Originally Posted by jurek
I don't know situation in USA, but in Europe it is very safe to walk in remote woods at night - troublemakers are in villages and towns. The only risk is being shot at by an over-keen hunter.
Granted, you instinctively jump up at any noise - even a wood mouse. It takes some years to get used too. Just think the meanest animal in this woods is you.
This is probably very true. I suspect that in the winter at least, any trouble makers are seeking warmer temperatures indoors. The other night when I was out it was very quiet, and I was standing still for roughly 5 minutes when suddenly a woodcock flushed from only a few feet away from me. That scared the crap out of me for an instant !
Last night the wind got pretty strong so I did not make an attempt at owling. Hoping for a quieter night to come through soon.