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in the woods and sleeping by myself even with a gun. I want some companion animal with me for comfort. I would prefer to have a large dog or two out there with me for a sense of security. Dogs will bark like crazy if some wild animal comes near. They will also deter unsavory humans. Even having a couple of horses at a dogless camp would give me comfort. Horses will spook and raise hell if some thing or somebody threatening comes near camp. Animals will cause commotion and wake up their master in the fart sack. They kind of act like a security guard. The woods are creepy. Bears, wolves, cougars, psychos...Bigfoot? Who knows. When soldiers are in the field, somebody pulls night watch. Cowboys always had a night watch on a trail drive.
 

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I have always enjoyed the forests and mountains...incredible peace! Solo camping is very peaceful. And I at least know what to expect from the four legged critters. Spent six days backpacking with a friend in the mountains north of Tucson years ago. Awesome time, lots of wildlife; did not have a tent, just a sleeping bag and for three of those days we never saw another soul...got me thinking how much fun that would be again...course being a bit older might slow me down a tad (who am I trying to kid?). :rolleyes5:
 

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My son and two of his friends just got back from Wyoming in October. The locals said to stay out of the willows along the River. Grizzlies like it in there. He carried a Black Hawk in .45 Colt. around camp and bear spray while fishing the rivers. He had no encounters with any predators. Just be smart and know the neighborhood.
 

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Ever think about take a woman with you camping? They are a lot of fun. Just saying. :aureola:

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I have camped alone and with a group of friends, enjoy both.
But that being said, I do prefer solo camping/ hiking. So peaceful.
As long as I have my gun with me I am never really alone. Best companion, quiet, never bitches and always has my six.
 

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I doubt your going to like hunting either. You have to sit for hours, all along, unless your " runnin and gunnin" but still you be all alone.
 

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I've got a dog, barks at people, clouds moving too fast, leaves blowing across the ground, all the nocturnal animals, like possum, rabbits, and armadillos, also crickets, moths, squirrels, election results, and henways. So if you think you're going to get any sleep with a dog near your tent, you may be sadly mistaken.
 

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Ever think about take a woman with you camping? They are a lot of fun. Just saying. :aureola:

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Most women are citified and will let you know what they are missing and what is bothering them. Peace and quiet in the woods but not with a woman with you.

There's too many bugs.
It's too cold.
The ground is too hard.
What do we do now?
Where's the...?
Where's the bathroom?
What was that?
When are we leaving?
 

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I don't particularly care for the IDEA of many things. I keep my mouth shut and my opinions to myself until after I have actually done any specific action, usually several times.
 
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The woods at night is much much safer than the city. I enjoy being in the woods alone. Nothing will eat you in the middle of the night.

Bears and such are still possible.Too many horror pictures, I guess. A gun is great for security out there but a good large pooch makes me feel not alone and will wake me should trouble come near.
 

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Please, leave fantasy and return to reality... in all things.
 
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I've got a dog, barks at people, clouds moving too fast, leaves blowing across the ground, all the nocturnal animals, like possum, rabbits, and armadillos, also crickets, moths, squirrels, election results, and henways. So if you think you're going to get any sleep with a dog near your tent, you may be sadly mistaken.
I have already in my lifetime have roamed the dark woods at night (with two black Labs nearby and a handgun in my waist pack). I enjoyed every moment of it fearlessly. I have already tent camped with two black Labs and a gun in my tent and slept soundly all night long.

In the army, I was put out in the woods at night along a dirt road for guard duty all alone during training maneuvers at Fort Hunter-Liggett in California. Stationed at Fort Ord in Monterey in the summer of 1991. Very scary. I had an M16 with no ammunition except for blanks. No protection should a cougar or bear attack. I heard coyotes howling nearby. I saw a tall dark shadowy figure in the tree line about 100 yards ahead across a small clearing but was relieved to find it was only a tree shaken by the wind.
 

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I know what you mean!
One time when we were camping out around the fire; in the morning we woke up to 6 or so baby opossums all around us!
Terrifyingly cute!
 

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I remember as a child coming in from some sporting event or general tomfoolery somewhat bumped and bruised and saying to my mother:

"My jaw hurts when I open my mouth really wide."

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"Then don't do that, sweetie" .


Few words. Much wisdom.
 
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