Most Unusal thing that happen while deer hunting

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by billNpam, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. billNpam

    billNpam Active Member

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    I always get a kick out of things that happen to people while on the stand and I would be intersting in hearing some.
    Mine happen last year at the begining of the season. I climbed up in the stand about 45 minutes before daylight. I got all settled in just enjoying the great sunrise. Then I saw movement about 60 yards but could not make out what it was. It was coming right at me. Finally about 30 yards I figured out what it was it was a SKUNK. It went directly to one of the trees I placed Tinks 69 in. It started to shake the tree so hard that the canister that I had the Tinks 69 in fell to the ground. The skunk then grabed the cainster and left for parts unknown.
     
  2. baitchunker

    baitchunker New Member

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    hmmm... other than actually seeing a deer. (which is unlikely at best)

    i was walking beside a cypress swamp and through some palmetto's on my way out of the stand last year. it was pitch dark and i heard a rustling sound a couple feet away. i was curious so i stopped and stared into the dark with squinted eyes. about the time i figured out it was a lil' chipmunk i saw a huge dark shape fall out of the sky and make a sound like a falling bowling ball. i jumped back and sure enough this giant owl stands up with a chipmunk in its mouth looks at me and fly's away. it was crazy. the whole thing happened less than 10 feet from me.
     

  3. Scott Daw

    Scott Daw New Member

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    I was archery hunting and there was a half dozen squirrels fighting over a hickory nut and making more noise then a harley. I had just asked God, if he'd do something about the noise, they're scaring away all the deer. No sooner I finish my prayer a hawk flys past my head and splatter a squirrel 2 feet up the trunk of the hickory tree only 10 feet in front of me.
     
  4. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    The most unusual thing that happened to me was one evening cross bow hunting. It was getting dusky dark and that particular stand is about 25 ft. up so i decide to climb down while i could still see. I was about 10 yards from my stand sitting on some rocks i used to use for a stand back before i built the tree stand. I heard something back behind me and assumed it was a deer so i eased around and seen a bear going up the hill. It circled above my stand then through it's head in the air smelling the feed block i had set out. It turned and came to the tree stand that was 13 steps from where i was standing. Bear season was open so like an idiot i put the sight behind his shoulder and shot. The arrow went straight through the bear and it took off like a shot for about 15 yards in the other direction(THANK GOD):eek:oooh:. Then it started slowly going up the hill at a slant until it went out of sight. This whole time i was standing there with the cross bow in it's original shooting position afraid to move. I finally got my wits back and got the bow re-loaded and took my flashlight and found a weak blood trail. We looked that night and came back and looked the next day but couldn't find the bear. The bear ended up surviving and was killed about 3 miles from there the opening day of muzzle loader season. It had broad head marks behind the left and right shoulder where my arrow had went through. It was a 350 lb. boar:eek:oooh:. I've found out since then you have to get between the shoulders on a bear to hit the vitals.
     
  5. baitchunker

    baitchunker New Member

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    one more "true story" thats too good to pass up.

    last year i was walking back from a food plot on the extreme southwest corner of our property. i started hearing what sounded like something following me. every time i stopped it stopped so i decided i was crazy and i should go buy some new fleece pants.
    but, the sound continued and i slowly turned around. there standing about 20 feet behind me was about a 60 # button buck i had seen in the green field. i chuckled and waved my hand, but, to my surprise he started walking toward me. for about 150 yards he would follow me right down the middle of the road, and closing the gap. the closer he got he started making soft snort sounds and shaking his head. i finally turned to face him and he put his head low to the ground grunted and growled and walked up to about 2 arms lengths away.
    i knew i would never hear the end of it if i shot this lil' buck so i pulled my knife. i got into a quick fighting stance and stomped. he jumped back a few feet and then began walking back and pawing the ground. i said out loud to myself (hoping it would spook him) "this is freakin' insane". he wasnt buying it. i couldnt figure out what had provoked him because i wasnt wearing any scent or anything.
    i was beginning to think that me and this lil' deer were about to go 12 rounds fist to hooves when an idea struck. i stood up as tall as i could, unzipped my pants and "relieved myself" on a bush beside the road. he took one whiff and hauled tail.
    the biggest mistake i ever made was tellin the guys back at camp. i still cant go to that stand without being offered an armed escort.

    i know its hard to believe but, it is absolutely true.
     
