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#102399 - 09/11/08 08:56 PM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: Spock]
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Screams are either birds or small animals being eaten by bigger animals. A rabbit's death scream will send most folks up a tree.


Heh. yeah, I was with someone once who hadn't heard it before - I used to hunt coyotes
back in high school so I knew it - but they just about wigged out. A wounded snowshoe hare up here can sound like a roomful of babies being roasted alive - probably what makes
it so darn creepy.
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#102400 - 09/11/08 10:32 PM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: phat]
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I hope that the OP is still with us and that he realizes when folks are pulling his leg! I notice that nobody has suggested hunting snipes yet, but no doubt that will be next.

Seriously, night noises are part of the ambience, IMHO, and you'll soon get used to them and learn to love them as I do.

And teasing beginners about night noises is a tradition that probably goes back to very ancient times!
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#102401 - 09/12/08 10:44 AM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: phat]
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A wounded snowshoe hare up here can sound like a roomful of babies being roasted alive


Mmmm. Babies. I prefer them barbequed.

Someone mentioned that bears are noisey. They are unless they want to be quiet. Then they are quiet. Most of the time, they just blunder where ever they want to go. No need for stealth when they are stalking your food bag.

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#102402 - 09/13/08 03:15 PM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: OregonMouse]
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oh come on Mouse... <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/shocked.gif" alt="" />
Surely you've told a scary campfire story. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />I heard a lot of scary stories about Sasquatch around a campfire last night. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" /> I must say - I am more interested than afraid of meeting Sasquatch, but have you ever heard recordings of Sasquatch screams? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" /> Whoa - and I mean really erie high pitched almost like wolves yodeling... <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" />
Anyway I was sort of thinking about downloading some of the screams and playing them back at great volume while camped in Sasquatch country to see if I could call them in. I wonder if he climbs trees and if a tree deer stand would work? <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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#102403 - 09/14/08 06:42 AM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: Jimshaw]
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Whoa - and I mean really erie high pitched almost like wolves yodeling...


Jim, thats the mating call. Haven't you ever heard Tarzan calling to Jane?
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#102404 - 09/14/08 06:47 AM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: OregonMouse]
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O.k I was trying not to bring the snipe thing up. But yes, I caught a snipe when I was a tenderfoot in the BSA. The critter bit me but it got BBQed. Don't ever let a snipe get away. They are a tasty treat.
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#102405 - 09/14/08 07:10 AM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: chaz]
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What's all this insinuation about snipe hunting not being real - you folks are just trying to
play a joke on the newbies. snipe are very tasty:


Note that the shotgun is probably for other species - since the snipe hardly ever flush if you get taken out remember you're far better off with a bag and good flashlight to catch snipe.

I can only assume this ridiculous insinuation about snipe hunting not being on the up and up is just more anti-hunting claptrap from you pack of granola crunching tree hugging types.

Protect our heritage - take a newbie snipe hunting today.
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#102406 - 09/14/08 03:56 PM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: chaz]
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I caught a snipe when I was a tenderfoot in the BSA.


Hey, that is when i caught mine as well. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> They are tasty, especially with BBQ sauce.
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#102407 - 09/18/08 12:49 PM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: finallyME]
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The most annoying sound I heard was when I was married:

She: Honey? Are you awake? ARE YOU AWAKE?? Hellooooo?? I said, Are YOU AWAKE!!?

Me: NO!!

No seriously. Some type of howler monkey at 3am in Belize. I actually heard someone else in the camp yell "SHUT UP!!!" to the monkeys, but they were 2 miles away. Really annoying.


Edited by bulrush (09/18/08 12:51 PM)

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#102408 - 09/18/08 03:44 PM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: bulrush]
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Howler monkeys.

From tent: Shaddddddddup!!!
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#102409 - 09/18/08 03:52 PM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: bulrush]
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No, the most *annoying* sound ever heard at night is the sound of three idiots who camp 200 meters from your spike camp in hunting season, and whose idea of "hunting" is to sit outside by the
campfire getting rip roaring drunk then to start singing along to both types of music (country AND western) at 3:30 in the AM. All while you would really like to get sleep so you can go places and do things the next day.

I'll take the howler monkeys over that.
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#102410 - 09/18/08 04:05 PM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: phat]
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phat

actually the very worst most annoying sound was a jesus freak convention in Yosemite Valley and they sang religious songs till 2am.

Perhaps the scariest camping sound in california is the rather quiet sound of a man walking through deep gravel outside your tent, when you know you're camped on rock or dirt. Its the throaty purr of a mountain lion.

My wife says to add that having a volcano blow off steam 40 miles away was the most frightening sound she ever heard. We were up on Mt Rainear when Mt Saint Helens popped off a minor "steam venting". A huge brown cloud of it.

