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Title: Funnies While Hunting
Post by: John Andrews on November 22, 2004, 06:12:34 AM
What comedy or interesting things have you folks observed while hunting?  I watched a squirrel tease and play with a redtail hawk for over half an hour, until the hawk gave up. The weather was miserable, the third day of solid rain. I was in a tree stand deer hunting in Illinois a few (few?) years back. Stay with me, we older folks have a different time concept than you younger ones. The hawk landed in a leafless tree right in front of me. Suddenly, a fox squirrel ran out on the limb the hawk was perched on, chattering at the hawk. Yep, the hawk went for the squirrel. The squirrel ran back down the limb and around the tree, with the hawk in persuit. This went on for over half an hour. The hawk would miss, then land on a limb again, and the whole thing would start over again. The hawk was serious, and the onery squirrel :twisted:  was having the time of his life. If the hawk had caught the squirrel, it would have been lunch time for the hawk, of course. No, I didn't see a deer that morning.
Title: Funnies While Hunting
Post by: John Andrews on December 01, 2004, 02:31:03 AM
I had a funny thing happen last year, too. The timber seemed pretty quiet, not much out, as far as the squirrels were concerned. I did a slow sneak up to a tree and quietly sat down, and lit a smoke after I removed my camo mask. I was having a quiet smoke when I heard some scratching on the tree above me. I looked up and spotted a large gray squirrel. He proceeded further down the tree and went out on a limb. This was too good to be true, I thought. I pulled up and sent a little .17 pill through his head. I thought there might be another one nearby, so I lit up another smoke and heard sonething else on the tree. Down the tree came another squirrel, and right out on the same limb he went. He stopped not more than a couple of inches from where I just shot the one. He got the same treatment. The second one actually fell right on top of his buddy. One was a female, one was a male. They must have been siblings, because they were identical in markings and colors. :D
Title: Funnies While Hunting
Post by: firekidd on December 01, 2004, 09:53:36 AM
Okay John, I quit smoking 3 years ago, but I may have to carry a pack and light one every once in a while, just so the smoke will attract some squirrels....  :wink:

The other day I saw some red headed woodpeckers (a pair I think) chase a squirrel out of a tree.  never saw that one before...
Title: Funnies While Hunting
Post by: Bowhunter57 on December 02, 2004, 08:43:37 PM
I was watching a couple of fox squirrels chase each other, when they suddenly separated and went their own ways. The squirrel closest to me climbed out on limb to "tap" into the next tree, when he fell all the way to the ground with a thud. :oops:

Squirrels are such avid climbers, this struck me as hilarious. He laid there for a while collecting his thoughts, very slowly regained his feet and walked away. He was climbing the next tree very carefully.  :lol:

Good hunting, Bowhunter57
Title: Funnies While Hunting
Post by: ellwoodjake on December 03, 2004, 07:24:44 PM
I was fishing a trout stream once and came upon a nice pretty pool. Just as I was drawing back to cast there was a large splash right in the middle of the hole. I started scanning the banks, searching for the joker who was "rocking" me, when I noticed a squirrel swimming toward me. He climbed right up on the rock I was standing on, ran right across my feet, shook himself off like a dog on the bank and then wandered off into the woods. I am always amazed by all their acrobatic stunts and arial leaps and bounds but on occasion they do miss. :lol:
Title: Funnies While Hunting
Post by: firekidd on December 03, 2004, 11:36:23 PM
I have a funny,  I was squirrel hunting today, lined up on my first squirrel of the day, popped him off of a branch.  went to claim him after a few minutes, and as I'm wading throught the brambles, I kick up a buck.  nice size, but I'm not sure how big the rack was. (I would say at least an 8 pt.)  
well I get up to my squirrel, and found out that is was about 5 foot from where the buck was bedded down.  I wonder what would have happenned if it fell on him and got stuck on a tine?????
Title: Funnies While Hunting
Post by: John Andrews on December 04, 2004, 12:30:32 AM
Firekidd, that would have been funny! I have seen squirrels miss a limb, too. I shot one squirrel today that only had a few inches of his tail with hair, several inches from his body was hair, the rest of his tail looked like a rat tail. :?:  :-k
Title: Funnies While Hunting
Post by: adam on December 04, 2004, 07:27:45 PM
I remember watching 2 gray squirrels fight. It was serious business.They fought what appeared to be a draw, but one squirel just broke and ran.The other one barked and squacked as the apparent loser boogered off.The victor, who was right under my stand, hopped up on a log and started hopping like a rabbit-he would make a little hateful sounding "yip" every time he hopped.I'm not making this up.That little sucker was plucky.

