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Has anybody ever been is the woods at night heard a noise that made their hair on the back of thier neck stand-up? If so, what yo do? Find out what it was? Never did figure it out? Please list the state as well

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from backlash wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

It doesn't seem to matter how many times it happens or that I know what it is - but everytime a coyote starts yapping a few yards behind my tree stand just as I am getting ready to get down it usually gets the hair on my neck going.

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from 007 wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Here in WV, coyotes and bobcats both are sure adrenalin pumps for me, and last fall we heard something from the house one night that sounded like a monkey on one of the educational shows. "What on earth was that??!?!?!" After talking to a biologist buddy of mine, it was determined to be a barred owl and he assured me that we don't have werewolves.

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from 13 year old Dee... wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I was camping out in Iowa and there were leaves rustling right outside of my tent. did'nt know what it was. Poked my head out and saw a coulple racoons looking for food.

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

If a little old screech owl want make a grown man hunt a hole there is something wrong for something about five inches long It is wild, this is where a lot of panther screams come from.No matter how many time you here it you'll have to rub that hair down on the nap of your neck.

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

The Screech owls are all over the place but my encounters were in Arkansas.A big old barred owl when they are mating will send the city boys home.

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from Kenton wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Ohio... My ex wife yelling "Why the hell you still back here drinking beer around the campfire?" Thats just one of the reasons she's and "ex"

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I've been startled by cat and bird screams, but never had my hair stand on end from the sounds. My son says the owls sometimes sound like a monkey screaming here in west Arkansas, but surprisingly I've never heard this.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I never heard a bobcat screech before until one night I was guarding an ammo dump in a light restricted area. It was pitch black when one let loose about 100 yards away but it sounded like it was in my back pocket.

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

well if you have never heard a peacock screech you would think the boogie man/devil/ man eating someting or another was out there with you..

one of the farms I hunt have two and it is way funny now that I got used to it! crazy though!

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from rlowe357 wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I would have to say that a bobcat is the wickedest thing I've ever heard in the woods. Coyotes would be the second if all of a sudden they are real close here in middle Tenn. Usually my wife is drinking beer with me.

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

A close 'yote howl when you are in the thick of the woods can make my neck hair stand on end.

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from shermanator wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

the scariest thing was when i was out camping and up on a side hill there were coyotes a howling away and as the night went on they slowly came down the hill and quieted down and then about 30 minutes later there was a bobcat around the camp

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from ckRich wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I had a family of 5 coons come out from under my box blind as I was stepping up into it, screeching bloody murder. Not gonna lie, I might have peed a little...

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Well, those are all a bit thrilling. I hear wolves up here all the time and they can be creepy. Sounds nothing like coyotes yipping and yapping. Screech owl is up there for scary factor. But at the top of my list is the bullbat's bellow. Others may know them as nighthawks. They're actually a member of the swallow family. When they're cruising for bugs around dusk they'll sometimes let out this enormous unearthly holler about a hundred times larger than they are. Not sure why. Perhaps a territorial warning. What makes it unnerving is that most people have no idea where the sound is coming from.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

A cougar is the thing I fear most.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

The things I don't see or hear but otherwise sense make my hair bristle and my heart skip a beat. Most go unexplained, often around old burial grounds or certain places that just have an "air" to them.

One was explained ... I got a strange feeling and turned just as a great horned owl swooped over me, close enough to feel the pressure off his huge wings, a grim reaper's scythe slicing the air above my head.

During a midnight hex hatch a dozen trout were in a feeding frenzy all around me. My ears were filled with the loud buzz of huge insect wings, but I was tuned to splashing rises. One brown trout to hand, but where to make the next blind cast? The buzzing stopped. And then the rises. The hatch was suddenly over. Silence, except for the trickle of water around my waders.

My senses were on high. But standing in the middle of the river I couldn't see where land met water. Only the current against my legs gave me a sense of direction. I got chilled. Then a slow muffled crunch ... crunch. The foot falls of a large creature on the high bank. All my focus went to those sounds. How far away? Which direction? How long had it been there? I thought about a 650 pound black bear killed down river ... reports of cougars and wolves ... and Bigfoot sightings. When I finally remembered to breathe I gasped in cold air. And coughed it out. Time to go.

I chanced deep holes in the river rather than walk the faint path through the woods. Whatever was on the banks, I would not have seen coming. If it leapt into the water at least I would know. A light was useless as it just drew thick clouds of white flies that made seeing and breathing impossible.

Finally, round a bend, a light from a cabin. I climbed onto the dock. The owner sent his two dogs out to greet me. I was happy to see them. But one stared up the river. Still an uneasy but uneventful walk to the truck. I never found out what on the banks that night.

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from Drew Steven Knoop wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

sounded like a lady getting murdered it was a bobcat in WI.

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from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I have heard some cray noises and most of them I still dont know what they were!!!!

