Outdoor Pranks and Jokes

OK, here is my story ...

I will be renting a cabin in the Methow Valley in July, with an assortment of family members. They are not exactly "outdoor people," so I am planning to pull a number of outdoor pranks on them. Here is one that I have used before, and it is a great way to mess with outdoor naivete:

Purchase a box of Milk Duds ahead of time. It is important that the pieces of candy are not melted melted together.

Just before you are about to pull the prank, you discreetly open the box of Milk Duds, and gently pour them into a pile on the ground (preferably in a grassy spot). You must place the candies in a spot where everybody will be able to see them, like next to the fire pit, or near the patio. The idea is to make them look like fresh deer droppings ...

You casually notice the fresh deer droppings, and point them out to the inexperienced guests. You say, " Look at these fresh deer droppings from last night. I wonder if they are from a mule deer or a whitetail deer? Do any of you know how to tell?" You pause, then, " I once heard that you can tell if it is mule deer droppings because they taste sweet when they are fresh, and whitetail dropping are not sweet." You appear pensive, uncertain. "I want to know what kind of deer was right here last night, so I am going to check it out." And you reach down, and hesitantly put one of the milk duds in your mouth. "It was a mule deer, these are sweet. Anyone else want to try?"

I am not sure where I learned this prank, it may have even been on this Forum. The story you tell can be adjusted or modified to fit many circumstances (e.g. moose, elk, coyote, whatever) As I said, it is a fun gag, especially when they don't laugh ... :rofl:

I am calling on the collective brain trust that frequents this Forum, what other pranks have you pulled? I would like to be armed with a few more for this upcoming trip ...

Bonefish Jack

Jon Viebrock

Livin down by the river, eating gov'ment cheese...
I was out camping and fishing with some dumbass buddies once, and started in talking about bigfoot around the campfire at night. After a while, I got up to go pee, and discretely took my 44 (loaded with really hot 250 gr pig loads). After getting behind a BIG tree (remember that those guys are dumbasses) I start hollering bloody murder and firing the 44. the flash was about three feet long in the pitch black and I could see the idiots running around the fire scared shitless. It was great!!!!!!!!!


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I would hire some kids or wee little people to dress up as ewoks and emerge from the woods in the early dusk.

Then, I would proceed to get them all drunk (only if they weren't kids) and party down - with ewoks - in the woods.

Man, I don't if there'd be anything better than that.


Ed Call

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Battery operated air inflatable, the kind that dance around. Dark, in the distance through filtered trees, able to put on a timer or remote. Now that would put the heebie jeebies into folks that have been sitting around telling stories about sasquatch in the woods trying to act like they are comfortable and at one with nature. Tape recorded squeals like pigs being chased, blood curtling screams, sounds of heavy breathing, footsteps, twigs and limbs cracking. Take a hike with a heavy pack and record your breathing, stomping and breaking through stuff, pipe that into or near the cabin, even escalating in volume as if whatever it was is heading right at you all from the rivers edge...also could give them the shivers.

Search here about posts with Bigfoot or Sasquatch, there have been some really interesting ones that if played right would scare the crap out of lots of folks. You are truly evil, I dig that.


"Chasing Riseforms"
My son and I made up a story while taking a few of his friends up backpacking in the Olympics when they were 12 and 14 year olds. When asked what those holes were in the ground (marmot) we proclaimed they were "Mountain Pythons" so be careful and avoid those. And for sure don't put your hand near any of those holes. The story goes on and on and you can really get those kids thinking.


Anywhere ~ Anytime
I am not sure where I learned this prank, it may have even been on this Forum.
Pat Mcmanus wrote it :) He used choclate covered raisins though.

The BEST is a remote controll electronic predator call. Cougar screaming right at first light will do it :eek: Move the speaker and play something else later.
Warning. You have to plan carefully for unexpected results. When I was a kid, my buddy and I were camped out in a wall tent next to his cabin in the Catskills in New York. This was in the 50's and we had just seen Disney's Davey Crockett. In that one, the movie ended with ole Davey swinging his trusty musket by the barrel and taking on the whole Mexican army. Anyway, after we had gone to bed thinking of black bears, Larry's dad had to visit the outhouse. Shortly after that, we were startled into "fully awake"--you know, putting on the Keds really fast in the dark--by a low growl coming from a creature that was scratching on the side of the tent. While Larry quietly untied the ribbons holding the tent opening, I did a Davey with my Daisy air rifle. As I connected with the paw of the critter on the other side of the tent wall, we heard a tremendous roar and both of us bolted into the cabin. Thankfully, we were smart enough to lock the door behind us.

Rick Todd

Active Member
I have a good hunting buddy and he tells of when he first moved to Bellingham from Illinois. He got to know some guys from the gun club and they kept talking about taking him up to their cabin for a special hunt. He suspected a "snipe hunt" and while hunting pheasant at Lake Terrell he flushed a couple snipe and shot them. He put them away in the freezer and when the day came for his trip to the cabin he took them along. Sure enough, when it got dark they put him in the woods and started beating the bush to drive thee snipe to him. He let off a couple rounds from his shotgun. When his buddies got to him they asked what he was shooting at. He said he wasn't sure, but did these birds look like the snipe he was supposed to shoot. Took the guys quite a while to figure that one out! Rick
There is a utube vidio out there somewhere in which some guys put a full mount cougar in a guys tent. When he went to bed after what looked like many hours around the camp fire and a proportionate amount of whisky he almost had a heart attack. Best one I ever saw. W
I wont say the names of the persons I've done this too, but I like to put things in my buddies travel bags, like enema's, lubricants, waxing strips etc. Then if they notice it make a big deal of it saying what the hell are you planning? Better if their wife of girlfriends find it.
Many years ago, a buddy and I would hunt deer in Utah way the the hell out and back.
One year we got saddled with a no-hunting, pain in the ass relative of his that more or less invited himself.
So, we are WAY out in the "boonies" on less than four wheel drive access setting up camp while he's doing squat and it starts to snow.
My friend and I do the 'wink-wink" thing and start saying how "bad" the sky looks and maybe we shouldn't have strayed so far from a real beaten path. The more we comment on the weather, the more nervous this guy is getting.
It snows harder and he's even more freaked and starts wanting to go. We remarked about the guys who perished in this vicinity during a snowstorm a few years ago.
When we started dividing the food into individual daily rations, he started to cry!


Eyes to the sky...
I am going to love this thread. I like simple. Just jumping out and yelling is good to scare the piss out of someone. Fake snakes will get the job done as well. My mom is terrified of snakes. I almost caught a beating when I was a kid by throwing one on her in a very crowded toy store.

Ed Call

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How about going on a simple hike. Stopping frequently to look around cautiously as if you have seen something, just enough to really get their attention. Then make a point to do a few hamstring and quad stretches as if readying for the chase. Dropping catch phrases like I don't have to be the fastest of the group, just faster than you. Even asking someone who is carrying a particular item if you can carry that for them...might be needing that in a little while...just to make them think.

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