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You never know
« on: April 19, 2018, 07:59:22 PM »
One thing that I have learned and actually enjoy about hunting is that one never knows what surprise Ma Nature may bestow upon you and how one handles it says a lot about themselves and their interaction with Ma Nature.

The last several mornings just after sunrise I have been hitting the private land that I hunt and do pest control on checking game cams' tracks and just taking the beauty of being out there in again and after checking the cams and doing some casual strolls along the game trails I settled into the hide around 9:00am with one of my shooters ready to roll just incase a unwanted target showed itself and presented a shot.

So there I was taking in the fresh brisk air sipping on my java when I caught movement to my side and basically right at my feet :o and had to force myself not to jump up and out of the hide and just freeze where I sat.

With my ole heart doing overtime from the surprise visitor I watched as it just moved by my feet sniffing them with no fear then just curled up in front of me against the bottom of the hide.

I thought now I've seen everything but then remember the baby bandit that came to my hide and decided to go through my game bag and climb on me lol but this fella looked like it just wanted to take a nap after an all nighter lol.


Well I finally decided to move and grabbed my digi cam as the young C-rat finally took notice of me and started to look in my direction...pics tell the rest of the story finally with me gently grabbing the female C-rat up for a selfie with me lol then gathering my gear and shooter together and placing her back where she was at giving her the hide for the day...she played possum as we all know.


So sometimes it's just as rewarding to interact with Ma Nature then go your separate ways both of you living to enjoy another day "Live and let live". Ed

« Last Edit: April 19, 2018, 08:01:35 PM by shadow »
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Re: You never know
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2018, 08:12:52 PM »
Great story and pictures Bro Ed!
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Re: You never know
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2018, 08:17:56 PM »
Wonderfull Story !     Fantastic Pictures !     Wow Ed..  What a Morning !      I had a Whitetail Buck bed down in front of me one time, while I was out deer hunting.  There is quite a story on that one....   but this is your thread.         My Best Wishes to You  -  Tom Wood
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Re: You never know
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2018, 08:29:45 PM »
Totally cool!  Many times I've not pulled the trigger and just admired what was in front of me.  I have let playing squirrels live, have let birds off the hook...never rats, though.  Never thought a rat cute enough to let alone...
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Re: You never know
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2018, 08:59:53 PM »
Great Story Ed, and awesome pictures! Big smile on me mug. :)
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Re: You never know
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2018, 09:19:28 PM »
I have no love for our only marsupial...but that is very cool... I hope I would have had the heart to do as you.
They are cute in a sort of ugly way....
good for you!
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Re: You never know
« Reply #6 on: April 19, 2018, 09:39:16 PM »
Probably the hardest concept I've ever had to explain to a non hunter is the fact hunters LOVE wildlife.  The small minded think it's all about killing or destruction and that is simply not the case.  I pest quite a bit, so it IS all about the kill for me, but for different reasons.  Rats are dangerous and shouldn't share our livestock's living space or food.  They carry disease and are quite destruction.  I kill these little pests in order to help and protect the livestock.  In addition, squirrels and birds account for an annual $30,000 to $40,000 loss in feed for the cattle on some of these farms I go to.  Ground squirrels are also quite destructive and destroy fields with their holes and cause injuries to livestock from placing hooves, etc., into squirrel holes.  On one particular farm, the ground squirrels have made so many holes, the alfalfa fields are impossible to water without major water waste.  Not a good thing in a state still in recovery from a major years long drought.

In order to protect our livestock and their food source, we have to do what we have to do.

Air rifles are a great alternative to poison or other methods of pest control.
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Re: You never know
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2018, 09:41:23 PM »
Kinda nice to see the other side Ed. Must have been a reason that one needed a buy.
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Re: You never know
« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2018, 12:03:09 AM »
Several years ago when my older step son was still pre teen he brought the trash cans back and forgot to put the cover back on one. We had a few days of heavy cold fall rain and there was at least 15 inches of water in the can when I brought the garbage out one evening, well I heard some splashing coming from the can and took a look inside. There tiredly treading water was a very young grinner. I took pity on the youngster and tipped over the can. It was so tired that at first all it did was sit there when I looked outside later it was long gone. 
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Re: You never know
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2018, 01:43:35 PM »
Cool story, and you have a good heart. I've caught possums a few times in live traps around my home, but I let them loose. One actually started acting like the trap was his home. I could lock the trap door open, and he'd just lay in there for hours, before venturing out. Poor things act so stupid at times I feel sorry for them. But, we are all God's creatures, great and small. ;)
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Re: You never know
« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2018, 01:59:44 PM »
Another great story, Ed!

I'll admit it..................I probably would have soiled myself.
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Re: You never know
« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2018, 03:08:50 AM »
Nice story, and nice photos.
Nature is just great.

Yesterday, when i was targetshooting out of my berdroom window,
A squirrel came by to say hello. Climbing on the wall 3 feet above my head.
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Re: You never know
« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2018, 12:25:16 PM »
Nice story, Ed.

A great example of .. in the right place at the right time.
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Re: You never know
« Reply #13 on: April 21, 2018, 03:23:20 PM »
Great story and pics Ed. My wife read it too and loved it.
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Re: You never know
« Reply #14 on: April 27, 2018, 08:07:23 PM »
Thanks for the replies brothers :D and there are pest that get no pass rat's and such but moments like that with the C-rat had a reason and the thought of harvesting it never crossed my mind. The last several nights have been slow but dialing in travel times with trail cams on the bandits and should be harvesting some coop raiders in the near future. Ed
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Re: You never know
« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2018, 05:51:34 PM »
awesome story great pics sometimes you got to just give it to em. took all the reason out of shooting. pretty amazing. can't shoot a little c rat looking to take a  nap from point blank just awesome a wild animal can come in that close and leave it in your hands. there is always next time..
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Re: You never know
« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2018, 05:55:48 PM »
Brother Ed, the world needs more like you!
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