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mystery solved?

Unread postby jigglestick » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:44 am

last year and probably many other years and situations when I wasn't quite as observant,
I was walking about in the woods, scouting an area, and one of the observations I made was that there was no lack of tracks and other sign, like scrapes rubs and browse, I saw no scat.
I mean nothing. it didn't make sense to me. deer always .
don't matter where either.

there were a few attempts to answer this puzzle, nothing satisfied me as a proper answer.

today I might have litteraly stumbled upon the answer.
red squirrels I think...

I appollogize for the poor quality of video and hopefully it works here.
you will get the idea I think.
http://s147.photobucket.com/albums/r307 ... catone.flv

http://s147.photobucket.com/albums/r307 ... oscat2.flv


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Re: mystery solved?

Unread postby dan » Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:50 am

:shock:
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Re: mystery solved?

Unread postby magicman54494 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:02 am

I'm not sure what your showing Jiggly. No audio on the vids.
Are you sure that ain't porcupine poo?

I think you found a porcupine den tree. They will poop and poop and poop some more. They look like deer poop but are a bit bigger and longer.
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Re: mystery solved?

Unread postby jigglestick » Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:40 am

sorry for the audio blip.

well, it could be a porky den, but it's two feet off the ground.
the audio would have told you that I came across about a twenty pound pile of nuggets that appeared to be deer droppings, at the base of this tree. upon further inspection, I see that the source is this big hole in the crotch of this tree about two feet off the ground.
porky den?
I spose.
thought I just figured out one of the woods many mystery's.

as long as you mentioned it, we saw five porky's killing three different trees at another location today in about a half hour.

I'm gonna google porky pine .
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Re: mystery solved?

Unread postby jigglestick » Fri Apr 02, 2010 11:44 am

"The porcupine produces droppings similar to those of deer. They may be about an inch long. In winter, the droppings have rough surfaceds and are irregular pellets, which are sometimes connected when food is relatively soft. In summer, the pellets are softer, more elongate, are often curved and are sometimes segmented. Droppings accumulate at entrances to crevice shelters or caves among rocks and in winter at the bases of trees where porcupines have fed for a long time."

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good call magic

ok so I'm still wondering what happened to all my deer !
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Re: mystery solved?

Unread postby magicman54494 » Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:03 pm

[quote="jigglestick
ok so I'm still wondering what happened to all my deer ![/quote]
The porky ate it! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: mystery solved?

Unread postby jigglestick » Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:54 pm

DOH!!
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Re: mystery solved?

Unread postby PLB » Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:07 pm

Where I hunt Oak ridges are everywhere! Used to be when they were laden with acorns, there would be pawing and poop everywhere! Now you can literally walk an entire ridge and not see any poop! No poop, NO DEER!!! Deer love acorns over anything so if they aint pooping, they ain't there! 1995-2005 they were there! They are not anymore! 2006-2009 has gotten worse and worse by us! This winter and the foggy opening weekend in WI saved a few that are around though!
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Re: mystery solved?

Unread postby jigglestick » Sat Apr 03, 2010 2:49 am

well in these cases, there are tracks.
no tracks, no deer. tracks, ...deer.

as bad as the deer population gets, you have two choices. keep hunting where there are "no deer" or move on and find some.
after years of bumper crops, it's easy to get spoiled by seeing multiple deer per sit.
we as hunters, fishers, will understand that we take the good years with the bad years.
just my opinion.
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Re: mystery solved?

Unread postby PLB » Sat Apr 03, 2010 1:38 pm

I have moved on Jiggle ;) That's why I;m here! ;)
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