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    Run-ins with animals? ...literally

    My very first night in a hammock I got to camp later than I expected and was rushing to finish setting up camp in the waning daylight. I noticed too late that my hammock was hung really low, but decided to leave it rather than fiddle in the dark. I was only inches from the ground when I got in, but as long as I'm not scraping anything, I thought, so what?

    Sometime in the wee hours I was awoken by a thud/bump straight into my butt, the lowest point. It scared both of us, I think, thumper and thumpee, because whatever it was paused for a moment then took off - stuck underneath for a second. It was hard enough to send me rocking back and forth a few times when it left. After I recovered from the shock I started laughing - what the heck had just run into me? And why didn't it sense my presence at all? Didn't it smell my sweat-stained clothes a few yards away? Does this sort of thing happen a lot? And with bigger creatures?

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    Too funny, at least your not harmed

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    At that height a moose would have stepped right over you . . . maybe

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    First night I took my WBBB out, something chewed on my bungie tie outs for the "wings" of the Blackbird.

    Beyond that, the only run-ins I've had is when the Pit Bull realizes I'm in the hammock, and she comes jumping in when I'm least expecting it.

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    I was out this summer and heard something scratching under me and was too tired to bother looking. When I woke up my buddy (tent guy) said he heard the scratching and poked his head out to see a fox poking around under my hammock. The joys of the outdoors.

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    Good it wasn't a porcupine newlease!
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    I had something bump into me once this summer. I was wide awake. I never heard it, it never saw me either. Still don't know what it was. Scared me pretty good at first though! Wasn't big. I'm guessing a coon or a possum. I was hanging really low to the ground that night.

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    did first hang last week... deer came thru camp at like 3am a blazin!!!! scared us to death, but was still funny...
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    Skunk, Raccoon, opossum... you might want to compensate and pitch higher, the first few times I found myself on the ground due to streach.


    Rugby my Lab, likes that spot a lot. Everytime he hears something I get "bopped" by his head looking up.

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    On my hike along the A.T. and down into NYC (NOBO from harpers ferry to Harrimon state park in NY, make a right onto the NY Long path ending up on Broadway in the bronx a few days later), , I had a few animal encounters, but only one "Run-in"

    My hiking buddy and I had setup our hammocks in a nice spot adjacent to a campsite. This was somewhere in Pennsylvania, IIRC. We hung our food on the bear-pole and went to sleep. Around dark-o-clock I heard something brush against my tarp, and sniff me right in the butt. I had a pretty typical hang so my *** was about a foot or 18" off the ground, and whatever bumped me did so with enough force to rock my hammock a couple of inches.

    I quietly but assertively made some noise along the lines of "Whatever is poking its head into my hammock might wind up as a RUG in my HOUSE" and it promptly beat feet back into the brush.

    When I woke up that morning there was a lot of rooting around in the dirt adjacent to our camp area so I'm leaning towards the possibility that it was a small pig or several. I consider myself to be pretty lucky, as I am much more worried about feral pigs then I am bears!

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