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from tony167n wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

The worst thing I've ever heard was a pack of four wolves howling and they must have been only 200 yards or so away because it was amazingly loud...and it made me uneasy because i was heading back to the truck in the dark, and I only had 3 shells in my shotgun...even though I never had to use them that night thankfully

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from tony167n wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Ohh and I live in Minnesota by the way too

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

The first time I heard a bobcat all fired up.. it was 10pm and I was in my early teens out by a bonfire.
Scared me pretty good..

Adult field dressing a moose in Alaska even with four others around hearing the bears huff and breakin brush in the distance.

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Bobcat was in VA sorry

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from tbogg10 wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

i was canoing the rideau canal in canada, and it was a week long trip. so we obviously had to camp, one night i heard some rustling, and poked my head out..it was the biggest porkipine id ever seen i chased that sucker for an hour and only got 2 quills but initially it scared the bejeebes outta me

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from shane wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Ontario - that nighthawk sound is not a vocalization (it would be much scarier if it really were), it's made with the air in their wings. But you were right, it's a sound they make when performing a display dive, saying hey, this is my airspace, get off my bugs.

Freakiest sound for me was a Great Horned Owl call right before first light. Not one I've ever heard before or since. It wasn't like any other owl noise. It was extremely loud and I can't exactly describe the sound really, just scary.

I almost forgot this sound that really was worth a scare. I was parked watching a mama grizzly in the distance stomping around for various ungulate young left by their own mamas in tall grass. She had one cub with her. A week earlier she had two, lost one to wolves, so she was extra grumpy. By the time I realized that she intended to cross the road near me, it was too late. She made this gutteral woof/grunt/growl saying "I'm going now, you better pi$$ off before I knock your block off". One of my more careless moments, she crossed 40 feet in front of me.

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from johnycakes wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Cyotes, bobcats and owls were the most unnerving things I'd ever heard while in the woods unitl one evening close to dark when my hunting partner and I, in seperate stands, heard "woooo! woooo! get outa my head!! wooo!" There was a mentally ill man wandering around in the middle of nowhere. We never saw him but that freaked us both out. Also I was making my way to a stand one morning in the dark enough light to see with out a flashlight. I walked with in spitting distance of one that got up and blew about 5 ft from me. I felt snot hit me in the face! Dark enough that I never even saw her.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

On the Alabama/Mississippi State Line. An otherwise beautiful place where a crystal clear creek flows under a bridge. I was confronted by a mentally-ill person wielding an axe who had been living under the bridge. Oddly enough I had seen someone giving him a ride in that direction two weeks before, and remarked to myself that he was the most out-of-it looking person I had ever seen. He demanded to know what I was doing there. I told him that I came there on my bicycle all the time and got on it and rode off while he was digesting the information. He who hesitates is lost!

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

The Screech owls are all over the place but my encounters were in Arkansas.A big old barred owl when they are mating will send the city boys home.

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from Kenton wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Ohio... My ex wife yelling "Why the hell you still back here drinking beer around the campfire?" Thats just one of the reasons she's and "ex"

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from matt wasson wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

well if you have never heard a peacock screech you would think the boogie man/devil/ man eating someting or another was out there with you..

one of the farms I hunt have two and it is way funny now that I got used to it! crazy though!

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from rlowe357 wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I would have to say that a bobcat is the wickedest thing I've ever heard in the woods. Coyotes would be the second if all of a sudden they are real close here in middle Tenn. Usually my wife is drinking beer with me.

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from ckRich wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I had a family of 5 coons come out from under my box blind as I was stepping up into it, screeching bloody murder. Not gonna lie, I might have peed a little...

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from backlash wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

It doesn't seem to matter how many times it happens or that I know what it is - but everytime a coyote starts yapping a few yards behind my tree stand just as I am getting ready to get down it usually gets the hair on my neck going.

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from 007 wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Here in WV, coyotes and bobcats both are sure adrenalin pumps for me, and last fall we heard something from the house one night that sounded like a monkey on one of the educational shows. "What on earth was that??!?!?!" After talking to a biologist buddy of mine, it was determined to be a barred owl and he assured me that we don't have werewolves.

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from 13 year old Dee... wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I was camping out in Iowa and there were leaves rustling right outside of my tent. did'nt know what it was. Poked my head out and saw a coulple racoons looking for food.

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from alabamaoutlaw wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

If a little old screech owl want make a grown man hunt a hole there is something wrong for something about five inches long It is wild, this is where a lot of panther screams come from.No matter how many time you here it you'll have to rub that hair down on the nap of your neck.

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I've been startled by cat and bird screams, but never had my hair stand on end from the sounds. My son says the owls sometimes sound like a monkey screaming here in west Arkansas, but surprisingly I've never heard this.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I never heard a bobcat screech before until one night I was guarding an ammo dump in a light restricted area. It was pitch black when one let loose about 100 yards away but it sounded like it was in my back pocket.

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from NYhunter wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

A close 'yote howl when you are in the thick of the woods can make my neck hair stand on end.

