Yesterday afternoon, I visited the dead cow on my neighbour’s farm.  She had been in prime condition, and it was a shame to put her down.  However, her calving had gone terribly wrong, and that had quickly led to septicemia.  The owner had done his best, before coming and asking me to do the deed on one of his favourite cows.

We talked it over, and he agreed to leave her carcass lie there for a few days, in an attempt to draw in some of the local wild dogs.  Then he will add some more firewood to the pyre and set about burning her remains.  There were no trees, or fence posts, anywhere near the carcass, so I drove a small stake into the bank and mounted my Ghost Eye MMS trail camera there.  There was a strong mobile phone signal, so I should be able to get prompt MMS photos of any visitors to the carcass.

I cut away a flap of the hide on her rump, exposing the rich, dark meat and layer of yellow fat.  A few slashes of my sharp knife created a purchase point for visiting wild dogs to get an easy feed of meat.  That should keep them feeding at the carcass, perhaps long enough for me to sneak in and get a shot at them.

The carcass is less than 500 metres from my place and, but for some intervening forest, I would be able to see it from home.  I will follow a circuitous route, working with the prevailing breeze, to gain my shooting stand position on the ridge above the dead cow.  There will be a dense bush behind me to mask my profile.  But, sitting low in the grass, I will be almost invisible to any observers at the carcass.  The distance is close enough to 100 metres.

Now, I just need to wait for the phone to ding.

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