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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. meathammer

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    Deer hunting in northern Wisconsin, I had a curious chickadee flying around my head as I sat really still. He then proceeded to land on my shoulder, then landed and perched right on my rifle barrel. I swear to God. He just sat there, turning his little head, looking at me. I was trying real hard not to laugh, I felt like I was in a Disney movie. :D


    Another time, when I was a kid, my dog and I treed a big, fat grey squirrel in my parents front yard. (My dog was the unholy terror to any small mammals in the area.) Anyway, this squirrel realized he had nowhere to go. After about 10 minutes, he jumps down (about 20 feet) and hits the ground HARD. It sounded like someone dropped a 20lb. sack of spuds. He was stunned for a second, then ran off.

    Here's the funny part. My dog just looks up at me like, "Can you believe what we just saw?" My dog never made chase. I laughed so hard I cried. She just looked up at me in disbelief. One tough squirrel! :D
     
  2. mrt

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    As a youngster camping with my dad ...I would get bored and hunt squirrels and chipmucks with a handmade spear. One time I crossed the channel that we were fishing cause I seen a great big bird sitting high in a tree, it was my first bald eagle experience...it flew off when I drew near under him... so I went exploring again...and seen another squirrel to kill. It raced up the tree and I wacked it down once, but it got back up the tree...and climbed up and up... then began to "fly" from tree to tree, spreading it's webbed legs. It was real neat when I discovered what it was.

    In that same channel, we were trolling and then a couple of deer decided to cross the channel right in front of us...I remember telling my dad to speed up so I could grab the one with the horns...but he didn't...bummer...I just had to watch them peacefully swim by.

    So it's one of my first times mule deer hunting...and after the opening day my friend & I bag our deer, which we hung by our tent...next day we wake up late and started cooking breakfast and I got this feeling something was watching us...I look up a there's a black bear creeping toward us...I actually was calm and said; "Hey Steve, look there's a bear" He jumped up like mad and yelled "where's my gun, where's my gun" Meanwhile the bear took off...it was the fastest thing I ever personally seen run.

    So I decided to try some bow hunting on some friend's property. And on this deer trail I found a tree which went up and bowed to a right angle at ~10' high... so I thought I would try it for a stand...got up there and waited, and waited...then this doe and fawn came along...and stopped right beneath me...by then I had my bow fully drawn and pointed directly down at the mom (I was not intending on shooting her, I just wanted to tell my friends that I could of).... then she bent her head clear back (as in straight back) and looked up at me. After a little while of wondering what this still figure was, she got spooked and they trotted off.

    Now I'm elk/deer hunting with a bow again...I was stalking quietly through the woods when all the sudden I hear a bunch of noise ...sticks and small logs breaking like heck...thought I scared something, but soon realized it's coming towards me...I hunker down and draw my bow...when I see elk charging at me...I see one in front of me and let my arrow fly...they stampede by, and after a bit, I regained my composure...look around for blood and realized I missed everything when I finally found my arrow...bummer
     
  3. six 4 sure

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    Well, this is pretty lame compared to everyone else, but here it goes. I used to live in the middle of nowhere Nevada exactally as 444 described. I'm crusing across the valley when I see something off to my right poking out above the sage. It's an antelope. Well there's not much I can do besides look at him. After awhile he looses intrest and starts to trot off parallel to the trail I'm on. Well I decide to see how fast he is and I start to pace him. I sort of spooked him and he shifted into turbo and talkes off. I tried to keep up with him for awhile, but after hitting a wash and having a Dukes of Hazzard moment I gave up the chase.

    Six
     
  4. musicofcolor

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    Good thread guys. It even got THIS lurker to register and post. Heres mine. First time I went turkey hunting was with a friend, we were watching about 25 hens no more than 15 to 20 feet in front of us. A large coyote just appears on the edge of the flock.
    Never saw it come in. Next time I look to where it was at it was gone, no more than 30 seconds. Thought I might have been seeing things. My friend never saw it. 5 minutes later a different much smaller coyote comes trotting up the trail on the other side. My friend sees this one, he hates coyotes and takes a shot and
    misses. Later it seemed to us that the smaller one was trying to push the birds to where the larger one came from.
     