Jim


Edited by Jimshaw (09/18/08 04:47 PM)
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#102411 - 09/18/08 04:06 PM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: Jimshaw]
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actually the very worst most annoying sound was a jesus freak convention in Yosemite Valley and they sand religious songs till 2am.


Ugh. and if you were in the park you'd have been forbidden the use of the solution I used for the singing redneck problem too..
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#102412 - 09/19/08 09:10 AM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: bulrush]
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most annoying sound


My brother, Sam, and his son, Nathan, invited themselves to come with me after I told them I was heading to the Buffalo River for a few nights. Then they invited their dog, Tia, to come along too.

The dog started barking about 30 seconds after we bedded down and kept it up for about an hour without either my brother or my nephew doing a thing. Finally I broke down and asked them to tell their dog to stop. That was a mistake because this is what I got...

Tia: "Woof Woof Woof..."

Sam: "Nathan, tell the dog to shut up"

Nat: "Tia, Shut up"

Tia: "Woof Woof Woof..."

Sam: "Nathan, tell the dog to shut up"

Nat: "Tia, Shut up"

Tia: "Woof Woof Woof..."

Sam: "Nathan, tell the dog to shut up"

Nat: "Tia, Shut up"

Tia: "Woof Woof Woof..."

This lasted for at least another few hours. The trip lasted until daybreak when I decided to head back home instead of enjoying more of their company.

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#102413 - 09/19/08 10:12 AM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: Jimshaw]
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Jimshaw:

Quote:
. . . popped off a minor "steam venting". A huge brown cloud of it.


You still talking about your freaky noise in that sleeping bag?

Quote:
. . . most annoying sound was a jesus freak convention in Yosemite Valley and they sang religious songs till 2am.


I don't know . . . but I think I could fall asleep in my tent listening to this (working a new angle with this video). But I wouldn't dream of fallin' asleep with Dick Cheney there, sitting there singing along with the singer (see clip), since: 1) I can't stand the guy, 2) he has a propensity for shootin' people in the woods.

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#102414 - 09/19/08 10:29 AM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: bulrush]
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Yeah, I certainly like it when you think you have found the perfect hidden camp spot and some fool decides to party all night. You think your hidden but you can't always hide from sound. Last time I went out, we passed up a spot by the creek to be more LNT but some young dingbats decided to take the spot. At the crack of dawn, I was awoken by them gathering firewood for their stealth bonfire. It sounded like they were breaking trees and limbs. I wanted to club em but politely told them that they were in a wilderness area and that is a no no. they really didn't give a crap. On our way out, I mentioned it to a ranger we met at a store. I don't know the outcome.
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#102415 - 09/19/08 01:47 PM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: phat]
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Ugh. and if you were in the park you'd have been forbidden the use of the solution I used for the singing redneck problem too..


Sounds like story time phat....do tell. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />
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#102416 - 09/19/08 02:26 PM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: finallyME]
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Quote:
Quote:

Ugh. and if you were in the park you'd have been forbidden the use of the solution I used for the singing redneck problem too..


Sounds like story time phat....do tell. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />


Not that much to tell. The camp gun for bear issues at the time was an M1A (an semi-auto M-14) with a 20 round stick of .308 loaded. At about 3:30 I'd had enough, got up, took the camp gun, put in my earplugs, proceeded to yell and panic screaming "bear bear" lots of foul language, and the better part of 20 rounds of .308 popped off rapidly into the air.. I took out my earplugs and went to sleep (they were quiet other than some muted and surprised foul language as the shooting stopped)

I ran into them heading out at 2 pm the next day while I was coming back in from a morning jaunt,
they asked if I was camped where I was with the deer hanging in camp, and asking about the noise in the middle of the night. I just said "yeah, we had a big bear come in after our hanging meat. and he was ornery. I think we wounded him though.. you should keep an eye out" - they were quiet
the rest of their evenings (or at least, they didn't wake me up <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> )

I suspect the M-14 would be frowned upon by the Yosemite wardens.. Not to mention it weighs darn near what the base weight for my backpack is these days - makes a bear canister look light anyway <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />
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#102417 - 09/25/08 10:22 PM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: finallyME]
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The strangest noise I heard camping was being awakened by the sound of what seemed to be something brushing against the tent. About every 30 seconds there was a swoosh sound.

I was pretty perplexed. I wasn't camping next to any bushes and didn't think I was on an animal trail. If I was on an animal trail then it was a huge line of critters walking past my tent.

Then I got to thinking that maybe it was a bear swatting at my tent. With that happy thought in my head I unzipped the door to my tent and saw that during the night it had started snowing! The sound was snow collecting on the top of my tent, and when the weight got to be too much, sliding down.

