Call of the wild

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

  1. Porter Active Member

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    I'll second your carharts comment! dead on.
  2. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Wolves will only attack you is you are messing with their young or you are in the way of what they are eating, or the big one. They are rabid.

    But to pull down a child to eat. They would never do that with all the other wild animals out there. They really don't like to be around MAN.

    How come nobody put out any popcorn with this subject.
  3. Krusty Active Member

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    We were waiting for you to bring the popcorn, Old Man. We hear there's no popcorn tax in Montana.
  4. zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    One thing I'd like to know from the wolf experts or should I say "opinion holders" is how many wolves have you seen in the wild? The Discovery channel, zoos, petting or otherwise, and Yellowstone Park do not count. I've seen 5 and one had a rifle pointed at it. My intention was turning it into a rug.

    My guess is a lot of the "opinion holders" have never seen a live wolf.
  5. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I would more worry about a Coyote than a Wolf. Them little shits are sneaky.
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  6. Krusty Active Member

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    Oh-oh, I'm thinking somebody has been watching "The Grey" one too many times (once is one too many times)!

    I've seen five, all in Alaska. Four together that trotted within 10 feet of me while I sat in the brush, and one at a distance of about 75 yards. Magnificent animals.

    I found that encountering cow moose with their young a whole lot more worrisome than wolves....I think most natives would say the same. Nobody I met in my travels in Alaska, the Yukon Territory, orr northern BC worried about wolves at all...though they do pay attention to bears and moose.
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  7. GAT Active Member

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    Nah... they're harmless little dudes. A few years ago, Virginia and I were hunting morels in NE Oregon. A coyote came wandering buy, looked at us like he was saying "howdy" then went on his way as if we were no big deal.
  8. Krusty Active Member

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    Hell, I'm more worried about raccoons than wolves...I've seen some very aggressive racoons. Of course, no wild animal is as scary as some dirtbag's mistreated pitbull.

    One thing about wolves...once they move into a territory, that's the end of the coyotes.
  9. Jonnytutu Member

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    To add a little Canadian perspective to this.......we don't carry guns here, unless you are a hunter with permit/license etc. We have lots of wolves, its really nice to go to sleep and hear wolves howling, they also happen to be beautiful, intelligent animals. I see them sometimes (I've seen maybe 20 in total), and relish it every time. I still often sleep outside when camping by a lake in the bush. Wolves don't hurt people, that thought/statement is slightly embarrassing. How many people have been hurt by wolves in the last 10yrs? now compare that to dogs in town.....see? slightly embarrassing.

    Many of our ecosystems that still sustain wolves are almost identical to those in Washington, if ours can sustain wolves happily then yours can too...without throwing it all out of whack when they are introduced. Of course there will be a settling in period, all the ungulates will be on edge, and there will be less of them.

    Also the thought of needing to carry guns in the bush is slightly silly as well, aside from the odd grizzly/black bear attack, our animals are pretty mellow, don't hit their babies and everything is normally fine. Call me weird but the fact that we have real animals that might hurt you is what makes our bush so much more appealing, a gun 'just for protection' just seems like it takes the 'interesting' out of the bush.

    Anyways, we have wolves, and its great, I for one am pretty happy that washington also has wolves.
  10. Krusty Active Member

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    Jonnytutu, exactly the sentiments I heard everywhere up there....and if it's one thing that pisses Canadians off is when American tourists get sloppy with campfood storage (or even worse, feeds bears from a vehicle) and it ends in the needless death of one of your animals.

    By far and away, the worst thing I experienced were your mosquitos!
  11. Porter Active Member

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    Make a spray mixed of water and honey and tell everyone that will keep the mosquitos away....works for me ...while everyone around me takes the hits! :D
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  12. sopflyfisher Active Member

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    Many americans carry guns in the woods to feel tough. They are the same guys with the 25 elk stickers (my favorite is the one with the pic of the bull and the word "testosterone" under it) on their jacked up compensator rig and in many cases beer gut to match thus assuring they could never get far fromthe road to even see a predator. Jonny has it about right. Also Vladimir u should check out mule hunting clothes. U will never wear office jeans again if u order the pants. I work the same occupation as u and am happy with these.
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  13. GAT Active Member

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    Considering the diseases carried by ticks... you most likely have more to fear from a tick than a wolf.
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  14. psycho Active Member

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    Spent 6.5 hours yesterday clearing junk growth from some really steep grasslands that the deciduous were starting to overcome.Mule deer and Elk winter range. Finished and everyone had a tick picking party, sort of look like those pictures of Gorillas grooming each other. Only thing in the world that I hate is ticks, cannot think of any reason for their existence.
  15. bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    The only thing I fear is A redheaded woman & the seattle police department, both are unpredicable & dangerous
  16. Peyton00 Active Member

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    LOL. The new age american male. Tough as nails.... fingernails that is.
  17. bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    Dude , can you hook me up with whatever you are smokin
  18. cuponoodle breakfast gritty

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    Guns: bad.
    Wolves: good.
    Got it.
  19. sopflyfisher Active Member

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    No, guns good, wolves probably okay too, not sure as i personally don't have much experience with them.
  20. Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    Clearly you miss the point of the analogy. no matter what you think, wolves were NOT part of the ecosystem for over a century. Any attempt to "reintroduce" them constitutes an introduction of a (now) invasive species. And in the jungle, a little kitten can rip the living shit out of you.