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Shadowed By A Predator - What's Your Story?

Unread postby Sam Ubl » Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:11 am

So much discussion lately about wolves and coyotes tailing people out of the woods, nipping at the hind quarters of deer while dragging out of the woods, etc... What's your story?

While gutting a doe my friend had shot several years ago, we had a mob of hungry yotes within 15 yards of us yipping up a storm and pacing. I was ready to wet myself at the time, I'll admit that. About 7 or 8 coyotes and the two of us with bows. For some reason we never drew on them and shot although it would have been legal... Guess we couldn't think too straight or maybe we thought that if we did they would react differently than you might expect.

My dad was once shadowed by a mountain lion in Montana with a friend of his. He said I was just a baby then and he was on a mule deer hunt, but this evening they were scouting - it was their first night there.

They were walking down a logging trail in the timber and could hear the thing along side them. When they would stop, it would stop.

Dad luckily remembered his flashlight, his friend had forgotten it back at the hotel they were staying at. A flashlight does little good when the batteries are nearly shot and that was the case in this instance as the button had been pushed while packed in the bag. . . (Those old school flashlights with the little push button)

He said the light was dim, but light enough to cast the glow from the lions eyes once in a while. His friend Larry picked up a thick stick to use as a defense and in attempt to scare the animal, he hit a tree along the trail... The log exploded into peices as it was rotten.

They got back to the public parking area and he swares the thing followed them all the way to the bitter end. He was surprised not to see it in the headlights when he turned the car on. The entire week they hunted he said he was a different person, like a solo soldier in the enemies territory.


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Re: Shadowed By A Predator - What's Your Story?

Unread postby Black Squirrel » Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:01 am

Cool story. Here in WI, we seemed to have more and more Cougar sightings, so I guess it's possible here to now.
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Re: Shadowed By A Predator - What's Your Story?

Unread postby Dewey » Wed Sep 08, 2010 10:12 am

Last year on opening morning of gun season in Oneida County I was walking in to get to my stand in the very heavy fog we had. As I got closer I heard a few coyotes howl which is not unusual but they were exactly in the direction I was headed. I kept going figuring they would hear me and take off like they usually do but all of a sudden one let out a howl within 20 yards of me and then a few more sounded off completely circling me. It was about one hour before opening so it was completely dark plus with the heavy fog they were impossible to see. Maybe they heard me and thought I was a deer but then got downwind of me and took off. I never worried about coyotes before but I have to admit I was a little nervous. I had my rifle but the clip was in my fanny pack!!

About 4 or 5 years ago I hit a decent buck in the same area on opening day late afternoon. The shot was not as good as I thought and we ended up tracking him until about midnight that night and gave up until morning so we could continue in the daylight. When we picked up the trail again the next morning we noticed on top of our last tracks from midnight the night before there were mountain lion tracks on top of ours following the bloodtrail from the buck. I know what Bobcat tracks look like and these were definately way too big. They were about 4" across and had no claw marks in the snow since cat's have retractable claws. Wolf tracks are very easy to indentify and I definately ruled that out immediately. The scary thing is I wonder if the mountain lion was behind us that night or if it picked up the bloodtrail after we left?? I never did find the buck since we lost the bloodtrail.
This was near Sugar Camp south of Eagle River. Maybe Hodag Hunter knows something about other sightings in the area since he spends some time in Rhinelander. I was told somebody had a picture of a mountain lion on a trail camera very close to the area I mentioned and I heard of another report of the cat chasing deer in the potato fields near Highway 17 and Highway D around that same time.
It still makes me a little nervous walking in and out of that area in the dark. With the lack of deer up there the last few years hopefully the cat moved on to a more productive area.
I never did see another set of tracks since then so maybe it was just passing through.
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Re: Shadowed By A Predator - What's Your Story?

Unread postby Dewey » Thu Sep 09, 2010 2:15 am

About five years ago I was doing some late season bowhunting south of Boulder Junction very close to Escanaba Lake.
When I walked in that afternoon I noticed wolf tracks all over the place in the snow but decided what the heck and hunted there anyway. The afternoon was pretty quiet but I did see a doe and fawn right at dark and then climbed down and packed up my stand. As I was walking out I kept hearing branches cracking behind me and heard crunching in the snow when I stopped and could tell something was following me. This kept up until I was almost back to my truck and I knew it couldn't be deer since they would never follow me like that. As I got closer to the road I saw a glimpse of a couple wolf silhouettes in the dark but the snow helped to identify them. Not sure how many there were but I'm sure there were more in the shadows. They never acted agressively just more curious than anything else but being later in December with deeper snow you just never know what they are up to if they are hungry. Haven't had any problems since.
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Unread postby Hodag Hunter » Thu Sep 09, 2010 4:11 am

Like the others have had so many critters track me out of the woods it isn't even funny. Some were wolves as confirmed by tracks the next day, others yotes, bears and once a huge fisher scared the h$ll out me. I think the fisher was the most aggressive and daring.

Seen wolves many times from the tree, almost became comical the same black, grey and reddish wolf I would always see. Seen these 3 or just 2 of the 3 in a 10 mile stretch for 2 years. Even got a few trail camera pictures of them, one being in my houses backyard. The last two years I've been spending hunting time in Shawano county so really haven't seen these 3 in a while.

