The “Calling” in a nut shell.... My Borther (Justin) and I ended putting the kids to bed around midnight. Since I did not see the layout when it was light, I really did not know who was camping where. I decided not to bring out the 243. 10 years ago I use to ride this valley & I know that campers/riders are sprawled out all over this place on weekends.
My brother & I decided to go for a hike with a couple flash lights & the varmint call that Evan III (John) gave me. We made two stands that night. Anyways, on a mission, we hiked out far. Beat tired and legs burning we set up our first stand. 20 minutes later into our first stand, zip, nadda, nothing. We hiked another mile or so and hunkered down for our second stand. Less than 10 minutes of calling we both stand up, above the brush, to beam the area & Justin saw a pair of eyes about 50 yards out. It happened so fast I did not see it. This was my first animal I brought in on a call & I was happy but disappointed I did not see it. He told me it darted off within 2 seconds after the light was on him. We continued to circle around our stand w/ the light & we both saw bright, glowing eyes! They were about 18 inches off the ground. This animal was on the opposite side of the stand from where Justin saw the first set of eyes at about 150 yards. This one darted after about 4 seconds. At this time its 2:30 am & we have a 45 minute hike back to camp. We also know that the kids are going to be up at 6 so we hiked back and went to sleep.
The next morning (riding that same area) I was glad I did not bust out my gun the night before. We saw 2 different groups of campers, no more than 400 yards away from the first animal we spotted. Riding through the valley during the day it was hard to get away from campers.
Saturday night, I was beat tired & decided not to hunt.
FYI – I don’t know if the animals were Coyotes, Kit Foxes, or Bob Cats. I have some questions about lighting & identification of the animals. I’ll ask up this week.
Also, we saw many Chuckwallas and attempted to catch them during the day with the kids. No such luck. The suckers are smart and fast! Whenever they are threatened, they sneak into the cracks of huge rocks & gulb air to blow themselves up bigger. You don’t have a chance at catching one w/o hurting one.