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    KODIAK Flashback

    I was just watching Discovery and there was an add for a show "KODIAK".
    I had a flashback to 28 years ago.

    I was young and stupid and freshly assigned to a ship home-ported in Alameda CA.
    On my first trip we pulled in to Kodiak and had two days off.
    I grew up camping and living in the outdoors but the biggest predator in Western NC was black bear.
    See where this is going yet?

    A somewhat outdoorsy shipmate and I decided to do a Kodiak camping trip.
    Armed with seabags, tent, flashlights and not much else.... certainly no guns, we took off across one ridge and made it about three miles into the next drainage. Just about dark, which was just about midnight,..... we decide to camp. About the time we got the camp set up we started to see a lot of salmon carcasses and other assorted bones.
    After a little research we discovered we were in Brown Bear central. We based this on the pie plate sized tracks going every which way and the piles of dung the size of small beavers.

    Needless to say this was one of the longest nights of my life.
    Right before I left the ship I "borrowed" a kit containing a freon air horn and a dozen marine flares.
    About every thirty minutes we would hear bushes breaking and grunting, which would be followed by a 130 decibel blast on an air horn. Didn't have to shoot anything with a 12 gauge flare but that would have been an interesting twist on a stupid human trick.
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    And now we know where blowing the horn at a herd of elk came from! HAHAHA!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Musket Man View Post
    And now we know where blowing the horn at a herd of elk came from! HAHAHA!!!!
    Thats funny...... you were paying attention
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    So I'm watching the show mentioned and these three young kids (twenty somethings) are packing out a rosie cow.

    They are ditching half the meat and making a second trip because they couldn't manage the weight.

    I recall doing this a couple of times with bulls, and we were a lot older and not in half as good of shape.

    Now I wouldn't dream of trying it now but I have been there and almost killed myself doing that !!!!!!
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    Saw the show too. I didn't hear a horn blow but was wondering what got the elk running like that.
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    Inside joke, from the What Not To Do, thread.
    Musket was pointing out that I have a gift for doing the wrong thing !
    .........I got my suspicions on what they were running from.
    I do know a horn will get them running.

    I also know that, while it isn't as good as bear spray, a freon air horn is just as obnoxious to bears as it is to humans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OregonJim View Post
    Inside joke, from the What Not To Do, thread.
    Musket was pointing out that I have a gift for doing the wrong thing !
    .........I got my suspicions on what they were running from.
    I do know a horn will get them running.

    I also know that, while it isn't as good as bear spray, a freon air horn is just as obnoxious to bears as it is to humans.

    Hahahhaaha gotcha
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    Fond memories of that island and my summers there. I'll have to give the airhorn trick a try on both grizz and elkies here in Wyo.

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    I almost got to hunt deer on Kodiak once. I was all set to go and got called up to deploy the day before we were set to flying to Kodiak. Looking back I should have went and returned the call to my unit when I got back.....
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    Yea MM, you should have. Because....let me guess....you got called and had to report asap. Then you sit there for days doing inventory and going through all of the smart book training haha. At least that's how it went in my unit before pre-deployment training.

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