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Old 12-24-2012, 05:38 PM
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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?
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:19 PM
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Re: Damn it, I got out smarted!

I've had em do similiar things in really thick timber. I think that weird short yip/howl must be a warning to the rest of em that something ain't right. They'd do it till I'd move, stop, then start again once I'd stop. I didn't have any snow at the time to see if they'd been circling me, but it sounded like they were. It gave me the feeling that I wasn't the only one hunting... damn things!
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:31 PM
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Re: Damn it, I got out smarted!

I have a feeling you will return and the results will be different. Maybe a back up shooter along?

Jeff
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:37 PM
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Re: Damn it, I got out smarted!

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I have a feeling you will return and the results will be different. Maybe a back up shooter along?

Jeff
+1 on that. They may be smart, but we have optics and high power rifles... and they don't.
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:35 PM
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Re: Damn it, I got out smarted!

What I found intriguing is that, as I know what they were doing and interested in and did not resist being vocal, the fact that they all stayed just out of sight. Since it was snowy it just worked out that they were a lot closer then they would normally be. So if visibility was one mile would that have been the distance they stopped at? The reason I ask is I have see a lot less wolves this year but they are still here!
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Old 12-25-2012, 02:06 PM
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Re: Damn it, I got out smarted!

They are indeed being trained. Just like the coyotes I have missed at a mile. They will now run from a stopped truck as far as they can see.

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Old 12-25-2012, 04:02 PM
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Re: Damn it, I got out smarted!

Sounds to me like it is the sound coyotes or wolves will make when rival packs or individuals are in their territory. It may have been their response to your dog.

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