  6. jeffw51

    jeffw51 New Member

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    while bowhunting i watched a squirrel make repeated trips across a creek on a log.i suddenly heard him let out a scream,and he continued to cry until i had to get down and see what the hell was going on.when i got to the creek he was hanging upside down on that log and a snapping turtle had the squirrels tail in his mouth tryng to pull him in the water!just about that time the turtle bit all the way thru the tail and the squirrel was free.he jumped up on a log next to me and was shaking very hard and only had one inch of his tail left.
     
  7. billNpam

    billNpam Active Member

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    I have started to introduce my wife to deer hunting. She will not go out by herself so we always hunt togather. We have invested in a ground blind. She is not a morning person so one morning I decided to hunt in our blind. You all have to realize my wife has lawn chairs in the blind. So I was sitting there almost asleep and heard something. So I am on pins and needles thinking that the biggest deer is just about to come into veiw. Then it happen a darn squirel jumped through the front window hitting me in the chest. Scared me so bad that I flipped over in the lawn chair. Needless to say I did not get a deer that morning. Scared the CRAP out of me.
     
  8. BLKCLOUD

    BLKCLOUD New Member

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    I once had 2 terrapins under my stand trying to mate..every single time the female would stop and the male would mount her and she would take off and the male would fall off and end up on his back.. he would wiggle around enough to get back on his feet and try it again.. this happened no less than 20 times in a 2 hour period..now that I think about it I just wonder if the girl was really a girl..:smile2:
    I also had a fox squirrel once climb down to with in inches of my head..when I got eye to eye with him I got scared and thought he might bite me in the eye so I flinched and growled all at the same time..he somehow jumped sideways about 6 feet into another tree where he sat and barked at me for 10 minutes..

    This is not deer hunting but once I was bow hunting elk in Colorado and heard a mighty bugle way down the mountain i had just spent 2 hours climbing..I turned around and took off back down the mountain..11000 feet no oxygen and near heart attack.. I ran most of the way and then stalked the last 200 yards..he bugled again and nocked my arrow and proceeded to stalk my way right into the buglers ground blind.. It was another hunter..:big_smile: while we were talking and glassing the meadow in front of us we spotted another bowhunter stalking us..we all got a big laugh out of it.
     
  9. jeffw51

    jeffw51 New Member

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    jd ,i had the same thing happen to me except it was at night and there were two of us,me and a buddy heading to our stands in the dark.walking down an old logging road i heard a crashing sound up on the hill to my right when i shined the flashlight in that direction,there was a small 8 point buck comming down the hill stff and slow as if he wanted to fight.he came all the way down to the road we were on and stopped facing us.i thought it would be funny to grunt with my mouth,especially since my buddy was in front of me.wrong idea,the buck immediately started walking with his hair standing up right towards us with two flashlights shined in his face,he was pissed.i started to raise my gun when the buck just seemed to come to his senses and walk off,my buddy is still mad at me.
     
  10. baitchunker

    baitchunker New Member

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    its a wierd feelin' aint it?

    at least your deer was a respectable 8 point. out of the 4 guys i was hunting with that time, one was my boss, one owned a lumber co., one was a customs agent/sky marshall, and one was in the secret service dept. they all knew i was a marine and when i told them it was a button buck, the jokes flowed like a river.
     
  11. jeffw51

    jeffw51 New Member

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    dont feel bad at least you held your ground,i once watched a 300 pound buddy of mine throw his bow down take off running and scale a tree in record time when he thought a coyote was heading in his direction,i had no idea he could run that fast,or even climb.
     
  12. billNpam

    billNpam Active Member

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    I was hunting behind the house one day with my hunting partner. I was in my stand. We were close enough that I heard him coming down the tree. So I lowered my gun and fanny pack getting ready to climb down my self. Then I accidentally kicked the bottom portion of my stand and it went clear to the base of the tree. Dummy me I forgot to tie them togather. So there I was 25 feet in the air stuck like chuck. I hollared and hunting partner to come give me a hand. When he arrived and saw my dilema all he could do was laugh. Instead of him helping me out he went back to his truck and got his camera for a photo oppurinity. He finally tied the bottom portion of my stand to my laynard I used to lower my gun and fanny pack and I hoisted it up and got down.
     
