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Dealing with wildlife in remote areas. Fears, protection, etc.

10 May, 2018 14:39
Hey guys. So kind of dumb questions but for folks out in remote wilderness standing in the dark for hours, how do you deal with the following:

1) The  eerie silence and darkness followed by random animal noises throughout the night .
2) An unlikely event that a wild animal will approach you (has this happened to anyone)?
3) A wife that is very worried every time you go out into the wilderness.

Do you have protection with you for a worst case scenario? Do you bring any other emergency supplies? Any techniques how to deal with a fears of being out by yourself remote areas. Been working on it for a year of two, and I am getting better. But, if I start hearing weird noises that sound close I start panicking and thinking the worst.

Thanks in advance,

A 31 year old man who is afraid of the dark.
Donnie smile
Edited 10 May, 2018 14:41
11 May, 2018 10:02
Where are you located and what sort of wildlife are you likely to encounter?

If the wildlife is dangerous such as a cougar or bear, or snake, then different advice than just being made to jump by a hedgehog, deer or owl.

Personally being female and nervous on my own anyway, I don't tend to go out alone.

Edited 11 May, 2018 10:03
11 May, 2018 17:54
Infrared goggles, a powerful torch, a stadium trumpet and you're good to go! For snakes wear shoes that cover your ankles and never go out in shorts.
11 May, 2018 18:21
I've been in FL panther territory (everglades) and surrounded by gators (Okeefenokee) solo, no issues. I would't worry about it unless I was in an area with big cats like in Central America. Got stalked once by a jaguar… NOT cool and would never want to be out in the bush at night solo in the Yucatan or any other remote tropical areas. There have been mountain lion attacks out west in the USA tho, where are you?
11 May, 2018 20:09
Andrea Alessandrelli
a stadium trumpet

Best idea ever  smile
11 May, 2018 23:28
Bring a radio or CD player ,It  will cover the animal noises and perhaps keep them away. A pitch fork would be a good idea too!
12 May, 2018 08:59
Do you drive right to your observing location and park the car nearby? Being in (and even near) the car seems to reduce the concern  smile
13 May, 2018 02:03

Here in Florida the law states you can open carry.

(3) LAWFUL USES.—The provisions of ss. 790.053 and 790.06 do not apply in the following instances, and, despite such sections, it is lawful for the following persons to own, possess, and lawfully use firearms and other weapons, ammunition, and supplies for lawful purposes:

(h) A person engaged in fishing, camping, or lawful hunting or going to or returning from a fishing, camping, or lawful hunting expedition;

Outdoor astronomy in the deep woods qualifies as camping.

Check your state laws for the ability to carry….
13 May, 2018 03:28
here in the netherlands,in my backyard..whe have grasshoppers and frogs. but the hedgedog take care of that.

owls and ofcourse curious cats are  here too.

im bears etc.
i did field imaging long time ago, never go alone ,sometimes you  see hunters (ilegal)..soo be carefull.
13 May, 2018 03:35
yeah Id rather have the gun for the crazy ppl here in FL, not the wildlife o.O
17 May, 2018 05:07
On imaging outings, I have seen mountain lions, packs of coyotes, bobcats, (no bears yet) but the only thing I found scary, instead of a  delight and thrill to see, was a couple of pairs of eyes staring at me from the nearby bushes which turned out to be a pair of raccoons (common in my back yard in Northern CA).  That includes rattle snakes but I've only seen them in the day time in the spring/summer, never at night although that would  probably scare me.   Stick with astronomy hardware only please.
Edited 17 May, 2018 05:09
17 May, 2018 07:32
io vorrei solo notti serene, con o  senza animali. io  soffro solo di astinenza di cielo stellato, e quando sono così non auguro a nessuno di trovarsi  nei paraggi, cieli sereni a tutti voi.     c. colombo
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