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 Post subject: Contest entry-Things that go bump in the dark
PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:58 am 
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During yet another spring turkey hunt I had a rather odd experience.

I had gone out in the late afternoon to put a gobbler to bed. For those who don't understand the process, it involves getting a bird to gobble from the roost just before dark. This assures you that they will be there in that same spot come morning, thus allowing you to get set up and ready to call them in before first light.

So having put my bird to bed the evening before, I arrived at my spot in the dark of morning. I got comfortable against a tree and was waiting for first light, at which time I would begin calling the bird off the roost. So I was sitting there, and I kept hearing branches snapping and the crunching of bark above me. Now this isn't all that unusual, as it often happens that there are other unknown birds roosted in the same general area as the gobbing one roosted the night before. So that's exactly what I was thinking I was hearing. But while sitting there the noise and falling branches suddenly got more intense, when suddenly I hear a loud crashing, and the sound of something falling through the branches, then a tremendous thud! I flipped on my head lamp, and standing just a few feet away looking right at me, was a big black bear that had fallen out of the tree in front of me. He stood there for a few moments, and then casually walked off, looking almost embarrassed I think.

I later learned that bears often fall out of trees. And in this instance, he probably smelled me and got spooked, thus adding to his careless decent down the tree.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 10, 2015 9:04 am 
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Black bears are idiots. Dangerous idiots but still goofy. Your story doesn't surprise me at all. My wife has a bunch of similar anecdotes from her childhood in the Sierras. More than once, when visiting her parents, I had to step outside and yell at a bear or two to get them away from the cars. Trash day can be interesting too.

Luckily, black bears aren't usually aggressive and leave when challenged. You do hear the occasional story when they break character and the human involved gets hurt.

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"looking embarassed"... I like that! lol

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