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#6099406 - 12/23/15 11:16 PM When wild game gets too close
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After hunting from tree stands most of my 40+ years, I've taken a liking to hunting from a ground blind. This morning I heard what I suspect was a wild hog as it came up from behind me during the pre-dawn darkness. I could tell it was a large animal by the sounds it made walking through a small slough that was no more than 30 or so feet to my right. It was a little unnerving to say the least not being able to see the critter and thinking it might even get closer. I thought it best just to stay quiet and let it pass since it appeared to be headed towards my feeder that was set to go off in about 30 minutes or so.

Anyone ever had a similar experience? Did you react any differently and have a different result?

Whatever it was, it never showed up at the feeder, and never made a sound other than its steps as it walked through the slough.
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#6099413 - 12/23/15 11:23 PM Re: When wild game gets too close [Re: Texas Dan]
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This happened to me about a month ago. It was a bobcat at something under 10 yards. Then, a couple of hours later, a hog, also at about 10 yards. All in all, it was a pretty exciting way to night hunt.
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#6099455 - 12/24/15 01:48 AM Re: When wild game gets too close [Re: Texas Dan]
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I worry about the things I cannot see and hear...snakes!
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#6099488 - 12/24/15 05:44 AM Re: When wild game gets too close [Re: Texas Dan]
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An armadillo can sound like Sasquatch in the pre-dawn darkness.
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#6099498 - 12/24/15 06:06 AM Re: When wild game gets too close [Re: Texas Dan]
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Had a large boar rooting next to my pop up during archery season. Of course that window was closed so I could hide in the corner facing the feeder. Close enough the sand was hitting the side of the blind. I had a pistol at the ready but he finally wandered off without us meeting. I was a considering which window I would jump through had he decided to root under.
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#6099526 - 12/24/15 06:52 AM Re: When wild game gets too close [Re: h20thief]
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Originally Posted By: h20thief
Had a large boar rooting next to my pop up during archery season. Of course that window was closed so I could hide in the corner facing the feeder. Close enough the sand was hitting the side of the blind. I had a pistol at the ready but he finally wandered off without us meeting. I was a considering which window I would jump through had he decided to root under.


That was my thought. Would the animal run or attack should the two of us get too close?

Stxranchman also makes a good point.
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#6099563 - 12/24/15 07:28 AM Re: When wild game gets too close [Re: Texas Dan]
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had a bobcat come up behind me, close enough I could hear that hiss thing, darn near messed myself
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#6099709 - 12/24/15 09:02 AM Re: When wild game gets too close [Re: Texas Dan]
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Had a cow come up and lick me behind the ear once. Poopypants!
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#6099727 - 12/24/15 09:14 AM Re: When wild game gets too close [Re: Texas Dan]
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Squirells are 100 pounds when it is dark out.

I remind myself that I am the most dangerous predator on the continent.

Then make sure the 1911 is cocked and safetied sick
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#6099728 - 12/24/15 09:15 AM Re: When wild game gets too close [Re: poisonivie]
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Originally Posted By: poisonivie
Had a cow come up and lick me behind the ear once. Poopypants!


NOT COOL!
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#6099771 - 12/24/15 09:51 AM Re: When wild game gets too close [Re: nak]
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Originally Posted By: nak
I worry about the things I cannot see and hear...snakes!




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#6099827 - 12/24/15 10:31 AM Re: When wild game gets too close [Re: Texas Dan]
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I'm not worried about them being too close. Just if I'm going to get to put them in an ice chest.
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#6099875 - 12/24/15 11:09 AM Re: When wild game gets too close [Re: Texas Dan]
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Getting licked behind the ear is Ok in some social situations, but only by wild women, not wild game.

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#6100005 - 12/24/15 12:44 PM Re: When wild game gets too close [Re: Texas Dan]
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cheers Would haveta go with nak . On them cool, clear evenings way back in the hollers, ya can still hear the faint girlish far off shrills... Some say its a panther others a squash... Twas just me after runnen across one of them thar, sneaky snakes... scratch Think that's were the rummors got started bout squash knockings.. twas me runnen threw de woods screamen & banging me noggen on ever low limb run inta cause didn't carry flash light... Some times i'd wake up from me nap in de wee hours of de morning... rofl rumors of panthers & squash soon started, scratch kinda like the crop circles got started back in 70's... bolt
Edit: 2cents nothen scaryer in the woods than a person scared of his own shadow... up on that NV & Thermal, gives advantage ta hunters ta see what's moving... bang never did get an invite by the Elite flag
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#6100100 - 12/24/15 01:42 PM Re: When wild game gets too close [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
An armadillo can sound like Sasquatch in the pre-dawn darkness.


That ain't no joke
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