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Title: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on October 11, 2014, 11:52:42 AM
Maybe this will turn into a thread with pics contributed from all over. (hint: Australian, Europe,etc.)

Found this guy 100 yards from my house this morning on my way to work.  He was so engrossed in beating up a poor little plum bush that he really didn't care that my truck was idling his way.  Got this pic from about 40 feet away[media id=393 type=preview align=center caption=" 20141011 090208"].
Colorado front range, 7:30 AM.

Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: quietcanine on October 11, 2014, 01:28:51 PM
Here is one out of my yard (which is in central Virginia)
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3950/15503877581_445b01462f_s.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/pC2qEa)City Stag (https://flic.kr/p/pC2qEa) by quietcanine (https://www.flickr.com/people/[email protected]/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: Rob01 on October 11, 2014, 04:59:11 PM
Caught this one in the back yard. :D

[media id=394 type=full align=center caption="wild cat"]
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on October 11, 2014, 05:09:26 PM
Looks like a vicious predator Rob. :).  My barn cat gets so much to eat he shares his bowl with the mice - no joke!
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: Killick on November 02, 2014, 06:51:47 PM
Nice little shelter in the woods behind my home

[media id=457 type=full align=center caption="photo 6"]
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on November 02, 2014, 07:17:58 PM
Bet a fox and a few coons have hung out in there.  What kind of tree is that?
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: Killick on November 02, 2014, 07:34:07 PM

Bet a fox and a few coons have hung out in there.  What kind of tree is that?


Yes I'm sure. We also have fisher cats around here.
I'm not sure what kinda of tree. That or I forget. I'll take a walk out there soon... oops with the leaves just about gone I might not be able to identify. I see.


Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: Fuzzbuster on November 05, 2014, 07:22:15 AM
On the picture of the tree trunk, it reminds me about 15 years ago I had one of my nanny goats put her two newborns in the far rear end of a tree trunk much like that one on my place, then she stood in front of the tree trunk on guard and backing into the tree trunk to nurse them with her head looking the front side.   I think that is a smart nanny goat and I have never seen that happen again.  The tree later died and it is now gone.  These goats are raised under range conditions with livestock guard dogs and not in a barn yard under human supervision or help. 
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: Killick on November 05, 2014, 05:49:37 PM

On the picture of the tree trunk, it reminds me about 15 years ago I had one of my nanny goats put her two newborns in the far rear end of a tree trunk much like that one on my place, then she stood in front of the tree trunk on guard and backing into the tree trunk to nurse them with her head looking the front side.   I think that is a smart nanny goat and I have never seen that happen again.  The tree later died and it is now gone.  These goats are raised under range conditions with livestock guard dogs and not in a barn yard under human supervision or help.


Very cool Fuzz. Yeah the tree is pretty neat.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on February 03, 2015, 12:05:24 PM
This Colorado kitty cat has been hanging around our neighborhood for the past three weeks.  Very unusual since these guys migrate through a huge territory in the search of prey.  Think I read somewhere their average ranging territory is about 1000 square kilometers. Typically they will take a kill, feed on it for 5-7 days and then move on.  This cat was on a kill 200 yards from my house 3 weeks ago.  This game camera picture is from this morning at 5:30.  The camera is set up on an ATV trail 150 yards from my front door.  Needless to say I walk my dogs at night with a pistol.  When this cat is close, they know it and do their nightly business within 10 feet of where I'm standing.  Smart dogs![media id=663 type=preview align=center caption="cat"]
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This little boy showed up to service our resident female two nights ago at her request.  She caterwauled for about six hours from 9PM to 2AM almost non-stop.  The withers on this male come to upper mid-thigh on me based on the weed height.  I'm guessing he is 120-130 pounds of raw cat.  Hoping he doesn't stick around too long - I've had to schedule both of my dogs with the psychologist.[media id=704 type=preview align=center caption="First Covert 019 (2)"]
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: Trent on February 03, 2015, 01:23:35 PM
Holy crap!! Do you ever get that feeling that something is watching you when you're out and about?
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on February 03, 2015, 04:14:26 PM
Yes Trent I do once and awhile, but my dog is a pretty good sentinel and I always carry a pistol.  These cats are VERY aloof, hunt mainly at sunrise or sunset, and lay up during the day.  Usually if you're fortunate enough to see them during the day they are coming off feeding on a kill or a pack of dogs is pushing them.