In late season I bait some stands, some may disagree but I do it from time to time. One sit has a bear come in, I'm like come on theres snow on the ground go hibernate. The bear is a little guy maybe 150lbs and acting like he owns the bait. I let him know about my presence and he just woofs back. Throw a couple branches his way, jumps a little but comes back woofing again. All right you little bugger, I unscrew a braodhead and shoot an arrow at him hitting him in the rear end. This time he squaks and takes off. Good, with 2 hours of daylight left I'll get down and retrieve my arrow while i can find it in the snow.

While on the ground I hear him coming back, sure enough 20 yards out he stands on his hind legs sniffing for my scent trying to figure what I am. This time I'm pi$$ed, so I let a roar and take off after him. Little bugger drops to all fours and is gone in a flash. Never did come back that night.
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Unread postby Hodag Hunter » Thu Sep 09, 2010 5:43 am

Another story comes to mind when our then one month old daughter was diagnosed with meningitas we were rushed to the Marshfield clinic in Marshfield, WI.

She turned out ok as she had the non-severe kind and was discharged within-in 9-10 days. We stayed by her side the whole time being I had 2 weeks vacation for the first two weeks of Novemeber.

When we were dishcharged we drove home to Rhinelander and knowing everything was fine I took off in the wifes truck straight for the woods to check cameras. Wanted to find the most active stands for the last few days of remaining vacation.

Hit the second camera and start heading out when I hear something heading my way on a goofy trot. Drop to one knee behind a small 5 foot pine and hear it getting closer not knowing what it is. When I finally see black about 15 yards out start thinking never seen a bear move like that. When it finally breaks cover can see it's a pig and still coming my way. I'm like what the heck and reach for my gun....aw sh^t nothing there, turn for a 4 foot log and stand up cracking the log on the ground shattering it. Pig stops about 10 feet out and starts grunting pawing the ground. Never saw a wild hog before and he looked mean and tusks looked big to me. I start stomping my foot and yelling at him to get out dodge. Pig just stops grunting and turns tail and trots right back the way he came. The whole encounter lasted about 10 seconds but sure seemed longer and don't want something like that to happen again with out some kind of weapon.

A sure convincer to always carry when in the woods, not just bowhunting but even checking cameras in the day.

Side note that same day a black pig was shot by a guy checking for gun stands with a recurve bow. Guy wounded it and returned the next day with a group of guys to track it down. Talked to one of the guys on the tracking job and they all carried hand guns and even saw another pig but missed that one only getting the previously wounded one.

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Re: Shadowed By A Predator - What's Your Story?

Unread postby Sam Ubl » Thu Sep 09, 2010 8:13 am

Awesome posts HH. I laughed out loud when I read the part about roaring and charging the bear... :lol:

As far as wild pigs in Rhinelander, that is just cool - never would have thought! 8-)
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Unread postby Sam Ubl » Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:36 am

Good thing no one reads this thread... the absolute lack of incidents might fuel the fire on the "Should I carry a sidearm" debate.
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Unread postby huntinnurse » Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:17 pm

Wow!!!! Some close encounters there!!!!! I'm glad all have been able to tell their stories rather than read about it in the papers with a different ending!!!!
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Unread postby Sam Ubl » Sat Dec 11, 2010 5:48 am

I'm just glad that there are only three of us on this whole site that have ever had a "close call"...
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Unread postby DropTyne » Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:01 am

Four.................. Wolves in Lake Tomahawk. Had them follow me out of the woods 2 years ago. On my way out for lunch the following day. Creepy feeling when something is following you.
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Unread postby Dewey » Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:05 am

Good stuff! Any new stories to add to this thread?
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Unread postby Swampbuck » Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:23 am

A month or two ago my brother was bow hunting in Utah mountains near his house, and he said in nearby ravines he was hearing wolves howl,4, each in different ravines, after awhile he noticed one howling in the ravine below him... within 10-15 minutes all of them had made their way on different sides of the ridge he was on and getting closer and closer... Luckily he was close to his truck but they were definitely hunting him he said... Until 2 years ago wolves were said to not exist in Utah and now there are plenty and WLF is trying to kill them.
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Unread postby UntouchableNess » Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:35 am

I waited until it was completely dark after one night's bow hunt to crawl down from the tree stand. I had my headlamp on but, didn't need it, open ag fields and I knew the way back to the house by heart. I hear a terrible commotion down on the creek bottom, sounded to me like a raccoon fighting for it's life. I flick on the headlamp and see two sets of eyes out about 200 yards, kind of angling my way, bouncing since they are lopping. That was pretty freaky in and of itself, but what made the hair stand up on the back of my neck was the fact that they kept coming towards me even though I was walking with the headlamp on. They went past me at about 40 yards, guessing coyotes but never did get a good visual. Close enough!
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Unread postby C&T Archery » Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:27 am

The closet encounter I remember to the is day, was when I was Elk hunting in Utah my sophomore year in College. We were in the Flaming Gorge area. We got out there the day before season and took a walk around scouting a glassing. Being in College I didn't have the money to spend on a GPS unit(which was high dollar back then), so everything was compass and maps. Anyways the first day of the hunt, I slowly made my way up the mountain, glassing and cow calling. The day produced, no opportunities or elk sightings even. So as it got dark, I started down the Mountain to our camp. I had about an hour walk ahead of me. Just as it dark enough where you needed a flash light to see, I heard at growling hiss of a Mountain Lion, that sounded like he was in the tree above my head. Talk about the hairs on the back of your neck standing straight up. Never saw it and I would guess it was probably a decent distance away, but for a flatland hunter like my self, on the first night in the Mountains, it was something I will never forget. That was a eery sound indeed.
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