We walked out the door this morning to 41 degree weather. Luckily the wind was not going to be too bad. Our walk to our stand pushed deer out of the field-none spooked and blowing but just bumped them to the end of the field and out into the head of woods just past our stand. We were in our stand and settled by 6:10 a.m.

The first sign of movement was a possum that scaled a tree better than any cat I have ever seen….just walked right up the tree like it was on a conveyor belt…amazing. Then we saw a red fox squirrel, not much like the Alabama fox squirrel I am use to. This one would have made two of ours in girth size; it was FAT!!

Around 7:40 a.m. I stood up to get some feeling back into my lower extremities and was looking back over my stand when Marti told me to turn around. I did and there was a mature coyote passing through at about 15 yards. Marti made a piercing sound and the coyote stopped and looked in our direction. It bobbed it’s head but could not make us out. It meandered along, disappearing only to reappear shortly after headed back the way it came.

We originally had planned to stay out all day but decided to come in for a bit and then head back out around 2:30 p.m. We had pushed deer out earlier and figured there wouldn’t be much going on anyways.

We were back in the stand by 2:45 p.m. and didn’t see anything until around 5:20 p.m. when a coyote came in and circled a tree only to come within 45-50 yards of us and bedded down chewing on what looked to be an antler or a bleached bone. It chewed on that bone and disappeared again only to come back with another one. It finally got bored with that and started liking its paws then got up, turned a circle and laid back down. It finally was flat out asleep and didn’t have a care in the world. It was hard to see with the high grass and just outside of my yardage comfort zone and due to the fact that there was a limb in my line of sight I decided I wouldn’t take the shot. He was in our area for about 30-35 minutes and Marti took some really great footage and I hope to be able to share that with you soon.

At just about sundown we had a doe and her yearling come in to our area. They started toward the field and ran head first into another doe or small button buck. The doe blew at the other and her fawn took off back the way they came. The doe circled the entire tree and finally meandered off. The small doe or button buck came within 10 yards of our stand and went directly to the scent wick we put out. At this point we were out of camera light. We packed up and headed back to camp. We were greeted with a meal of smoked turkey, BBQ ribs, dressing, mash potatoes, gravy, green beans, candied yams and rolls.

We completed our first interview and were now ready to hit the sack for an early morning tomorrow. There is a slight possibility of rain but if it doesn’t rain, we are going to try to stay out all day.

I didn’t have time to take many pictures today and will do better tomorrow. I have a picture of the rub line that we found that I will upload tomorrow.

© Nancy Jo Adams 2009