I purchased a diaphragm coyote call a few months ago from MFK. I wanted to liven up the blog with some possible coyote photos and videos, and coyote hunting is one of those things I’ve always wanted to try.
It’s much harder than it looks, especially if the coyotes in your area don’t howl that much and are generally unresponsive to howls and other vocalizations.
However, I eventually did get lucky. I set up about 100 feet deeper down an Allegheny bench. I howled three times and let loose a few bitch-in-estrus whimpers.
I noticed some movement to my right. Something yellow was advancing across the bench opposite mine across a small ravine.
That’s when I knew it. I had a coyote coming in. I just got ready for him to come up from the ravine. What follows is, well, pretty hard to believe. If I didn’t have the photos and the video proof, I still wouldn’t believe it.
This is not a zoo animal. This is backwoods West Virginia, and this is a very wild Eastern coyote from a population that is as pressured as any on the East Coast.
So calm and relaxed that he stops to scratch an itch!
He paced around me for about ten minutes. He was looking for the bitch. If he started to wander off, I would just whimper a bit through the diaphragm, and he’d come back.
This is one of those moments when you realize how great it is to be alive.
Too look into those wild yet sagacious brush wolf eyes is to be taken back to a time when the only dogs were wild ones.
It was my pleasure to have had this opportunity.
I met a wild one.
And it doesn’t seem real.