A Birds Eye View
By Barry Dart
I’ve spent a bunch of years now in the outdoors either on a lake fishing, on a field edge coyote hunting, in a tree stand or ground blind hunting deer, bear and turkeys. In my early hunting years and with no mentor to guide me other then hunting magazines I spent hours trying to figure out how to be consistently successful.
It’s was the simple things that made the biggest difference in determining the outcome of a hunt. Part of hunting and being successful, in my opinion, is reading natures signs when you are in the bush.
One of the first “signs” I observed was squawking Blue Jays. On my first coyote hunt with my brother Brian I noticed the noise the Jays made in the bush when he would start calling. He explained that we’d got the attention of coyotes and the Jays where letting us know. As a coyote moves through the bush and out to a field edge the Jays will follow along overhead scolding as they go.
On many hunts after that when I would call, not always, but when the Blue Jays started to make a fuss, a coyote would appear. There are times you can predict where a coyote would show up based on where the Jays were flying in the trees above.
As with coyotes, the Blue Jays also like to give up the position of approaching bears to a bait site. Many times, while bear hunting, the “Blue Jay Alarm” would sound and within a few minutes I’d have a bear on the bait. It’s extremely helpful to get a “heads up” from nature especially when bear hunting. Bears acute sense of hears can detect the slightest sound you make on stand from a long way out. On my last bear hunt a week ago, the Jays gave the signal on 3 different bears in the 2 hours that I was on stand.
I know it may seem like a simple thing but next time your predator hunting take note, the Jays have a bird’s eye view for your hunt. Natures drone.
Remember, hunt smarter not harder