This is a playful jab I hear often in the studio between Mr. B and his clients, insinuating that they must have gone sneaking up on a buck while it slept. This is poaching and it’s obviously illegal, but the more people I talk to up here, the more I hear about it happening. It comes to mind now because as I sit here in bed at 9pm, reading, I was just startled by a loud rifle shot just outside the cabin. I jumped out of bed and paced around a bit, feeling jarred. There’s a decent amount of undeveloped acreage surrounding me and I’d be lying if I said the thought of some psycho perv armed to the teeth and lurking around watching me never crossed my mind. I’m fairly certain though that the shot I just heard was…well, I can’t be sure but I’ll hazard a guess that the neighbor saw a coyote creeping too close to his house. Regardless, hearing a shot pierce through such a quiet evening-I mean, the sound conjured a mental image of a train hurtling through the forest-leaves me somewhat unsettled and mill undoubtedly keep me up past my usual 9:30 sleep time.
Today I finished my second buck; I experimented with positioning the ears in an alert, listening fashion as though he were hearing something slightly behind him. Here he is, with carded ears and stuffy nose.
I’m getting pretty good at the eyes, as far as the lid creases and positioning.
I cleaned up my coyote’s mouth a bit; not much interesting going on here but I was amused at how dentist-like this looks. My mouth started watering just looking at him, imagining the saliva building up in my mouth during a cleaning and just dying to spit.
As the nose skin dries out it tends to shrivel so it gets a little coat of epoxy which will be painted later.
I got home to find Mr. M had invented his own cozy little kitty den. I’d piled up the duvet on the guest bed while the cover was being laundered….and can you find the cat in this image?
Poor little guy is getting as much rest as possible and barely eating.
I spent my evening watching more Honey West. I discovered the “vintage commercial” feature on the discs and found some of the adverts amusing.
My favorite is the Mennan shaving lotion ad which starts at 2:53 in the video below. I don’t see anything refreshing about the way those paws are manhandling that guy’s face.