corridor of doom

mossofthewoods  asked:

Do you tend to get a good sense of where you're likely to find bones when you walk through the woods? Do you look for certain qualities or spots to search? Or do you just walk around randomly and wind up finding things? I ask because in all the time I have been a forest goer I have never found a deer carcass.

ah - i do indeed look for certain things!

the basics for increasing your luck are:

* places where humans have made things dangerous = highway next to train tracks next to big stone cliff. Animals are left with little option when scared or startled and often panic. I call them “corridors of doom” and they generally consist of two or three tricky barriers in a row (train tracks, tunnel, freeway, rural road, water, buildings). sad stuff

* look up the migratory paths of local animals. For a guarantee of finding bones, especially deer,  look in and around road-side pullouts and turnarounds near hunting areas

- often hunters will clean the animals here and leave what they don’t need behind for local wild life (this is generally bones and fur). if you do find leftovers make sure to leave some for the local wildlife.

- look for large black trash sacks in the woods near highway ‘turn arounds’, and while you’re there be awesome and pick up some  of the trash the jerks left behind. I often use the garbage i find to collect my bones in….. and sadly to pick up the garbage left by others

* tracking skills - know what to look for on the ground (i’m talking poo here as well as footprints), in the trees (beaver chews, deer antlers rubbing ) and follow game trails - but be warned they’re often precarious,  run narrow along the ridge lines and may drop off without warning

*stay away from people and overly used areas - animals stay away from places where there are lots of people, especially trails/parks with big parking lots and dogs allowed. and if there were any remains there, someone else probably already found ‘em.

*go far - we get as far out of ‘populated’ areas as possible when bone collecting. go farther, farther. you want the back country - you want to be the first person on that trail this season - you want trails washed out by flooding. go far.

- but don’t go too far ‘off trail’ or damage the native flora, be mindful of your surroundings

All that said some days we find nothing and some days we take a short cut near the railroad tracks to the beach and find a rabbit skull, a raccoon skull and a swamp full of little frogs.

hope that helped!