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PostSubject: Re: for those only in rural america   for those only in rural america Empty2018-09-15, 16:49

Well, from one bullshitter to another bullshitter. I used to live 13 miles from Estes Park Colorado (Teddy Roosevelt's base camp when hunting in the Rockies). We lived at 7,500 feet above sea level, lived on the family farm homesteaded in the late 1860's (300 acres with only 80 acres under plow). Our next door neighbor had 10,000 acres that we had use of for riding our horses, checked his fences weekly for the permission to trespass. At least every other week I repaired down wire that the elk had run through (a herd of 100 plus animals) usually being chased by mountain lions. Have had mountain lions in the winter hide in the hay piles and would hold tight when loading hay off the hay stack (didn't know they were there until you would catch one out of the corner of your eye running away from the stack). 

That's about as close as you can get to having messy drawers. 

Our closest neighbor was just a half mile away and once in a while would see the cats running, then look at the hay pile and see our truck and knew what happened.  Smile

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PostSubject: Re: for those only in rural america   for those only in rural america Empty2018-09-16, 02:14

Live on central Vancouver island....about 15 minutes drive from where  NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC did thei study on COUGAR/MTN.LION thickest concentration anywhere in north America.........
SURPRISE   most are spotted in the ''city of NANAIMO'' ocean waterfront city a couple miles south ......the mounted police call local schools to report cats in the area.......same with black bears   which you see EVERY where around the island......was up island last week to my daughters home (one of them) on QUADRA ISLAND ...the  wolf pack arrived early to get their fall deer.......small mule deer we call BLACKTAILS..... lots of hiking/jogging trails....''THEY'' the joggers, carry walking sticks....the cougars are usually interested on little dogs on leashes...NOT the joggers........I worry more about elk or deer during the RUT  than the  big tooth beasties..!!!!!!
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PostSubject: Re: for those only in rural america   for those only in rural america Empty2018-09-16, 07:47

Most of them are gentle giants. Big over sized lovers actually lol. While bear hunting this year, I was in some thick stuff and caught myself always looking behind me or with my back to a tree.
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PostSubject: Re: for those only in rural america   for those only in rural america Empty2018-09-16, 11:17

I have a different rural living experience. My brother and I were born in a big city. Then, we moved to a small, "truck farming" town in Southern New Jersey. We lived next to a tomato farm and there was a watermelon farm nearby.
Our house was tiny, but we did have about an acre around it. If we crossed the tomato farm, we would be in the woods.
There was a vacant lot close to us where we played baseball. We oriented the playing field such that home runs would force us into the tomato field to look for the ball. We came back, sometimes with the ball and always, during growing season, with a big tomato in our hands. We ate those tomatoes like apples.
There were between 1000 and 2000 families in the town. The main street was shut down for Christmas and Halloween parades. It was an atmosphere like I imagined to be before WWI.
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PostSubject: Re: for those only in rural america   for those only in rural america Empty2018-09-18, 22:53

Except for  POCATELLO Idaho(Foothills) and Kitchener south west Ontario....I have lived away from 
cities......Where I live on central Vancouver island,its a couple miles  to the town.....CABELAS and COSTCO  are about 2 miles away but the bush starts on the east side of the lake......70 miles of mountains to the open pacific ocean.........
              a couple hours NORTH  up island is where a couple seasons of that  t.v. show ALONE was filmed......
I don't know if our cougar are more aggressive than anywhere else    BUT   our big black bear  known to be a separate sub species called  CAVE BEAR......the males ARE very aggressive....but for all the time I spend in the mountains and river valleys, I have experienced  only 2  charges...one a bluff that ended about 25 yards and he walked away into a river.....the 2nd......at less than 20 yards ended with an old bear down......he started his charge  on a logging road,in a clearcut over a mile wide,in the open.at least 200 yards away.......I shouted,yelled, fired 2 rounds in front of him.......he was old but healthy.......I can only figure he was having a really bad day..........I have stepped off river trails and logging roads to let bears and even bears with cubs pass......I'm sorry I had to shoot the old bear.....
        I do enjoy living around wildlife........after spending so much time around them, if one decides I would make a tasty meal.......well,it beats dying in some hospital bed or a rest home....
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PostSubject: Re: for those only in rural america   for those only in rural america Empty2018-09-19, 14:06

