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Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« on: April 05, 2017, 01:02:06 PM »
Chipmunks, camp robbers (grey jays), mule deer are the most common for me. The chipmunks really get bold especially if you've fed them a handful of crumbs and the camp robbers can be brutal (landing on your head begging for snacks, and on occasion, they can get into tents and crap all over everything trying to fly out). The mule deer like to come around camp after dark and ruin my beauty rest and I've even had a couple of cow elk swing in to sniff and rustle around a tarp covered quad trailer (thought we had a bear in camp that night). I haven't really had any issues (knock on wood) with bears in camp for some reason.

What kind of uninvited forest guests have you had at your camps?
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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2017, 01:09:22 PM »
One of my favorite pics....grey jay / camp robber visitor. 

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2017, 01:12:16 PM »
WHOA, that bird is "SERIOUS" about getting a snack  :chuckle:
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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2017, 01:48:57 PM »
Let's see....

Elk
Deer
Bear
Coyotes
Wolves, very cool experience...
Cougar, the worst thing you can ever hear while spiked out
Mice, the wildernesses live soup opera
Frogs,the funniest intruder
Ants.....always a losing battle....just gotta get used to them

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2017, 01:54:30 PM »
The 2-legged variety that decided they wanted our ice chest and all of its contents more than we did.  :bash:
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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2017, 02:02:45 PM »
I'll take the fury ones over the 8 legged variety. Once in elk camp we realized that the ground was crawling with Daddy Longlegs all around our campfire. I don't know if it was the heat or light but they were converging on the fire pit. It was unsettling.
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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2017, 02:03:46 PM »
wallowa Lake,  Daughters stern mommy voice was little help
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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2017, 02:17:16 PM »
That's a great picture Denali. :tup:
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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2017, 02:30:03 PM »
Once in elk camp we realized that the ground was crawling with Daddy Longlegs all around our campfire. I don't know if it was the heat or light but they were converging on the fire pit. It was unsettling.

No kidding!  I think that it's year dependent.  I remember one year on a WA hunt (using a wall tent with a wood stove that year) if you got up at night and turned on your headlamp, there was hundred and hundreds of them nasty little creatures crawling everywhere inside the tent!  I guess they're attracted to the warmth?   
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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2017, 02:40:00 PM »
We had a bobcat duel outside at the meatpole, about 15ft from the tent. That was, shall we say un nerving.
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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #10 on: April 05, 2017, 02:47:28 PM »
Once in elk camp we realized that the ground was crawling with Daddy Longlegs all around our campfire. I don't know if it was the heat or light but they were converging on the fire pit. It was unsettling.

No kidding!  I think that it's year dependent.  I remember one year on a WA hunt (using a wall tent with a wood stove that year) if you got up at night and turned on your headlamp, there was hundred and hundreds of them nasty little creatures crawling everywhere inside the tent!  I guess they're attracted to the warmth?

Seems like all bugs are attracted to the warmth.....crickets are by far worse then daddy long legs !! Nothing like a Symphony inside your tent

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2017, 02:52:16 PM »
Let's see....

Elk
Deer
Bear
Coyotes
Wolves, very cool experience...
Cougar, the worst thing you can ever hear while spiked out
Mice, the wildernesses live soup opera
Frogs,the funniest intruder
Ants.....always a losing battle....just gotta get used to them

That's because you spend about half the days out of the year sleeping in the backcountry  :chuckle:
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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2017, 03:02:46 PM »
During a solo scouting trip one year, I had a bear hanging around the tent from about 2 AM until I got up. We also had Doe-reen in elk camp a couple years ago. Blacktail doe which came into camp mid-afternoon everyday looking for peanuts and mini cinnamon rolls. Lots of mice, coyotes, camp robbers. Here's a picture of Doe-reen.
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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2017, 03:55:30 PM »
Let's see....

Elk
Deer
Bear
Coyotes
Wolves, very cool experience...
Cougar, the worst thing you can ever hear while spiked out
Mice, the wildernesses live soup opera
Frogs,the funniest intruder
Ants.....always a losing battle....just gotta get used to them

That's because you spend about half the days out of the year sleeping in the backcountry  :chuckle:

"Used" to spend half the year....I'm stuck in town now  :bash:

 I had a bob cat one morning come streaking through camp, full throttle in and even more gas on the way out.....figured he lost a bet with his buddies  :chuckle:

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #14 on: April 05, 2017, 04:15:47 PM »
Probably a tie for me:

1) Two young forked horn bucks practice fighting in the meadow next to our camp site.  Made their way into our camp while we watched, tripping over tie out cords for the tent almost bringing it down.  The doe's with them just wandered right past.  Happened multiple evenings.  Was amusing, but got annoying by the third night. 

