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    Scariest Moment in the Woods?

    Hairbear's post about the strange sounds got me thinking about this and I was wondering what is your scariest encounters in nature? Mine would be last summer when I was fly fishing near the Upper Chattahoochee Campground. Me and a friend had gone way down river and were deep in the woods, when a wild hog/sow busted out of the bushes, squealing like crazy, from no less than five feet away. It chased us into to river where we got to deeper water out of its reach. It stood there and grunted at us before trotting back into the woods. Turned out we had separated it from its piglets and it was defending them. We saw it lead about twelve of its piglets across the river downstream from us before heading up the other side of the mountain.
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    Porcupine came in the campsite & really unnerved me one night - bold and a lot bigger than I remembered. He just walked right into my camp. After I scared him off he watched me from about 50 ft. away. I could see his beady red eyes staring at me for about an hour.

    Imagine having a porcupine brush up against the bottom of your hammock. That's the stuff of nightmares.
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    Had a bear charge me all of a sudden like out of the bush ,,,adrenalin rush of the year.

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    I've had a few up close encounters with bears, but nothing where they have been aggressive towards me like that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr View Post
    Imagine having a porcupine brush up against the bottom of your hammock. That's the stuff of nightmares.
    That would be painful! My first reaction was that climbing a tree would give you immunity, but then I remembered that porcupines climb trees too! But at least with good placement you wouldn't run into having quills transferred to your back.

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    My Father, Brother and I were on a Boundary waters canoe trip and were paddling along when a huge storm came upon us. We were loaded down with gear and only had to paddle about 500 more yards to the next island. It was pouring down rain and whitecaps were throwing water into the canoe. We all paddled like mad and the canoe kept filling with water until it was inches from the top. Somehow we kept it straight and made it to the island where we spent several hours drying out and relaxing. I actually hooked into a large Northern pike right there after the storm, but she broke off. My second scariest moment wasn't in the woods, but a Wally world parking lot. I had just bought one of those large cans of camp fuel, and set it inside my car on the floor of the back passenger seat and it immediately started spouting a line of fire (right in front of my amused German shepherd) my girlfriend panicked and tried to get out quickly but didn't realize her seatbelt was on for a few seconds. I had set the can on top of my trolling motor battery and it created a connection and blew a tiny hole in the top of the can. I threw it out of the car, and it landed under the car next to us, so I kicked it into the open area behind the cars. At this point there were maybe three small fires burning in different areas and a man ran over with an old rug and helped put them out. I put my foot on the can and it went out right away. Glad it didn't explode. I then went back into walmart with the dripping can and exchanged for a new one.
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    Camping on the Kancamagus Highway in NH in 1972. It was the first night of a four day hike and I was sleeping under a picnic table using a painters drop cloth as cover with my pack setting on the ground outside. It was an M1942 Mountain Rucksack with a cast iron frame (aluminum was a strategic material in 1942 and it went to airplanes, not packs). It was loaded down with four days food (back then it was mostly canned food), so was likley at least 40# and probably more. I hear the pack being dragged across the ground.

    After I got my heart started back up, I gave a shout and made a lot of noise getting out from under the table. Something had gotten in it and had run off with a loaf of bread. I cinch the pack back up and put it under the drop cloth on the seat of the picnic table and tried to go back to sleep, but every small noise I heard suddenly seemed like Sasquatch coming down the hill with blood in his eye.

    About 10 minutes pass and I've gotten myself under control, when all of a sudden it feels like something is walking on my sleeping bag. I'm side sleeping in a semi-fetal postion and this thing curls up behind me right where my knees are bent. I've got no idea what the durnting is and I am frightened devoid of feces but muster up enough courage to flex my knees inward sharply and what ever it was left the area.

    I finally got to sleep as I'd hiked a long way that day and when I woke up I thought I might have imagined the whole thing. Until I saw six or seven dusty racoon paw prints on my sleeping bag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sargevining View Post
    Camping on the Kancamagus Highway in NH in 1972. It was the first night of a four day hike and I was sleeping under a picnic table using a painters drop cloth as cover with my pack setting on the ground outside. It was an M1942 Mountain Rucksack with a cast iron frame (aluminum was a strategic material in 1942 and it went to airplanes, not packs). It was loaded down with four days food (back then it was mostly canned food), so was likley at least 40# and probably more. I hear the pack being dragged across the ground.

    After I got my heart started back up, I gave a shout and made a lot of noise getting out from under the table. Something had gotten in it and had run off with a loaf of bread. I cinch the pack back up and put it under the drop cloth on the seat of the picnic table and tried to go back to sleep, but every small noise I heard suddenly seemed like Sasquatch coming down the hill with blood in his eye.

    About 10 minutes pass and I've gotten myself under control, when all of a sudden it feels like something is walking on my sleeping bag. I'm side sleeping in a semi-fetal postion and this thing curls up behind me right where my knees are bent. I've got no idea what the durnting is and I am frightened devoid of feces but muster up enough courage to flex my knees inward sharply and what ever it was left the area.

    I finally got to sleep as I'd hiked a long way that day and when I woke up I thought I might have imagined the whole thing. Until I saw six or seven dusty racoon paw prints on my sleeping bag.
    You were "spooned" by a raccoon

    Too funny I just snorted the cider I was drinking out my nose...

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    Duck hunting at a lake, when my mate decided to shoot a duck that was 3 meters in front of me with his shot gun from 30 meters away...my camouflage was perhaps too good that day, and we decided to get ourselves a VHF set from that time on....that was also the last time we wore ghillie suits while hunting, lol. We were young and straight out of our army national service so the Rambo factor was a tad high...

    Fishing at same lake, standing on a small peninsula, no retreat possible, when A bull moose decides to join me...

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