Crazy hunting weekend. Got out yesterday afternoon and sat a ground blind on my Dad's lease. About 30 minutes into sitting a truck pulls down onto the property. Turns out to be a guy that cuts some logs during the off-season so he wasn't supposed to be there. Lucky the primary lease owner wasn't there ... This dumb-arse drove clear down to the back end of the property in his Diesel, assume he picked up some wood and hauled out. About 30 minutes after that, a guy that the primary lease owner gives permission to duck hunt also pulls in with his dogs. At that point I was up in arms, what the heck. Well got lucky and he pushed 3 does to me a little earlier than their normal pattern has been. Problem was they were so on alert from being pushed, that they didn't take their normal trail and just kept pushing on behind me.
Cut to this morning, just rounded the corner out of town and was scanning a yard where some deer have been lately. Turns out there were 2 down there and as we were looking at them 2 more come running down the road and just about ran into the truck. Sadly, those were the only deer we saw on the day. While out on stand, had a turkey concert around 7 a.m. as they were coming down from the roost. Had some fly down on my side of the creek, thinking they would start to head my way I got excited. Well ... they wound up flying back across the creek. About an hour later I caught a brown spot out of the corner of my eye slightly behind me. Thinking it was a doe I slowly turned to see it was a coyote we have seen out there a few times. He is as big as a shepard and one sly dog. He was 20 yards directly behind my tree, but behind a small brush pile ... no shot. Had he come another 15 more feet to the left, he woulda been smoked. He milled around for quite a while, all the while in the area where there are no shooting lanes, circling back and forth and I just waited for an opportunity to take my first coyote. He eventually moved on from where he came from.
With a week left and for me only 2 days really, next weekend, to fill another tag - I'm feeling pretty optimistic it could happen, but there are no guarantees =(