Pennsylvania Game News - March 2012 - 11
Initially, the boys had made just one set, for fox, south of the clearing. After looking around a bit, I found a well-used trail 30 yards east. I suggested they make an additional set on it. Surprisingly, they agreed and finished up with another coyote set. Just like the previous year, we checked our sets each day for several weeks without catching a thing. Unlike the previo u s y e a r, t h o u g h , i t s n o w e d more, turned cold and remained cold. Sometimes we saw where foxes and coyotes were on trails leading to cables, but turned off prior to reaching them. On Tuesday evening of the third week of the season, Danny and I were checking cables without Ben. Having checked all of them except the last three, we drove to the last clearing. Dan headed west to check that cable while I trudged across the snow-covered clearing to check the two “south-siders.” As I slowly approached the edge of the clearing, I looked up the trail where I had suggested the additional set. Suddenly, there it was — a coyote, standing on its hind legs staring back at me. I watched for a few seconds as he tore around trying to get loose. Without thinking, I yelled at the top of my voice, “Danny, come quick.” Within minutes Danny came running
across the clearing toward me. Once there, he didn’t say a word. Instead, he joined me in stunned disbelief. I gave him the truck keys and told him to get his pack basket and rifle. It wasn’t long until Danny returned and dispatched the coyote. After excited high-fives we settled down and admired the beautifully-furred animal. It turned out to be a large female weighing 25 pounds. Once again, I was impressed with the way the cable restraint performed. As designed to do, it held the coyote in place without injury. I snapped a few photos of Dan with his coyote. Instead of setting a new cable, Dan pulled the old one and we headed to where Ben was working to show him the coyote. Twenty minutes later I pulled in and parked. As Dan got out of the truck, he turned to me and said, “Pap, you stay here while 1 go and get them.” Minutes later, I saw them coming through the office door. Danny was leading the pack, followed by Ben, their Dad, their other grandfather and several other workers. Soon they were all standing around the truck looking at and admiring the coyote. All of them were heaping congratulations upon both Ben and Dan for what they accomplished. After awhile their other grandfather, Paul Kauffman, turned to me and said, “Congratulations, Pap.” “I didn’t have anything to do with it. The boys made all the sets themselves.” “Well,” Paul said. “You got them there.” Yes I did, I thought. And I enjoyed every minute of it.
CABLE RESTRAINT set on a wellused trail in a clearcut proved productive for the author’s grandsons.