Ok, I threw that question out there to see what response I'd get and the ones I got were pretty much as I expected. With that let me say this. NEVER and I do mean NEVER, assume that a young BF is totally alone, I don't care if you watch it for hours or days and see no sign of an adult. Now with that I have a story to tell and I'll be the first to admit that this was not the smartest thing I have ever done, in fact I feel quite lucky to still be here to tell it.
I was sitting in one of the deer stands looking over a small weed covered opening surrounded by woods. I'd not been in the stand long when I caught movement out of the corner of my eye to the right and when I turned to look I saw a young BF, that was probably between the ages of 18 mo. and two years. It was playing at the edge of the woodline about 40 yards away. Needless to say, deer hunting left my mind and I watched this youngster play and watched for it's mama or other adult for over 4 hours. No sign of mama or any other adult. The little one never went towards her either. So, next came probably the dumbest move I have ever made in my adult life. I get off the stand and start "stalking" the little one. To make a long story short ( it was a long quiet careful stalk.) when I get about 15' away from the toddler the mama stands up out of the weeds. I had no idea that the weeds could conceal an animal that size, even laying down. I froze in my tracks and the mama gave me a look that plainly said 'that's close enough'. I backed slowly away, all the way back to the deer stand never taking my eyes off of her. When I got to the base of the deer stand she walked over, picked up her youngun and walked off. It took about 30 minutes for me to quit shaking enough that I could make the walk back to the house. I really do consider myself fortunate to still be here and not scattered in pieces all over the back side of the farm.
Posted on Aug 23, 2012, 8:58 AM from IP address 188.8.131.52