  5. labgrade

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    A "never saw"-thing.

    "Sneak-hunting" once along a game trail - maybe takng one step every 2 minutes, I spooked an elk - likely a decent-sized bull.

    I say a bull elk due to the subsequent tracks & what this elk drove through.

    The tracks were huge, the breaking of aspen blow-downs was quite unbelieveable - "he" blew through 12" diameter dead-fall like there was no tomorrow - just ran right through this stuff/& breaking it all up - ran right through it.

    Ran across this critter at about 5 yards, never saw him at all - it was that thick - only did scare the livin' hell outa me when he broke cover & ran off - breaking everything in his path leaving the area - & I'm "sneaky." ;)

    But a 5 yards!? How sneaky can you be? ;)

    One of those "whoops!"-things .... you better have
    better eyes than what I had that day ....

    Not a "seen"-thing, but a certain "close-encounter."
     
  6. Steve Smith

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    But aren't you glad you didn't have drag his sorry butt out of that deadfall? :D :p
     
  7. S_O_Laban

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    Very interesting thread. I guess I'll throw in.


    Coolest: Red tail Hawk picks up a bull snake (large/10ft+) and can just barely get off the ground. He is beating his wings for all he is worth and this snake is still alive and squirming for his life, hawk slowly (very slowly) at about an alltitude of 10ft flies out of sight with snake in tow. I'm guessing the hawk won? Didn't see the end of it. That was one determined bird! I felt like he bit off quite abit more than he could chew:D

    Strangest: While living in Indonesia I found a flying lizard in the front yard with a broken leg/wing. A most beautifull reptile, he had fallen/ flown out of a huge mango tree.

    Weirdest: Rabbit hunting, well not really:D I was out in a field behind the house (hayfield) in Jan. There's about 6-8" of snow on the ground. This is back when I was 18 and in pretty good shape :D I decide to try to chase rabbit, never intending to catch it, just goofing off. The rabbit for some reason doesn't take off and just run in a straight line but keeps turning this way and that and I keep after him for about 15 seconds and suddenly rabbit keels over dead! I guess he died of a heart attack or something like that? Felt very bad about the whole thing, wasn't trying to hurt it, just fooling around
     
  8. Art Eatman

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    At the end of WW II my parents bought a small farm/ranch next door to my grandparents. My grandfather had bought an old Farmall 12 (steel-lugged wheels; before rubber tires!) tractor. Hand crank start or no, it beat plowing behind a horse!

    We'd rigged the sickle-mower and the hay rake to work behind the tractor. My job was to mow and rake for the hay-baler man.

    At age 11, by haying time, my feet were total callus. I'd spook a cottontail rabbit while raking and after putting the tractor in neutral take off running across the stubble after "Mollytail". It was quite a show for my parents, and I caught quite a few of the little critters. Always let them go, after I had figured out they wouldn't tame down and be pets...

    :), Art
     
  9. Johnpl

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    These stories of hand-catching rabbits got me thinking about a story I read about Turk Wendell, a pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, I believe, who is a huge bow hunter. He once shot a deer inside of a car wash, according to this story. Anyway, he has vowed to take a deer using just a knife.
     
  10. DJJ

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    Before shoes, too, apparently! :evil:
     
  11. labgrade

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    Out around the coastal canals SE of Miami - pretty much boonies at the time - hunting up snakes to sell to the Serpentarium .... I hear this very strange noise - it sounds like a rabbit distress call, & go investigate.

    Turns out, a garter snake has a leg-hold on a leopard frog & the frog was screaming for all his was worth - classic distress yellin'.

    Never knew a frog made that kinda sound.

    Left them to their own devices.
     
  12. Art Eatman

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    DJJ, once the weather warmed up, you couldn't keep me in shoes except at school. Once school was out, I went barefooted all summer long.

