, and chase a flying squirrel out of a hole. They went round and round the trunk, with the woodpecker pecking at the flying squirrel. Finally, the squirrel leaped off the tree, and glided down past me, just a few yards away, and when it was about five feet from the ground, using its tail like a rudder, made a ninety degree turn, and landed on the trunk of another tree about forty yards from where it started.
     
  14. Sisco

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    Once saw a unicorn picking apples with its horn.
    We were in the woods hunting mushrooms at the time. :scrutiny:
     
  15. Zorro

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    Jogging on the USAF Academy...

    A Road Runner that paced behind me for 3 Miles then did the "BEEP BEEP ZOOM!" thing and took off!

    Kind of Cool! ;)



    Or the Weasel That raided my Backpack and stole my Bait! while I was testing a New VHS Camcorder!
     
  16. redneck

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    Not in the woods but....

    Sittin on the back porch whittlin. Think it was in july or august, about 3:00 in the afternoon. Hear something funny and look up to see a deer haulin *** across the middle of the backyard, passed within 50 ft of where I was sittin. This was broad daylight an it was runnin to beat hell like somebody had really lit a fire underneath it.
    So yeah thats unusual but heres the good part.

    The neighbors who had moved in a few years back had a big mean dog and had put of a woven wire fence between the yards. Bein a city slicker trying to convert, he had no clue as to how you build a fence. Used T posts every 16ft or so an woven wire, and really didn't stretch it any. Just tight enough that it didn't droop unless you were leaning on it or something. So it was pretty springy an flexible....

    So anyway said deer is runnin like a striped *** ape across my yard, head down stretched out going for all its worth. Runnin so fast in fact that it don't see the fence.
    Head first POW, into the fence. Fence stretches about 6-10 ft, and slingshots the deer a good 15 ft backwards, dang near did a back flip!
    I was afraid it had broke its neck but it just stood up, shook its head, jumped the fence an commenced running.
     
  17. ReadyontheRight

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    Someone just sent me this strange picture.

    I guess the deer was hit by a train.
     

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  18. Keith

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    That is by far the strangest thing I've ever seen in a corn field!

    Keith
     
  19. SteelyDan

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    Two things:

    First, on a fly-in fishing trip in northern Canada, taking a stroll at almost midnight (it was still light) and ending up 10-feet from a seriously big black bear.

    Second, fishing trip in northern Minnesota, on the Canadian border, sitting up with a buddy watching an orange light in the sky perform aerial maneuvers that no plane from this planet could duplicate. We saw occasional jets that took four or five minutes to cross the horizon; this baby did it in about two seconds, then did a few 90-degree cross-horizon turns just to make it interesting. Too weird.
     
  20. Art Eatman

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    Aw, Keith, that deer just chose a strange spot for a people-stand.

    Art
     
  21. KMKeller

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    From the way the animal is laying on the wires, I'd guess that some wise guy took a stuffed dear and staged the photo.
     
  22. Ol' Badger

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    1. There was an worm eruption and a Red Tailed Hawk landed and started to gobble up worms.
    2. Observed Cyotes foricating.
    3. Red Fox try'n to get to an Duck that was froozen in a pound.
    4. Observed a couple haveing sex in a tree stand on a friends farm.
    5. Herd of cows watched me climb up a tree stand and they all(300 of'em) came over and looked up at me. One started to pee and the whole herd then fallowed.
     
  23. ahenry

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    “...Its the truth, its actual. Ev’rything is satisfactual..."

    :D


    That was from a Disney movie for you non kid at heart types.
     
  24. Art Eatman

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    Well, zippedee my doodah! What would Uncle Remus say?

    "Song Of The South"

    :D, Art
     
  25. ahenry

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    :D

    I'd give my eye teeth for a copy of that movie.
     
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