I started to focus on the area where she was looking, but I could not see a thing. A moment later she nudged the younger doe back the way they had come and left in a slight hurry. A few seconds later I heard something coming my way. I positioned myself and mentally started running through the list of things that I needed to do if it was a buck coming.
I began lowing my breathing rate to slow the increased heart rate that accompanies this hopeful process. I looked towards the sound that was coming my way and there it was. A nice medium-sized coyote.
It walked through the area and I watched it catch a few mice. I debated on shooting it, but decided not to on this day and before I knew it, it was gone and a second one came through. A moment later it laid down in a brushy area only 20 yards away and believe it or not took a nap until I proceeded to get down 20 minutes later. I enjoyed it the entire time and walking away without shooting either one that day just felt like the right thing at the time so that is what I did, but I think about it often and smile at what I observed that morning.
I hope you see lots of cool things on your outdoor adventures too. Good luck and enjoy the outdoors!
John Newcom is an outdoors columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached through the sports department at 574-732-5180 or firstname.lastname@example.org.