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from shermanator wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

the scariest thing was when i was out camping and up on a side hill there were coyotes a howling away and as the night went on they slowly came down the hill and quieted down and then about 30 minutes later there was a bobcat around the camp

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Well, those are all a bit thrilling. I hear wolves up here all the time and they can be creepy. Sounds nothing like coyotes yipping and yapping. Screech owl is up there for scary factor. But at the top of my list is the bullbat's bellow. Others may know them as nighthawks. They're actually a member of the swallow family. When they're cruising for bugs around dusk they'll sometimes let out this enormous unearthly holler about a hundred times larger than they are. Not sure why. Perhaps a territorial warning. What makes it unnerving is that most people have no idea where the sound is coming from.

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from Drew Steven Knoop wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

sounded like a lady getting murdered it was a bobcat in WI.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

The things I don't see or hear but otherwise sense make my hair bristle and my heart skip a beat. Most go unexplained, often around old burial grounds or certain places that just have an "air" to them.

One was explained ... I got a strange feeling and turned just as a great horned owl swooped over me, close enough to feel the pressure off his huge wings, a grim reaper's scythe slicing the air above my head.

During a midnight hex hatch a dozen trout were in a feeding frenzy all around me. My ears were filled with the loud buzz of huge insect wings, but I was tuned to splashing rises. One brown trout to hand, but where to make the next blind cast? The buzzing stopped. And then the rises. The hatch was suddenly over. Silence, except for the trickle of water around my waders.

My senses were on high. But standing in the middle of the river I couldn't see where land met water. Only the current against my legs gave me a sense of direction. I got chilled. Then a slow muffled crunch ... crunch. The foot falls of a large creature on the high bank. All my focus went to those sounds. How far away? Which direction? How long had it been there? I thought about a 650 pound black bear killed down river ... reports of cougars and wolves ... and Bigfoot sightings. When I finally remembered to breathe I gasped in cold air. And coughed it out. Time to go.

I chanced deep holes in the river rather than walk the faint path through the woods. Whatever was on the banks, I would not have seen coming. If it leapt into the water at least I would know. A light was useless as it just drew thick clouds of white flies that made seeing and breathing impossible.

Finally, round a bend, a light from a cabin. I climbed onto the dock. The owner sent his two dogs out to greet me. I was happy to see them. But one stared up the river. Still an uneasy but uneventful walk to the truck. I never found out what on the banks that night.

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from BrigMarine wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

I have heard some cray noises and most of them I still dont know what they were!!!!

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from tony167n wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

The worst thing I've ever heard was a pack of four wolves howling and they must have been only 200 yards or so away because it was amazingly loud...and it made me uneasy because i was heading back to the truck in the dark, and I only had 3 shells in my shotgun...even though I never had to use them that night thankfully

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from tony167n wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Ohh and I live in Minnesota by the way too

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

The first time I heard a bobcat all fired up.. it was 10pm and I was in my early teens out by a bonfire.
Scared me pretty good..

Adult field dressing a moose in Alaska even with four others around hearing the bears huff and breakin brush in the distance.

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from 86Ram wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Bobcat was in VA sorry

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from tbogg10 wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

i was canoing the rideau canal in canada, and it was a week long trip. so we obviously had to camp, one night i heard some rustling, and poked my head out..it was the biggest porkipine id ever seen i chased that sucker for an hour and only got 2 quills but initially it scared the bejeebes outta me

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from shane wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Ontario - that nighthawk sound is not a vocalization (it would be much scarier if it really were), it's made with the air in their wings. But you were right, it's a sound they make when performing a display dive, saying hey, this is my airspace, get off my bugs.

Freakiest sound for me was a Great Horned Owl call right before first light. Not one I've ever heard before or since. It wasn't like any other owl noise. It was extremely loud and I can't exactly describe the sound really, just scary.

I almost forgot this sound that really was worth a scare. I was parked watching a mama grizzly in the distance stomping around for various ungulate young left by their own mamas in tall grass. She had one cub with her. A week earlier she had two, lost one to wolves, so she was extra grumpy. By the time I realized that she intended to cross the road near me, it was too late. She made this gutteral woof/grunt/growl saying "I'm going now, you better pi$$ off before I knock your block off". One of my more careless moments, she crossed 40 feet in front of me.

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from johnycakes wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

Cyotes, bobcats and owls were the most unnerving things I'd ever heard while in the woods unitl one evening close to dark when my hunting partner and I, in seperate stands, heard "woooo! woooo! get outa my head!! wooo!" There was a mentally ill man wandering around in the middle of nowhere. We never saw him but that freaked us both out. Also I was making my way to a stand one morning in the dark enough light to see with out a flashlight. I walked with in spitting distance of one that got up and blew about 5 ft from me. I felt snot hit me in the face! Dark enough that I never even saw her.

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 13 weeks ago

A cougar is the thing I fear most.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 12 weeks ago

On the Alabama/Mississippi State Line. An otherwise beautiful place where a crystal clear creek flows under a bridge. I was confronted by a mentally-ill person wielding an axe who had been living under the bridge. Oddly enough I had seen someone giving him a ride in that direction two weeks before, and remarked to myself that he was the most out-of-it looking person I had ever seen. He demanded to know what I was doing there. I told him that I came there on my bicycle all the time and got on it and rode off while he was digesting the information. He who hesitates is lost!

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