We called two stands yesterday before we had to be at the girlfriends house for a late saturday thanksgiving dinner celerbration, and since she is the boss..... need I say more?? We had a yote crossing the field on our second stand but I think the wind was preventing him from hearing us. We ended up going out last night calling and I must say it was awesome!! The temp couldn't of been better as far as comfort levels sitting there for those long watiting situtations. The wind as blowing pretty good starting off the night though, and of course it died down as the night went on. Well with the 3/4 full moon and clear skies and the stars a twinkling, along with buddy to share it with was a kick in the pants. The first stand we went to, it was about 6pm and the wind blowing righ to left, put the FX3 about 50yds out and down a little from us and let her rip as we sat along the fence row. It was bright enough last night that with my Nikon bino's I could look out across the field 500yds....I know this cuz the range finder could pick up the grain bens and it took some crafy holding for me to be able to see the numbers in the moonlight. It wasn't 10 mins into it and here come a yote out of the woods we thought might be one holding up. He started out towards us, but then his brain kicked on and he started to wind us, now even though I could see him in the bino's and my buddy could see him in his scope, we didn't know how far he was to take a shot. All we knew was that he was between 450-520 yds as the only thing we knew of was the grain bens. Well he ran and stopped and then went back the way he came, and thought for sure he had to wind us and there wasn't really anything we could of done, other than pop a shot and educate yet another yote. So we called off and on a little bit to see if he wouldn't come back in, well either it was the same one confused on wether to come in or not or his partner, but that critter did the same thing as the first time and that was that. They kicked up a cow and calf moose as I seen them running across the field. So we learned of a better spot to set up at, "down at the grain bens". Now this is myself and buddies first time night calling and we had the spotlight that my girlfriend got me for christmas last year " bless her soul as she supports my bad habits, and even takes part in them pic of her below " and the FX3 and the moon, we had it all in the making. The next few spots didn't produce anything, so we headed out to my folks place.
Once we got out there we headed to this hayfield that was solid white and looked promising. As we sat down in the shadows of the spruce trees in the windbreak and the moon behind us, we placed the call about 40 yds again in a crosswind and let her rip. I told Ike where the critters will be coming if any were around. Well as I was bringing the bino's up to my face to scan the field I noticied a white blur zooming by us above the call. I didn't want to say anything as it was probably nothing and didn't want to sound like a fool to Ike, saying did you see that white ghost. So I went to scan mode. Ike then spoke up and told me to check this out, we had two owl's dive bombing the call. The white under bellys and wings looked like two ghosts dancing in the sky in the moonlight. As they turned topside they disappear, then back again looking like at times they were running into each other. Truly amazing thing to see, to bad I couldn't get it on video as it was to dark to video for my camera. Well that must of been good luck as here come a red fox trotting in. The adreline is building fast and the hearts are a pounding. Were trying to figure out the distance, flip over to the mouse squeaks, try to slow him down.......Ike's got the crosshairs on him saying should I shoot.......I'm like lets let him get closer cuz I don't know how far he is.....fox running in hard and using the wind and if we don't act soon he'll wind us. Well he gets into the grass, I see him in the bino's but not the scope. Ike can't see him, he winded us no doubt. Stupid me was all wrapped up into the moment that I didn't bother putting the light on him, stopping him for sure for the shot. You live and learn. Like I said were both new to the night thing, and I'm not used to using a spotlight, we laughed on that one on the way home. We called one more stand before calling it a night. Even though we didn't "Tag-n-Bag" anything it was an awesome night, full of action!! Now thats what I consider a night on the prowl!!!
Isn't my other hunting partner so darn cute all bundled up!!