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Farewell to Momma and the Twins

We did not have a very productive hunting season but we did have one awesome hunting experience.

This was the first year my oldest son and I seriously hunted (he is eight). We only killed one buck but we saw lots of deer, some bob cats, turkeys, a couple coyote and lots of bears. One female and two cubs we called momma and the twins we became very familiar with as the hunting season progressed. We have had about five up close and personal meetings with them. All while we were scouting. With each encounter they/we became more accepting. She stopped blowing and threatening and would simply watch. They would come around and visit the feeder almost every time we were in the woods. The last couple of trips we started bringing the camera but only got a couple of videos.

Cleaning out the computer of the old trail camera pictures, I figured I would post some before they were deleted.

Not the best pictures but......

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Teeth

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The beginning and 7:10 she climbs the feeder.

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  • RhettleyRhettley Posts: 1,545 Officer
    Those cubs sure did grow a lot. Cool pictures. I know a lot of people don't like em but having coyotes, bears, etc., in the woods just seems to me personally to make the woods a little wilder and less crowded and civilized.
  • ducknfishducknfish Posts: 3,821 Officer
    Rhettley wrote: »
    Those cubs sure did grow a lot. Cool pictures. I know a lot of people don't like em but having coyotes, bears, etc., in the woods just seems to me personally to make the woods a little wilder and less crowded and civilized.
    I like seeing the bears, bobcats and foxes. The non-native yotes however I want to exterminate.
  • RhettleyRhettley Posts: 1,545 Officer
    We used to have cougar, wolves, elk, and assorted other critters in this area many many moons ago. The yotes are filling the niche left open when we exterminated all the other big predators. If there is a void nature will fill it. Since there are no wolves to keep them in check the yotes are doing way better than they should be doing. Hunters have to fill the role of the predator or we get overrun with yotes and bears. I do like seeing and hearing them but they do have to be kept in check.

    On a side note, I've seen 3 dead skunks in the road the last two weeks. I had only seen one or two in the last ten years before that. The armidillos, I've been told, pushed them out. I haven't seen nearly as many armadillos the last 3 or 4 years and now I'm seeing skunks again.
  • JTRJTR Posts: 1,181 Officer
    The cubs did grow quick.

    The videos don't show how big they really are or how bad they smell. :grin
  • Sopchoppy RedneckSopchoppy Redneck Posts: 1,421 Officer
    Not exactly the "twins" that I had hoped ta see!! :)
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  • dewyafishdewyafish Posts: 5,025 Admiral
    Rhet they clear some woods down the road and wind rowed the stumps and debris.
    The day after they lit it up to burn there were 6 dead skunks on the hiway.
    I assume they denned up in the piles and had to go when thier home was set afire.

    Cool pictures of the extict Florida Black Bears!!
    There's nothing more enjoyable than suprise morning sex...
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  • ducknfishducknfish Posts: 3,821 Officer
    dewyafish wrote: »
    Rhet they clear some woods down the road and wind rowed the stumps and debris.

    Timber prices must be high, there is alot of wood being cut right now
  • tapatetapate Posts: 5,263 Admiral
    Rhettley wrote: »
    We used to have cougar, wolves, elk, and assorted other critters in this area many many moons ago. The yotes are filling the niche left open when we exterminated all the other big predators. If there is a void nature will fill it. Since there are no wolves to keep them in check the yotes are doing way better than they should be doing. Hunters have to fill the role of the predator or we get overrun with yotes and bears. I do like seeing and hearing them but they do have to be kept in check.

    On a side note, I've seen 3 dead skunks in the road the last two weeks. I had only seen one or two in the last ten years before that. The armidillos, I've been told, pushed them out. I haven't seen nearly as many armadillos the last 3 or 4 years and now I'm seeing skunks again.

    Rhett,

    Funny you mention the skunks. Ive seen 2 or 3 myself over the past 3 months and can't remember seeing one for at least the better part of my lifetime around here. The first one I saw was on Vanderbilt.
  • dewyafishdewyafish Posts: 5,025 Admiral
    ducknfish wrote: »
    Timber prices must be high, there is alot of wood being cut right now

    Complete clear cut it was mixed hardwods and mature long leaf. THEY STRIPPED IT TO BARE DIRT. I hate to see mature oaks go away!!
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