Strangest things found in the Great Outdoors

- March 26th, 2010

 

Laurentians

Avid sportsmen have all spent long hours travelling the backwoods trails over the years and have, undoubtedly, stumbled across some weird and whacky things along the way..it just comes with spending lots of time afield,  I suppose. 

But what is the weirdest thing you have ever found while out hunting or fishing? I must admit this is a topic I borrowed from a chat forum, but is a subject I find extremely interesting, being the natural treasure hunter that I am.. 

So, here are just a handfull of the things I have come across, over the years, while spending time in the Great Outdoors .. 

-Pair of binoculars 

-A weather balloon 

-A foam mattress with a bunch of playboy magazines on it. 

-Several marijuana operations –even some with plants still in it! 

-In Northern QC, a friend and I found a string of balloons with an advertising sign, which had broken away from a car dealership in Central Michigan! 

-Two ATV’s covered over with brush. 

-Several canoes and boats 

-Abandoned camping equipment. 

-Two way radios 

These are just a few of the oddities I can recall off the top of my head.. 

 So, what about you? What have you found out there over the years? 

Drop me a line! 

Outdoorsguy

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32 comments

  1. LeGrand says:

    I found an abandooned old model car standing straight up towards the sky held (surrounded) in place by mature trees in west Quebec.

    Must of been there for 20-30 years. Must of belonged to a forestry companies employee.

    I mean in the middle of the bush, 7 or so kilometers into the bush, no roads or forestry roads near by. Looked like it might have been dropped from the sky, but no real indent in the ground of possible impact.

  2. Iggy says:

    I was up fishing in Algonquin Park and bushwacking toget to a lake with no trail to it. We do a lot of that to try to get into unfished lakes. The guy I was with stopped and picked up an old bottle covered in grit and mud. Turns out the bottle was worth enough to pay for his whole trip, he’s a little tight with the coins and when he found out you couldn’t remove the grin from his face.

  3. Iggy says:

    another time we were up moose hunting, and we fly in to a outpost camp. What a perfect time to quit smoking, so one of the guys who smoked flew in without cigarettes. Next day crossing a portage, guess what he finds, a full pack of smokes, not his brand, but good enough that he didn’t quit and he made them last the whole week. You should have seen the releif on his face when he bent down to pick up what he thought was a piece of litter only to find his withdrwl pangs would be satisfied.

  4. chessy says:

    wow jeff thought one of them would have been couples that should not have been where they should have been , i know of 3 couples that can not look me in the eye as there were not with there husbands/boyfirends at the time :)
    i have come across fishing poles and even a gun left at the dock at rice lake . and the regular stuff you see in the woods, like garbage, marijuana

  5. jeff.morrison says:

    LG, that’s one for the unsolved mystery books..hope you got a photo of it?

    I can imagine that maybe it was lifted up as the trees grew..but what explains the fact that the car was in the middle of the bush with no roads around…spooky!

    Outdoorsguy

  6. jeff.morrison says:

    What kind of bottle was it Iggy?

    Outdoorsguy

  7. jeff.morrison says:

    Iggy, I guess your friend took it as a sign from God that it wasn’t his time to quit!

    Outdoorsguy

  8. jeff.morrison says:

    Chessy, is there a really high divorce rate in Port Hope?

    Outdoorsguy

  9. chessy says:

    lol NO but i know it has a high conception rate lol

  10. Randy Mitson says:

    I’ve spent quite a bit of time in the woods and found many strange things, cameras, canoes, abandoned railway bits, pottery, ancient beer cans, even a white bra and panties hanging on a tree near the water. but by far the most interesting fine I have ever came across were a stash of about 4-6 old cars in the middle of the woods a few hundred yards off the side of an old road allotment that was never developed. What made these abandoned cars different from the dozens of other abandoned cars I’ve found in the past was that they were riddled with bullet holes, even that isn’t that strange as hunters often shoot abandoned cars for the fun of it, but one of the cars had an old cash register stashed in the trunk. My thought is it’s the remains of a robbery gone bad.

  11. Randy Mitson says:

    I have to add one more as many people from the Ottawa area have probably also found this one buried deep in the back country of Algonquin Park along the Petawawa River Valley.

    Back when I was first exploring the park I came across an old abandoned 150ft deep space radio telescope (looks like a massive satellite dish). It a unique find as you paddle down the Petawawa River, it rises up over the trees and beacons you to come and explore it. The remains of the old Turtle Club (a railway era millionaires club) is also near by.

    History:
    The Algonquin Radio Observatory is located near Lake Traverse, in Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada. Its main instrument is a 46-meter (150-foot) fully steerable radio telescope which has been in operation since 1966. The Algonquin Radio Observatory (ARO) was used in the first successful very long baseline interferometry (VLBI) experiment in 1967. It was also used, by Alan Bridle and Paul Feldman in 1974, for the first SETI search to be carried out at the 1.35-centimeter wavelength, emitted by water molecules in space.

    In 1991, the Algonquin Radio Observatory was finally closed, but the 46-metre antenna is nonetheless still active as part of a continental network of antennas that precisely measures movements of the North American tectonic plate.

