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    Default Deer...moving around on trails

    Just wanted to give you guys a heads up...with the deep snow in the woods in northern Wisconsin, we are seeing more deer on the trails...SO BE ON THE LOOK OUT...WE had two sleds this week come in totalled from smoking deer...thankfully the drivers were alright....but pay attention out there

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    No kidding! Deer scared the crap out of me 3 times riding Presque Isle / Bolder Junction area last week. Fortunately no deer or sleds were harmed in the making of this story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Attak man View Post
    Just wanted to give you guys a heads up...with the deep snow in the woods in northern Wisconsin, we are seeing more deer on the trails...SO BE ON THE LOOK OUT...WE had two sleds this week come in totalled from smoking deer...thankfully the drivers were alright....but pay attention out there
    no injuries so................
    those deer are not old enough to be smoking OR be on the trial without a mature adult deer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Attak man View Post
    Just wanted to give you guys a heads up...with the deep snow in the woods in northern Wisconsin, we are seeing more deer on the trails...SO BE ON THE LOOK OUT...WE had two sleds this week come in totalled from smoking deer...thankfully the drivers were alright....but pay attention out there
    That's where a mountain can comes in handy to scare them off.

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    yes we was south of lando , and lot's of deer on trails

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    How many people have hit deer around Ewen and Bruce Crossing? That area always makes me a little nervous.

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    Rode yesterday with the bride in NE Wisconsin. I didn't keep exact track, but in 120 miles had to be around 40 deer. No close calls thankfully. But yes, agree, lot of deer around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nc666 View Post
    That's where a mountain can comes in handy to scare them off.
    If loud obnoxious noises that piss off private land owners actually caused deer to move - why do you think the phrase is: "Like a deer in the head lights" - They don't move until they see something moving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nc666 View Post
    That's where a mountain can comes in handy to scare them off.
    Are you from Illinois?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandylake View Post
    Are you from Illinois?
    Welcome to the trails then, "your among fiends".

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    Last edited by 1fujifilm; 01-21-2020 at 03:14 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcr440 View Post
    If loud obnoxious noises that piss off private land owners actually caused deer to move - why do you think the phrase is: "Like a deer in the head lights" - They don't move until they see something moving.
    To your point, I bet out of the 40 deer I saw yesterday, ~10 were bedded. With our super quiet 4 strokes, and going at a low speed, they never moved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandylake View Post
    Are you from Illinois?
    You betcha with a backpack and 6 inch paddles to tear up the ribbon.

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    10 deer and 20 turkeys this past weekend.
    Came across a fresh deer kill on the NST 2 weeks back. Fat doe missing hide from her chest and no sled parts scattered about.... must have been a perfect hit. She was still rectal warm . i ain't no trail side gutter ,...just hope someone harvested her.

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    Almost smoked a deer today west of Dale, WI trails opened up here this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indy_500 View Post
    Almost smoked a deer today west of Dale, WI trails opened up here this morning.
    Grippin and rippin the 3" rmk onda fresh 6" a powder or ya got a relic left around from your sled shed era?
    Last edited by snobuilder; 01-21-2020 at 10:54 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indy_500 View Post
    Almost smoked a deer today west of Dale, WI trails opened up here this morning.
    so did Outagamie county open or something else

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    Quote Originally Posted by snobuilder View Post
    Grippin and rippin the 3" rmk onda fresh 6" a powder or ya got a relic left around from your sled shed era?
    I have 2 trail sleds a 2000 Polaris touring 600 and a 2004 Polaris pro x 2 600
    Quote Originally Posted by just_ride View Post
    so did Outagamie county open or something else
    Waupaca did. The county line is highway 45, I parked at the park and ride west of Dale on the corner of hwy 45/96
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    Two weeks ago a guy hit a moose up the north shore on his sled. Anybody familiar with the area from what i understand he was riding on the 600 road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elf View Post
    Two weeks ago a guy hit a moose up the north shore on his sled. Anybody familiar with the area from what i understand he was riding on the 600 road.
    WOW - So they are all over up there again - What's his name at the Stoney River Cafť is still a non-believer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xcr440 View Post
    WOW - So they are all over up there again - What's his name at the Stoney River Cafť is still a non-believer.
    Tom is funny. Listening to him and wife arguing about orders back there is funny. We stopped in there last yr for breakfast one morning and he had a closed sign up. So we went in and asked if he was open and he said for snowmobilers he was open but he would leave the sign up to keep the bird watchers out.