    My folks could get me to do "tractor stuff", but other than basic farm chores I was gone to the woods most of the time. The folks used to sorta wonder 'bout me--and the rest of the world's been wonderin', ever since...

    :D, Art
     
  13. sig970

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    Funniest thing?

    Me

    Off the trail, reaching for the toilet paper and a buck runs right past me. I had about 10 seconds total to drop the thing.



    Missed that one.
     
  14. dev_null

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    My ex.

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  15. Drundel

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    Y'all have me beat hands down but...

    dove hunting once, crippled a dove, hawk hit it in mid air and had a free meal.
     
  16. Frohickey

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    Should have reported the hawk to the Forest Ranger for poaching. :D
     
  17. OkieGentleman

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    Woods sights

    One warm fall when I was about 15, I had been out roaming the woods and was on my way home. I was walking across some pasture that had never seen a plow, the sun had set just a few minutes before so it was only about half dark. I step over this clump of buffalo grass and heard a sound that sounded like the granddaddy of all rattle snakes. I mean loud. After freezing to stone I realized about 25 or 30 quail had flown when I stepped into the middle of the little circle they had made to bed down for the night. Those darn wings beating by my ear sounded just like a rattle snake in the dark. It took about 5 minutes for my heart to stop beating like a trip hammer.

    Same time period I was walking across a pasture with tall grass when something hit my calf like I had stepped on a stick and it had slapped me. When I looked down the big ole cotton mouth I was standing on, struck my boot again. Did you ever see the steet magician that can levitate? I beat him by about 3 feet, did a 180 in the air and landed about 20 ft from where I had been standing on the snake. When I pulled up my pants leg there was two sets of fang marks about 1 inch below the top of my boot (they were very high tops) and venom was running down my boot. And people wonder why I look at the ground when I am walking even in town.

    I ran across a momma bear with cub while deer hunting in Colorado about 20 years ago. I heard her but could not see her. I stopped where I was and crouched down. When the noise I had heard ceased (I thought it was a deer cleaning his antlers) I went to check and see if I could get a shot at the deer I thought I had heard. I find a spot the size of a large dining table plowed with claws and from where I am standing I am looking square into the bush I had taken cover behind. Momma went to north, I went east, several minutes later I hit Momma bears tracks in the snow and there was a set of smaller tracks right beside the larger tracks. I walked off that ridge with my .357 in hand and a terrible urge to go to the bathroom. I guess me sitting still behind that bush let momma decide I was not a threat to her cub.

    We used to have a collie mix dog that hated snakes. We would find a snake and start yelling snake at the top of our lungs and Laddie would come running to kill it. We saw a snake in the water in a small pond by the house and yelled for Laddie. When we showed him the snake in the water. Laddie went right in the water. The snake stopped and waited for the dog. When the dog grabbed the snake, the snake started wrapping coils around the dog's head. I could not believe the size and length of that snake. It wrapped enough coils around that dog's head to pull him under the water head first. Laddie finally had to let go of the snake or drown. When Laddie finally got loose and back to shore, he shook himself dry, gave us a dirty look and went to the house.

    Again when I was about 15. We used to take and cut our shotgun shells below the wad until just a little paper was holding the thing together. Coyotes would be crossing the pasture 250 to 300 yds from the house. We would shoot those shells like artillery shells and do aim adjusment from the dust. I laughed like crazy one day at a coyote, he could not figure what was making slapping noises all around him. So he stopped in the middle of the field to investigate. We finally stung him with some shot when it hit the ground and he took off like a shot.

    Oh for the good ole days, 30 inch waist, work all day, party all night and go back to work the next morning. And I had hair to comb, not a shiny spot that I use a wash rag on.
     
  18. NRA4LIFE

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    Several different incidents. One of my younger brothers and I were turkey hunting in Northern MO in a river bottom and kept seeing this same doe walk past this spot every morning about the same time. The next day we set up in the same spot and sure as heck here she comes. I told my brother to freeze and get ready. The doe walked within 10' of us and stops about 20' past us to take a #1. I touched off a round out of my 12 ga and the doe must have jumped close to 10' into the air. We couldn't hunt anymore that morning because my brother kept laughing.

