It' a bird, It's a plane, It's a party balloon

antlerradar

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Seriously, I found four party balloons in the last few days. In the 80's and 90's I would find one or two a year. Now the population of party balloons is getting out of hand. They seem to be multiplying like rabbits. Is anyone else tried a finding balloons. Just had to vent a little.

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Greenhorn

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I find more party balloons than I do antlers. Of course they shine way more than an antler. I've found them at over 9000 ft - more than 20 miles from a town. I never keep them - so I've got nothing to add to a franken baloon thread.
 

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I was hunting pronghorn in a remote part of SW MT, and saw something white hung on a fenceline. It was too white to be anything other than a pronghorn we thought. We walked at least a mile out of our way to check it out and sure enough, party balloon.
 

UTK14

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Found a clump of 4 of them the other day up looking for turkeys. Seems like it's hard to go anywhere without finding balloons or beer cans.
 

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I probably average 5-10 a year while out hiking and hunting. The last balloon find included a bunch of postcards from a school class requesting info on where the balloons were found. The school was probably 50 miles from where we found them
 

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I found a balloon in in SW Montana, it had info listed on it so I called the number and it was released from Salem Oregon. It travelled over 600 miles and up over the continental divide of the Beaverhead Range.
 

James Riley

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I probably average 5-10 a year while out hiking and hunting. The last balloon find included a bunch of postcards from a school class requesting info on where the balloons were found. The school was probably 50 miles from where we found them

"Dear School Children: I was out hiking the other today when I came upon your balloons. You requested information on where they were found. Specifically, they were wrapped around the neck of a beautiful bird that had become entangled, strangled and killed by your balloons. Have a happy school year. Yours, Truly, :)"

Interesting web site with information on baloons: http://balloonsblow.org/impacts-on-wildlife-and-environment
 
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Hummer

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I've found many balloons in the backcountry. Not many yield their source but years ago while doing vegetation surveys in the Grand Canyon I found remnants of an old rubber balloon released three years prior from a Catholic school in Los Angeles as part of a fund raiser. Another, on top of the Continental Divide near Rocky Mountain Park was released from a Las Vegas casino. Last fall I found a mylar balloon in the Flat Tops Wilderness that came from a wedding party in Salt Lake City. Some litter can go a long ways.
 

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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

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I thought it was a sign for how many sheds I'd find on that hillside. It wasn't.

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