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    Jul 2014
    Wisconsin
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    Wildlife encounters while MD-ing

    I am curious about and would like to hear some of the interesting, crazy, funny, scary wildlife encounters you've had while out enjoying this great hobby.
    I've never been chased by a gator, croc, shark or a bear. I've never ran into a sea snake, blue ringed octopus, box jellyfish or water moccasin while sand fishing, and hope I never do, but I sure there's been plenty of close calls for some of you out there?
    My stories are mild, I've just had fun seeing fish follow me around (little ones do nibble on me every once in a while) as I stirred up the sand looking for goodies. I've enjoyed seeing some sand hill cranes and bald eagles probably trying to figure out what I was up to swinging a stick.
    What are some of your stories?
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    Dec 2007
    Colorado
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    I was hunting along the Arkansas river and came across a diamondback rattlesnake with a head as big as my fist. It was so big I would not go within 15 feet of it.

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    Jul 2012
    Blackfoot, Idaho
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    Back in June I was detecting west of Winnemucca, NV, and caught a motion out of the corner of my eye. An 8" Long-Nosed lizard was racing at me as fast as it could go, with my dog Heidi in hot pursuit. A big shot of adrenolin at first, and then laughter. They have some big lizards in that country! The next day, while digging targets, we excavated a couple of 4" scorpions. Our buddy got stung by a smaller an hour later.
    Jim
    Last edited by Jim in Idaho; Aug 12, 2019 at 08:40 AM.

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    Ed

    Jul 2018
    Eastern Connecticut
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    Never really had any dangerous or scary encounters but one time we were detecting and a policeman pulled in to let us know that a bear was reported to be in the area we were detecting. We left immediately.....

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    Classic car lover

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    I've been chased through the woods by a wild dog
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    Jan 2007
    Cape Cod, Massachuestts
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    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
    Sharks in Guam, Snakes and Snapping turtles in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Birds in Iceland, Goats in Spain, Caught a duck with a fishing hook in its beak attached to 30 feet of line and 2 sinkers - Pliers used to remove the hook and the duck quacks with a lisp. Followed by and hit by salt water fish, bit by crabs, watched whales, seals and foul go by. I've been chased by angry bees and surrounded by feeding Blue fish and stepped into deep holes and over sharp drop-offs OOPS...

    This hobby IS dangerous, kinda of scary isn't it?

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    Jul 2014
    Wisconsin
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    Quote Originally Posted by WaterWalker View Post
    Sharks in Guam, Snakes and Snapping turtles in Connecticut and Massachusetts, Birds in Iceland, Goats in Spain, Caught a duck with a fishing hook in its beak attached to 30 feet of line and 2 sinkers - Pliers used to remove the hook and the duck quacks with a lisp. Followed by and hit by salt water fish, bit by crabs, watched whales, seals and foul go by. I've been chased by angry bees and surrounded by feeding Blue fish and stepped into deep holes and over sharp drop-offs OOPS...

    This hobby IS dangerous, kinda of scary isn't it?
    I gotta bite on this one, what kind of shark encounter did you have in Guam?
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    A few months back I was minding my business swinging my AT Pro in the woods and and went to go under some branches and was completely enveloped in a banana spider web...which immediately turned me into a 5th degree blackbelt Karate champion. ...about 30 minutes later came upon a buried yellow jacket nest. I could have beat Usain Bolt in the 200 meter that day had 4 stings...I went home after needing to turn back and recover my detector.

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    Patty & Paul

    May 2014
    Gulf Coast Florida
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    I've had Manatees and dolphins here in the gulf.
    They'll still scare the life out of you when they pop up close.
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    Ive been dive bombed by a bunch of birds in the bush. Got the hell out of there in a hurry. One thing that freaks me out is birds diving at my head.
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    I have seen sharks, snakes, & alligators in some of the waters where I was diving & searching. They never seemed interested in me . My scariest experience while metal detecting, was having a herd of wild hogs run by within 50 ft of me. Two of the bigger hogs stopped & stared at me for a few seconds before running away.
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    Nov 2012
    Maryland
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    Dug a signal with a live snake once. It was harmless and I left it be. Ran into a ground nest of yellow jackets, but I saw them before they saw me so I escaped. At the same place I heard this huff, huff, snort sound in the earphones, a black bear was checking me out, I moved very fast, onto my back in defense but I scared it away real good!
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    Feb 2014
    Ohio and Florida
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    I was hunting the Gulf earlier this year in about 3 ft of water when I noticed a large dark amorphous figure slowly come toward me. It was about 3-4ft across and about 10 ft long, although all I could see was a dark blob. A rough storm had recently passed and there were lots of clumps of seaweed in the area. I retreated from the target I was digging as the blob stopped about 4 ft away. I took my detector and poked the blob with my coil, expecting the coil to go into the blob of seaweed, I believed. Instead, I hit and slightly pushed back a very solid object. IT WAS NO SEAWEED. I stepped a few more paces away and toward the shore. This was no blob of seaweed, I again said to myself. As I stood there with my eyes glued to the blob sitting just a few feet away and with both my detector and water scoop between the me and the blob, it suddenly and swiftly moved away from me and toward a group of people nearby. As the blob moved away so smoothly and effortlessly without a ripple, I came to realize that the blob was a Manatee.
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    Jul 2017
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    I was MDing a river beach and looking inside water i see a shrimp .. what ? on Ticino river ? in north Italy...
    so we discover later that they are Louisiana Shrimps that someone have bring in Italy ...
    a very bad eco-problem because they are now eating local fish eggs ...
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    I was night hunting for fossil shark teeth along the shore of Chesapeake Bay by headlamp. I was wading in about 18" of water and felt something live bump my leg. When I turned my headlamp on it, it turned out to be a northern snakehead fish about 30" long. It seemed to be attracted to the light and bumped my bare leg several more times. I know they are harmless to people. They are delicious and I briefly considered spearing it, but we had guests and I didn't know how they would feel about that gruesome scene. It would have easily fed all four of us, with leftovers...
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