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Kiwakwe

UT to E PA in 3.5 days, not much time to look around. E WY was 5° and blowing 50mph so hotel it was. Arriving in MO around 9pm found a nice spot to park the Rover in a field along one of the Muddy Creeks, a lot of coyote and some great horned owl activity during the night but no MOMO. Following night I was 10 mi S of Salt Fork SP in OH, stashed in a stubbly corn field by about 11pm. Walked the treeline along its S border and loitered for a while listening to the brook babbling down in the the thickets beneath the oaks, no Ohio Grassman to my knowledge.

A cold/windy WY:

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And stashed in MO:

49546789802_d8f977ca9d_h.jpg_27P6331 by LIght Pirate, on Flickr

 

 

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hiflier

Keep that pace up and you'll be home for my birthday, LOL. Now lemmeseeeeee.......what do I want this year.......

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ShadowBorn

Now, I do know what I do not want for my birthday? Not to be in that field of that first picture @Kiwakwe since just looking at it makes me feel cold as heck. I love the sunset but darn is that not cold. It looks brutal. :) 

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Kiwakwe
12 hours ago, hiflier said:

Keep that pace up and you'll be home for my birthday, LOL. Now lemmeseeeeee.......what do I want this year.......

Truckload of NOTCH2 test kits??:)

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hiflier

LMAO! Well, if I could be specific? A couple of NOTCH2NLC's might be nice. I'd get 'em right up there to the 'ol stompin' grounds around mid April :) I 'preciate the thought, but a lot has to happen in the next seven weeks before that. Guess you've been doing some reading, eh my friend?

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Kiwakwe
16 hours ago, hiflier said:

LMAO! Well, if I could be specific? A couple of NOTCH2NLC's might be nice. I'd get 'em right up there to the 'ol stompin' grounds around mid April :) I 'preciate the thought, but a lot has to happen in the next seven weeks before that. Guess you've been doing some reading, eh my friend?


Yep, quietly lurking in the shadows. I don't know squatch about genome mapping but i like your idea for a test which isolates the specific markers.

 

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hiflier

Nice to hear, because I don't know a danged thing about genome mapping either. It's why I went the route of finding something specific to either Humans or the Great Apes that would be so distinguishing as to be fool proof. More important, it had to be something I could get my head around. Truth be known, if those two papers on brain size and cognitive advances hadn't happened, I'd still be shooting in the dark. Kinda funny, and rather odd at the same time, how this has been working out wouldn't you say? IDK. Meant to be?

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norseman

First black bear of the season. Saw a black face peering around a tree. I stopped and backed up the four wheeler. Not an easy spot.

 

 

We are calving and I was looking for this red cow. They leave the herd to calve. Also found a unknown tree stand on the place...

 

 

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JustCurious

Darned inconvenient having those cows wandering off to do their calving with hungry bears about,,, in addition to the other predators.  Did you confiscate the tree stand?  What I wouldn't give to wake up to scenery like that every morning!!

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norseman
2 minutes ago, JustCurious said:

Darned inconvenient having those cows wandering off to do their calving with hungry bears about,,, in addition to the other predators.  Did you confiscate the tree stand?  What I wouldn't give to wake up to scenery like that every morning!!


Scottish Highlanders are pretty self sufficient. I don’t think that little bear wants anything to do with horns and hooves.

 

I did not. It’s way up in the tree. Good job for my son.

 

Thanks! Wish it would warm up though. Suppose to 15 by Saturday. Lots of snow on the high side of the ranch.

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JustCurious

Years ago, I escorted my daughter on a field trip to 'the farm' and they had Scottish Highlanders there.  I was kind of shocked when they said they just turn them loose for the winter and they fend for themselves.  I mean, this is near an urban area so the worst predators would be coyotes, but we get plenty of snow and the idea they can forage enough and stay warm enough in our subzero winters was an eye opener.

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wiiawiwb
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Here is a picture taken two years ago in late Summer. It's the first place I will be going this Spring to retrieve (hopefully) a trail cam left over the winter and to scout around. It's the only place I've ever hiked or backpacked to that gives me the uneasy feeling I'm being watched.  That feeling is with me whenever I'm here.

 

There have been several sightings in this very area by friends/colleagues. Last year, on an overnight I was on, there was a tree fall that was loud. It's the fifth time that has happened in this area and it's always at night. For decades, I've hiked and stayed overnight in the woods and have never heard a tree fall other than this area.

 

It's one of my two honey holes where I'll be venturing deeper into this year and focusing my time.

 

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JustCurious

wiiawiwb, is that mist over a lake or fog over a clearing?  Looks like a setting from a scary movie, so the place looks about right to encounter 'something' unnatural. :)  Yeah, hearing trees falling over 5 times is extraordinary.

 

I know what you mean about those feelings about a place.  There is a particular road that I've traveled that feels creepy and unsettling.  So much so that one time driving down it, my young daughter of about 5 at the time was begging to be allowed into the front seat of the car because she was scared being alone in the back seat.

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BigTreeWalker

It snowed in SW Washington this morning. I think it's the first snow at this elevation this year, about 700'. 

At least it didn't hang around long. 

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