  13. TDawgNOk

    TDawgNOk Gathering Monitor (Instigator)

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    You'd be amazed at what us fat folk can do when the adreneline is a pumpin.
     
  14. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    last bow season i was walking up a salt cedar thicket on the edge of the canadian river. about 90 yards away a mulie buck was coming down the fenceline towards me. i hunkered down behind a boulder, excited as hell. the deer continued to come my way, then jumped the fence and kept coming. when he was 20 yards away, he bedded down and laid his neck down on the ground. it would have been a gimme shot, except for the fence separates the public land from private land. i was peeking between the rocks, shaking like a leaf, when he got up again and continued walking. i couldn't move or he would hear me, but i didn't know if he would notice me laying over the rock like i was. he got out of sight and i gave it about 5 minutes and started sneaking his direction. maybe 10 minutes later i see him hauling butt across the riverbed away from me with no intention of stopping. i stood full up laughing and cussing, at this point this is as close as i had stalked to a deer while bowhunting. as soon as i stood up a whitetail spike and a doe ran away from the other side of the boulders where i was hiding. they were evidently bedded down to escape the wind and didn't hear me or smell me when i came through. if i had continued the way i was walking without making a scene, i would have seen them rump first and maybe got a shot. but it still sticks in my mind as funny!
     
  15. derbycitycatman

    derbycitycatman Well-Known Member

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    The first year or two I started hunting I was big into scents. For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to place a bunch of fox scent around the tree I was in. Id never seen so many foxes in my life. There must of been at least 6 of em out there rolling in my cotton balls soaked in fox scent. There were rolling on them just like dogs, wish I would have had a camera.

    One year while bowhunting I decided to just plop down next to a tree. I had sprayed my boots with coon urine at the truck. When I got settled in I heard two animals circling me, suddenly I wished I wasnt hunting on the ground. They kept circling and getting closer and closer. Finally I got a little nervous and had to turn on the flashlight. Two coons apparently liked the scent I had on. When the flashlight hit them it didnt seem to scare em, they seemed a little angry. They started hissing and scraping rocks and dirt and trying to throw them in my direction. I thought for sure I was going to get jumped so I knocked an arrow and thought OK try your luck. The one I was aiming at got the message and took off with the other not far behind.
     
  16. kkyyoottee

    kkyyoottee New Member

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    My first story is I was bow hunting and watching the critters of the woods enjoy themselves playing tag and just generally goofing off. I had my bow on a holder above me with a knocked arrow when out of no where a tree rat jumped from neighboring tree and landed on my arrow causing the bow to cartwheel hitting me in the jaw!!!

    My second is I was bow hunting again and a old doe and I became friends each day she would walk down same deer trail and get within 50 yards of me and look up I swear she smiled and said busted dummy!!! This went on for over 2 weeks!! I refused to move one day she got a little to smart for her hooves and I put a arrow over her back with in 1 inch. She never played chicken with me after that!!!

    Course my better half was in a tree 30 yards of me and saw both of these events happen and she thought they were both hilarious especially the tree rat giving me a upper cut that almost knocked me out!!! Her day will come and you guys will be first to know!!!
     
  17. CatfishHateMe

    CatfishHateMe New Member

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    Story 1
    last year was the last year i was eligible for IN youth hunt, it was also the first year they held it. i went out to get in my stand and my dad and his buddy had walked back there with me to show me where this "hot new stand" was. it was obviously a good stand for more than deer cuz as soon as i climbed up and pulled the tarp over my head i looked up to see a big male racoon, had to be at least 50 pounds no lie. it was by far THE BIGGEST coon ive ever seen in my life and my dad and his buddy agree. i went down that tree so fast i think i MIGHT have hit 2 steps on the way down. that wasnt funny at all at first but now im laughing typeing this. we finally got the coon out and my last deer fell 10 yards away about 2 hours later.

