During these times of holiday festivities hunting can sometimes be a family affair or it can be put to the wayside for the time being.
Thanksgiving 2011 was a fairly uneventful day for us. My spouse and I decided that since it was a day off for me, and her as well, that we would go out and do a few things that we both like to do. I wouldn’t get to hunt as hard as I like but I would have good company, my wife and two dogs. I would also get to do some four wheel driving which gives me the perfect excuse to test my new tires.
As we got to the place I wanted to go I dropped the truck into 4x4 Low and proceeded down the “road”. The wife wanted to walk with the dogs and truth be told they were faster than I because I had to crawl over some rocks. The pictures don’t show it well but there were a few spots on that Forest Service Road that required technical driving.
We got to an area that I could park the truck and my wife continued down the road with the dogs while I took my varmint rifle and .22, that I was carrying in case I jumped a rabbit, and proceeded to hike to a nearby spot for calling. I didn’t call long but I did have fun. No game was seen when I was calling but being so close to a major metropolitan area I suspect that the predators are pretty well educated and have been hunted hard in the past.
Truth be told I was nervous about calling a bobcat in as I figured it would come from my rear and jump on my back. After playing with my call for a bit, fifteen minutes or so, I proceeded to try and find my wife. I managed to work on my tracking skills by hiking another fifteen or twenty minutes until I found her sitting in the shade of a tree. Of course the dogs gave her away as I knew when I found them that she would be nearby.
Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day spent with family and loved ones. I did that. It is also to be a day that one enjoys. That too was accomplished in that I love hunting, 4x4’ing, and spending time with my family. All in all it was an enjoyable day that allowed me to work on my calling, tracking, and selecting stand locations for predator calling. I even managed to be cognizant of the wind. The more time out in the desert, the more I appreciate and love it.