Temp. 65-88. Sunny... nice cool breeze.
5 a.m. Guide early today
with new glasses.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.......I give up. I just Picked up a new T-Shirt “Got Food, I’ll Eat it”.
Morning game plan....spend from 6 to 6:40 working my way quietly through the dark to the prime location. Oh so slowly I worked my way. As NASA says Mission Accomplished. How do I know , as I sat down I surprised the church mouse.
Nice morning, game spotted... Yes..... just not the game I’m after. The animals never new I was there all morning.... not even the wily gray fox 20 yards off my right side. His presence however did get noticed by the other game animals.
HUNTER 1 .... FOX 0
As the morning sun hit 9:00 am the Wind began to pick up from the North... I Text guide and he agreed.... time for some spot and stalk. We would make our way along a tree line keeping the sun on our right, remaining in the shade, with the wind in our face.
As with all hunts “at any one-second” your luck can change.
WOW!!! My guide spotted the “Holy Grail” ......golden horns glowing in the morning sun....distance 250 yards ... my hunting instincts took over......best shooting position? standing, knelling, sitting?.....sitting immediately selected. Cross hairs carefully steadied on the game. Everything feels good...... now just waiting for a slight turn of his head to expose the vitals. Set trigger, set ....control breathing.... patience...
Instead of a slight head turn he made a full body turn. Giving me a head on chest shot. I adjust the Cross hairs, now animal resets his chin to the lower position. Blocking the vitals once again. Then as quick as he was spotted he begins walking straight towards me "in line" with one of his bedded running mates. Now closing distance to 200.
All of a sudden Up jumps his running mate who takes off to our left at full speed. I believe he thought a fight was coming his way and was getting out of dodge. The target animal now takes off after his buddy with an instant 90 degree turn and burst of speed. Offering me only a short window running shot. Needless to say not a shot of comfort therefore past.
As quickly as the hunting gods smiled they frowned. So ended the morning. However the memory of this great animal will be another hunting memory I will carry with me forever.
Now what should we due. The once regular game cam model stopped the photo session the morning of my first hunting day. 0-3
Word of the day: Standfast.
Tomorrow morning will be my last chance. So we will stay with the plan because in the morning if he shows it could be a 1-4 "winner"
If not then the pursuit will be continued until the next time I "Slip out of the man cave".