I ran across the fungi called Neofavolus alveolaris today while hiking after checking the trap line. I also was searching for tracks for deer and any other creatures traversing about after the ice storm we had last night. Every step I took was like my boots had a megaphone attached to them announcing to anything surrounding me that I was on my way towards it! I found a raccoon skeleton that was pretty much picked clean by what I'm thinking was coyote judging by the tracks.
This previous week we endured a snowstorm that brought over a foot of snowfall here in Northeast Ohio. The temperatures have also dramatically dropped and tonight it is supposed to dip down below ZERO! I have been checking my coyote traps everyday and have only had either a fox or coyote come into one of the 6 traps. It dug a little around the hay that is pretty much covered in ice and snow and found some of the lure and went on its way. I am pretty certain my traps are probably frozen solid because of the amount of ice on the farm fields I am walking. It's literally like I am walking over a solid sheet of ice at times and not a farm field at all! The season for Fox and raccoon etc. ends January 31st. Coyote season is open all year long, but if I catch something that isn't a coyote I will have to release it. I'm not really keen on having to be in that situation so I will be pulling the traps for the season on January 31st.
Today I went on a hike after checking my traps and got off a couple shots at some Fox Squirrels at a distance of 50 yards, but with open sights on my rifle it made for difficult shots and I missed at both attempts. I really need to invest in a scope soon for my rifles. I'm thinking about getting one that is electronic and will enable me to save profiles for each rifle and then easily interchange them. It's pretty incredible what technology can do these days.
I went deer hunting yesterday and took my pop up hunting blind and a camping chair up with me in the ice fishing/trapping sled. I was all set up and sat for about an hour when suddenly a neighbor came walking their dog around 30 yards from me. I should have probably called it a day right then and there, but found that I enjoyed sitting in the freezing temps listening to the forest trees creaking and swaying to the icy arctic wind. Hopefully sometime soon I will have a report of actually putting some meat in the freezer!
Until next time,
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