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    Wild Animals cant keep up.!

    So yesterday I was exploring the back woods/ trails less traveled. Im cruzin along at about %50 power jammin on my ipod, then i round a corner. and to my suprise theres a deer ! about 10' in front of me standing in this little dinky over wooded trail i was on. So i imediately crank it up to full speed, trees are hittin me in the face, im having to bunny hop over whole bushes, but for about 100 ft i was nippin at his feet, through several turns until the trail just seemed to disapear. I kept up with it til the woods closed in around me, and that sly little dear just kept goin. But as i stood there catching my breath I couldnt help but think to myself how awesome i am to be able to keep up with a deer on their home turf.




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    Nothing better than a close encounter with nature! A few weeks ago I got to spin along behind a bobcat up here in NTX, until he turned it on and left me in the dust. Enjoy them, but stay respectful of their turf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J_BAT
    So yesterday I was exploring the back woods/ trails less traveled. Im cruzin along at about %50 power jammin on my ipod, then i round a corner. and to my suprise theres a deer ! about 10' in front of me standing in this little dinky over wooded trail i was on. So i imediately crank it up to full speed, trees are hittin me in the face, im having to bunny hop over whole bushes, but for about 100 ft i was nippin at his feet, through several turns until the trail just seemed to disapear. I kept up with it til the woods closed in around me, and that sly little dear just kept goin. But as i stood there catching my breath I couldnt help but think to myself how awesome i am to be able to keep up with a deer on their home turf.




    - riding out of San Antonio TX., OP Schneable, government canyon-

    Not meaning to come off as a SMARTA$$, but unless you can crank out about 30-35 MPH there's no way you could keep up W/a deer if he had the hammer down. I've clocked one running along side of my car for about 50 yds @ the speeds I mentioned & I don't think he was going flat out..

    I suspect that the deer didn't perceive you as a dire threat & was just running fast enough to stay ahead.

    Still, I'll bet your heart was hammering from the adrenelin rush.

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    I can't believe you would chase wild life. That ought to help trail advocacy....



    jk, I dunno where the 'tongue in cheek' button is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZachTX
    Nothing better than a close encounter with nature! A few weeks ago I got to spin along behind a bobcat up here in NTX, until he turned it on and left me in the dust. Enjoy them, but stay respectful of their turf.
    had a similar bobcat encounter once, thought it was a dog running on the trail until it took a sharp turn and i got a good look at it....then i kinda figured i should give it some space.

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    The only animals I have chased on my bike are roadrunners, I know not cool but I just can't help myself. Beep! Beep!

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    I've spooked a bird on the trail a couple times. Both times they would fly down the trail and I would be shaddowing them at roughly the same speed until they turned off the trail. Pretty cool to follow a bird down the trail, as long as they don't poo as some sort of defense mechanism like a fighter jet dropping a flare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XCSKIBUM
    Not meaning to come off as a SMARTA$$, but unless you can crank out about 30-35 MPH there's no way you could keep up W/a deer if he had the hammer down. I've clocked one running along side of my car for about 50 yds @ the speeds I mentioned & I don't think he was going flat out..

    I suspect that the deer didn't perceive you as a dire threat & was just running fast enough to stay ahead.

    Still, I'll bet your heart was hammering from the adrenelin rush.
    Agreed! Those suckers are super fast (if only for 1/2 mile or so). There is no slowing down to get around turns for them either. Graceful as can be just flying through the forest no matter how dense it appears.
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    I've seen a deer and some wild turkey, it's pretty cool seeing wild animals on a ride. But here's a nice buck running next to my friends car here in Colorado

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    nice shot!

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    I came across an otter recently and he decided to run down the trail for about 50 yards before he hit the water which was always right by the trail. That was one fast little booger. I didn't try to gain on him, but I thought if this guy stops and turns to fight, he may put the tooth to me. So I hollered out and he dove into the water, finally.
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    that picture is incredable!

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    Hey guys, I dodn't want to hijack this thread W/a long post so I posted one of my own.

    Let's Hear About Your Strangest Wildlife Encounters

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    Not me and not bike related but pretty amazing :

    <iframe title="YouTube video player" width="300" height="199" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tDuWRTxG9tI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

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    Had something similar happen to me, the deer just kinda popped out. When it started to run it actually ran with me as I was riding for a bit then it stopped being stupid and went in the woods.

    I've also had a big buck stare me down in the winter while with it's family. And I almost dominated a pack of wild turkeys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightnerd
    Not me and not bike related but pretty amazing :

    <iframe title="YouTube video player" width="300" height="199" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tDuWRTxG9tI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Next best thing to biking, XC skiing.

    I have a set of black Diamond poles similar to the ones seen in the vid.

    That moose did one helluva trail breaking job!

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    Good stuff.

    I pedaled through a herd of grazing cattle, one got spooked and took off then the rest followed. At one point we were all moving at the same speed for a while, it was surreal!


    Just for your viewing pleasure, this guy used to grab a few zzzz's behind our house...
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    A skunk popped out on the trail ahead of me on a night ride last year and kept waddling down the trail in front of me for a couple of hundred yards. He was spotlighted by my light and didn’t seem to care. I slowed down and followed him down until he got off the trail. No intention of catching up with him though…

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    Quote Originally Posted by whos that guy
    I've seen a deer and some wild turkey, it's pretty cool seeing wild animals on a ride. But here's a nice buck running next to my friends car here in Colorado

    very nice shot!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by whos that guy
    I've seen a deer and some wild turkey, it's pretty cool seeing wild animals on a ride. But here's a nice buck running next to my friends car here in Colorado
    I don't see the glowing red nose!
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    Climbed a 2900' road to the singletrack and was totally winded when I saw something running down the road towards me, above Libby, MT. When finally focused at what was happening a moose was running right towards me but ran right by. 2 mountain bikers were riding behind it, keeping their distance. Then 5 deer flies that follow the moose their entire lives, living off blood started to attack me. I had to swat every one to stop the blood letting.
    As soon as I got on the singletrack a grouse spooked, maybe me more than the bird.
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    I spooked a deer on a trail coming around a turn. In two instant leaps he cleared a row of 10' tall bushes that was about 50 feet away. He disappeared before I could even blink my eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pink57
    Had something similar happen to me, the deer just kinda popped out. When it started to run it actually ran with me as I was riding for a bit then it stopped being stupid and went in the woods.