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#102418 - 09/26/08 09:52 AM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: abp]
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Animal Noises...

Some of those are a little freaky too...

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#102419 - 09/26/08 10:07 AM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: billstephenson]
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Last Halloween I was called by a friend who's daughter was having a party that night. She asked if I could come by late that night, sneak into the woods behind their house and do something scary.
So, my daughter and I drove over, parked up the street, and snuck into the woods maybe 200ft behind the party house. The party was in the garage and on the patio.
On the count of three, my daughter and I blew into two crow calls, plus a wounded rabbit call, with full force breaths. That most ungodly shriek literally shut down the party....and some of the kids called their parents! The lights went on, on the house next door. Some of the braver kids stood on the porch, peering into the darkness. That's when I pulled out a Swedish Fire Steel and struck some really big sparks. (daughter and I were laughing so hard we almost gave ourselves away.) Those sparks blinded the kids long enough that we could slip away about 100' and repeat the process. Parents were showing up early....friend had to do some explaining, daughter and I had already slipped away. You wouldn't believe the noise three game calls can make when over-blown, all at the same time.
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#102420 - 09/26/08 11:15 AM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: phat]
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Partying fools are the most obnoxious late night disruption.

I, while car camping with my kids, had the pleasure of a late night arrival of 10-15 cars of teenagers in the woods not far from my campsite. Of course there was drinking, loud music, screeching laughter and all the door slamming & yelling back & forth that goes with such action. It continued into the wee hours of the morning, but I told my kids, "We are getting up at 6 am regardless." And we did.
6 am - I placed my radio at the edge of my camping area, pointed in the direction of the partiers and turned up as loud as possible, banged and clanged as much as possible with skillets & pots while fixing pancakes. Also included was my incessant yelling about various things intermittantly accompanied with the most screeching version of the dying rabbit blues I could produce on one of these. I did not let the late night teenage partiers sleep in. Around 10am we were packed up to leave and I rode my horn as I drove by their camp and had the pleasure of giving some sleepy head that was peeking from a tent the bird.

Years ago while on a ski trip to NM with some friends, we had stayed in some duplex cabins for one night. We were getting up early the next day, skiing all day and then driving back to TX.
A loud, drunken bunch arrived at the cabin next to us at 2am, turned on the TV and of course there was the loud talking and piercing laughter that goes with it all.
My party arose at 5:30 & was packed in the car by 6. The last thing done was to turn the TV around, aim it next door right up against the wall and turn it all the way up and quickly lock the door and leave. We accidentally took the key with us and had to mail it back later.

I don't think that justice is unjust.

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#102421 - 09/26/08 12:07 PM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: Dryer]
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That's a great one! <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Reminds me of this story...

A buddy of mine, Mike, used to have a yearly camp out with a bunch of friends. The story he told me went something like this...

One year he (Mike) bought (or recorded) a cassette with what he called "Devil Worshipper Chants" and hid a boom box out in the woods.

After it got dark and the party was well along and everyone was well lit, he went out into the woods and turned on the boom box with the volume kind of low, and walked back to the party. At first the party racket was too loud for anyone to notice the chanting, so Mike piped up, "Hey, did you guys hear that?".

Hear what?

I dunno, it sounded freaky though.

I didn't hear anything.

A few minutes later... Wait a minute, I heard it again, quiet down and listen.

Oh yeah... I hear it now. What the hell is that?

Sounds like Devil Worshippers. I've heard rumors of cults around here. Let's go check it out.

No way.

I'm going out there, I want to see what they're doing.

You're crazy.

So, Mike heads out, and in a few minutes people start asking, "What happened to Mike?"

About that time Mike splatters some ketchup on his face and hands, turns up the volume on the boom box, and then comes running through camp screaming "Run for your lives, they're after your blood!"

According to Mike, many of the campers did indeed run too, and some of them quite a bit faster than he would have ever figured they could.

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#102422 - 09/27/08 04:51 PM Re: Dead Boom box [Re: billstephenson]
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What cha tryin to do, give some people a heart attack? Personally, if you would have asked me to go check it out, I just might go all Rambo on your Boom Box. I ain't feered of no boom box. And if they were devil worshippers for real, they would most likely be politicians.
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#102423 - 09/27/08 05:01 PM Re: Freaky Nighttime Woods Noises [Re: coyotemaster]
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I was trying to copy and paste a reply to your story about loud party jerks waking you up etc. But I have Vista and it is not co-operating. Anyway, I made the mistake of thinking I could check into a Casino and get sleep. There must have been 15 people in the next room. I hate Casinos anyway and was there with friends. I usually shut it off at midnight. I wish I had thought of your TV idea. I'll remember that one for sure. Sweet vengence.......
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