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#7247994 - 08/07/18 09:26 AM Spooking run-in's in the woods
Gulfgoose Offline
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Registered: 01/10/18
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A comment on another thread got me thinking. What are some of the things that you have heard, seen or felt while spending time in the field? That stuff you can't explain but made the hair on the back of your neck stand up.

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#7248033 - 08/07/18 10:11 AM Re: Spooking run-in's in the woods [Re: Gulfgoose]
garyrapp55 Offline
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Can't say as anything that I can't explain out there but when I'm sneaking stealthy through the woods in the dark like a ninja and those deer I can't see blow just before they take off, that really gives the ticker a jolt.

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#7248055 - 08/07/18 10:26 AM Re: Spooking run-in's in the woods [Re: Gulfgoose]
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Only thing thatís ever scared me in the woods is a covey of quail busting out of some cedar at night more startled then scared.
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#7248087 - 08/07/18 10:43 AM Re: Spooking run-in's in the woods [Re: Gulfgoose]
BassBuster1 Offline
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Registered: 10/09/06
Posts: 211
Loc: Denton
Loud shriek last year walking back to the truck, startled me, not sure what it was?? Heard a rabbit getting killed by a coyote on the way in to the stand one morning, that was kind of cool. National Geographic en vivo!

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#7248097 - 08/07/18 10:51 AM Re: Spooking run-in's in the woods [Re: Gulfgoose]
PMK Offline
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Registered: 09/10/12
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Loc: Central TX (Gtown/Austin)
as a 7-8 y/o kid back in the 60s, was out head lighting coons on foot with my uncle up the Llano river bottom when either a mountain lion or bobcat in heat let out a squall nearby that made goose bumps on my goose bumps. It kinda unsettled him too as it was close and the dim 6 volt head light wasn't bright enough to see anything but eyes and we only had an old single shot 22.
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#7248118 - 08/07/18 11:05 AM Re: Spooking run-in's in the woods [Re: Gulfgoose]
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My wife's little brother (11 or 12 at the time) kept coming back to camp early on the evening hunts so we started asking questions. All he would say was "the cat keeps following me", but we just brushed it off as we've never known a mountain lion to be in the area.

All we seen on game camera for the next several days was a cat right at dark stalking around the same feeder he was hunting eek2
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#7248122 - 08/07/18 11:07 AM Re: Spooking run-in's in the woods [Re: Gulfgoose]
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Registered: 11/01/12
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
When I was a kid we used to get to the blind pretty early. I was 15' up a spindly elm sitting on a 12" square board when something in the brush started shrieking like a banshee. This went on for 15-20 minutes, with the thing circling my tree in the brush and raising holy hell. Honestly I believe it was a lion but I suppose it could have been a bobcat, but it was majorly pissed off that I was in its territory. The episode left a very lasting impression on an 11 yr-old city kid who had never experienced anything like that. All I could envision was some of those scenes that I caught every week on Wild Kingdom.

I never was able to see what it was. My dad was ~600 yards away in a different blind and heard it all from there.

I think it took 3 days for the sun to come up.
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#7248133 - 08/07/18 11:16 AM Re: Spooking run-in's in the woods [Re: Gulfgoose]
BayouGuy Offline
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A few years back one of the guys in my lease scattered a handful of those little "Cracker Ball" fireworks under the chair in my elevated box stand. Naturally I didn't notice them when I climbed into the stand a little before dawn. I sat in the chair and rolled it back over one of those suckers. HOLY SHAT!!!
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#7248158 - 08/07/18 11:36 AM Re: Spooking run-in's in the woods [Re: Gulfgoose]
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Registered: 10/18/06
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Flush a couple owls up close and personal. That will keep you on your toes.

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#7248176 - 08/07/18 11:48 AM Re: Spooking run-in's in the woods [Re: SapperTitan]
Erathkid Offline
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Originally Posted By: SapperTitan
Only thing thatís ever scared me in the woods is a covey of quail busting out of some cedar at night more startled then scared.
Same here, back when we HAD quail.
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#7248201 - 08/07/18 12:06 PM Re: Spooking run-in's in the woods [Re: Gulfgoose]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
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Crossing a deep washout and walking up on a group of javi's in the bottom is not fun. Flush up quite a few coveys of quail in my days hunting. Vehicle won't start and then having to walk to camp after dark..before cell phones....without a flashnight.... in South Texas... before the first freeze can get exciting when these guys are active....
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#7248224 - 08/07/18 12:21 PM Re: Spooking run-in's in the woods [Re: Gulfgoose]
Cherokee Mingan Offline
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Registered: 08/24/17
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Loc: Callahan
Yeah, I don't like rattle bugs. I haven't seen any while hunting but plenty while working, even stepped on one in medium grass.

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#7248225 - 08/07/18 12:21 PM Re: Spooking run-in's in the woods [Re: Gulfgoose]
RiverRider Offline
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Registered: 11/11/07
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Loc: Wise Co.
Not hunting, but my house is kind of on the edge of civilization in my neck of the woods. I was tending my smoker the night of July 3 at about 1 AM when I happened to look out toward the woods and I caught sight of what appeared to be a dog about 60 yards away. He saw me at the same time and sprinted to an area behind a tree. I stood watching to see it depart, and after about half a minute I heard this hoarse shrieking like I've never heard before. I never saw the critter leave but I suspect he did. Others tell me it was a fox...they supposedly can make all kinds of sounds. Didn't scare me, but I was mystified.
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#7248283 - 08/07/18 12:58 PM Re: Spooking run-in's in the woods [Re: Gulfgoose]
maximum Offline
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had a BIG owl fly about 18 inches from my face about dusky
dark one time up in a hang on archery stand.
them big skeery birds IS QUIET

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#7248323 - 08/07/18 01:30 PM Re: Spooking run-in's in the woods [Re: Gulfgoose]
Texas buckeye Offline
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Registered: 11/22/11
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Loc: Keller
I suspect a lot of people hear raccoons and freak out. They can make some racket.

My first year hunting on a new lease, out by myself and essentially lost in the darkness looking for my blind and spook up a covey of quail. Got me going for a bit.

Nothing other than what I can explain though...never heard any weird noises that really freaked me out that I can remember.

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