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post #1 of 100 (permalink) Old 03-29-2015, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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What is your worst fear of being "out" in the wilds?

I love to camp.I love it year round.
And I have found that my fears change with the seasons.

I love to go camping in all seasons, and I really sat down one day to sort out my fears.
APRIL,,,trout season..
Love to tent but now liking my camper.
This is my biggest time of year to fear bears,at least for me,in my mind.
They are coming out of winters deep sleep,they got young to feed,,and have come around my camp many times over the years,but no problems at all then just the surprise to see them.
I keep a clean camp,but fire smells seem to bring them in.
A few yells and shouts and they are gone.

My biggest fear of the year comes around July and August.
Once again the night is full of sounds.
The fear not comes from just the animals,but what if I should get bit by a coon,bat,or skunk?
That bite scares me to death,,cause if I can't capture that critter,then it is the rabies treatment to go through.
Little later,it seems the wildlife spreads out,not all of them in your back yard.I calm down.Can sleep on the ground,or just a sleeping bag.Don't need any shelter other then a tarp for rain.
But then you got the ground critters. Spiders,snakes,ANTS!!!frog or toads,and skeetters!!
All are pretty much harmless,but can ruin a good nights sleep.
Then comes late fall.
What a great time of year!!!
You tune into all of the sounds and rustles in the night.
You now know them all,and I sleep my best.
Dead of winter and I really like nothing more then a good heat source and the wind in the trees.
Wildlife,,,,,They are still there,,but not in the numbers they once were.

Co-worker and buddy of mine likes to go along camping,,but that poor man goes through the batteries in his flashlight like no other.
Every sound,crackle,snap,,his head and light go turning around.
He sits 5 feet from the fire,not because he is cold,,but because "nothing" will get him.
If left alone he will follow you within 10 feet of you.
You go to bed early,he will go inside as soon as it gets dark.
After dark,he sits with his hand on the butt of his gun.
He loves to go camping...........BUT only before it gets dark.

So be honest,,,What really scares you ,,if anything???

true pleasure is a pair of red eyes coming at you in the night
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post #2 of 100 (permalink) Old 03-29-2015, 10:43 PM
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The spiders!
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post #3 of 100 (permalink) Old 03-29-2015, 10:58 PM
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All year round its Ticks for me.... I dont mind things i can see when they are attacking me. Its the ones i cant see that drive me crazy
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Anymore I fear it when the tax assessor comes around, but I'm usually not at camp when he shows up.

I can shoot critters if they come around and threaten me, not so much with tax assessors?

Bad year for deer ticks at camp last year. Hoping the extended cold periods and multiple sub zero days/nights up there put a crimp in 'em, but not holding out much hope.

Some folks' learnin' curves just look like circles...3A Camp/also hunt 4B
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Ticks as well for me.
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post #6 of 100 (permalink) Old 03-29-2015, 11:18 PM
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Snakes; the kind that crawls on its belly and the kind that walks in boots.

Good night Chesty, wherever you are......
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post #7 of 100 (permalink) Old 03-29-2015, 11:42 PM
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My worst fear of all is rattlesnakes. Not for me. I think they're kinda cool. But everywhere I go I take my dog and let him run. My worst fear is for him to get into a rattler up at camp or even a copperhead around home. Copperheads are known to be out around the family farm. I know it doesn't happen often, but it does happen. My dog that I have now is one of those "once in a lifetime" dogs and I would really hate to lose him.
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post #8 of 100 (permalink) Old 03-29-2015, 11:58 PM
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Worst fear - 1. Cutting myself bad or having someone I'm with cut themselves and being off the beaten path. 2. Falling through ice. 3. Sneaking back to camp at 2 am and the wife's still up.

I'm so far behind I think I'm in first place.
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post #9 of 100 (permalink) Old 03-29-2015, 11:59 PM
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Since most of my outings away from my cabin are solo and my cabin has no cell phone service or any other access to the outside, my biggest fear is serious injury or other catastrophe at the cabin.
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post #10 of 100 (permalink) Old 03-30-2015, 12:08 AM
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Rattlesnakes... Tioga County is loaded with them. I fear them when I'm fishing, scouting, mountain biking, swimming, etc.

Only the owners of a GSP would truly understand, "If I fits, I sits".
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