Great story and accomplishment windypants! I fight many similar situations here. Can't get where I need to be very often and still very hard to not spook them on the way in. They ALWAYS have the upper had here lol.
Urban-raised humans are about as in touch with their surroundings as an old woman's minature poodle.It's interesting that with so many people being raised in towns and cities they really don't think about animals being wild in so many cases. I was lucky enough to be raised on farms and ranches and exposed to the way life is with the animals in their natural setting. It's good that there are those of us that get to see that side of life.
When you take me to the cities, I am out of place there but am on high alert and very aware of the people around me, where I walk and what is going on in the area around me.
Funny you should bring that up, Dave. It turns out that was a big part of my accuracy issues. I had changed scopes to send mine in to get checked out since something wasn’t quite right with it. Maven ended up sending a replacement (Maven is awesome to deal with, BTW) and I put the new scope on with levels and didn’t check it with a tall target test. Big mistake because I zeroed it at 1000+, but it hit 2 MOA left at 370 yards. That explains why I shot a coyote in the hind leg at 150 yards, but killed it with a follow-up. So I reset the scope with levels, and then verified by setting up a 4’ tall target at 100 yards with a plum line on it. Now I can dial 40MOA up and stay on the line, and center punch coyotes again!As with hunting coyotes there is no one way fits all solutions for any other things in life. How do you all level your scopes to your actions, a string line and plum bob a set of levels or a different method? We all can accept that it needs to be as true as possible to the action to maintain accuracy at distance. For me I have a nice vice that I put my rifles in then level the action to the world, a plum bob is truer to it than a level, unless you have good accurate machinist levels, I have a really nice 4" Sterrett level, some rifles are easier to set up than others as you can go off of the action race ways, some you need to go off of the scope mounting rails. How accurate do you feel that you want your scope to your action how far do you shoot as a rule, are you particular about things like that, do you do it yourself or have someone else do it for you? For me it's all part of hunting coyotes and the way that I enjoy spending time when I'm at home as it is one of my pas times. Tools from other trades are handy to know about and apply to the trade and art of hunting coyotes.