    I've also had a big buck stare me down in the winter while with it's family. And I almost dominated a pack of wild turkeys.
    I once dominated a BOTTLE of wild turkey!!

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    I was spooked by a 14ft alligator once - I decided it was against my best interest to chase him.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightnerd
    Not me and not bike related but pretty amazing :

    <iframe title="YouTube video player" width="300" height="199" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tDuWRTxG9tI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

    Where was that taken? it looked similar to a area i was skiing in this winter
    it tied the room together man!

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    ttt
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    Quote Originally Posted by bionicman
    I was spooked by a 14ft alligator once - I decided it was against my best interest to chase him.....

    This is sound advice.

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    I was once on a trail and had a very scary encounter with big foot, I saw him, started to chase him down and when I finally caught up to him I panicked and had a flash back form Iraq and proceeded to beat it to death with a small log only to realize that it was some guy running around the woods in a costume, oops. I just covered him up with dirt and leaves and continued on my way. Ssshhhh, let's keep this our little secret, I'm too fragile for prison.
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    Scare lots of pigs around here. I've ridden quite close to owls matching my speed a couple of times.

    These guys are in a field next door most mornings and evenings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whodaphuck
    These guys are in a field next door most mornings and evenings.
    <a href="http://s180.photobucket.com/albums/x64/whodaphuck/?action=view&amp;current=IMG_3546.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i180.photobucket.com/albums/x64/whodaphuck/IMG_3546.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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    Cool, Axis Deer! Are they the free-roaming or high fenced variety?

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    Free. They've become quite a pest on Maui.

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    I've been humbled by pronghorn... The fastest land animal in North America. They can reach speeds of 65 mph!

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    I am amazed at how many people don't get to see wildlife on a regular basis on a mountain bike. Deer, elk, bear, moose, turkeys,grouse, etc I guess when you don't live in a city or suburban environment you get to see lots of game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canadian-clydesdale
    Where was that taken? it looked similar to a area i was skiing in this winter
    I'm guessing somewhere in Québec but I really can't say where exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightnerd
    Not me and not bike related but pretty amazing :

    <iframe title="YouTube video player" width="300" height="199" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tDuWRTxG9tI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
    Holy crap! I've been up close and personal with many a moose, but never one at a full sprint!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim208
    I am amazed at how many people don't get to see wildlife on a regular basis on a mountain bike. Deer, elk, bear, moose, turkeys,grouse, etc I guess when you don't live in a city or suburban environment you get to see lots of game.
    Tom turkeys are by far one of the most ornery animals I've come across. Things have no fear, and will prove it any chance they get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightnerd
    Not me and not bike related but pretty amazing :

    <iframe title="YouTube video player" width="300" height="199" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/tDuWRTxG9tI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
    Funny they speak French but curse in English.
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    Fast animals are good...I nearly had a wreck avoiding a box turtle in the trail yesterday!

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    A couple of years ago a grouse routinely stalked and attacked mountain bikers. It tended to stalk groups, but attack bikers who rode alone. It was so bold that a biker was able to pick it up: www.pbase.com/j_harvey/image/55819023

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    Quote Originally Posted by jollybeggar
    Funny they speak French but curse in English.
    It is not unusual as even if French is the official language in Quebec, the french and anglo cultures are definitely well mixed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jollybeggar
    Funny they speak French but curse in English.
    I was over in France a few years ago... These drunk Frenchies were hitting on my friend at the town party, she kept saying "no," but they pretended to not understand... And then I stepped in, and they most certainly understood "f*ck."

    I think it's a universal word, that one is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eville140
    Tom turkeys are by far one of the most ornery animals I've come across. Things have no fear, and will prove it any chance they get.
    No fear and ignorance are quite different...

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    Quote Originally Posted by J_BAT
    So yesterday I was exploring the back woods/ trails less traveled. Im cruzin along at about %50 power jammin on my ipod, then i round a corner. and to my suprise theres a deer ! about 10' in front of me standing in this little dinky over wooded trail i was on. So i imediately crank it up to full speed, trees are hittin me in the face, im having to bunny hop over whole bushes, but for about 100 ft i was nippin at his feet, through several turns until the trail just seemed to disapear. I kept up with it til the woods closed in around me, and that sly little dear just kept goin. But as i stood there catching my breath I couldnt help but think to myself how awesome i am to be able to keep up with a deer on their home turf.




    - riding out of San Antonio TX., OP Schneable, government canyon-

    I can promise you, if you were "nipping at his feet" he was not going full throttle. I've seen them at full tilt boogie; there's not a mountain biker on the planet that can keep up with that.

    It's like if you got passed on the interstate by a guy in a Ferrari, and put the hammer down and drove right behind him for a couple of miles. You might have been doing 120 mph, as fast as you could go in your car. That doesn't mean he was doing the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RipRoar
    Good stuff.

    I pedaled through a herd of grazing cattle, one got spooked and took off then the rest followed. At one point we were all moving at the same speed for a while, it was surreal!


    Just for your viewing pleasure, this guy used to grab a few zzzz's behind our house...
    One word Dinner!!!

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