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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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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #39 on: October 26, 2017, 01:45:56 PM »
We had a pocket gopher visit us on a camping trip this summer. Didn't know what it was until I looked it up. Have had a herd of elk grazing outside the tent trailer as we woke up and a few coyotes wake us up in the middle of the night howling.

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #40 on: October 26, 2017, 02:59:13 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?

Saw that in texas once.  Walked into a campground restroom and there was a huge clump of them all pulsating in unison.  Very weird.  Random video I found similar:



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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #41 on: October 26, 2017, 03:09:30 PM »
Coons stealing halibut from the coolers during elk camp for me, Dirty buggers.

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #42 on: October 26, 2017, 03:46:40 PM »
I was sitting on the edge of a river bank in Alaska watching several caribou wandering around.   One walked right up to me like I wasn't there aiming for my chicken soup on the stove.  I yelled at him and he looked at me as if I had been invisible til then. A few others wandered over and grazed around me as calm as could be.

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #43 on: November 03, 2017, 03:42:55 PM »
Playing card games by lantern light midnight in camp with family & friends... @ 8 Mile Lake - Enchantments Zone.
Suddenly, repeated loud huffing and puffing from thick brush next to us ... something large and aggressive ... multiple bluff charges from different directions (more than one?) ... couldn't get light on them immediately in pitch dark ... hearts pounding & adrenaline flowing ... Bear(s)? ... What? ... No... Big Doe!
Next Morning ... Doe & Fawn browsing peacefully next to camp ... Ohhh (she didn't want us there) ... Fawn must've been bedded nearby when Mama Doe returned that night.

Young Cougar romping outside tent @ night chasing mice ...and the small mouse herd scampering across tarp floor of sidewall tent to escape near South Navarre Lake Chelan. Tracks in fresh St Helens eruption ash fall next morning told story ... so cool to see kitty footprint detail down to hair follicle in fresh flour like volcanic ash fall from evening before.
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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #44 on: December 22, 2017, 10:09:46 PM »
Several years ago we had a chipmunk take up residence in our camper. We thought about getting rid of him cause you'd randomly see his tail through a hole in the ceiling, but for some reason that chipmunck being there kept all the mice away so we let him stay. Never had another mouse for 3 years even gave away the camper with the chipmunk still in the ceiling.

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #45 on: December 23, 2017, 02:33:00 AM »
For about 10 years I would camp from the first part of Sept till the end of January. On numerous occasions we've had various critters in camp, one year we had a bold skunk in camp. The cook was sleeping in the cook tent and had a visitor one night so the next night I gave him a two way radio and told him to call me if the skunk came back. Sure enough after the camp was all in bed and all was quiet I hear him on the radio,"Dale, Dale, can you hear me? He's back I hear him scratching around trying to get in." I replied back and told him to let me know if the skunk got in. Pretty quick he replies back "He's IN, I'm covering up in my sleeping bag!"

I didn't want to spook the skunk and make him spray in the cook tent so we had to wait him out. Finally after a good while the skunk left the tent and I sort of herded him from a distance away from the tent. When he got about as far as he could without losing sight of him I shot him. Yes, he sprayed and that hung around for a long time but at least he wasn't coming in the tent anymore and terrorizing the cook.  :chuckle:
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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #46 on: December 23, 2017, 06:00:04 AM »
My dad had moved to CA from WA and hated it there. After he graduated college he told my mom “we are moving to Alaska”! My mom says “let’s take a trip to Alaska”. It was somewhere around 1972. My dad loads 3 kids, Mom and 2 dogs in the car and hooks up a tent trailer and heads North. We spent, what I seem to remember as a couple months,driving and camping.

We saw all kinds of critters in camp, but will never forget Mom making breakfast and Dad coming back up a trail from the creek saying “get in the car, get in the car”! Both dogs belly crawled under the car and would not come out. Then a huge grizzly came up the trail. I was only around 6, so can’t remember much after that. I think it was the park ranger that came around and borrowed my dad’s rifle to shoot the bear. He never saw it and told my dad to shoot it if it came back. It never did. Turns out the camp next to us had thrown all their fish guts in the garbage can.

Have a lot more memories like that. Great trip for a 6 year old kid.

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Re: Uninvited Guests in Camp......
« Reply #47 on: December 23, 2017, 06:14:27 AM »
In college, I met a friend that wanted to take a road trip up to Alaska. I said OK, I’ll leave my summer job early and we can make this a fly fishing trip through Canada on our way up. I think it was the first night in Canada that we stopped in Kamloops and camped in a packed campground. I woke up in the middle of the night to, what I thought was someone rummaging through our stuff on the table. I shoot out of the bag, unzip the tent and charge out to stop the thief only to see two skunks on the table both tails up. I backed in the tent and somehow avoided getting sprayed. I yell a “Art”  to the tent next to me and he replies “what”! I said “ there’s two skunks rummaging through our box of cooking gear”! He says “what the hell do you want me to do about it”! I said “good point” and went back to sleep. Had a good laugh about it in the morning.