The only reason they have been so active around my place recently is because of the number of mule deer we have.  It's like King Soopers for them.

JV
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: txaggie on February 11, 2015, 08:12:10 PM
great photo - always wanted me a kitty! Read this story back late last year, kind of makes you think about that are you being watched statement?

http://cbs7.com/multimedia/article_d2387758-7b6e-11e4-9de7-dfdf9e9bf8e1.html

I use to work with a bunch of guys who would travel to Colorado or New Mexico hunting elk and hear the stories about packing out quartered meat. I remember teasing them about the fact that they are dragging bait? :)

I can't imagine being in this fathers shoes,

Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: basshawg42 on February 12, 2015, 08:27:08 AM
that's a cool story !! SCARY
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: Fuzzbuster on February 13, 2015, 06:28:56 PM
I read the story on the 12 year old girl (Odessa Texas ) that shot the mountain lion in New Mexico.  Seems harsh that the game wardens did not let her keep the dead mountain lion in order to have it mounted on the wall of her family home.  Any one can see the mountain lion was coming after her for its dinner,  least she could of had it on her wall.  Those kind of laws just don't seem fair.  
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: maverick2 on March 20, 2015, 08:55:47 PM
Ran across this scene on a back road between our place and town. 
(http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab270/maverick_2/SANY0446.jpg)
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: txaggie on March 20, 2015, 11:03:56 PM
LOL - that's crazy! That's when you know your in a rural area. ;)
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: swampthang on March 21, 2015, 03:45:35 AM
she's watching the animal planet through the kitchen window on dish network  lol
;D
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: maverick2 on March 21, 2015, 06:56:25 PM
Something sure had her interest -- it took me a few minutes to dig out the camera, and during that time she had checked out all the windows, walked back and forth alongside the house a couple times, and finally stepped onto the porch.  Wasn't the least bit concerned with me parked 50 yards away.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: Cold Trigger Finger on March 21, 2015, 11:02:01 PM
Yup.  We get them here.  That's why I pack a G20 generally loaded with 220 gr TC hard cast going as fast as they reliably can.
This time of year the moose get kinda cranky because of the deep crusted snow.  Moose have long legs but spending their winter wading thru 3' of snow doesn't make it easier on them .
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on March 22, 2016, 03:03:55 PM
(http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w485/jvw2008/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-02/59F5BF42-7533-489C-BC96-9DD91E1FDB3C_zpsjrq3a21v.jpg)

So a few days back we had some decent weather and I grabbed my RPR and 50 rounds to play with on my 100 yard range next to my barn. I was totally focused and didn't realize I had visitors until one sauntered through my scope at about 50 yards. I eased my finger off the trigger and started taking pics with the cell phone. 18 of these guys grazed their way thru my range while I sat there. Talk about animal conditioning - they came in while I was shooting and were in no hurry to leave after I finished my box of rounds. Guess my neighbors and the deer feel like they are living in a military armory range.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: chazwood on March 22, 2016, 04:11:04 PM
Here's some couple more pics from our Australia day weekend.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: Trent on March 22, 2016, 09:26:04 PM
That is crazy jvw. I've seen them do that on gun club ranges, but never a private home range. You must shoot a lot!!

Great photo!
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: Trent on March 22, 2016, 09:27:44 PM
Chaz, that is probably just another Roo to y'all, but to those of us over here across the pond that is a crazy sighting.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: eas1949 on March 22, 2016, 09:43:41 PM
Those Roos' can be tough!!

(http://i1155.photobucket.com/albums/p554/Eric_Sandhoff/Kangaroo_zpspdoy7zyt.jpg)
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on March 22, 2016, 10:05:32 PM
That is crazy jvw. I've seen them do that on gun club ranges, but never a private home range. You must shoot a lot!!

Great photo!
Actually they have gotten a little pushy since I quit putting them in the freezer a few years ago. Here's one that wanted to come in for breakfast last summer. (http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w485/jvw2008/Mobile%20Uploads/2015-07/689D12C2-CAD8-47F1-8455-13C27036FF79_zpsis0z4z0y.jpg)

And here is another one I caught spying on me watching the football playoffs in December.
(http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w485/jvw2008/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-03/7CF74AFF-2C5E-4911-A11A-AA6540FAB92F_zpscvuwgszp.jpg)
I live in an earth home. This little boy was grazing dry grass on the roof and checking me out through the window.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on March 22, 2016, 10:10:52 PM
Actually the buck was in the early fall - beginning of football season.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: chazwood on March 23, 2016, 05:52:19 AM
Chaz, that is probably just another Roo to y'all, but to those of us over here across the pond that is a crazy sighting.
Yeah Trent I was thinking, the thing's you see when you don't have a gun.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: chazwood on March 23, 2016, 05:54:03 AM
Those Roos' can be tough!!

