Call of the wild

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Alex MacDonald, Apr 17, 2013.

  1. bitterroot Love vintage graphite!

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    Hell...mosquitos are the worst.
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  2. _WW_ Fishes with Wolves

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    Yup...except I trained those Canadian skeeters to just fly me home when they've had their fill...
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  3. Peyton00 Active Member

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    If attacked by a cougar and the gun isn't in your hand and held tight, The force from the cougar pouncing on you is going to knock you down and if unlucky knock you OUT. The idea of digging a handgun out of a pack while under attack by a cougar is some funny shit.

    Stay home and save your family the heartache of somebody finding some body parts and gear( with a pistol in the pack).
  4. Salmo_g Active Member

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    Yep, skeeters are the worst! Had mice chew a hole in my first mountain tent. Learned right away to leave ZERO food in tent. Never encountered a skunk while camping, fortunately. Did shoot one in the barn when I was a teenager. Seriously stupid that was! Guess who got to do chores morning and night all by himself for two months? Had deer come into camp checking for edibles, but they chase away pretty easy. Bears run off when I holler at them, . . . so far. Haven't used the bear spray or a gun on them yet. Wolves keep their distance and watch me watch them. The cougar that bothers me is the one that I don't know is checking me out. A gun wouldn't be much use in a surprise attack. I'm more concerned with walking up on a remote meth lab than I am about wild animals. Other than skeeters, of course.

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  5. Stonefish Triploid and Humpy Hater

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    WDFW is aware of the citizens concerns over the expanding state wolf populations.
    They are doing a feasibility study of triploid wolf introductions, which would likely solve all wolf related problems mentioned in previous WFF wolf threads.
    The other option is to plant diploid wolves and have selective harvest seasons for tail clipped only wolves.
  6. cuponoodle breakfast gritty

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    You could almost say the same thing about the landscape that wolves inhabited in Washington.
  7. Krusty Active Member

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    I have spent some time around wolves in Alaska (once had 4 of them trot by me sitting in the brush...close enough I could see their eyes dilate when they finally saw me...they were far more frightened by the encounter than I was, and scrambled off in a blur of speed). They're hardly the equivalent of a T. Rex.

    Wolf attacks on humans are exceedingly rare...even where they exist in large populations.

    The main group I think has a moderately legitimate gripe about the reintroduction of wolves are stockman who run open range operations (I'm not too keen on those fellas either...they overgraze public lands and do a pathetic job of maintaining the fences that keep them from beating the shit out of public waters).

    Since a lot of prople want wolves (mostly city-slickers who have the political power to legislate their will), I think we ought to have a pretty easy process to facilitate repayment for stock losses that have even a slight appearance of wolf predation....that way, even the small number of people actually negatively impacted by their reintroduction will quit whining about it.
  8. GAT Active Member

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    I have no problem reimbursing ranchers for lost livestock to wolves, but not if the livestock is free ranging and not contained within a fenced enclosure.

    I don't want my tax dollars going to someone who allows his cattle to roam free in wolf country. The wolf doesn't know the difference between a cow and an elk if it's wandering through the forest.

    I'm not a fan of free range ranching anyway so I have a problem with any claims in regards to cattle lost to wolves if the cattle are wandering around public lands.
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  9. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    Krusty sounds like a good screen name for you. If you still hunted you'd be amongst the bunch of whiners (your words).

    If the deer and elk aren't eaten by wolves the survivors will be very skittish. I hunted moose up in Alberta one year and while I saw moose and wolves I only heard deer. Snap a stick while walking and the deer would spook.
  10. Krusty Active Member

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    Everyone needs an excuse for getting skunked! I guess 'wolves' works as well as anything! In Alaska they use 'bears' as the excuse for an unproductive moose hunt.

    And, as I recall from my hunting days, deer were always spooked by snapping twigs during hunting season. Like a kid around report card time, they get jumpy!
  11. martyg Active Member

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    I am happy to have seen this thread - because I was about to go for a walk and now I am reconsidering it. The real question is what sidearm is appropriate for T Rex, wolves, bears (black & grizz), skunks, mice, ground squirrels, marmots, camp robbers, and other chiselers. Thanks for the heads-up. I might have gotten into a bad situation.

    As for ranchers, of course they should be reimbursed for cattle killed by predators on land owned by the US public that they degrade and access for a fraction of its value. They are god-fearin' republicans who don't believe in hand-out.
  12. Krusty Active Member

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    The main problem is that the legislators representing those areas (which happen to be large areas of open range public land) carry a lot of clout...piss off the rancher, and the pack is killed by government hunters (which is what happened to the 'Wedge Pack' up by Colville). I'd rather pay off the ranchers and keep the wolves too. The reality is that open range ranchers are a powerful group in sparse country...they aren't going away.

    You can argue with them to agree with your point of view (which isn't going to happen, anymore than you're going agree with theirs), or you can pay them off...which totally changes their 'point of view'.

