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post #21 of 64 Old 09-26-2010, 08:31 PM
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I had an odd trail experience today actually...

I was walking along this trail near where I board my horse and it's a fairly narrow, rocky trail with branches across it. Big enough for an ATV but I've never seen anything on it. I heard a low rumble coming down the trail and thought "hmm that sounds nothing like an ATV"...there was not a place yet to get out of the way and I see a TRUCK come around the corner.....a TRUCK! haha....so I waved madly at them and they stopped so I could find a way around them. Next step if they didn't stop was to dive between trees I guess. I talked to my BO about it and apparently they don't have license to drive on the road so they use the trails to visit people....oh dear....

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post #22 of 64 Old 09-26-2010, 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by rraylutz210 View Post
sorry I meant not stepped in. you would think they would order a mass hunting or something.. my experience with this isnt very high so I wouldnt know if they would even do such a thing.
There are a lot of people that hunt! It's just not as easy to hunt them without dogs. Almost all of my co workers hunt them every year. Not ONE has gotten them. It's not that hard to get a cougar tag. You just go buy one. A little bit harder to hunt them without use of dogs.

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post #23 of 64 Old 09-26-2010, 09:41 PM
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hmm.. makes sense. I would imagine they would be very difficult to spot without spooking them as well as difficult to shoot.
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post #24 of 64 Old 09-27-2010, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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Yikes, cougar would be the one thing I would really NEVER want to encounter on the trail...I also like to hike, so that thought is never far from my mind! I always try to go with more than one person, and when I had dogs, always took them with me. Unfortunately for the dogs, they would likely be the first target, allowing me and the horse, or other folks to get away; unless I were carrying a gun (eventually I will), there is no way I would take on a wild animal...I hate to put it that way, don't get me wrong, and I really would hope everyone would get out safely.

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post #25 of 64 Old 10-04-2010, 09:21 AM
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I was not on a horse at the time, but I do have a really odd trail story. My husband and I were hiking with the dogs in the adirondacks, and we came around a corner and here was this guy bent over in the bushes about 50 feet ahead with no pants on. My first thought was that we came across someone doing his business in the bushes, and a little embarrassed we turned around and went back around the corner and waited for him to leave. So we continue on after he walks off, and not even 20 minutes later we catch up with him again. He is leaning over the trail, looking like he is picking things up... and guess what, still no pants on. Now we are a little worried something is wrong with this guy and go back on the trail a bit out of site and wait wondering what we should do. This time my pitbull was really agitated in seeing him and had her hackles up, growling real low. So after waiting about 10 minutes and him not leaving, we start egging her on until shes barking and growling really loud. The barking must have started the guy and he stops whatever he is doing and goes walking down the trail.. still pantless. We got back to the parking area without seeing the guy again.
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post #26 of 64 Old 10-04-2010, 12:40 PM
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that is so odd. hippy perhaps? I wouldn't know what to have done either. good call on the dog barking.
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post #27 of 64 Old 10-04-2010, 07:48 PM
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I hunt a lot and have spent a LOT of time in the mountains these past 3 weeks hunting elk. One evening we were sitting in the treeline watching a water hole in the meadow. I see a cougar slinking along the edge of the meadow across from me. In and out of the trees around the rim the meadow. I can see that his path will bring him around the meadow and up behind me. The wind is blowing into my face, So I hope he will catch my scent when he gets around behind me and just go away. But I keep one eye on the water hole hoping for an elk and the other eye watching the forest behind me.

About a half hour later this cougar sneeks up behind me. Sits down about 15 yards away and is watching. I nudge my buddy and say, Look at that. He jumps up, screaming loudly and runs at the cougar. Which of course lites out of there like the devil himself is chasing it.

A couple of nights later, we were watching another water hole. Somebody had shot an elk there a few days earlier and there was a gut pile in the meadow. As we watched a coyote came walking by, I assume heading out to get his share of the gut pile for his dinner. He was also about 15 yards away when I nudged my buddy for him to wake up and look. The coyote saw my movements and froze. He stood still for a few minutes trying to figure out what we were. In our camo cloths I think they have a hard time seeing what we are and it's a few moments for either one of use to move or our scent to drift over to him, Then he trotted back the way he came from. Stopping a couple of times to look back at us.

Sunday afternoon we bugled and a elk answered. Out of the trees 300 yards away came two cows and 6 point bull. I glassed him over good and decided he was a nice bull, but not trophy material. So I was going to pass on him. He came running down to the creek where we were sitting. Stopped 20 feet away and put his head down to drink. I slowly set my rifle down and took my camera out of my pocket. I pushed the on button and the camera made a soft beep beep sound as it turned on. The bull jumped up and ran off 150 feet and stopped to look at us.

A few years ago, I was breaking a young gelding. We were out too late one evening and coming up the trail in the dusk. Up jumps a young moose. I'd seen him a few times. He had broken off his right antler rubbing on trees, So I called him "lefty" He jumped up and started trotting up the trail trying to get away from us. My young gelding, lacking in self confidenceand looking for a herd, figured he better keep up and started after him. It was late in the ride and the gelding had been dogging it on the way back to the trailer, So I was glad to have some spring in his step, So I allowed him to speed up and keep up with the moose. For about 200 yards the moose trotted up the trail, before he decided he had enough of us and took off through the brush. Not wanting to get scratched up. I kept my gelding on the trail.

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post #28 of 64 Old 10-05-2010, 11:58 PM
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I thought it would be fun to go on a quickie ride with my old QH gelding. We took the hunting lab. Bad idea. His whole though process was "find the bird! Find the bird!" We were riding down a trail when the dog darted into a bush and out flew a turkey! He barely cleared my head and I was hunkered down over the horn. My horse had a leg in each direction. The neighbor saw the whole thing and had himself a good old laugh.

Once I was out riding the same horse and he suddenly freaked. I mean rearing up... the whole nine yards. It was odd, because he never did this. He bolted and galloped all the way back to the barn, which was about a mile. I was pissed. I lunged him for awhile and put him back out to pasture. When I got home, my dad asked me how my ride was. I scowled and said, "Don't ask."
He replied, "Did you feel that earthquake?"
"Yeah, we had an earthquake about an hour ago."

That would explain my horse's freak out. It was a small earthquake, but here we don't get earthquakes.

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post #29 of 64 Old 10-06-2010, 12:06 AM
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I had a Spruce Grouse go all Bruce Lee at my horses face and got caught up in the bridle. Good times.

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post #30 of 64 Old 10-06-2010, 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by shesinthebarn View Post
I had a Spruce Grouse go all Bruce Lee at my horses face and got caught up in the bridle. Good times.

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