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Weird finding in the woods

CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior MemberPosts: 5,486 Senior Member
This morning I went out for a few hours to hunt and scout. I'm about a mile off the logging road checking out an area that has elk. I drop into what once was a swamp, but is more of a meadow now. Walking the edge of the meadow, I come across a collapsed Coleman tent. If I had to guess, I'd say it has been there for a couple years. There were lumps under the tent so my first thought is "Oh crap, there's a body in there!" I grab a stick and poke around a bit to make sure I'm not about to engage a **** or skunk. I unzip the tent and find the camping gear. Moldy chewed sleeping bag with mouse nests, lantern, mouse chewed paperback, intact gallon water container, beef jerky bag, and some beer cans. I can't think of a reason why someone would abandon their entire camp unless they were dead.

On a side note, should I call the sheriff?
When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

Adam J. McCleod


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  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 4,958 Senior Member
    CaliFFL wrote: »
    .

    On a side note, should I call the sheriff?

    Yes, it could be nothing, or someone missing for a long time. Any I.D. found?

    JAY
    THE DEFINITION OF GUN CONTROL IS HITTING THE TARGET WITH YOUR FIRST SHOT
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    I just took a look, I didn't dig around. Tell you the truth, I was a bit creeped out.
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • PFDPFD Senior Member Posts: 1,331 Senior Member
    cpj wrote: »
    It's odd enough to warrant calling the law, IMHO.

    Yep, let them sort it out.

    Might be nothing or it might be a piece to a puzzle.
    That's all I got.

    Paul
  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Senior Member Posts: 4,646 Senior Member
    I'd definitely make the call. It could be anything. Guy got lost, happens all the time, and either got rescued or stumbled onto a road and got out that way and said screw his gear. On the other hand, around here it's not uncommon to have bleached bones, "found by hunters".
    If you call in the morning you'll probably be stuck most of the day. But I think you have to call.
    One thing I'll advise though is don't let your truck get blocked in by sheriffs cars or whatever. I found a dead guy once and once I was blocked in by coroners, etc. I was there for the duration.
    Teach your children to love guns, they'll never be able to afford drugs
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    I called the sheriff's office. They weren't too concerned, but they want me to show them the place within the next few days.

    Hiking with a LEO...my favorite thing!
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 7,036 Senior Member
    Having just finished a few of Ann Rule's books over the past year, I'd say....yeah, making the call was a good call.

    Mike
    "Walking away seems to be a lost art form."
    N454casull
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,094 Senior Member
    Well, I see you've already made the call :up:. I was going to suggest that you do, just to CYA.
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • sakodudesakodude Senior Member Posts: 3,891 Senior Member
    Had a very similar experience some years back while hiking in the Bitterroot Wilderness in Montana. We had quite literally climbed up a creek bed that flowed down the mountain side to see what the source was on top. Found a beautiful lake that on one side had lush green foliage and the other seemed the mountain came right out of the water. Walking around through the foliage side we discovered a camp very much like you found. Camp goods strewn all around, unopened cans and bottles, dishes and other what not. Tent on the ground ripped to shreds,with two distinct lumps in the middle. As you did we lifted the tent and prodded the lumps (sleeping bags ) and discovered no bodies thank God. We recorded map coordinates and gave them to the ranger station when we got back to civilization. They had no reports of lost souls so assumed whoever had been there likely had been run off by a bear or came back to discover the mess and beat feet out of Dodge.

    Sako
  • wildgenewildgene Senior Member Posts: 1,036 Senior Member
    ...early heavy snows have encouraged a lot of people to abandon their camps & get out in that country...
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,625 Senior Member
    Please follow up with the cops, inquiring minds want the lowdown.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 7,826 Senior Member
    Any drug activity like pot growing in that area??
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,713 Senior Member
    CaliFFL wrote: »

    Hiking with a LEO...my favorite thing!

    Yeah, fun isn't it, some act like you lured them out there to harm them.
    Shut up-----KAREN; OK Cynthia
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    Went out yesterday with a sheriff's deputy and a NFS guy. Found the tent and let them take some pics and dig around. After maybe 15 minutes the cop said he didn't think it was a crime scene, so he marked it on his GPS and we left. It had started raining so I think he just wanted out ofthe woods.

    Pretty uneventful.
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,625 Senior Member
    CaliFFL wrote: »
    Went out yesterday with a sheriff's deputy and a NFS guy. Found the tent and let them take some pics and dig around. After maybe 15 minutes the cop said he didn't think it was a crime scene, so he marked it on his GPS and we left. It had started raining so I think he just wanted out ofthe woods.

    Pretty uneventful.

    That is good, break out the metal detector and give the area a good once over.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    That is good, break out the metal detector and give the area a good once over.

    That's a great idea.
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


  • 5280 shooter II5280 shooter II Senior Member Posts: 3,923 Senior Member
    So did the NFS guy clean up the rubbish or just left it there? Was this even addressed?
    God show's mercy on drunks and dumb animals.........two outa three ain't a bad score!
  • CaliFFLCaliFFL Senior Member Posts: 5,486 Senior Member
    So did the NFS guy clean up the rubbish or just left it there? Was this even addressed?

    Not while I was there...
    When our governing officials dismiss due process as mere semantics, when they exercise powers they don’t have and ignore duties they actually bear, and when we let them get away with it, we have ceased to be our own rulers.

    Adam J. McCleod


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