    Today the ARO is operated by Thoth Technology and is the official ground station for Northern Light, Canada’s mission to Mars. (note if you are ever there don’t rattle the doors as they are on an alarm)

    Here’s a picture of this very unique find, that I took at night while visiting the ARO to photograph it under moon light.
    http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/uCFiEuVsDewxOxbSB1yD-g?authkey=Gv1sRgCOGZ34j5xMbV8AE&feat=directlink

  12. Iggy says:

    don’t know much about antique bottles Jeff, all I know is he still brags it paid for his trip.
    Another find, when I was a young lad I canoed through Algonquin Park as a member of The Ottawa Boys Club (now know as The Ottawa Boys and Girls Club) from Camp Minwasin (now Camp Smitty) We found an old shovel and a grave marking, when we came out of the park at Kiosk we gave the shovel to the Park Office. They told us it was left there when they built the railway through the park and apparently it is now in the park museum

  13. GPG says:

    I did find a very old Coke bottle last year, but I left it there for someone else to find some day. After the story about bottles, I might go back and pick it up. I wopuldn’t mind a free trip! It’s always a competition between friends when we go out bushwacking – the winner is the one with the best find. Most of the things found are small camping items, lures, pots, animal bones, etc. It does keep things interesting though.

  14. chessy says:

    Jeff the weirdest of all things I have lost is the access to your blog. looks like you been messed with again

  15. Chris says:

    Can someone help me find an UP TO DATE 2010 website for the Corbet Dam fish ladder at teh Ganaraska River? I’d like to know the number of fish over the dam and how far along the run looks?

    thanks

    tightlines

  16. chessy says:

    sorry been busy doing other things the fisladder just go the counter put in the mnr has dragged there feet .. the count as of today is 972 fish sampled but most of the run has gone thru and with mild temps comming it will probably be over …

  17. jeff.morrison says:

    Sorry Guys, I had to pull down the Ganny Fish Ladder post as it was getting spamed all the time..not sure why.

    Thanks for the question Chris and for the update Chessy.

    Outdoorsguy

  18. chessy says:

    what do you mean by spammed jeff. if you dont want to say here .. pm me you know where

  19. jeff.morrison says:

    Chessy, for some reason, that post kept receiving spam from one of those online pharmaceutical companies trying to sell cheap meds…pretty good deals too actually..hehe..

    Anyhow, I kept deleting them, but I’d get more and more every day and always attached to that Ganny post in the form of a comment..weird.

    Outdoorsguy

  20. Chris says:

    You guys are fast but I wish you could put more fish in the lake so they can jump the dam. 972 is very low numbers but like you said the MNR may not have put the counter in early enough, again! Any idea what day the counter was actually was put in? I know I’m asking alot but thanks in advance!

    cheers chris

  21. jeff.morrison says:

    GPG, you had better start keeping those coke bottles, I know I will from now on!

    Outdoorsguy

  22. chessy says:

    the counter was put in last monday . we missed alot of fish as we had silt build up on the bottom of the dam where the basket and counter goes. the would not let us dig it out by hand as they had no money ???( we vollenteer there ) lots of fish also went up in jan.. again this year there is a high number of lamprey wounds on the fish . nearly over 70 %

  23. jaye says:

    I found a chainsaw in the middle of a bush road on my way out from moose hunting. it was the biggest husky i have ever seen. didn’t get any moose, but the saw paid for my trip up north. posted the saw in the newspaper for 2 weeks, and no answer to my add. oh well, i guess they got tired of cutting wood. haha.

  24. jeff.morrison says:

    Randy..thanks for the interesting story..I will have to venture up that way again some time.

    Outdoorsguy

  25. jeff.morrison says:

    Jaye, then you all needed was a little vegetable oil and you had yourself a good moose field-dressing saw..hehe

    Outdoorsguy

  26. Chris says:

    Chessy,
    Wow, thanks for the news about the Ganny fish ladder and the lamprey scarred fish. It sounds aweful. Would you be so kind as to give us an update on the number of fish now counted and also maybe one more count next week?
    Many thanks.

  27. Stidley says:

    I used to guide in Algonquin it is not unusual to find old grave sites at rapids along the Petawawa. I used to guide for OBC . A lot o fond memories of Camp Minwasin

  28. Iggy says:

    me to Stidley, I liked it so much I sent my kids there, who then went on to LIT, then CIT then counsellors themselves

  29. Iggy says:

    remember Three Fingered Willy, it’s still camp folklore

  30. jeff.morrison says:

    Three-fingered Willy?? Sounds a bit perverted..what did you guys do at that camp?

    Outdoorsguy

  31. Maximus says:

    I was out in the bush in Northern, Ontario about 5 miles in no trail just following my GPS and listening to my metal detector. I found lots of old logging stuff about 4 inches down, saw blades, axes, chains, that kind of stuff and lots of old cans they were made to last back then. I found the remnants of an old cabin and started detecting around it, about 100 feet from the old ruins I got a strong signal, about 2 feet down I found an old can with gold and silver coins and lots I won’t say how much but I am going back this summer and doing some more detecting.

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