I had a grouse whip the daylights out of me t' other day.I shot it and went to pick it up by the neck,and it commenced to flogging and clawing me.Had to wring it's little neck. :twisted:
Title: Funnies While Hunting
Post by: John Andrews on December 08, 2004, 02:39:24 AM
I will tell you of a strange one that happened just a short while back at my workplace. Right close to our HQ is a main entrance gate. There at the gateshack we have bird feeders that are visited by the many chipmunks in the area . I was on patrol and stopped by the gate to check on the fellas on duty. The guys stationed there took me around to the other side and showed me a dead sparrow that had been killed- by a chipmunk. They heard a commotion and had gone around the shack and spotted a chipmunk and the bird locked together, fighting. Other birds were divebombing the chipmunk while the fight was going on. The bird broke free, and then attacked the chipmunk! Again, the fight got going, and the two locked together. Finally, the chipmunk broke off the fight, and the bird was dead when he let go of it. A few more divebomb attacks from the birds, and the rodent ran into one of it's burrow holes, leaving the dead bird. We speculated  they were fighting over some of the seed.
Title: Funnies While Hunting
Post by: John Andrews on December 08, 2004, 02:56:09 AM
Another time a few years ago I was on patrol when I saw a large 10 point buck slowly coming out of the edge of some brush and was coming up onto the roadside in front of me. Rut was really on, right then. I stopped, with the deer not more than three feet from the front of my patrol vehicle.  He looked rather strange, his ears were down, and he resembled a jackass. I thought he really looked and acted strange, and continued to sit there and watch him. After a couple of minutes, I saw him look over his shoulder behind him and off to the side. About the center of my car another large 11 pointer came up out of the ditch. The two deer moved to the center of the road, not more than 6 feet from my bumper, and began the battle. They kept fighting and completely ignored me. At one time they were right along side my vehicle on the driver's side, going at it. I had my window down, and could have reached out and slapped them. The fight continued on for quite a while, and it appeared they were actually trying to kill each other. The two could have passed for twins, except for the extra point on the one. Finally, the 10 pointer chased the 11 pointer through the ditch across the road, and down over the bluff to the lake that was close by. The next morning we found the 11 pointer dead in the water close to shore, right where they were last seen fighting. I could not watch the final outcome because I received a detail by radio and had to get back to work.
Title: Funnies While Hunting
Post by: John Andrews on December 08, 2004, 03:08:09 AM
Aint done yet! A couple of years ago I was watching a herd of deer crossing the road in front of me while I was on patrol. The deer in many of our installation areas are almost tame, so we can get really close to some of them. The deer all appeared to be does and yearlings, and were crossing the road in single file, ignoring my vehicle that was stopped only a few feet from them. One doe stopped and was lollygagging in the middle of the road, holding up the rest of the herd. They all stood in line, waiting for the one nitwit to move. She seemed to want to just stand there in her stupid trance. I was about to lay on the horn and move them. Suddenly, the doe behind the holdup doe stretched out her neck and calmly nipped the other doe right on the butt.  :shock: The nipped doe jumped straight up, and trotted ahead, out of the way. The biter doe calmly started walking forward with the rest of the dozen or so deer behind her, and all crossed the road.
Title: Funnies While Hunting
Post by: John Andrews on December 08, 2004, 03:41:29 AM
One more. A few years ago I walked into HQ and was asked by my Lt. if I know what a cotimundi is, or looked like. I told him yes, and asked him why he wanted to know. He told me he just got a report of one by one of our off duty officers that was going fishing, just a couple of miles from HQ. We are in Iowa. We don't have cotimundi here. Not until that day, anyhow. My Lt. ordered me to go and capture it. I took our capture stick and a capture box and went to where the animal was spotted. I was slowly driving down a gravel road that was next to a cornfield. The corn was only 6 or 8 inches high. I spotted what looked like a badger hole on the edge of the gravel road, and got out to investigate. I looked down into the hole and spotted the coti. I went back to the car, got the stick, and got the loop onto the animal. This was no small feat! The critter was a large male and sounded like and enraged badger. After a struggle, I got the critter out of the hole, and he got loose. He made a short run into the field, where I got the loop on him again. He was like a supercharged giant pingpong ball, bouncing up and down, snarling and growling the whole time. It was quite a fight until I wore him down and got him into the box. The worry part was, the capture box was reinforced cardboard, and the animal had very long claws and teeth.  I managed to get the  box onto the rear seat, and proceeded to HQ. On the way, I radioed that I had him in the box, etc. Our dispatcher asked me what I was going to do if the animal escaped from the box. I informed him I would be stepping out, and the coti would be driving. We speculated it had arrived on a truck or rail car. Actually, all the animal wanted was to be left alone, but orders are orders. A sad note for the poor animal, was that it had mange on it's head and over one eye. It could have been easily cured. Our boss called the State of Iowa, and they said a state officer would pick it up. They never did arrive to pick it up. The next day when I got to work, I discovered the animal still in the box, so I gave it some water and dogfood. Still no damn state boy or pickup. Another day, and still no show. On the fourth day, they took it out and shot it. Yes, they really did. My Lt. was ordered to, and he did what he was ordered to do. I was really pissed, along with many other of my fellow officers. Then, the stupid state of Iowa got wind of the execution, and all hell broke loose. The animal was not native to Iowa, and was thereby protected. The poor coti got a tidbit of revenge, anyhow. This surely isn't a funny story, but one of sad interest, anyhow. If I had known the outcome of how the poor coti was going to fare, he would still be running free!
Title: not funny but still odd
Post by: MOSPARKY on December 13, 2004, 12:41:58 AM
while bowhunting, I took a position overlooking a known bedding area/squirrel haven. After sitting a while,I noticed some comotion in the tree in front of me about 20 ft away. two sqirrels were "playing". Not unusual at first but then "A" mounted squirrel "B". Oops i caught a tinder moment. Then the unimagineable happened. Squirrel "B" turned and mounted squirrel"A". Completely dumbfounded,I sat and watched the "pair" trade favors for over half an hour. I thought man was the only of Gods critters that suffered from that sort of behavior.I'd a shot em but I'm not sure I want to eat that kinda squirrel. Momma said not to eat any critter thet don't behave normally.
Title: Funnies While Hunting
Post by: John Andrews on December 13, 2004, 03:50:28 AM
:twisted: I would have shot 'em both! Next, those squirrels will want to get married! :shock:
Title: Funnies While Hunting
Post by: Ks_Sniper on December 13, 2004, 03:54:24 AM
lol   And shame on you for being up so late/early, John.  :wink:
Title: Funnies While Hunting
Post by: John Andrews on December 13, 2004, 01:35:22 PM
:lol:  :-k  :lol:  :lol:  :lol: I see I wasn't the only one up at that hour, hint hint hint! :wink: