Thursday, October 21, 2010
A Quiet Windy Day
Sometimes I wonder why I'm drawn to hunt the plains in solitude. It doesn't happen often, but from time to time, I enjoy getting out on my own to take in a hunt with no one else around. Such was the case on my most recent Greater Prairie Chicken hunt.
As the day started, I knew this would be a challenging outing. The wind was blowing steady at 20-30 mph and conditions were very dry. After taking in a beautiful sunrise over a hot cup of coffee, granola bar and some fruit, it was time to put the dog on the ground and start pushing up wind. A few minutes into my stroll, I immediately reset my expectations, tuning out visions of recent success and instead hoping that perhaps I might see a bird before the end of the day.
The heat of the day began to take hold around 11:00, so I figured it was time to head back to the truck, attend to the dog, grab some lunch, settle in for an afternoon nap, and dream up a plan for the evening walk-about. I found a lone tree stationed as a sentry out among the sandhills which was large enough for me to park my truck under, providing shade and relief from the afternoon sun. With temps soaring above 85 degrees, this was a welcome oasis.