(http://i1155.photobucket.com/albums/p554/Eric_Sandhoff/Kangaroo_zpspdoy7zyt.jpg)
He may be tough, but nothing the creed can't handle.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on March 23, 2016, 11:08:36 AM
Tough - meaning to chew!
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: dadajack on March 23, 2016, 11:40:32 AM
I think you could bite off a bit more than you could chew with this roo. This is ridiculous. Roos be pumped up!

(http://i1372.photobucket.com/albums/ag352/jeaplano/MuscleRoo_zpsztbiggem.jpg) (http://s1372.photobucket.com/user/jeaplano/media/MuscleRoo_zpsztbiggem.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: MTMAN on March 23, 2016, 12:12:17 PM
Wow, that is one mean looking roo! I carry a Smith 29 44Mag for grizzly bears here during bow season. Looks like you may need one there too! Is that a photo shopped picture, or is he really that large?
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: dadajack on March 23, 2016, 12:59:19 PM
I believe it is real. Alpha males (like me) get buff and crazy. Aussie could confirm or deny that. Not whether I'm an alpha male, but the roos.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: -CN- on March 25, 2016, 04:34:44 PM
That's why us motorcycle racers prefer our leather suits made out of roo instead of cow.  A lot tougher and more abrasion resistant, yet thinner and softer and more comfortable.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: chazwood on March 26, 2016, 04:59:46 PM
That's why us motorcycle racers prefer our leather suits made out of roo instead of cow.  A lot tougher and more abrasion resistant, yet thinner and softer and more comfortable.
You are right on the money about being roo hides being soft, roo hide boots are some of the most comfortable soft boots you can get just way to expensive for me.
You could make a lot of boots out this guy.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: maverick2 on April 03, 2016, 10:17:04 AM
Took a couple hour boondoggle drive early yesterday AM to see the Palouse Falls (SE Washington, near Lyon's Ferry on the Snake River). I haven't visited the falls in 30 yrs, and my wife and daughter have never been, so we made the trek on a sunny Saturday with decent runoff. Located in the dry scablands of Washington, the falls seem out of place in that environment, but are pretty awe inspiring.

(http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab270/maverick_2/SANY0009_1.jpg)

(http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab270/maverick_2/SANY0003.jpg)

(http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab270/maverick_2/SANY0002.jpg)

(http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab270/maverick_2/SANY0993.jpg)

(http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab270/maverick_2/SANY0989.jpg)

(http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab270/maverick_2/SANY0008.jpg)

(http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab270/maverick_2/SANY0012.jpg)
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: chazwood on April 03, 2016, 06:23:10 PM
That looks awesome!!!
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: chazwood on April 23, 2016, 03:47:52 AM
Took my 2 boy's out camping / hunting for the last 2 day's. I was hoping to find a deer but there was a lot of wild goat's around. We shot a nanny for food on the trip and a Billy goat my son wants to tan. A piece of wire hooked on my creed and scratched the new paint job.
Will post pics separate.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on April 27, 2016, 09:13:53 PM
(http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w485/jvw2008/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-04/AE2390D0-006D-46A6-8C53-6E62546BC30F_zpse213ldxv.jpg)

155 pound 9 year old female taken on my property about two weeks ago. She and her Tom partner took down and were feeding on an elk. Been after the tom with no success ever since. He will go about 225 - big boy.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: Ed on April 27, 2016, 10:43:12 PM
(http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w485/jvw2008/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-04/AE2390D0-006D-46A6-8C53-6E62546BC30F_zpse213ldxv.jpg)

155 pound 9 year old female taken on my property about two weeks ago. She and her Tom partner took down and were feeding on an elk. Been after the tom with no success ever since. He will go about 225 - big boy.

Did you keep the meat? I got to say, those cats are very tasty.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: Danbonzo on April 28, 2016, 06:03:30 AM
Wow! Beautiful animal.

