posted on Dec, 8 2008 @ 11:21 AM
Yesterday, myself and three others went on a 6 hour day ride. Now let me say that in this six hours we were never on pavement and never more than at
the most 20 miles from my home. We drove down in "deer haven", and in the entire time, NO deer were seen. We stopped and talked to a few older men
training their dogs for hunting, we asked if they had seen anything and they said they had been out there since 5 am and not them or their dogs had
seen, smelled anything. The oldest gentlemen there said "everything's gone, the woods have never been so quite." So at first I just brushed it
off as odd that we didn't see anything, no squirels, opposums, beaver, raccoons, rabbits, deer, armadillos, turkeys nothing. I figured maybe just
bad timing, wrong time of day. But when we went back out at around 9:00pm and came back at 1:30am, and not once saw a set of eyes the avid
outdoorsmen/hunter with us said "something's wrong". Let me elaborate further by explaining this area. This government land, with springs, a
river, several creeks, a lake and numerous "feed lots". There are no houses, on almost 12,000 acres. No paved roads, just logging gravel roads. I
do know it could have been just coincidence, but even "shining" the fields there and on the way home resulted in no eyes. I asked them if they
remember ever going out and not seeing anything and all of them agreed and said they can not ever remember not seeing something. The weather outside
was about normal for the area, time of year, and it was partly cloudy last night. So weather can not explain that. I put a lot of stock into what
the old hunter's say around here, they can tell you what the weather will be for upcoming seasons, rain, floods, ticks, hunting season you name it
and they know this land. So when several of them have said, I don't know where all the game is, never seen the likes of it, it's like they just
left, it does make me ponder even more, do the animals know something I don't.
Also I almost forgot, if you know how these hunting dogs work you'll understand that they are not played with, petted, etc. They have a job to do
and only get "rewarded" if they do their job right. Once let out to run, they know to find a scent and trail it. The gentlemen we stopped and
spoke to one of them made the remark about the dogs knowing their wasn't nothing out here, they didn't even try. One of the other men said
something around the fact of letting them out and all of their dogs just kind of looked and would not even get out of sight of their box.
I apologize, I forgot to say where I am. I am located in Piedmont Missouri. Which is in South East Missouri.
[edit on 8-12-2008 by openmindforyou]