    We've seen 3 moose this yr so far. I was surprised last weekend where we were that we didn't even see a track with all the fresh snow as it was the same area we'd seen the others this yr.

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    Wrecked my sled on a deer there last year. Bruce crossing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snobuilder View Post
    10 deer and 20 turkeys this past weekend.
    Came across a fresh deer kill on the NST 2 weeks back. Fat doe missing hide from her chest and no sled parts scattered about.... must have been a perfect hit. She was still rectal warm . i ain't no trail side gutter ,...just hope someone harvested her.
    RECTAL WARM ??? What the .... does that mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elf View Post
    Two weeks ago a guy hit a moose up the north shore on his sled. Anybody familiar with the area from what i understand he was riding on the 600 road.
    I had one jump out in front of me on the North Shore many years ago. Not so close that I almost hit em, but basically the next step back from that level of closeness. Probably around 2004 or 2005. Enjoyed his easy walk down the hard groomed trail for a hundred yards or so, then exited back in to the brush.

    Seeing moose on rare occasion is one of the neat things about riding in the Arrowhead of MN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jefjag150 View Post
    Wrecked my sled on a deer there last year. Bruce crossing.
    We saw a crapload of deer in the same area last season as well. No bueno since they were hanging out on a high speed part of trail 8.

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    run over a deer yesterday and damn thing jumped up and basicly gave us the finger before taking off , at that point a skunk with its tail up came wondering out and we damn near ran each other over trying to take off . last thing I would have ever thought seeing in the winter . trails around Lake Mille Lacs were great

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    I think anyone that spends time on a snowmobile will see deer. I rarely don't see them.
    Saw several today near Remer MN. 2 yesterday near Hill City.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elf View Post
    Two weeks ago a guy hit a moose up the north shore on his sled. Anybody familiar with the area from what i understand he was riding on the 600 road.
    I think the first time I rode the expressway up by the gunflint at night...perfectly smooth trail for miles then all of a sudden its a rough random mess of fresh potholes and trenches on and around the trail. After about a hundred feet of it my brain finally clicks that its moose tracks crisscrossing the trail and my heart skipped a beat as I was glad to not have met one on the trail just then...

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    Right,,,, they're prevalent in the woods as trees.



    Quote Originally Posted by Carbide View Post
    I think anyone that spends time on a snowmobile will see deer. I rarely don't see them.
    Saw several today near Remer MN. 2 yesterday near Hill City.

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    I hit one this past Saturday night on east shore road. That’s the second one I’ve hit in 4 years. Same general area. I’m sure it won’t be my last.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogebic_sledder View Post
    I hit one this past Saturday night on east shore road. Thatís the second one Iíve hit in 4 years. Same general area. Iím sure it wonít be my last.
    Is 13 north of the Root Cellar open? Was told when I was UP (MLK weekend) it was looking like it'd open the next weekend.
    Or were you riding East Shore road because of other reason.

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    Don’t know if 13n is open, I was off trail all weekend . I hit the doe about 3 miles south of the Root cellar on east shore rd. There’s a small White House not on the lake, and their feeding the deer. The home is very close to the street. I’m surprised I only hit one , there was about 2 dozen in his yard 10 feet from the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elf View Post
    Tom is funny. Listening to him and wife arguing about orders back there is funny. We stopped in there last yr for breakfast one morning and he had a closed sign up. So we went in and asked if he was open and he said for snowmobilers he was open but he would leave the sign up to keep the bird watchers out.

    We've seen 3 moose this yr so far. I was surprised last weekend where we were that we didn't even see a track with all the fresh snow as it was the same area we'd seen the others this yr.
    Last year at 3:00 a.m. in the morning about 10 miles west of Grand Portage round a corner and I'm looking at a gigantic brown butt in front of me. I'm like what in the world? Then it turned sideways and my brain kicked in. O that's a moose.

    Saw over 100 deer last night between Eau Claire county trails, and Clark county. Even saw an idiot mobile. 5 guys had a 2500 HD Chevy stuck on the trail right at the Eau Claire/Clark county line. They had driven over 6 miles from a main road. Bar in Rock Dam called cops to let them know, but I don't know what happened. They were all adults, had half a tank of gas, and food. I really didn't feel sorry for them.

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