Did you keep the meat? I got to say, those cats are very tasty.


Gotta ask- "tastes like chicken"??
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Post by: Ed on April 28, 2016, 10:15:08 AM
Very mellow and tender. Like chicken? No unless you think everything taste like chicken
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: Wilson1911 on April 28, 2016, 04:54:30 PM
Ed, that is an ultimate kill bro.
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Post by: basshawg42 on April 28, 2016, 08:31:12 PM
That is amazing
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Post by: Ed on April 28, 2016, 11:16:17 PM
(http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w485/jvw2008/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-04/AE2390D0-006D-46A6-8C53-6E62546BC30F_zpse213ldxv.jpg)

155 pound 9 year old female taken on my property about two weeks ago. She and her Tom partner took down and were feeding on an elk. Been after the tom with no success ever since. He will go about 225 - big boy.

Nice. Huge cat! Give us the scoop on the hunt and rifle
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on May 03, 2016, 07:27:58 PM
(http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w485/jvw2008/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-04/2A16CC3E-25D3-49FD-8E4C-6777E083FC1C_zpsxzdf9ibx.jpg)

Had a little electrical excitement at our place a few days back.  Sound like a sonic boom when it struck at 3 AM.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: basshawg42 on May 03, 2016, 09:16:56 PM
Wow that is crazy.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on May 03, 2016, 09:22:19 PM
We were very fortunate. The thunderstorm that generated this strike was a mixed rain-snow combo. Ground was wet and cold so the fire didn't spread into the adjacent forested mountain.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: Danbonzo on May 04, 2016, 05:59:05 AM
(http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w485/jvw2008/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-04/2A16CC3E-25D3-49FD-8E4C-6777E083FC1C_zpsxzdf9ibx.jpg)

Had a little electrical excitement at our place a few days back.  Sound like a sonic boom when it struck at 3 AM.
Looks like you figured out the posting issue Jerry. What was it?

I would've put my forehead thru the sheetrock above the bed when that thunder clapped! How far from the house did it hit??
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on May 04, 2016, 07:36:38 AM
It hit about 200 yds from the house but I didn't understand how close it was til I got up in the morning.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on May 06, 2016, 06:31:14 PM
Well it's officially spring in Fort Collins, CO!  This is George. He lives at my place under some boulders at the side of the house. He's been with us for five years now and usually makes his appearance when the snows are done.
(http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w485/jvw2008/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-05/EF36DEC1-A291-4C3A-A396-8F772006DD52_zpseifdhwea.jpg)
When he holds still long enough you can get a pretty good idea of his length. He just came out today and was moving REAL slow. Looks like about 5 foot 4 inches this year. He's hell on baby rabbits and we have a bunch so if one of our golden eagles doesn't get him this year he might get to six feet.  I love having this bull snake around because they are a major deterrent to the rattle snake population.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: maverick2 on July 18, 2016, 08:37:19 PM
Did a little early scouting for my mountain goat hunt in the northernmost unit of Idaho this past weekend.  Came back with a couple cool pics to share. 

(http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab270/maverick_2/SANY0256.jpg)

(http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab270/maverick_2/SANY0255.jpg)

(http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab270/maverick_2/SANY0251.jpg)

(http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab270/maverick_2/SANY0264.jpg)
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on July 18, 2016, 08:44:14 PM
Awesome pics Maverick!  Looks like they are just sitting waiting for you😊. That terrain looks vicious - have you started conditioning training yet?
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: maverick2 on July 19, 2016, 01:11:34 PM
Awesome pics Maverick!  Looks like they are just sitting waiting for you😊. That terrain looks vicious - have you started conditioning training yet?

Yeah, it's a bit steep.  (On my drive in, I was trying to scan the mountainsides in open spots while staying on the road, and found it easiest to open the sunroof on my pickup and look up/out the sunroof at the slopes rather than crane my head/neck to the side enough to look up and out.  As for conditioning, I'm not in too bad of shape starting out (I spend a fair amount of time working outdoors in similar terrain at similar elevation) but will need to ramp things up a bit.  Hope to get out at into the goat country least once a week scouting now thru the start of the season.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: Litehiker on September 15, 2016, 04:15:32 PM
jvw,

Are you sure those deer haven't seen your shooting and are therefore unafraid?  ;D

Eric B.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on September 15, 2016, 09:59:29 PM
jvw,

Are you sure those deer haven't seen your shooting and are therefore unafraid?  ;D

Eric B.

