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Title: Raccoon in my deer stand.
Post by: Groundhawg on August 21, 2016, 06:43:26 pm
I enjoy hunting and the outdoors and though alligator hunting might not seem to be safe most of my hunting is safe and enjoyable, maybe even fun.  Well I thought you might find what happen to me yesterday morning fun even if I fail to see the humor in it.

As I said I had an incident this past hunting season that most will find amusing. As I went to my deer stand very early as usual, I approached with caution as always. Deer were in the area and it sounded as if there was a stampede and even smaller animals scurried away in the cover of darkness.  Maybe using a flashlight does scare critters but so does tripping over logs, stumbling down a hill, and falling into a creek when you do not use a flashlight. Wet and bruised I continued to my stand hoping that the deer would return within a short time.

I proceeded to climb into the stand which is 16 feet high and nestled in a cluster of three trees with the stand attached to the largest. The other two are about 8 inches in diameter and offer good cover of any movement I might make. Because it was lightly raining I choose to use my treebrella. This is a camouflaged umbrella that secures to tree just above your head.

This was done not knowing that a raccoon had picked the same tree and taken refuge for the night in the same tree.  Now this coon had climbed just a little higher than my stand and the treebrella so I did not know he was there. However, a short time after I had everything perfect and was just waiting for daylight.  Soon though I notice one of the most fowl odor I have ever smelled. For those of you who use coon urine for cover scent, my hat is off to you!

Well soon it was to get even worse-- I notice the limbs above my stand were shaking. I was very concerned at this time because it actually felt and sounded like something was climbing up the tree above my head. While trying to look around the side of my  treebrella this coon drops a ?bomb? on me. Coon feces bounced off my treebrella and on to my boots with a splat. I do not know what this coon had been eating but he must have made a stop at the nearest ?open till midnight? Taco Bell before napping for the night!

Now at this point it is light enough to see and at this point I realize what is going on. It takes me awhile sometimes. So I pulled an arrow from my quiver and decide to poke this coon which is about 4 feet above my head. To accomplish this I had to stand up, lean out and reach up and then it happened... Folks I have done some stupid things in my life, but never anything this ignorant. That coon grabbed the arrow with one paw and bit into the arrow with his teeth. Now all I have left is a carbon shaft, coon urine on my coat, and pooh-pooh on my treebrella and my boots. Oh and the most important thing, A HIGHLY TICKED OFF COON.

He commenced to growling like nothing I had ever heard. He started backing down the tree towards me so I swatted him with the shaft I had in my hand. Now you might be able to control your children with such a device or even stop a charging bull with a broken arrow.  BUT YOU CAN NOT REASON WITH A MAD RACCOON.
He decided to jump on top of my treebrella. Let me insure you that a treebrella can not support the weight of a full grown raccoon. So you guessed it!  The coon is now in my lap. ALL HIS BODILY FUNCTIONS GO OFF AT ONCE, AGAIN! Houston we have a problem. Not only am I covered with his bodily waste, but his scratching and clawing ruined my brand new hunting pants as well. Landing in my lap must have surprised the raccoon as much as me. Some folks have told me that a panther?s cry sounds like a woman?s scream.  Well anyone within half a mile would have sworn they had heard a panther when I screamed out.  The coon was now no longer growling, but is making a chattering noise of some sort. I realize that with all the scent on me he probably thought that I was another raccoon. I think I even heard banjo music.

Needless to say I vacated the stand to the adjoining tree. He, however, took his sweet time sniffing everything as he descended down the tree. I can only hope he doesn't tell his friends.... likely I should have not told my friends either.
Title: Re: Raccoon in my deer stand.
Post by: sawdstmakr on August 23, 2016, 01:28:44 pm
Great story.
Many years ago, I took  a good friend bow hunting with tree climbers.
We got into the forest before dawn and he is sitting there quiet as he can.
He hears brush rattling and with adrenalin rushing is searching for what he thought was a deer. It was still dark and he could not figure out where the sound was coming from but every few minutes he would heat it. Finally it is light enough to see and when he hears the brush noise he looks down.
At the base of the tree is a raccoon shaking a vine attached to his tree trying to get him out of the coons tree. When he moved to take aim at it, it took off.
Title: Re: Raccoon in my deer stand.
Post by: jvalentour on November 29, 2016, 10:32:00 pm
I used to climb into my stand looking forward to the dawn and passing of the day.  Maybe I'd get lucky, maybe see something new, all would be good.
Now I'm looking over my shoulder for that racoon.
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Post by: herbhome on November 29, 2016, 10:41:39 pm
Now that is a hunting adventure you will never forget! :smile:
Title: Re: Raccoon in my deer stand.
Post by: Michael Bush on November 30, 2016, 06:20:03 pm
>He, however, took his sweet time sniffing everything as he descended down the tree.

He was trying to preserve his dignity.  He would look silly if he ran...
Title: Re: Raccoon in my deer stand.
Post by: Miner on December 05, 2016, 03:26:44 am
Great story, I bet you went and had a long old shower after that. And yeah Raccoons are funny animals.
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Post by: Aroc on December 06, 2016, 10:21:28 pm
This is one of the best hunting stories I have ever heard.  We deal with raccoons where I live. Cute critters but they can sure cause problems.
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Post by: 220 on December 08, 2016, 03:12:08 am
Thankyou a entertaining read
Title: Re: Raccoon in my deer stand.
Post by: jvalentour on January 12, 2017, 10:58:30 am
I was removing my trail cameras near my stands yesterday, thought I saw that racoon.
Title: Re: Raccoon in my deer stand.
Post by: gww on January 12, 2017, 12:30:50 pm
before we all got lazy, we used to get lots of coons on the trail cams.  I did see a doe cross a field this year and it had barily got out of site when a coon came along following almost in the deers footsteps.  I have hunted all my life and can count on one hand the amount of coons I have seen during daylight hours.
Title: Re: Raccoon in my deer stand.
Post by: jvalentour on January 12, 2017, 03:16:12 pm
I have more images of raccoons than deer on my trail cams.
I used to climb straight into the stand without checking what's above, now I check.
I love the story.
From now on I'll either blame it on raccoons or the Russians!