A week ago, a farmer near me had a pack of four young wild dogs attack a sick cow he was attempting to nurse back to health. A few days ago, a more serious attack was too much for the distressed beast and it died as a result. All this week I have been trying to account for those wild dogs. The farm has dozens of pregnant cows that will soon give birth and the farmer is worried about his new calves.
After a series of pre-dawn starts, I have sighted wild dogs on three occasions, without the opportunity for a shot. A couple of days ago, I placed a trail camera over the dead. It looks like sunset, dusk and early evening are the most promising times for wild dog visits to the carcass.
I made the effort to construct a low hide after I checked my visibility and learnt an important lesson. I always check my background to ensure I am not silhouetted on a ridgeline. It is a routine thing I do, but I discovered a flaw in my technique yesterday. A wary old dog had clearly seen me sitting in wait behind a big fence post. When I checked the spot, I thought I would have a bit of distant ridgeline behind me, but I was wrong.
After the wild dog had spotted me, I double-checked and discovered my error. I needed to get down to dog eye level to check my position. What looked to be okay to a standing human was painfully silhouetted against the sky when viewed from dog height. A piece of scrap lumber, screwed to a couple of old fenceposts, and a piece of old canvas gave me much better cover. Yesterday, I sat in the blind from two hours before sunset through until it was too dark to shoot. There was no sign of any dogs, unlike the day before. Soon, I will go and check the trail camera once again.