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Old September 18, 2017, 20:47   #1
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What plies up deer carcasses?

My son and I went the the farm shooting yesterday and took a walk through the timber on the back of the property, about 10 acres that butt up against a big state park. We found a small clearing that had 4 or 5 deer remains scattered around a 10 or 12 foot area. From what little was left I'm guessing on the number by the skulls and legs, not too much besides that and torn up hides left. It dumped rain on the area the night before which was the first rain in over a month so tracks weren't there. Most of the bones and skulls had been crushed up and emptied. Any guess what does this, I'm going back down as soon as I get some time and setting up a trail cam but in the mean time anyone seen this before?
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Old September 18, 2017, 20:54   #2
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My son and I went the the farm shooting yesterday and took a walk through the timber on the back of the property, about 10 acres that butt up against a big state park. We found a small clearing that had 4 or 5 deer remains scattered around a 10 or 12 foot area. From what little was left I'm guessing on the number by the skulls and legs, not too much besides that and torn up hides left. It dumped rain on the area the night before which was the first rain in over a month so tracks weren't there. Most of the bones and skulls had been crushed up and emptied. Any guess what does this, I'm going back down as soon as I get some time and setting up a trail cam but in the mean time anyone seen this before?
I believe there was a mention of a Bigfoot sighting on this forum a couple days ago. I'd have to guess that or the chupacabra
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Old September 18, 2017, 21:17   #3
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My guess is a fat old black bear getting ready for winter. Look for torn up stumps and deadfalls too.
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Old September 18, 2017, 21:30   #4
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Not to change the topic, but did you know in order to tan a hide, you need to use its' brains. True story.

But the brains are also high in protein. Especially if they're eating the marrow out of the bones too.

My bet is a big predator. Could be a bear. Maybe a big cat too.
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Old September 18, 2017, 23:51   #5
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If you were here in Aus I would say Yowie or and old Drop Bear, given you location, most probably a Sasquatch
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Old September 19, 2017, 02:13   #6
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First guess: people...poachers or slob hunters.They took the backstraps,and 'yotes did the rest.
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First guess: people...poachers or slob hunters.They took the backstraps,and 'yotes did the rest.
My thought, too: people...it's always people.

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Old October 15, 2017, 13:29   #8
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First guess: people...poachers or slob hunters.They took the backstraps,and 'yotes did the rest.
My guess is that the carcasses were road kills dumped there by park maintenance crews. I came across the same thing in the metropark near me, several adults that were most likely pregnant females from the infant jawbones accompanying them. Skeletal remains together on the edge of a power line access trail. No skulls, but the jaws of two adults and two babies amongst the most of the bones to big to chew up. I remember my alarm upon first discovery of these and other carcasses, since they were only a few hundred yards from my home. Then I recalled my own youthful participation on that selfsame crew and how we left road kills in an out-of-sight location for disposal by the local buzzards. A lot easier to contemplate than large hairy monsters, and a helluva lot more likely...
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My guess is that the carcasses were road kills dumped there by park maintenance crews.
Many, many years ago on a brutally cold morning my buddy and I were finishing working down along a woodline when this stench washed over us. Followed our noses, came across 20+ carcasses dumped in a cut in the middle of a clearing. Weird.

Found our truck, stopped at the post office. Cop was there, confirmed that's where the DoT dropped the stinky ones. *Ah*.
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Back behind a friend's place near the dove patch we put out every year, we dump deer carcasses in the fall. Most years there will be 4-8 deer thrown out on that hill. No meat left of course, but skin, bones, and guts.

Around Christmas, it is a good place to pop a coyote or two which also gets left on the pile.

I can't say I have really looked right there in the springtime when we plant sunflowers for dove season, but for certain by September 1 when dove season opens, there is not a bone or anything to indicate the deer/coyote carcasses were ever there.

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http://aep.alberta.ca/fish-wildlife/...ks-May2010.pdf

coyotes eat from the ass up. cougers can crush a skull.
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Put a game camera on it last weekend, so we'll see and I'll post the results if it catches anything.
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If you were here in Aus I would say Yowie or and old Drop Bear, given you location, most probably a Sasquatch
Drop bear? Do they come down in ropes from helicopters or just parachute in?
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About 10 years ago I went out to work on a D-9 Cat that was cutting a road into a hillside. About 3 miles of cut and fill, while working on the dozer the operator was telling me about a box canyon he had pushed a fill across. He said it was littered with deer skeletons, some with good sized antlers. I didn't get to see it but he said it was no problem to walk in or out of it. Oh, in that same area there were a bunch of Cougar sightings.
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That’s classic ‘squatch, bro.
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That’s classic ‘squatch, bro.
I'm wondering if those deer got down in that box canyon in the winter and couldn't get back out. The dozer guy said you could walk in and out, but if it was really steep and snow and ice... the description of antlers on skulls tells me it's not hunters and being inaccessible before the road was cut in... Well, who knows?
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Found a pile with at least a half dozen deer carcasses early this week about 100 yards off a fairly large road in an urban area. Think someone like me that is tired of hitting them in vehicles is shooting them and dragging them far enough into the woods won't be noticed. Have thought of doing the same.
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it could be a lot of things, could be coyotes, Hyenas or wolves. i doubt hnter would do that like other suggests.
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Hyenas ??? In Iowa
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Hyenas ??? In Iowa
Maybe in Nigeria...
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Dam where at in Iowa I would love to have a Bigfoot head on the wall.
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Maybe in Nigeria...
I see what you did there.

After reading some of his other posts , I have to agree.

The hyena was a dead giveaway.
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Them woods is "Squatchy." LMAO.
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Place roadkill in high tree forks. Challenge accepted.

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