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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #25 on: April 19, 2017, 11:47:00 AM »
Fishing on the St Joe a few years ago. Had a mule deer doe get into the garbage at night and when I shined a light on her she had an MRE mashed potato bag stuck over her face. Pretty funny

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #26 on: April 19, 2017, 12:12:23 PM »
Had a moose wake me up at 2am....

Did it bite your sister?

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #27 on: May 22, 2017, 12:23:01 AM »
Mice, chipmunks, deer, bugs, had a herd of elk move in during the night, bulls bugling and fighting, mountain goats, lots of mountain goats at the same time. The goats were the worst because they weren't scared of us, which made me nervous.
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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #28 on: May 22, 2017, 01:05:13 AM »
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?

We woke up today to here footsteps in my wall tent, sure enough giant squirrel running around the bottom of my tent!! Shoed him out

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #29 on: May 22, 2017, 07:31:08 AM »
Many, many years ago, I was in the OR coast range sleeping in the bottom of a clearcut next to a big fir tree in the hopes of ambushing the bull I had been seeing.  An hour or so after dark I heard claws on the other side of the tree.  Flipping on my flashlight, there was nothing there. Two hours, or more, later, I finally found the culprit... a four to five inch long Stag Beetle crawling around.  :chuckle:  And, of course, no elk in the morning....

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #30 on: September 26, 2017, 02:41:45 PM »
We get visited by a cocky mountain goat every summer in our elk scouting camp.


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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #31 on: September 26, 2017, 03:06:35 PM »
One of my coolest was a big male pine marten that walked between my uncle and me to our campfire, circled the campfire, circled both of us and then walked back out into the dark.  Fishing trip in the Cloud Peak Wilderness in Wyoming.  One of the funniest was a hitchhiker who rode on the skid plate of my truck for two hours, got home, parked and as we were getting out the truck started to squeak like an alarmed rock chuck.  My initial solution was lethal, but the wife prevailed - prodded him many times with a ski pole while he squeaked every time, he finally made a desperation run across the lawn and I popped a cooler over him and gave him a ride to the nearest marmot colony.
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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #32 on: September 26, 2017, 03:15:42 PM »
One year we were all trying to figure out which of the hunting partners was stealing one sock from everyone. Turns out the prankster was a pack-rat. That was my only kill that year.

Another year by buddy showed up late and brought his camp chairs (the green director chairs with the foam arms) into the cook tent. They had been in his shed since summer and as they warmed up the bees that were hibernating in the arms decided it must be spring and started to fill the tent. They are a  lot tougher to shoot than pack-rats.

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #33 on: September 26, 2017, 03:48:05 PM »
I got a mouse in the tent trailer this year. The door wouldn't close all the way unless you took care to do so. That's how he got in. One morning I woke up to mouse turds everywhere on the stove. Down to Eagle Cliff and bought mouse traps. Dead mouse the next morning. I can't say i didn't kill anything this year.  :tup: We thought about having a rug made.
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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #34 on: September 26, 2017, 03:53:59 PM »
I packed in 7 miles one year for the general Deer opener and I was sick as a dog!  I got up to hunt that next morning, made it a few steps out of camp and sat back down in a lawn chair that I had cached in the summer.  I sat in that chair all day long, couldn't eat, couldn't drink, I could barley move!  I was starring at the dirt, trying to keep my mind of being absolutely miserable and out of nowhere a big Blue Grouse flies into my little camp and just starts to feed.  A little while latter another one came in and I had the time of my life just watching them even though I felt like heck. 

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #35 on: September 26, 2017, 04:20:31 PM »
one that comes to mind was a few years back in oregon and we had these few chipmunks that would come into the vestibule of our tent and try to get into our totes of food. They didn't come in at night but loved to come in during the day when I was trying to take a nap. The little red devil's toenails and scratching sound on our plastic totes was enough to drive me nuts. On more than a few occasions I sat with the tent unzipped in my chair with a little shovel over my shoulder, waiting to whack them. Never connected but had a few close calls
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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #36 on: September 26, 2017, 04:27:12 PM »
Had a young bull moose come through my camp at daylight one year giving his "hey ladies" groan as he made his way through the bottom.

Couple years ago we had something coming in to camp making the strangest noises.  Kept hanging outside our tent making these mid pitched humming sounds.  Looked it up when we got back to town and we think it was a porcupine in heat.  So strange.

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #37 on: September 26, 2017, 05:13:47 PM »
I've had many run ins with mice. 

Seams to be more of an issue when it rains. 
A couple years back the little buggers were getting into my travel trailer under the bathroom sink.  Traps did the trick.  I think we nailed 8 total for the season.
Only thing hanging on the meat pole that year.

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #38 on: September 26, 2017, 05:36:22 PM »
Lots of stories for this one.  Great topic!
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