Chasing Studs at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park
Chasing Studs at Glenbow Provincial Park
Argh! Hunting deer has its hazards. Click Click! Click! A striking White-tailed Stag has just crossed an open ravine at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. There is nothing like a chase on the cusp of the winter solstice and, except for just stepping into a sticky patch, my plan is working. Earlier, meeting a truck stuffed with obvious “boundary hunters” all frocked up in “camo” on my way into the park made me grimace. You know the type! They linger on the edge of wildlife reserves hoping for a wandering soul in the form of a trophy rack. There are plenty of them (racks, not gun toters) at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and the word has spread to the hunters. Luckily, shortly after dawn they return to their day jobs, and, these winter mornings, there aren’t many other people to share this bounty with. Dog walkers and ear plugged
I check my togs. Note to self: wear slippery outerwear when chasing deer. A hit by the raspy Hounds Tongue will be time consuming. Growl! How can something be so exotic at bloom and a scourge as it licks and sticks with our favourite pet’s tongue-like qualities? I have almost the same distaste for Hounds Tongue as for boundary hunters; they both get under your skin. http://www.invasiveplants.ab.ca/Downloads/FS-HoundsTongue.pdf
The studs will disperse soon after the solstice, racks not seconded by the hunters will fall, females (does) will smile and the hunt will dissipate for another season. There is a lot to be said for satisfying a plan – capturing White-tailed males in the prairie environment. Clambering up the hill with trophies in the box, I will be picking burrs off for a good hour. But for now the Buck stops here.