The question ... Does A Bear @#%$ In The Woods?
As a teenager, on various jobs, I must have heard that question a thousand times ... right after I had asked some other, apparently stupid question.
Curiously, the asker of the Bear question never answered his own question, but rather, simply stared at me with a expectant look on his face.
I suppose the asker did not know the answer either. Apparently, the question bothered them so much, that they would ask it out of the blue after I had asked some work related question.
Anyway, I now have photographic evidence that answers that question with no room for doubt.
The answer is Yes, they do.
Bear and I were on a woods walk/run yesterday when he stumbled upon this farkleberry bush with excellent cane carving potential. My life schedule this year hasn't allowed much time for wood carving, (remember the atlatl post? yup, still unfinished) but I can't help eyeballing deliciously shaped pieces of wood while walking my forest.
This one has a great handle and the upper part that is mostly out of sight is nice and straight. I may come back with the pruning saw after it goes dormant and take that piece.
The nice thing about farkleberry is, when you cut it, it just suckers like crazy and those suckers tend to be pretty straight shoots.
It's a very sustainable harvest which suits me just fine, since farkleberry also produces lots of berries for the migrant birds you snow birds send to me each year.
Since any walk with Bear is usually a combo run/walk event, I did some jogging and somewhere on this expedition, my cell phone bounced out of my shorts and into the jungle.
I searched for a long time, but did not find it ... didn't notice the loss until it was almost dark.
And of course, I keep it on a silent vibrate setting so it's doing a great job of hiding.
It's out there somewhere in the rain.
Also out there in the rain is the neighbor's cat. As I mentioned yesterday, I had a chicken go missing and the cat was one of the suspects.
Last night, I put a piece of bacon greasey papertowel in my Havahart trap near the chicken roost and surprise! A marauding cat is in the trap this morning.
I think I will let it stew in the drizzle a while longer ... clean cats are happy cats right? Then Bear and I will put the fear of GOD (read that in a mirror) in it when we release it and shooo it home.
Today, it 's dark, rainy, and dreary out side and I think after I post this, I'm heading out to see what's moving in the dampness.
I may just take Bear in the JEEP with me ... who knows what other questions he will answer for us?
Oh yeah, Bear answered this related question also.