Nothing....

.... the hunt went off today without a hitch..... the rain that I had expected (and that the lying weatherman had predicted) ended up completely abating by half-past 8 this morning....... so while I did get a bit damp from crawling around in the wet grass and bushes today, I didn't actually get completely soggy from a steady rain......

.... but in regards to the "focus" of the hunt, I regret to say that every coyote in my vicinity remains as healthy this evening as they were when dawn broke this morn........ but hey, it wasn't from lack of trying on my part....... I did do my very, very best....... and if the truth were to be told, I'd sleep a lot more comfortably tonight if I'd arranged for a few of them to have met their makers before lunchtime today....... but alas, it was not to be so......

.... that said, I have to admit that I really did enjoy myself this morning......

..... after a fierce bout of heavy rain at daybreak, the skies started clearing.....slowly, gently, with a wind coming in from the west...... and by the time that I was easing through a ditch to position myself for my first calling session, the sky had already blued...... and when the time arrived to abandon that position, the air was humid, the Sun was shining, and an orchestra of songbirds were singing...... the cacophony was almost distracting..... trust me, it was a very good morning to be pretending to be a leaf....... I am very, very glad that I made the trip......

..... in other news, I was a bit shocked to see the emails and comments regarding my previous post...... I assure each and every one of you that there was absolutely ZERO chance of me getting shot today....... first of all, I was actually over a hill from the designated shooters..... secondly, they are trusted and experienced hunters..... and they are NOT gong to shoot at "the sound of a coyote".... especially when they KNOW that I am out there somewhere..... they are only going to shoot at a REAL coyote that they have identified and know isn't anywhere NEAR me........ and lastly, they knew where I was...... they couldn't see me, but they knew the direction in which I was hiding...... and I made sure at least three times during the drive to the hunt that I let them know that I did NOT want to get shot........ they understood my concern........ so, all is cool....

.... but having said all of that, the fact remains that today's hunt was fruitless..... fun, sure...... filled with anticipation?..... of course....... dead coyote off to the taxidermist?...... hardly....... but you know, that doesn't really matter...... not really...... today's pleasure was much more about being out in the field..... watching the sun dry the ground around you...... listening to the birds hush as you pretended to be a predator...... and waiting for them to start back with their springtime courting........ it is a truly rare moment to be so invisible.....

.... I'd have been just as happy if I'd been armed with a camera instead of a Winchester...... although the owners of the property did seem a bit disappointed that I didn't use either the camera OR the Winchester today...... and hey, they were definitely leaning towards the use of the Winchester rather than Sony.........

.... we're surrounded by wonders, folks..... we just have to choose to see them......

..... there is nothing in the world like the feeling that you get from becoming one with your environment and disappearing......

..... I've written about it many, many times...... from how movies escort us away to different places...... to how music can seduce our souls and transplant us without our even realizing........ but to do something in the flesh, in the woods, in the brush, in the rain, in the sunshine, something visceral......... it makes you want it all that much more...... it does not quench the thirst...... it makes you much more thirsty..... much, much more thirsty......

.... nature is The Great Seducer, ladies and gentlemen...... both in her beauty and in her violence......

..... to sit under the branches of an ironwood tree and watch the dew drip, good god....... we should all hide ourselves more often.......

by Eric on April 01, 2008 | Bullshit (10) | TrackBack (0) | Ummm, Ok....
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Shhhh! Be vewy, vewy qwiet!

I'd comment, but then you'd know I wuz here.

Bullshitted by Joan of Argghh! on April 1, 2008 09:27 PM

So, Wile E Coyote lives to see another day...

It happens....

Bullshitted by Richmond on April 1, 2008 09:29 PM

.... indeed, Richmond.... but it wasn't from lack of trying on my part....

... ha!.. Joan, you're cracking me up!...

Bullshitted by Eric on April 2, 2008 06:34 AM

Some days you gets the bear. Some days the bear gets you. Now, coyotes, they're a different story...

Bullshitted by Winston on April 2, 2008 06:59 AM

The irony is how many people out there (usually of the age when one begins junior high school) feel invisible and wish they could be noticed.

If I could choose my very own superpower, I think I'd want to be in more than one place at the same time, i.e., while I'm slaving over a monster workload, and getting paid for my hours, I could simultaneously be doing anything but that.

Invisible is cool, though. And flying...God, that would be the best.

Bullshitted by Erica on April 2, 2008 07:50 AM

"... we're surrounded by wonders, folks..... we just have to choose to see them......"

Profound...and absolutely true. We live in a world suffused with the light of everyday miracles, miracles that we all too often take for granted.

Bullshitted by Elisson on April 2, 2008 09:25 AM

"...... today's pleasure was much more about being out in the field..... watching the sun dry the ground around you...... listening to the birds hush as you pretended to be a predator...... and waiting for them to start back with their springtime courting........ it is a truly rare moment to be so invisible....."

As good a discription of the hunt as anyone could come up with and the reason a bad day in the field beats the heck out of a good day in the office any time.

Never hunted coyote, but sitting quietly in a tree stand waiting for the right buck to walk by...well, you do get to see some awesome things when none of the creatures of the woods tend to look up as they go about their business. Then there are the owls who come to investigate you! (I've had that happen twice.)

Bullshitted by joated on April 2, 2008 09:35 AM

yep, daylight coyote hunts without dawgs generally turns out that way..but now a call at night might come nearer working..just need a good flashlight to spot them when they come in and be able to get a shot off in a hurry.

Bullshitted by GUYK on April 2, 2008 01:50 PM

I'm glad you didn't kill any coyote -- I would have been very disapointed.

Bullshitted by vicki on April 2, 2008 09:21 PM

I dropped by from When the Smoke Clears to find out who Blogdaddy was. Your welcome to come to my place; the coyotes have been driving my dogs crazy and have eaten all my cats (although my husband thinks that last part is okay).

Bullshitted by Lou on April 3, 2008 09:03 AM