    Story 2
    last year was my bros first time hunting deer, he and my dad were in a buddy stand and i was in a single stand about 75 yards away, about 10 i was ready to go get lunch since i skipped dinner the night before. well i wen tover to my dad and bro and told them i was going to go to the house. and my bro stands up and acts like deer a deaf and says "Im ready to go home." and of course that ment it was the end of the day for me cuz my dad is my way home. so i told him "lets go warm up and grab a bite and give it a few more hours" then he gets pi$$ed and we exchange a few argueing words and he yells loud, i mean loud. "I DONT CARE WHAT YOU DO, BUT IM GOIN HOME!" we hear a few deer blow and it was over. i just looked down shoke my head and said "Ok you win its time to go." it might not be funny to you guys but it was a "had to be there" moment.:smile2:
     
  18. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    Back before they made it illegal to do so on public land in this state i would use a few corn feeders. I just made them out of 6 inch pvc. I decided to fill it one friday evening then get in the stand and bow hunt until dark. The feeder appeared to be empty with a few kernals still around the bottom. I take the cap off of the feeder and pour 50 lbs. of corn in replace the cap and then climb up in the tree stand. About the time i got settled in i started hearing a strange noise. It comes and goes and it's making a sound that i have never heard before or since. I could tell it was close but for the life of me i couldn't locate it. Finally i started hearing a scratching noise to go with the shrill,sqall,muffled shreak or whatever it was:smile2:. I finally decided it was coming from the corn feeder so i climb down out of the tree and go over to the feeder. I could tell something was inside:eek:oooh: and whatever it was wasn't very happy:smile2:. I take the cap off and nothing but corn on top so i take it off the tree and start letting the corn slide out and all of a sudden a grey squirrel shoots out the bottom of the tube and down the hill he goes at mach 1 speed:smile2:. I think that may have broke him from eating corn.
     
  19. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    at the time this didnt seem so funny.one time me and my wifes brotherinlaw was bow hunting and i was helping him change sites with a tree stand.this was a hanging tree stand that you used tree steps to put it up and to climb down on.i was standing on the ground throwing the steps up to him and he was screwing them in.he got all of the steps in and put his safety belt around the tree.i throwed him a rope that was tied to his stand and he started to pull it up in the tree so i turned around and started out to the truck to go to my stand when i heard a loud thud and a grown.i turned around and rod was laying flat of his back.his safety belt had broke and he landed hard.as soon as i realized he was ok i laugh so hard i peed on myself.
     
  20. Big B

    Big B New Member

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    A few years back on opening day of archery season I sat in a chair under a tree. I was there maybe 20 minutes and I hear something coming towards me. I couldn't see because it was still fairly dark. What ever it was it was getting closer. Finally I see it. It was an opposum. I waved my hands at it and it came coming. I though he was going to walk right into me.That thing walked 5 ft from me so I spit at it and that slow moving critter shot off like a rocket.

    The next year I set out pvc feeders. Opening day I'm sitting in my stand and I hear something. A coon walks out of the tree line and starts eating my corn. He is only like 10 yds away. I would make a noise or say something softly and we would make eye contact. Then turn his attention back to the corn I had just put out. That coon sat on his rear end with his legs spread eating my corn out of his lap. This went on for about 45 minutes. Finally I couldn't take it any more and said out loud "you are lucky" and that thing didn't look at me again. He stood up and walked away quickly. I think I would have too if a tree had been watching me and started talking to me.lol

    Last year I was walking through the woods and decided to stop and smoke a cigarette. I laid my bow, back pack, hat, jacket, face mask and gloves on the ground. Then climbed 8 ft up a tree to smoke. No sooner than I put it out, a coyote comes trotting up behind me. He stops 6-10 ft behind the tree I'm sitting in. He looks around doesn't see all of my gear on the ground or me in the tree. He walked 15 yds and decided to releave himself. He was hunkered over doing his business , facing away from me, when a thought crossed my mind. "What if I yell at this coyote?". I almost fell out of the tree trying to keep from laughing when I thought about what he would do. But I didn't because I wanted to keep hunting and not spook any thing nearby.