He’s the one on the left? hims got those, WTF you lookin at eyes. LolWe went out for a short hunt this morning. Not many tracks in the snow at all. Squirrels didn't move much yesterday, and they weren't doing much today, either. Saw two, killed two. Slick got them both. I managed to get a few action photos. I know how much you all like pictures.
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LOL, Slick is one smug little bastard. With the way he hunts, he should be pleased with himself.
Best wishes to NancyI was planning to hunt today since last week, but I decided to go yesterday, too, and got Nancy to go with me. Yesterday was a beautiful day to be outside. Blue skies, bright sun, no wind, not too cold. A good day to synthesize some D3 and fill your lungs with fresh air. Somebody forgot to tell the squirrels, AGAIN. On our first stop we did not see any squirrels, and the dogs only barked on three trees between them. I did find an active coyote den, though. Giles, you need an outdoor project?
This was supposed to be a low-key, relaxing squirrel hunt, and it was, for the most part (the exciting part came later, after we got home). On the second stop the dogs went to several trees, but they were really grasping at straws trying to make something happen. After a half dozen strike outs, they wound up on big Sycamore den tree. This is a notorious den tree. We have shot sever squirrels out of it over the years, and the dogs remember where to go for an easy score. They got one yesterday, lol. When we got to the tree there were three squirrels. One timbered out immediately, one dashed a few feet into a big hole, the last one held tight and got a lead sleeping pill from Nancy. The dogs ran around and barked on a couple of more trees, but they just kept laying eggs. Slick did finally get on another one and stayed with it for a long time while we plodded our way to him. Nancy never could find it, so I took a tough shot and got deflected. Squirrel timbered out, the dogs stayed on it, but it went to a hole. That was the last time the dogs barked on that stop. We saw four, killed one, which is fine. I have a pile of canned squirrel already. After we got home, I was changing my clothes and putting collars on chargers. Nancy went out to fill the bird feeders, slipped on some nearly invisible ice and broke her ankle. She went down hard and fast and was pretty lucky she didn't break a wrist, or bust her head open, too. So, we spent the evening getting x-rays and temporary cast. This was not a good way to end our day. Going to see ortho surgeon tomorrow morning, as many broken ankles require surgery before permanently setting with a cast.
Nancy settled in and not having any real issues other than mobility and pain, so I went hunting as planned. The Goof and I went on a short hunt, which is better than nothing, but the hitch in my step has worsened, so it was plenty for me. The dogs struggled the same as they have for the last couple of weeks, but this place is loaded with squirrels, and they found four for us in less than two hours. The Goof went four for four. The dogs both did pretty good today, but the struggle was real as the squirrels were just not out much. Slick got three, Lefty got one. Yesterday, Lefty got three (on his one lucky trip to a known den tree), Slick got one (and earned it). It is probably for the best that squirrel season is now over. I had major plans to ambush a buck on my place, but with a serious winter storm now eminent, I doubt I can pull that off. I might get out for another sit or two this weekend if the wind is good enough, but my hip will be happier if I don't bother. Not sure my head will listen, though.
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