STRONG EAGLE,
                              We have some grizzly on the east side of the island,CAMPBELLRIVER northwards....
there was one on QUADRA island where my daughter has a house a year ago......not common.....the griz swim across from the mainland....some places its less than 1/2 mile.......

      I know 3 people who mixed it up with Grizzly.........one up near PRINCE GEORGE,my  pistol shooting partner.....they had a moose down,bear came out of no where.....a single round from his .284 model 88 which I now own, the next was a fellow I commercial fished with.... 2 of them ,moose hunting, one dressing out moose, my friend BUTCH went to get the ATV and trailer a mile or so away.....came back and found friend out cold and covered in dirt......loaded guy in trailer and left area.......guy who was mauled said he never saw or heard a thing.......last was last fall...up near  CASSIER MOUNTAINS....my old boss and 2 other guys I hunted with were AGAIN,bloody moose hunting.... one went for a pee and I guess the bear watching them from a bed by a river   just knocked him around.......no bites but lots of bruises  then mr. bear walked away......

   So,2   points......1) watch for bear when moose hunting
                            2) really watch for bear when moose hunting........
I often wonder how many times grizzly rough up hunters but never re[port it.
now that the MORONS tree huggers,,, running the province have banned GRIZZLY HUNTING   ..of course our native people can kill them for ceremonial purposes......they can also take a certain amount of BALD EAGLES  for their wings and legs for the above reasons........
      some things are just plain wrong.......imho     we had almost 3 months of no rain this summer and temps over 100degrees......the monsoons will be here soon  lol
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PostSubject: Re: for those only in rural america   for those only in rural america Empty2018-09-24, 13:14

Live in the country and DRIVE to a gym?

I just ride my bicycle to town and back. 8miles in, 8 miles back and I still have my gym money in my pocket.
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PostSubject: Re: for those only in rural america   for those only in rural america Empty2018-09-25, 19:57

i've seen three or four  cougars in my lifetime.   About 12 years ago i was tracking a wounded hog in a wide gully.   Sitting 15-20 yards away on the  rim was a large male cougar.   The animal was switching his tail and licking his face.  i put  a muzzleloader bullet in the animals chest. 

The OK wildlife folks were very protective of their cougars.   A very valuable stud horse was badly mauled by a large cougar.  The horse raiser called the OWDC.   The man was threatened with jail should he  harm that cougar.  He was informed that  the cougars had tracking collars. 

This and other incidents got the OK legislature involved.   It is now legal to kill cougars that threaten humans or livestock.
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PostSubject: Re: for those only in rural america   for those only in rural america Empty2018-09-25, 20:46

Recently a 16 year old WA girl arrowed a cougar that was very close to her little brother.


https://www.msn.com/en-za/news/world/teen-fires-arrow-at-cougar-saving-life-of-her-6-year-old-brother/ar-BBNpzca
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PostSubject: Re: for those only in rural america   for those only in rural america Empty2018-09-26, 08:13

@Jack Ryan wrote:
Live in the country and DRIVE to a gym?

I just ride my bicycle to town and back. 8miles in, 8 miles back and I still have my gym money in my pocket.

I live in the country as well and drive to a gym 3 mornings a week.  My fees are $12 and change a month at our Planet Fitness.  My Insurance pays for the fitness center, while I pay for the "Black Card" which I use for the recumbent hydro massage area. 

I used to ride a bike about 5 miles a day years ago when my back & knees weren't so worn out.  Now there's no way I could do that.
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