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    Our trail or theirs?

    I was lucky enough to be the first one out today after 6" of light and fluffy snow yesterday. The local trail had been ridden often enough after last week's 8" to leave a visible track on the trail.

    I hadn't left the unplowed parking area when I noticed different tracks in the virgin snow....whitetail deer, a rabbit, a squirrel and a meandering fox. It struck me as I progressed up the hill that all these animals were staying in the packed track, with only brief forays off the trail and quick returns to the track.

    I was wondering, did the humans adopt the game trail for easy passage or are the animals smart enough to let us do the hard work in the deep snow?

    Either way, I was happy to share the trail.
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    Definitely animals adapting to game trails. Makes hunting easier.

    In Alaska I rarely see any moose on my annual trips because I'm there when the landscape is free of snow. In winter the buggers are everwhere on the roads and in town. Deep snow sucks to walk in. Even animals know that. lol

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    It could be some instinctual path of least resistance thing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankout View Post
    It could be some instinctual path of least resistance thing...
    Like hookers?

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    Our trail. Get out of my way or get run over. Stupid animals. They need to smarten up. Like hookers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott O View Post
    Our trail. Get out of my way or get run over. Stupid animals. They need to smarten up. Like hookers.
    That was funny ^^ lol

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    I think we should impose a "use fee" on furbearers. The entitlement is overwhelming.

    No dig, no access.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oh My Sack! View Post
    I think we should impose a "use fee" on furbearers. The entitlement is overwhelming.

    No dig, no access.
    Hmmmm. . .furbearers.
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    ...and knuckledraggers, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCWages View Post
    Definitely animals adapting to game trails. Makes hunting easier.

    In Alaska I rarely see any moose on my annual trips because I'm there when the landscape is free of snow. In winter the buggers are everwhere on the roads and in town. Deep snow sucks to walk in. Even animals know that. lol
    I think this nailed it. I used to do a lot of snowmobiling on groomed trails. Guess where all the Whitail Deer hung out the most? On the groomed trails and not off trail in 4' of snow. I've often seen deer, elk on the groomed ski trails that traverse from mountain to mountain at the ski resorts in Colorado.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Had a ride a month ago where we followed wolf tracks all the way out. Just happened to take the trail the whole way. Too cool.
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    Do the animals prefer flow trails?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCWages View Post
    Like hookers?
    With all of that white powder why the hell not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCWages View Post
    Like hookers?
    That could be, although I've only encountered what I would presume to be one hooker on the trails in all of my years of riding. She was servicing a fellow trailside in a not-too-secluded portion of the park. Hooker, or the best girlfriend or wife one could ask for.
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    Theirs. They live there. We visit briefly and go home to take a shower.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gasp4Air View Post
    Theirs. They live there. We visit briefly and go home to take a shower.
    The hookers or the squirrels?
    Bicycles don't have motors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    The hookers or the squirrels?
    Squirrels. I've met plenty of critters in the woods, but never a hooker. And if I was looking for a hooker, the woods wouldn't be the first place I'd look.
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    Haha no hookers in the woods. I meant hookers are the path of least resistance. Dating/relationships is/are harder and more expensive. lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCWages View Post
    Haha no hookers in the woods. I meant hookers are the path of least resistance. Dating/relationships is/are harder and more expensive. lol
    Ah, understand. Rather dense today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    I was lucky enough to be the first one out today after 6" of light and fluffy snow yesterday. The local trail had been ridden often enough after last week's 8" to leave a visible track on the trail.

    I hadn't left the unplowed parking area when I noticed different tracks in the virgin snow....whitetail deer, a rabbit, a squirrel and a meandering fox. It struck me as I progressed up the hill that all these animals were staying in the packed track, with only brief forays off the trail and quick returns to the track.

    I was wondering, did the humans adopt the game trail for easy passage or are the animals smart enough to let us do the hard work in the deep snow?

    Either way, I was happy to share the trail.
    Shared the trail on Sunday. First I'm breaking fresh trail in ~6" of snow, then I'm following squirrels, then fox, coyote, then deer... The deer tracks are running everywhere. In a few places they were running the exact line I was riding, until they weren't. As I was admiring their line choice I forgot what I was doing and almost rode right off the MTB trail on some deer tracks that obviously don't always follow the trail!
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    It definitely goes both ways, IMO.

    Cut a new trail through some dense brush or difficult terrain, and the local wildlife will use it when it suits their purposes, for sure. But there's also a long history of people using animals' trails for our own purposes, too.

    I have a feeling that I HAVE seen hookers along a couple trails, though. Maybe they were looking for some interested squirrels, for all I know.

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    I rode a trail yesterday that had seen one snow machine before a fresh couple of inches of powder. I saw deer, coyote, fox, turkey, raccoon, squirrel and rabbit tracks.... a wildlife highway.

    Interestingly it seems that they all also use the trail as a bathroom too, are they marking their route and territory or just keeping their behinds out of the snow?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCWages View Post
    Haha no hookers in the woods.
    Maybe where you live.
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    They're all over the place here. Which critter? you decide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smithhammer View Post
    Maybe (not) where you live.
    I need to move.
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