(http://i1078.photobucket.com/albums/w485/jvw2008/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-08/D0F76B52-766E-4B2D-AA54-A56E89E9D24E_zps2943sx3z.jpg) (http://s1078.photobucket.com/user/jvw2008/media/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-08/D0F76B52-766E-4B2D-AA54-A56E89E9D24E_zps2943sx3z.jpg.html)

Eric you are probably correct! I haven't taken a deer off my property for about 15 years so there are probably two generations who just don't correlate a rifle report with sudden death. Several weeks back this little guy decided to rest up just off the edge of my patio. That's one of my shooting benches in the background. 😊
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: maverick2 on January 26, 2017, 12:01:07 PM
Here's a view I don't come across very often...

(http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab270/maverick_2/SANY0968.jpg)

(http://i870.photobucket.com/albums/ab270/maverick_2/SANY0965.jpg)
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: chazwood on February 23, 2017, 05:01:46 AM
Went out to our range today and had a visitor.  He walked straight up the middle of the range until he spotted us then made for the tree.



Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on February 23, 2017, 07:35:36 AM
Chaz that looks like a monitor lizard. That's cool to see - don't have any of those buggers in the states. Since he saw you and took off I'm guessing they are not aggressive? I think I've heard their mouth is full of some really infectious bacteria.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: chazwood on February 23, 2017, 10:55:01 AM
He's a goanna, they are not aggressive but can be quite dangerous if you mess with them. You don't see them very often especially out in the open like he was .
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on November 19, 2017, 01:33:41 PM
(http://Peekaboo)

Played peekaboo with this little guy in my front yard for about 15 minutes this morning.

Sorry guys - seems I still can’t get Imgur to work off my iPhone. I will keep at it. 😤
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on November 19, 2017, 01:39:25 PM
https://imgur.com/a/NTZWu
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on November 19, 2017, 03:28:17 PM
(https://imgur.com/a/NTZWu)
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on November 19, 2017, 06:40:26 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/cuuuM7C.jpg)

Finally got it to upload. 😊
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Post by: jvw2008 on November 19, 2017, 06:49:35 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/of8SwWB.jpg)

Same buck looking for some Sunday morning delight with the does. 😍

That’s my driveway in the background.
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Post by: gman47564 on November 19, 2017, 06:57:36 PM
pretty country jerry... nice buck as well...
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: Ranger 188 on November 19, 2017, 07:33:32 PM
Jerry, nice young 4x4.  Maybe in a couple years you'll send us a picture with him a little wider and in some crosshairs!  ;)
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on November 19, 2017, 07:51:00 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/A0VmF7i.jpg)

This was probably his daddy a few years back. This pic is out my kitchen door. One of my shooting benches in the background. I didn’t see this deer again after the first few months of winter and I think he succumbed to a mountain lion. Look close and you will see his body is in poor condition for the summer months.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: chazwood on November 20, 2017, 04:13:00 PM
Awesome pics. Not sure the hunting in that area would be very challenging, I think it would be my type of hunting.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on November 20, 2017, 05:12:32 PM
We have a tom and two queen mountain lions that consider us as part of their territory. When one of them shows up there is not a deer to be seen for several days in a row. 😊  When that happens our dogs get walked at night on lead with a pistol in hand. The deer just learn. I often have to let them pass through my shooting range to finish a group. A month ago we had twelve snipers in to train in the mountainous terrain while several deer stood on the rocks and watched them. Adaptation.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: kdanie on December 20, 2017, 10:27:23 AM
This guy was in my back yard in N. Idaho last summer.  Extremely dry summer pushed more deer down from the mountains than usual. I keep a large bucket of water out back so hopefully they don't cross the highway to the creek. We loose a bunch to traffic every summer. Unfortunately we get some poachers & punk kids "thrill killing" out back, shoot 'em up with the AR/AK and drive off.

(https://s25.postimg.cc/3qpr5wjf3/P1030311_600_x_450.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

We also get Moose & Elk in the winter and into early spring. Caught this old guy taking a break in the cedars on a warm day in April '16.

(https://s25.postimg.cc/5hc0rzhj3/P1020100.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

Occasionally black bear too, had a large one come through last Sep.  We seldom get mountain lions but it's something to keep on your mind when walking the back 40...

ken
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: kdanie on January 13, 2018, 06:49:51 PM
Saw this guy early last spring in WY.

