I checked out a new area today and the predators showed me who was the boss. First stand of the day, I had a nice Red Fox come flying from my left at mach 9 towards the caller & decoy (CS-24 & Homemade feather/fur decoy on wire). He was on a mission, crouched low and sneaky, but moving at jet-speed. He hit my decoy with his snout just as I was moving for the shot and then he really kicked in the afterburners. I took a running shot at him from about 30 yards away and he simply laughed at me as he hit warp speed in the direction he came. If I would've had the shotgun, I'd probably have that guy. If anybody has a good way to practice fast moving target shots up here, please let me know, I want to practice.
Two stands later, I'm set up overlooking a little clearing with the caller and decoy out in front of me again about 30 yards. Then, again to my left, I catch an ear go flashing by. There was a small dip in the lay of the land and this Red Fox sneaked in on that small dip. He stopped at a point where I couldn't see him and he wouldn't come out any further towards the caller. The breeze was blowing my scent right into his face and I quickly jumped up thinking I might catch him trotting back into the willows. Sure enough, I caught a glimpse of his tail. I probably couldn't taken a shot, but it would've surely split his hide at that angle and I was glad that I didn't give that one a lesson like the first one.
Made a bunch of blank stands after that, probably 8 more. Then, just before dark, I hiked a ways into a spot and used the mouth-call (Sceery AP-6). I blew off and on for about 15 minutes. Then, just as I'm getting ready to leave, I look up and there's a big coyote standing out about 50 yards staring at me. I squeaked a bit and he moved towards me as I very slowly raised up the rifle. Just as I get him in the scope, he turns and then quickly stops. I took a shot, but completely missed. Sometimes you win...Sometimes they win. I hope everybody else is out there getting animals.