I almost stayed on the couch Sunday but had to go pull a couple of traps. I got them pulled and decided to call in a clearing where I'd called in a fox 3 weeks ago, but he spooked before I could get a shot. I set up the e-caller and decoy at the edge of the clearing and I tucked myself back in the treeline to blend in. I hadn't called 5 minutes when I caught something out fo the corner of my eye in the woods to my right. It was a lynx at 20 feet. I must have moved a little because it looked at me then quickly turned back to the decoy. It moved on through the woods out of my sight. I debated getting up and trying for an off hand shot but decided to wait it out figuring it would stick to the trees while stalking the decoy. Patience paid off and it appeared as I'd hoped in the trees 10 feet from the decoy. One 30 yard shot and it was over.
I loaded the cat in the truck and motored down the road a few miles to the Tanana. I walked out onto the river and set up to call. I saw quite a bit of coyote sign so started off the e-caller with female invitation howls. I was answered by a small pack in the distance to my front and to a couple of them to my rear; all out of sight. After 20 minutes the dog behind me started threat barking. I figured I was busted by him but the couple to my front were still responding and seemd to be coming closer. I was just about to give up after 35 minutes of calling when I spotted the barker trotting right down the middle of the river. He stopped once momentarily, looked at my decoy, but appeared to be headed towards the pair to my front. I readied my gun and he stopped again almost on request. One shot at 220 yards put him down. After pacing it off, I came up to him and met with disappointment. He was a good size male, but had 3/4 inch of crusted ice on his back. Another victim of lice. I hauled him out so nothing else would catch what he had eating his remains. This is the second dog this year I've taken like this. I enjoyed being 2 for 2, but bummed about the wasted hide.