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Stick To What You Know...

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by BigN, Dec 14, 2012.

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  1. BigN

    BigN Member

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    Just returned from the woods. Going to be irritated for the rest of the day, had to come home. Why? Because I didn't do what I KNEW I should do, wanted to do something different, try something new. Cost me a big, beautiful coyote this morning. In this section of woods I've had great luck calling in coyotes. I always place my stand in a certain tree, always. Well, except for today. I figured I'd carry the ecall around from place to place and hunt that way, hide behind trees, brush, etc. Hadn't been calling for 10 minutes, ahead of me in the swamp is a movement through the brush, about 50 yards. He's headed for my call to my left. I swing the gun to the left side of the tree and wait for him to enter the clearing so I can take him. 5 minutes goes by, 10, 15, no dog. No noise, no nothing. Wondering what I did wrong, I turned around. There he was,sitting, 20 yards behind me, just sitting there watching me. I'm pretty fast for an old buzzard, but I wasn't as fast as he was. Swung my gun around, he was into the brush and gone. My point is...had I gotten into my favorite tree like I always do, I'd have gotten him 20 minutes earlier when he was approaching my position from the front. Don't reinvent the wheel, if something works, do it. If it ain't broke, dont' fix it. You get my drift...:cuss:
     
  2. Sav .250

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    Admit it...........your enjoyed the hunt. The yote is a happy camper thanks to you. :)
     
  3. gspn

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    You have to do new things to learn and a good education is never cheap. Yep...you got busted this morning...but I'm sure there is another lesson in your day beyond "always do the same thing."

    Heck in some ways I think the story you got was better than a kill. Having a coyote staring at you from 20 feet away is cool.
     
  4. BP Hunter

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    That's a nice story. Don't worry my friend, bigger ones will show. WHat I have noticed is that if I don't change my stand, they will get familiar with my "presence" and calling. I change them eveytime. Last year, I was in the same stand about 4 times and called 2 in the first 2 times and they never appeared since, even with different calls. Last weekend, I found a new stand and called one in about just 5 minutes and killed it/her at bout 70 yards.
     
  5. BP Hunter

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    I could picture the coyote staring at you saying, "Hey bud, whatcha doing?":D
     
  6. gspn

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    ...and making bets with the other coyotes..."I bet I can get within 20 feet of that dude...how long do you think I can sit there before he sees me?"
     
  7. tahoe2

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    gspn

    Now that's funny !
     
  8. bainter1212

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    HAHAHA! Somtimes, the coyote is smarter than the man.....reminds you that you are just a man and not a god. I'm sure that eventually you will outsmart that "wiley" coyote.
     
  9. T Bran

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    It sounds like one of those little rear view mirrors that clip to your hat is in order lol.
    Thanks for the belly laugh I needed that.
     
  10. MutinousDoug

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    You guys aren't going to believe this, but I'll tell the story anyway:

    I almost stepped on a coyote or very grey fox as I was still hunting elk some years back.
    I had creeped up to the top of a ridge just as the sun was coming up and stopped to admire the sunrise. I think I was there for about 3-4 minutes when I went to step off the rock I was on, to the other side when this fur ball erupted under my feet and scared the be-jabbers out of me. He was 10-12 feet down the hill before my foot hit the ground and gone over the drop off in no more than that time. I could have no more have shot him than fly back to camp, although I almost took a dive over that ridge.
     
  11. Double_J

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    mr. coyote was saying "whats up doc" as he was staring at you. If you don't get the reference then you are severely lacking in the classics of yesteryear.
     
  12. buck460XVR

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    It's easy to second guess yourself after the hunt is over. Had you been successful, you would have thought "Man, I love it when a plan comes together!'. Part of hunting is coming home empty handed. That's why when one is successful after making a plan for the day, it is so rewarding. While we all have heard the stories of a hunter walking into the woods with no idea of where to go. He sits down against the first comfortable tree and a hour later has his quarry down. But, we all know that is luck and doesn't work consistently. Knowing the area you are going to hunt and making plans using previous knowledge to make an educated plan does. That said, just going to the same well every time for water may give us a drink, but sooner or later, it will dry up. It also gets old. Finding new spots and using new tactics is what makes the hunting experience what it is. Being unsuccessful now and then is a humbling experience, but it's what drives those of us that enjoy the hunt, to go again.
     
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