    Another incident happened at a Wildlife area near St. Louis. 2 friends of mine and I were scouting some turkey hunting spots earlier and had regrouped and were talking when we hear something approaching us. A doe comes screaming up to us looking into a very bright morning sun and doesn't see us until she is about 5 feet from us. She slammed on her brakes and tumbles directly between the 3 of us, almost knocking one of my buddies over. She made off right quick after realizing where she was.

    Third and last, seeing a Bobcat for the first time in the wild this last deer season on my land in Northern MO.
     
  19. labgrade

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    Not woods, per se, but interesting enough .....

    In The Keys for a VaCa once & got a call from a bud at a marina - there's a manatee hanging out - bring a coupla heads of lettuce.

    Did & brought the kids. Tossed the lettuce heads to the manatee, which sucked 'em right up.

    Too, hanging a regular garden hose over the dock edge, the manatee sucked the hose into its mouth & tanked up on fresh water for perhaps 20 minutes.

    Never seeing it before, it was quite the experience. I've heard that some sailboats'll "tank" manatees here 'n there with fresh water.

    The whole Keys experience is brackish water & manatees need fresh. "Tankin'" here 'n there's a decent thing to do.
     
  20. Dadio

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    last week i was hiding out and had a fisher cat walk within 10 feet of me right in my yard. first time i ever saw one! fuzzy little critter didn't even see me but he sure could smell me. he walks through my yard every day.
     
  21. beckrodgers

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    okie gent

    What kind of snake had that puppy dog all wrapped up, did you all ever git that son of a gun? Thanks
     
  22. Mannlicher

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    The most amazing thing I ever saw in the woods, was when walking along Camp's canal, in North Central Florida. The canal was dug back in the 20's think by the Camp's Cattle company to drain Paynes's Prairie, just south of Gainesville.

    The sight that cought my eye was a Eastern Diamondback rattler, that was (by later measurment) just a tad under 9 feet. His body was about as big around as a football. He was swimming down the canal, and the way they swim is to inflate their lungs, and it looks like they are crawling on the surface of the water.

    His undulating body, moving against the current was a fascinating sight. I watched him for about 10 min, using the binocs, until he swam to the opposite bank, and up and over he went. I was very glad he did not come up the bank on MY side of the canal, or I am sure I would have really set a landspeed record getting out of there.
     
  23. Art Eatman

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    Ah, yes! Payne's Prairie! We used to run top end through there, heading to Ocala and the booze store. Alachua County used to be dry, back in the '50s/'60s. 3.2% beer, only.

    NE of P.P., there's (well, used to be, if it ain't a subdivision) a lake and swampy area. Lots of cypress. Beaucoup ospreys nested there. I used to go out for a "head rest" to get away from the textbooks...

    "A Florida man needs no introduction."

    :), Art
     
  24. Mannlicher

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    Well I'll be. Mr. Eatman, you have just made a quantum leap in my esteem. "A Florida Man needs no introduction" indeed !! I am a Gator Grad, class of '69. Alachua county was, as you say, dry back then. The Sunday afternoon runs down 441 to the Scrounge Lounge, or up to the Oasis, by the Bradford County line are fond memories.

    I hunted, and fished the entire area, from Lake Butler down to Ocala and the Big Scrub.

    Gainesville is still a wonderful place to live. Sure beats Miami. I gotta move. ;)
     
  25. 12.7x99mm

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    Well not in the woods for the best one... it was kayaking with a pod of killer whales down in one of inlets a few years back. That was amazing!

    Second was having a bull moose come out of the trees and swim across the Kenai in Alaska. Then we motered right up next to him, close enough to touch. This was in September after the Sockeye run. The river was full of dying red salmon and I think I cought about 50 rainbows that day.

    Also having a bull Elk walk right to me (about 25 feet away) this past year. Picture perfect event.
     
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