Not Always Easy...

Big Sky

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Today I was up before the dawn. I had a day off from work and I was excited to go coyote hunting all day long. Mother Nature had different plans and unleashed her fury on me all freaking day long. I was relentless as well, and kept making stand after stand, hoping to get lucky. The only break I took was to run home once to clean and dry my rifle and e-caller off. Once that was done I headed right back out. I had it all today mud, snow, rain, sleet, freezing rain, and fog. I hiked more miles that I can remember. Finally on the last stand the snow let up for a few minutes and I actually heard some coyotes howl at me. I spotted 3 of them over a thousand yards away on the opposite side of the canyon. I tried a number of sounds to bring them in but they wouldn't budge. Finally I tried something they liked and they began to mosey my way. It took them over a half hour. As they were doing this the temps were dropping and the snow was picking back up. I was getting covered in snow and soaked to the bone. It would all be worth it if I could get the shot though. At around 400 yards they dropped into a low spot and I got myself ready. Unfortunately they circled wide and came out way further to my left than I expected and I was turned too far to the right. They came into view at around 75 yards and closed to about 50 yards and I couldn't get around for the shot. Eventually the lead dog spooked as it got too close to the caller. I spun around to try and get a fleeting shot, only to have them evaporate over the crest of the hill, and out of my sight and life. Somehow the hike up out of the canyon, through the mud and snow seemed longer than a mile and a half. About a half a mile before reaching the truck it started raining and sleeting heavily. I was soaked from the rain and from sweat because of the steep ascent out. When I finally got to my truck I decided to capture the moment when I finally conceded defeat. Normally I like success photographs, but today Mother Nature and the coyotes totally beat me. If you haven't had days like this, you just haven't hunted enough. I've had many good days, but today was the bad and the ugly. My butt is totally kicked, my truck is a mess, I'm a mess...and a day or two from now I'll be ready to do it all again. :)

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wyowinchester

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I've felt as bad as you look in the pic
Unfortunately, more times then the exhilaration feeling. We here about the success stories, thanks for this one. We've all been there.
 

Big Sky

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Thanks guys. I figure it was time for some brutal honesty. I hunt a lot, but my hunts don't always end like the guys on the TV Outdoor Shows. Good days, bad days, tough days, and easy days, it's all part and parcel to what we do as hunters.
 

Len Backus

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Troy, I'm sorry but as I scrolled down and saw the picture I laughed out loud.

Sorry! :)

Also sorry I missed all the fun.
 

Len Backus

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We cancelled. Not nearly enough snow to concentrate the coyotes for our epic plan.
 

hunterp223

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Sitka gear or kuiu would solve all your cold and wet problems. Well worth the investment. Good luck on your next hunt I've been skunked the last two weeks myself.
 

yote doctor

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Big Sky Country
Its not just about the gear. Yes it mite keep you dry or a little warmer. As I read the story it brought back my own failures and "bad luck" hunts. Its that long walk back, 400 yards or 2 miles. Its the what if! (should I have moved a little sooner/how did I not think that they would move further this way or that/should I have moved when they went out of site) Or.........Did I just get my *** kicked today. Period....

Thanks for sharing!
 

warboar21

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Man have I been there before once or twice. It just makes the days when everything goes your way all the better. Since I have moved down south I have been kind of spoiled when it comes to not having to deal with bad weather. I got a good taste of it over the Thanksgiving holiday though when I went out after coyote with my brothers. Forgot just how cold zero really felt.
 

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