Damn it, I got out smarted!
So this morning I was on horse, with my lab as always following a bunch of wolves by sound. Visibility was about 200 -300 yards. And about 5 bunches of 25-100 elk were all balled up in several locations. Usually the elk are very spread out feeding, just scattered everywhere. I followed the sound of wolves for about 3 miles in open country. I was about 800 yards behind them, and I am sure they could see me, it was too windblown to see tracks. I thought they had beat me out of the country, so I turned up a creek and went about one mile to get some elevation, I broke out into a huge basin and went about 600 yards when the nasty mutts started to howl all around behind me. It was a weird short choppy howl. As I started to try and find them of course I noticed that I could only see 80 yards. The mutts would howl a normal howl, group by group one at a time in what sounded like three groups. I could just barely make out their movement, and my POS Leica range finder would only say 40 yards! I got to a knob and howled back. They all went silent. As I was trying to use super human powers to find the invisible mutts that were right there in front of me, my horse spooked behind me. I turned and at 80ish yards was a black (I would find out later by the track) 1.5 year old, when I saw it, I was sure it was a huge-normous 300 pounder. He was doing the wolf trot, just paralleling me and I could see him for only 40ish yards. After he went out of sight he made a woofy bark noise and all the wolves shut up. Not being able to see a darn thing in the blowing snow I sat there trying to see something for about 15 minutes. I am very impatient and was going crazy so I decided to start tracking the black wolf (which I found out later just made a big loop around me).
I got on my horse and rode 40 feet and several wolves went crazy barking and doing this weird short choppy low howl that I have never really heard before, and once again they were just out of sight!
I ran back down to my vantage point and never heard the wolves again, after I started to move back they shut up. After about 20 minutes the visibility went to over 800 yards and no wolves were around!
Being Christmas Eve at noon I vacated the A.O.
I am not sure what the heck the deal was but they did!
Has anyone ever had this type of experience?