2) Bear decided to sniff my head through the tent wall one night....then walked away, and I hear the tent next to me unzip the zipper and yell to my cousin: "what are you doing, that was a bear?".  His reply: "I know, but I've never seen a bear up close before".  http://hunting-washington.com/smf/Smileys/default/badidea.gif



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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #15 on: April 05, 2017, 04:29:27 PM »
Years ago my friends and family were dry camping in little natches, during the middle of the night some guy came into our camp and was stealing stuff.  My friend saw him and yelled, we all came out with guns and went looking, turns out he was hiding under one of our vehicles. We had young kids and a baby in camp, we were not happy.  We drug him out from under the car and held him at gun point(points).  He spent some time in the mud puddle when he tried to get up, two hours later we had the sheriff in our camp.  He gave us 2 choices, one, we take care of him ourselves but we couldn't expire him, I swear that is the truth. Or he would write the guy a ticket and take him 10 miles down the road.  We had a democratic vote and he got to go with the sheriff by a couple votes.  I wanted to duct tape him to a tree naked, the mosquitoes were very bad.

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #16 on: April 05, 2017, 04:34:38 PM »
Came back to camp to find a small Grizzly Bear walking down the beach towards our camp fired one warning shot out of my 44 and he quickly entered the brush and was gone. We pulled camp and motored about 10 miles away  :chuckle:
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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2017, 04:39:33 PM »
I'll take the fury ones over the 8 legged variety. Once in elk camp we realized that the ground was crawling with Daddy Longlegs all around our campfire. I don't know if it was the heat or light but they were converging on the fire pit. It was unsettling.

My son and I were camping at Brown Creek Campground during bear and Grouse season. After a hard rain all day, we were sitting around the fire after dinner, when I felt something on my hand I shook it off. A minute later I felt it again. looked down and saw hundreds and hundreds of Daddy-long-legs all over the ground and us. We both jumped up and did the spider dance to get them off. Then we noticed they were running at extreme high speed, and literally jumping into the fire with a POP! committing Harakiri!
this went on for about an 15 minutes, then they were all gone!

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #18 on: April 05, 2017, 06:11:22 PM »
 Range cows .

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #19 on: April 05, 2017, 06:59:23 PM »
Range cows .
:yeah: man they've gotten me before.  Packed it all up and slept in the truck.  No way I was going back to sleep that night outside. 

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #20 on: April 05, 2017, 07:17:39 PM »
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wallowa Lake,  Daughters stern mommy voice was little help

I too have the Lake Wallowa deer pics. I have one somewhere of me trying to pack the cooler and a young  2x2 has his nose in my cooler wanting my "Little Debbie" Swilss Rolls.

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Range cows .

I grew up fishing the Tucannon River and can remember many a summer nights/mornings waking to cows walking through the camp tripping over the rain fly ropes. Had a tent almost come down one morning from cows kicking the stakes out of the ground.

Took the Boy Scout troop on a 70 mile canoe trip down the Columbia River. We camped near Ring Gold for the night and had several coyotes walk around our camp yipping. It was a long night for a couple young boys.
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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2017, 10:39:52 AM »
On a camping trip when my brothers an i were young we slept in a tent with the grand parents dog as chaperone. We left the flap open so the dog could come in and out. When we woke the tent was full of little rabbits the dog had brought in during the night.
One year at m.an camp with my boys and their buds we had a couple loafs of bread that the boys left out taken. One was across the creak and the other scattered on the creek bank by the tent. The only tracks found were small cat tracks in the mud.
The most memorable was at elk camp with two of my younger brothers. In the middle of the night i heard some weird noises out side. Looked to my brother that was awake and he was about freaked. There was lots of little whistles all around, huffs and sounds of rustling around. Then some thing pissed on the side of the tent right next to my head. It happens that on this trip the tent door zipper was broke and the door was wide open with just a tarp draped over to keep the rain out. Me being me, I grabbed my shotgun and light, whispered to my brother (who had his pistol aimed at  the door) to come with me to investigate. He said in a fairly loud voice  HELL NO! then all went quiet. Never did find tracks in the morning after the rain. We assumed coyotes but i have never heard anything like it.
Have also had deer hang around, bear tracks, dug up fire pits, and a heard of elk move through camp in the night during deer season. You could see them in the star light. That was cool.

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #22 on: April 19, 2017, 11:02:20 AM »
Had a moose wake me up at 2am....

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #23 on: April 19, 2017, 11:38:08 AM »
On a mid July float down the Missouri river in Montana, we stopped after lunch to nap the hot part of the day away in the only shade we had seen for hours. We woke up to a herd of range cows surrounding us. The herd bull had a look on his face that clearly communicated...."You're in my shade, boy."

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #24 on: April 19, 2017, 11:44:23 AM »
Spring bear last year I heard gnawing during the night outside my tent. Woke up to my hunting boots missing about 75% of the leather laces. Saw a snowshoe hare in camp the next day figured it was the vermin that did it.

 

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