Patience Was Not My Virtue Today...
Posted 25 May 2012 - 03:55 PM
My third stand is where this picture was taken and also near (500ish yards) one of my last hunting post. I was facing the same same ridge then as I was today.
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In this picture the RED arrow is their den, or at least its around there somewhere. I assume this because of the pups and its the exact spot the 3 coyotes were at last month. The 2 yellow arrows are 3 coyotes one being the pup on the left. Notice the 3rd is gone because that's the one I shot that the bulls wouldn't let me get to! Anyways I couldn't get them today... but there's always another!!
(other arrows are reference at bottom)
I stayed and called on and off for an hour trying to get them to budge but NO DICE! Smart dogs they now are. I will have to get out there at 0dark30 and put the sneak on them next time out... Its going to be FUN!!! It was actually pretty neat watching the pup!
On to a FRUSTRATING yet very self educating next 3 stands.... After an hour on stand 3 I was ready to knock out a few more so I set up on stand 4. I set up on a nice hill side looking down a 300 yard draw. I was against a fence and placed the caller on a fallen oak out in front and to the right. I let it rip with Lightning Jack followed by dsg cottontail. I let both run with 2, 1 minute pauses and hit mute at 9m15s. I stood up slow looked around and headed out to the caller. As I grab the caller I see a coyote maybe 100 yards away... GONE! I didn't even grab my gun GONE!! Had I waited my normal 15 minutes I'm pretty sure I would've bagged that one, as the wind was good and it would've been no more than 100yards. OH and barring anything stupid on my part also. PATIENCE!! Onward to stand 5, if you can call it that. I came over an oak lined bluff looking out over 1000 yards of pasture and there it was mousing facing me. I stopped, it stopped, I moved, it MOVED! I hit my butt and waited... Down the bluff and into a little draw and out of site toward the next pasture the coyote went. I see it pop out along the fence line for 2 maybe 3 seconds at 300+, Not going to take that shot, I'll save it for another day. WALK SLOWLY OVER BLUFFS!! I head on back to the car and stop for stand 6 on the same fence line that I missed one on. This time I set the caller out in front and to the right 50 yards out, instead of on the post. Call with Vole squeeks, titmus tantrum, and snowshoe2. End at 10 minutes. I look around, get up and SON OF A..... there's ANOTHER coyote 250-300 yards along the fence line that I just did NOT see... It turned and ran away, I didnt even bother trying for the VSF because I was so disgusted with myself for not seeing that one.... PATIENCE man PATIENCE!!! I know that dog was working the caller. The wind was good my view was nice. AAHHHHHHHH! I screwed up today darn it! Had I stuck to the rules I know work while hunting, Today would've been a success.
OH WELL, I didn't shoot at 2 of them so maybe I'll get another chance at those guys and I was still hunting on a regular workday..... So I cant really complain to much!!
Referencing the attached post with picture-
The coyotes were in the same spot as today but after finally falling for Vole squeeks last month they followed the ORANGE arrows down the ridge and into about a 300 yard valley were they disappeared. They came out at the second arrow and I shot the coyote at the BLUE arrow. It ran down the fence line out of the picture
Posted 25 May 2012 - 04:32 PM
Posted 25 May 2012 - 05:37 PM
Posted 26 May 2012 - 05:28 AM
Posted 26 May 2012 - 07:58 AM
Had I waited my normal 15 minutes I'm pretty sure I would've bagged that one
After staying on one stand for over an hour, it probably gave you "stand burn out" (for anything more than 10 minutes). LOL (j.k.)
Everyone's different, but I'm normally on a stand from 20-35 minutes, with closer to 35 being the norm. Had enough late ones over the years to be worth the wait (for me). Besides, I'm too old & slow, & once I'm sitting, I'm sitting for awhile. LOL
Anyway, sounds like a great hunt to me
Posted 26 May 2012 - 08:50 AM
Posted 27 May 2012 - 04:01 AM
Posted 27 May 2012 - 09:46 PM
Stand burn out for sure!! I Think one saw me move because my right leg kept falling asleep, and that one eventually walked behind the bluff and I didn't see it again, I was already on a time schedule so after that long stand I was pushing it. Not again, Ill take fewer stands and a bit more time from now on!
Thanks for the replies fellas!
Posted 28 May 2012 - 05:51 AM
Grant gave me a chair with no leggs, but a good back rest,
It takes the pressure off of the back, and leggs.
It cured me of being restless on the stand.
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