Lance and I had been planning on targeting lions on Friday, and Rustydog was going to go along as well. We pulled out of the Casino about 6:00 am and was headed for the Ash Flats area. When we got to our road, we found that the road were slop, and not know how much worse they would get and knowing we had no cell service, we opted to turn towards Point of Pines.
This was some really beautiful country as the sun was rising. Unfortunately, we ended up having to turn around before we got to Point of Pines because the snow was getting deep and the roads were slick. I think Frozen Willy and Dakotah were the only ones to make it to Point of Pines on Friday and those guys are used to driving in that kind of weather being from Canada and all.
Lance and Rustydog at our turn around point heading for Pointo of Pines.
We decided to try some spots that Lance had tried in the past instead and made several stands in some beautiful country. One was definately the prettiest place I have ever called. On this stand Lance was using a spring hare distress that really brought in the jays and a couple of red tail hawks. When he switched to the mountain lion sounds, the hair on the back of my neck stood up. Sitting in the snow and looking over the coutry with the mountains not to far in the distance was breath taking. I was also glad I had brought my insulated coveralls along for the trip.
Just before noon, we rounded a curve and saw a herd of javalina heading up the foothills. Lance stopped the truck and jumped out with his FX5 and some javalina distress sounds. This brought the whole pack right back, even with the us sitting int the wide open in a white pick up. They just didn't want to leave. They would have been an easy shot, even with a bow.
Lance has some better pictures in his thread.
The next stand was on top of a big hill that looked over miles of golden grassland.
Rustydog and Crapshoot lead off with some howls and then Rustydog began doing some distress sounds on his hand calls. About 7 minutes in, I saw a coyote come from fold in the hills going from left to right and the wind was quartering to us over our left shoulder.
The coyote did not appear to be looking our way, just easing along. I motioned to Lance that I could see one, which he quickly picked out. He started on some distress sounds on his hand calls and the coyote immediately headed our way. As he got closer, he started angling down wind which was taking him to our left. As he closed ground, we lost sight of him because we could not see over the crest of the hill. We should have moved out a little farther.
I knew he was trying to get down wind, so I tried to duck walk to where I could see over the hill, and busted my knew on a rock in the process. I finally stood up where I could see, and saw there were actually 2 headed straight up the hill. I don't know where the second one came from, and was amazed that they could appear from nowhere considering how far we could in total open ground.
I quicky knelt down to get on my sticks, but then I couldn't see them. I raised up again, and they were still coming. I motioned to Lance that there were 2 heading our way, and stayed on the sticks waiting for them to appear.
Sure enought, they broke over the hill with one heading for the call and the other breaking left to get down wind.
I let fly with my new D-tech at the left hand coyote thinking they Lance or Rustydog would get a shot at the right hand one. I missed my first shot at the left hand coyote <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif" alt="" />, and when he wheeled around I shifted to the right hand dog that was now right in front of me about 50 yards. The second shot rolled him, and switched back the first one that was not about 200 yards out and kicking in the after burners. I flung 2 shots at him going away, and that left me with an empty mag and the rest of my shells in the truck. Arizona only allows 5 shot mags, and my mag won't latch with 5 in it. You have to have the bolt back when you put 5 rounds in. So, anyway, I only had 4 rounds and was now empty.
As I start to head for the coyote I had hit, I see he is up and standing. I'm empty, so I holler for Lance to shoot him. He is too far up the hill to see him, and as he moves up the coyote takes off in a stumbling run. Lance finally sees him and sits down to get on his sticks.
By this time the coyote is about 200 yards out and leaving fast. After 3 shots from Lance's .243 and he is still up and running. We watched that sucker run for at least a mile. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/angry-smiley-055.gif" alt="" />
This is what it looked like on that stand, but we were up on top.
We hunted the rest of the day, and depleted all of Lance's food stores before we made it back to the Casino. We then went to the Crest Line Steak house for supper.
I sat next to Mike Milli and got to visit with him quite a bit (after he figured out who I was <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />). Mike is a heck of guy, a wealth of knowledge in the AR department. Mike, it a pleasure to get to know you.
After that we retired back to Redfrog's room. MJM and Nuatl had killed a bobcat (I'm not sure which one it was) and Tip was showing some of them how to skin it.
I also got to visit with bearmanric. I don't know if there is anything Rick doesn't know about calls and the people who make them, and he is a really nice guy. I didn't get to hunt with Rick, but he is definately on my list of guys that I would like to get to hunt with. Rick gave me one of his calls to try out, and I am going to be getting one of his cow horn howlers soon. He sold a lot calls at Globe and he ran out of the cow horn howlers. He also makes an Elk antler call that I am going to have to get as well.
Rick, it was great to get to visit with you.
Rustydog had plans to hunt with someone the next morning, so Lance and I decided to team up again on Saturday. I don't know if we hit it off, or he just felt sorry for me. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smiliesmack.gif" alt="" />
By the time I left Redfrog's room it was about 2 pm and 6 am was looming fast.
Part IV will be the events of Saturday including a lot of Pics from Irene's on Saturday night.