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Looking forward to @norseman and @NathanFooter's recent trip to get posted here.

 

Love this thread!

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19 hours ago, ShadowBorn said:

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You are still going to have hike if you are going to track one f these guys. There is no pattern these fellows where you can pin point them on a map. It be nice to look on a map and say that " hey this creature will be traveling through this bottle neck" or ' all I have to do is be on this ridge and look down in this valley and wham bam I'll have me a creature" Heck if it was that easy like deer or elk we would not need a forum to talk about bigfoot. We just look on a map and say there it is ! that's where I am going to bag me a bigfoot. 


No. Im done hiking out because Im stuck! 🤣

 

We are getting lunch in Coolin. Pics to come soon!

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Stuck like stuck, stuck. How can that happen to you again and again. If it keeps on happening you might need a better vehicle like an earth mover. This way you just plow your way through. :thumbsup:

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WoW ! Awesome photo's. In that middle photo of Thomas Steenburg you can hardly see him with that camo on . I love that land though. Stay Safe

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Had a great trip with Nathan! Pretty country! Rain today. Nice yesterday. Saw a couple cool suggestive track ways. Nothing solid. Nathan did some audio and thermal recordings last night. Saw lots of Mule deer. No Moose, no Elk.

 

Saw a Griz hair pole Nathan knew about where biologists collect hair samples.

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, ShadowBorn said:

Stuck like stuck, stuck. How can that happen to you again and again. If it keeps on happening you might need a better vehicle like an earth mover. This way you just plow your way through. :thumbsup:


Its coming!

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Beautiful! 

 

Camper must've been crowded. :biggrin:

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4 hours ago, NatFoot said:

Beautiful! 

 

Camper must've been crowded. :biggrin:


Heck no. That thing once lifted is super roomy. 

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Who snores the loudest in the camper?

Great photos, norse, but didn't Nathan get any of you?

 

I went out solo today. My youngest boy was supposed to come along, but his girlfriend's cat took off just before our planned departure, so he had to deal with her panic and search for the critter, which they eventually found, hours later. In the meantime, I went out to a steep creek valley that I was pretty sure would be quiet, even on this long weekend, and I was right, I saw no one at all for the whole afternoon there. On one branch of the road system, I hit snow at about 1000m elevation (3300'), and on the next branch, at a lower level, was stopped by a big slide and washout. I could see that some quads had gone through, but it was a bit too tight for my H3. Some deer tracks and 1 bear scat was all I found for wildlife.

 

On my way out, my phone pinged that I had a message, which turned out to be from Thomas and Magni, telling me that a mutual friend had just bought a new summer place near Harrison Mills, and we were invited to his first BBQ, so I called my wife to tell her I'd be late, and stopped in for the free food on the way home.

 

Although the weather was much cooler and overcast than yesterday, it was still a great way to unwind for the day, and I got home late, tired, and happy that I'd made the trip.

 

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Gotta take son to Doc in morn in Spokane. Came home the long way.

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Headed out today by myself to find a hidden ground squirrel colony fairly deep in the Idaho mountains that I had stumbled upon while hiking a couple of years ago.

 

Incredibly, I was able to find it.  It's off a fairly good gravel road, but it's a steep hike up the mountain.  You can barely see my 4Runner parked down on the road...

 

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But then when you reach the top, you are rewarded with thousands of acres of old clear cut with ground squirrel colonies everywhere...

 

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I settled into a sniper spot with my 10/22 and plenty of action about 100 yards away.  It was a sad day for the ground squirrel community.

 

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Spent some time also sitting in the shade and glassing the open areas but saw nothing.  No tree markers, no broken trees that were suspicious, and no tracks in the mud or soft dirt.  It had just rained the previous three days, so the ground was nice and soft.

 

Headed back to the 4Runner and decided to head deeper into the woods and go over the Palouse Divide.  Just beautiful country.  Stopped and took some glamour shots of the 4Runner.

 

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Then, was going up the mountain and had my camera up and taking a picture...

 

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When I saw a flash of fur right at the corner in the road leap into the trees to the left.  It was a wolf!  It was so fast, that I couldn't get a picture of it, even with the camera already up and taking photos.

 

I sped up to the corner and stopped and jumped out of the truck to see if I could get another glimpse but it was gone.  I then started surveying the area and found the tracks it left when it leaped into the trees...

 

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I then found multiple piles of super fresh wolf scat in the middle of the road, so I must have come up on a pack passing through.

 

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I then continued on up the mountain, but encountered snow.  I still had another 500 feet in elevation to go, so it was only going to get worse.  I don't do spring snow.  It's unpredictable and usually like wet concrete.  So I turned around and found a different route.

 

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Also came across some really old wolf scat...

 

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And some giant moose scat...

 

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Headed the 35 miles or so back to the nearest town without getting stuck or breaking down.  Hmmm...  Must be a Toyota thing...  :whistle:

 

Stopped at little redneck bar in a logging town and had a PBR to make it an official Idaho outing...

 

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6 minutes ago, PNWexplorer said:

Headed out today by myself to find a hidden ground squirrel colony fairly deep in the Idaho mountains that I had stumbled upon while hiking a couple of years ago.

 

Incredibly, I was able to find it.  It's off a fairly good gravel road, but it's a steep hike up the mountain.  You can barely see my 4Runner parked down on the road...

 

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But then when you reach the top, you are rewarded with thousands of acres of old clear cut with ground squirrel colonies everywhere...

 

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I settled into a sniper spot with my 10/22 and plenty of action about 100 yards away.  It was a sad day for the ground squirrel community.

 

IMG_20210526_145747517_HDR.thumb.jpg.b5230e95dee77e5ca0a642ccb5601d25.jpg

 

Spent some time also sitting in the shade and glassing the open areas but saw nothing.  No tree markers, no broken trees that were suspicious, and no tracks in the mud or soft dirt.  It had just rained the previous three days, so the ground was nice and soft.

 

Headed back to the 4Runner and decided to head deeper into the woods and go over the Palouse Divide.  Just beautiful country.  Stopped and took some glamour shots of the 4Runner.

 

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Then, was going up the mountain and had my camera up and taking a picture...

 

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When I saw a flash of fur right at the corner in the road leap into the trees to the left.  It was a wolf!  It was so fast, that I couldn't get a picture of it, even with the camera already up and taking photos.

 

I sped up to the corner and stopped and jumped out of the truck to see if I could get another glimpse but it was gone.  I then started surveying the area and found the tracks it left when it leaped into the trees...

 

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I then found multiple piles of super fresh wolf scat in the middle of the road, so I must have come up on a pack passing through.

 

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I then continued on up the mountain, but encountered snow.  I still had another 500 feet in elevation to go, so it was only going to get worse.  I don't do spring snow.  It's unpredictable and usually like wet concrete.  So I turned around and found a different route.

 

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Also came across some really old wolf scat...

 

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And some giant moose scat...

 

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Headed the 35 miles or so back to the nearest town without getting stuck or breaking down.  Hmmm...  Must be a Toyota thing...  :whistle:

 

Stopped at little redneck bar in a logging town and had a PBR to make it an official Idaho outing...

 

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No. It was the “I don't do snow” part....

 

(I take no responsibility for the Idaho monkey operator that cannot get compaction on his subgrade and then spread fresh gravel over the top of it to hide the fact)

 

Nice pics!

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Ground squirrels as in chipmunks, correct?

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