This weekend I decided to take Lil'Shooter along for some tree squirrel scouting. I headed up I-80 to the Emigrant Gap exit just above Nyack. The weather was great and the first stand was about 4 miles down the road and into the Tahoe N.F. We suited up with camo, as I always try a bit of predator calling before we chase the rodents.After a short hike from the car, we settled in an area that I hoped would provide enough open area to snag a yote, should one be so unfortunate to answer the dinner call. Lil'Shooter sat down about 4 feet from me while I just stayed standing. We both hand shotguns ready.?Waa, waa, waa!? for the first 45 seconds followed by the customary silent treatment brought no takers. On the third round, a flash of grey black darts within three inches of Lil?Shooter . . . three feet of me. He then realized that my daughter wasn't a rabbit, changed course and headed by me and down the hill.Of course this all took only four to five seconds, and he was out of sight again. Lil?Shooter had the widest open eyes I have seen on her. What a great moment for and me to be able to be there with her.Lucky for the gray fox, the season doesn?t open until next month. I would have loved to try the new Hevi Shot out on him. After this weekend, I have found a better weapon for bagging predators at close range though . . . see photo below.Genna practicing with Dad's Circe Cottontail call.
The latest weapon for close-range brush calling.