(https://s25.postimg.cc/ufmmnei5b/17992206_2000689170167489_7323422382519445411_n.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

ken
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on January 13, 2018, 06:59:49 PM
Truly a blessing to be able to cohabitate with that kind of wildlife. Beautiful kdanie. Thanx for sharing.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: MLN1963 on January 13, 2018, 07:18:36 PM
Some of you guys are blessed to live in such places. I’m jealous, but glad you share the views with your pictures. Thanks!
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: kdanie on January 15, 2018, 07:53:37 PM
Before I left on my recent road trip I put out 2 trail cameras, I just got back today and pulled the SD cards. Mostly deer and my neighbor walking his dog but I caught these two in my yard. Looks like early Nov. disregard the dates/times on the pics, I forgot to reset the cameras.

(https://s25.postimg.cc/sbq795p6n/STC_0050.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

(https://s25.postimg.cc/npu30tj33/STC_0672.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

ken
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: Longhair on November 23, 2018, 08:24:23 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/AYAOUhU.jpg)(https://i.imgur.com/5OkRD1s.jpg)I get a decent variety of critters hanging out here, but the deer get most of my attention. I've got a small herd that live right behind my barn.

(https://i.imgur.com/XA2Tken.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/9kzkXwE.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/1ryKyls.jpg)


(https://i.imgur.com/jWTSCpc.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/0RJzJd3.jpg)
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on November 23, 2018, 09:56:36 PM
Neat pictures Longhair. Especially the twin spotted fawns.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: maverick2 on February 02, 2019, 11:49:15 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/Oqrigt3.jpg)

Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: maverick2 on February 02, 2019, 11:57:08 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/bdbrGdD.jpg)
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: CaptGrumpy on February 03, 2019, 12:40:51 AM
Out my front yard across the valley on Christmas day! I love Idaho
(https://i.imgur.com/EAKT4y4.jpg)
New Years Day
(https://i.imgur.com/EByrWBu.jpg)
The storm a couple of weeks ago
(https://i.imgur.com/FwA88XL.jpg)
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on February 03, 2019, 10:03:20 PM
You picked a good state Capt. It’s all beautiful!  Your new spot looks great. 😊
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: mnbogboy on February 04, 2019, 10:23:54 AM
Beautiful places Maverick2 & CaptGrumpy,
Wish I was there.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on February 05, 2019, 09:42:04 AM
(https://imgur.com/a/8Y7kqOa)

This kitty was captured on my neighbors game camera close to my 1000 yard target on the mountain behind my house. This is one of the best game camera photos I’ve ever seen. Time was about two weeks ago in the early morning. There is no way to sex this cat from this picture but I’m guessing it’s about a 100 pound female. The area she is in is a common denning spot for females with a litter.

Side note: yesterday we had a juvenile )80 pound) cat attack and severely injure a runner about a mile from my house. That cat is now dead and being necropsied.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on February 05, 2019, 09:46:03 AM
https://imgur.com/a/8Y7kqOa

Sorry guys - very aggravating that I can’t get pics to show up using my new iPhone.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: chazwood on February 06, 2019, 06:42:42 AM
Love the cat watching the news
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on February 06, 2019, 10:02:42 AM
The cat in the pic is not the one involved in our recent human attack. Recent news is that the cat that attacked the runner was a 50 pound juvenile and the runner saved his own life by killing the cat on his own by suffocating it!!!  Amazing what you can accomplish when your life is on the line.  I don’t think the runner would have been so lucky or successful with the 100+ pound cat in the picture I posted.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: kdanie on May 02, 2019, 09:46:41 PM
That old moose I posted on page 5 stomped out my little old cocker last summer but I don't think it made through this winter so that's Karma for you. Here's the big black bear wandering into my yard in the middle of the afternoon.  Biggest black bear I've seen in N. Idaho in the past 50 years. 

(https://i.postimg.cc/c4SVvrY2/P1030473.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

ken
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Post by: jvw2008 on May 04, 2019, 10:33:38 AM
That’s a great picture Ken. You guys grow them big up there!
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: Longhair on May 23, 2019, 06:45:45 PM
First baby of the year!