    What's the old Truman saying when he had to get sides with conflicting interests to agree? "Better to have them inside the tent pissing out, than have them outside pissing in."
  13. GAT Active Member

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    I don't expect to convince them because as you say, I can't. I grew up with those folks so I know their mind set. Hell, my relatives are some of them!

    So, you use a big stick. Sure, if you ranchers want to take advantage of public property and let your cattle roam free to destroy land and rivers, fine. But you will not be paid for any cattle that are killed by wolves who happen to live on those public lands. Their choice. No fences, no money for killed cattle by wolves.

    This is how you deal with it. No reason for negotiations or anyone trying to convince anyone else... because that ain't going to happen. Again, no fences.
    No money. Period.
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  14. bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    For the record if I'm packing a gun its because I'm unsure about the humans I might encounter, normaly I avoid these places but sometimes I'm forced to go into the big city..
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  15. Porter Active Member

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    I say let nature runs its course and not try to run it for her. One day it to will run us off the edge to extinction too! ;)
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  16. GAT Active Member

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    There's many cases of anglers turning up dead or disappearing while fishing alone in remote areas. If I do carry it is only when fishing alone in remote areas... and has nothing to do with the fear of four legged beasts or snakes.

    I've encountered humans in remote areas with large guns on their hips and I'd like to be able to return fire if need be :D
  17. Krusty Active Member

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    Ain't going to happen my friend.
  18. jersey livin' the dream

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    We reimburse the $19 per pound for rib eyes. Free range beef aint cheap
  19. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Wow, so much BS in only three pages. Impressive. Silly for any public safety enforcement officer to shoot a dying deer, then remove it from the ecosystem. If WDFW has rules requiring this, that is one point for reconsideration. When the LEO took the wolf's eventual kill and food source away, he altered the natural course of events. Just like man to always think they can make things in nature better. Alex may make some stretch points for emphasis, but know this, a hungry wolf that tasted the blood of his likely kill only to have it taken away will not wait long for its next meal. That meal could prove to be one of opportunity and small mammals beware, even if at a nearby farm or home.

    I'm clearly just an uninformed city slicker, but about two other points that I think are being misconstrued. One, that a large cat will always pounce and that man has little time to react, if any. I'm calling BS on that one for two reasons. I've hiked into locations with big cats and on two occasions actually come in visual contact with them. Not carrying either time. Nothing on my belt or thigh. I stared right at them, one at about 40' the other closer to 70'. They stared at me. I was not alone, but was the lead hiker at the time both times. Maybe I'm not loud enough? Both cases, I was able to reach into my pack to get my trusty e-tool pick/shovel and have it at the ready. My knife was close at hand too, just in case the paw to hand combat ensued. I did not drop my pack for two reasons, one, I've been taught and believe that your pack may just prevent that first paw or jaw chomp from getting your neck and two, my e-tool was accessible without removing my pack. Neither cat pounced. One drank while staring at me staring at him, then quartered away, still staring, and slowly disappeared into the woods. The other watched me until the next hiker arrived, making a lot of noise and asking what I was staring at. That cat bolted, and the second hiker did not even see it. Once the group was together and all were calling BS on me, I took them over to the area where he stood and showed them the tracks.

    One trip we were on our way in from a three day overnighter. The other trip was just a long loop trail. Unsure I would have slept much if those nights were ones requiring me to be in the woods again. I think a little fear and respect of mother nature, her creatures great and small and her power to command all earthy forces is a good thing.

    Now I'm a dad, two young ladies that enjoy my company on the water, at the house or in the woods. If I choose to carry, I do so more for them than for me. When I'm out with other friends, many of them carry. Some are posters in this very thread. None are the types that I'd consider scared when in the woods. I think they do so because they can, they are comfortable doing so, and they know that those tools might make a difference in those rare circumstances.

    Now, as for the reintroduction of an extinct species, or the wrong one that is remotely related to that which was here a century ago but extinct. If something is extinct, does it not fail to exist? If it fails to exist, it also fails to have a population base or range. If reintroduced, it does not immediately have a connection with that pre-extinction range. It will actually develop its own range now in the renewed existence, adapting its own range to the surroundings taking in all critical factors like predators, food supply, topography, weather and all the other things that don't mean crap from before it became extinct. The only thing that matters is the here and now, that some guy shot and stole its food and now it has to go on the hunt again, more tired, more hungry and more likely to take some new existence specific risks.

    Regardless, many here are full of crap. Just putting in my two cents so that I can be part of that crowd, I guess.
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  20. freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Cannot call it either way except for my one experience on the upper Ruby when we kept smelling a dam awful smell as we made our way downstream. Rounding an oxbow, there on a carcass was a mountain lion right near waters edge on the opposite bank (Ruby's about 15ft wide). It and I froze in a moment of time, then it and I retreated while keeping eye contact. The cat moved into the brush and we decided the fishing was better upstream :) . They say if you have spent any significant in the back country, chances are you have been watched by cats. Since we don't routinely hear about folks getting pounced on, I'd be inclined to agree with Ed.
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