Buck Sign

Discussion in 'The Great Outdoors' started by Bert, Oct 23, 2010.

  1. Bert

    Bert Banned

    Mar 4, 2007
    Look at the below pix closely, and tell me what caused them (I already know). Thes photos are within 30' of each other, and near a salt lick.

    Be sure and check out the tree diameters & heights

    Checking out & using my Facebook posting is cheating.

    B.

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  2. tx-rvr

    tx-rvr Active Member

    Dec 21, 2004
    Abilene Texas
    I don't know. The one in your left hand in the second picture maybe a Black Bear??? :-/ :-/ :-/



    Steve
     

  3. Bert

    Bert Banned

    Mar 4, 2007
    no bear tracks or digging around, but that would have been a good choice, for a big one. The ones around here are not able to reach 7'+

    We did find raccoon, coyote trax

    BTW, the one in the pictures is my neighbor Mike, internationally renowned in local lore as "Great Pale Deer Slayer" (he wears a cape & mask while on the stand), and wrestles on the side

     
  4. Blue_Moon

    Blue_Moon New Member

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    Dec 22, 2004
    Bert, your profile says E.Tn. In eastern Ky they have reintroduced elk...and I'm thinking elk might make a rub that big. I can't really think of anything else that might do that. No facebook here so I'll be waiting for you to give us the answer.
     
  5. Bert

    Bert Banned

    Mar 4, 2007
    Anyway,

    Elk & whitetail deer. Both big, but it was impressive to see the Elk rub next to the deer.

    The elk had also wallowed out a salt lick to about 10' in diameter, and 2' deep !

    The trails in & out of the place were beat down & muddy like a cow path.

    B.
     
  6. Blue_Moon

    Blue_Moon New Member

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    Dec 22, 2004
    Ha! Beat you by a minute! That means I must win the grand prize! ;D
     
  7. Bert

    Bert Banned

    Mar 4, 2007
    Blue_Moon!

    Come on Down !

    You have won a brand spanking new shiny sense of Satisfaction !!   :)

    I guess this one was pretty easy (not many things have antlers in TN).  I'll have to go back to my "Identify This Scat" thread ;)

    I came across what looked to where something  crapped a whole squirrel the other day, but had left my camera in the truck.  :-?

    B.
     
  8. Blue_Moon

    Blue_Moon New Member

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    Dec 22, 2004
    Only thing I know of in E. Tn. that could consume and then "release" a whole squirrel would be a black panther...or perhaps a Yeti.
     
  9. Bert

    Bert Banned

    Mar 4, 2007
    Which, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, would be impossible.  "there are no panthers / cougars in Tennessee".

    They also say the same thing about Yeti, or "Skunk Ape" as it is called around here.

    I have, actually seen panthers twice on the Oak Ridge Reservation, one very close up. In 1999, I was working with two technicians doing monitoring well sampling when one jumped out in front (as in ~5' away) of our truck, turned and ran up the road for about 75 yards before veering off into the woods.   That one was confirmed by the area wildlife officer who had seen it himself. The second I saw along the main access road on the way into work.  They were easily 4x the size of most bobcats I have seen, not to mention a very long tail. The ones I saw were buff, not black.
     
  10. Blue_Moon

    Blue_Moon New Member

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    Dec 22, 2004
    Yeah, I was just funnin' you a little. They say there are no mountain lions/panthers in Ky too...yet there are reports every year. I have never seen anything of the like, but I'm not the kind of person who would question you if you said you did. I've never seen a Yeti, Bigfoot, Sasquatch, Skunk Ape, or whatever you call that either...and don't really want to. They can have my beef jerky!
     
  11. Bert

    Bert Banned

    Mar 4, 2007
    AS I understand it, TWRA is of the opinion that if there was a population of any cat (or even funky hunanoid), they would show up as reported roadkill at some point.

    I wonder how many mountain lions are hit by cars out west ?

    B.