By Katherine Browne
Last weekend my fiancé Eric and I headed out to do some turkey hunting with Prois Pro-Staffers and Olympic Biathletes Tracey and Lanny Barnes (http://www.twinbiathletes.com/). While Lanny and I were posted up around first light waiting for some birds to come down from their roost something incredible happened. Most of my non-hunting friends have either been grossed out or unimpressed when I have told this story but as a hunter my goal is to become invisible in my surroundings. Good camo is essential in becoming invisible and thanks to my Prois this encounter was possible.
Lanny and I were sitting and listening to the birds talking in their roosts when I noticed a little vole running straight for me. Many hunters that I have spoken to have had the experience of birds, squirrels and rodents running around or over them and I expected him to run across my lap if he continued on his path. Instead of running over me I felt him wriggle in next to my hip and settle under my lower back. I started laughing silently and my whole body was shaking and I could not believe that he held tight. He must have been thinking, “Thank god I found this nice warm shelter before the earth quake started!”.” Lanny whispered to me “He’s under you!” and I whispered back “I know!”. At this point most people probably would have moved and the vole would have run for cover but I couldn’t help wondering how long this little vole would hang out with me. I sat quietly for a least another 40 minutes and every time I thought he had left me I felt him stir. First thing in the morning this must have been a nice comfortable place for a little vole to warm up. When we were getting ready to take off on foot I carefully fished out my camera from my pocket and asked Lanny to take a video when I sat up. To see the video click on the link below.
One of my favorite things about hunting is seeing animals behave naturally. Before I started hunting I had never sat still long enough to experience something like this. This experience made me think about all the amazing stories that must be out there of animal encounters that hunters have had when they were sitting quietly. This inspired us to launch a contest to where hunters submit there stories of animal encounters where the animals did not realize they were there. To enter submit your story as a comment below for your chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Prois for you or your loved ones. Prois CEO Kirstie Pike and I will be choosing out favorite entries and posting them on the Prois Facebook page over the next month. The person whose post gets the most Like’s for their story on our Facebook page will win! If you have a photo or a video, e-mail it to me at Katherine@proishunting.com and I will post it with the story. You must be a member of our Facebook page to qualify and you story must be family friendly (https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/home.php?sk=group_172754768618). Good luck and thanks for participating!