(https://i.imgur.com/BgeEdqK.jpg)

Saw him this morning within a couple hours of being born, and then again when I got this pic later this afternoon. He was sneaking around in the brush near the top of my driveway, and momma was nowhere in sight.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: jvw2008 on May 23, 2019, 07:44:56 PM
So fragile and yet so resilient. Great picture Longhair.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: Longhair on May 23, 2019, 07:58:43 PM
So fragile and yet so resilient. Great picture Longhair.
Thanks!
I agree too. They are amazingly tough creatures. Anything that can live out in the elements year-round has my respect.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: Longhair on July 06, 2020, 12:59:54 PM
Yesterday morning I got up and happened to see a woodchuck in my side yard. So even before my first cup of coffee or first smoke I grabbed my Ruger Precision Rimfire (suppressed) crept out on my deck, and shot him in the head. Buzzards gotta eat, so I took him out front and tossed him in the road. Well, to my surprise nothing touched him all day. Nobody even ran him over with a car/truck/tractor....until this morning.



After getting smushed this morning by someone, a buzzard did stop by briefly, but then he was gone and I figured that what was left would just get ground up and feed flies. WRONG! I looked out a few minutes ago and this was what I saw.

(https://i.imgur.com/GHskz3d.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/LPO1Txo.jpg)
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: HufD63 on July 06, 2020, 01:34:44 PM
Cool
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Post by: mnbogboy on July 06, 2020, 01:45:30 PM
Nice
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Post by: rardoin on July 06, 2020, 01:52:57 PM
I wasn't aware that BE's will eat carrion.  Great pic!
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Post by: Longhair on July 06, 2020, 02:01:08 PM
I wish that the pics were clearer, but that's what I get for taking them with an auto-focus camera through a dirty window.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: rardoin on July 06, 2020, 02:07:23 PM
Not the best images but I was playing an owl call in my back yard and got a pair of Barred Owl's panties in a knot for a bit :D .

(https://i.imgur.com/q4DNSeG.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/2w1B5xi.jpg)
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: rardoin on July 06, 2020, 02:08:15 PM
I wish that the pics were clearer, but that's what I get for taking them with an auto-focus camera through a dirty window.

Looks pretty darn good to me.  He busted you BTW. ;D
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: Longhair on July 06, 2020, 04:28:38 PM
Not the best images but I was playing an owl call in my back yard and got a pair of Barred Owl's panties in a knot for a bit :D .
Owls are too cool! And those are GREAT pics!
Someday I'll relate a funny hunting story that involves owls and almost caused my demise.
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: mnbogboy on July 06, 2020, 04:46:46 PM
I wasn't aware that BE's will eat carrion.  Great pic!
These raptors are adaptors. They are a regular feature on car killed deer around here all year around.
I think there are more bald eagles around than anytime in modern history. They have evolved from predators to scavengers maybe because of improper management of other species.  We all know how some groups like to "manage" to their liking and often try to remove man from the balance of nature.  The absence of trapping in some areas have caused wild swings in the food chain due to overpopulation & then disease. Wiping out nearly whole populations of prey in a cycle leaves predators that survive not much choice.  Improper forest management in some areas is also a contributor, again a product of the agenda based culture leaking out of our universities.
True science is being ignored in many facits of our lives by this "me" generation.
Tough getting anyone to look at the big picture.

But I do love seeing the eagles!
Title: Re: Nature's Best (pics)
Post by: chazwood on August 06, 2020, 04:56:38 PM
These raptors are adaptors. They are a regular feature on car killed deer around here all year around.
I think there are more bald eagles around than anytime in modern history. They have evolved from predators to scavengers maybe because of improper management of other species.  We all know how some groups like to "manage" to their liking and often try to remove man from the balance of nature.  The absence of trapping in some areas have caused wild swings in the food chain due to overpopulation & then disease. Wiping out nearly whole populations of prey in a cycle leaves predators that survive not much choice.  Improper forest management in some areas is also a contributor, again a product of the agenda based culture leaking out of our universities.
True science is being ignored in many facits of our lives by this "me" generation.
Tough getting anyone to look at the big picture.

But I do love seeing the eagles!

A very similar thing has happened over here with our wedge tail eagle. Be fore covid and I could go to matches I was driving across the Hay plains and in the space of a couple of hours I'd seen more eagles than I had in the pass 2 or 3 year's. All eating road kill.
 Talking to a mate that managers his family farm, he was saying they shoot kangaroos every few days to feed them so they don't kill live stock.