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Wolf Creek #3 - Enclosed Predator Call


Over the undulating rangeland, a blanket of winter grass shimmers in the early morning sun as one looks southward toward the gypsum cliffs that defines a 50 ft. drop into a valley floor, this second bottomland that is dissected by the bitter waters of the Middle Wichita River and its many tributaries. These arroyos see water only during the wetter seasons, or in the occasional flash floods which, over the eons, have eviscerated countless acres in this region of the rolling plains.

It is said that in this valley, at the turn of the 20th century, the last few of the great buffalo wolves still roamed, restless in their wanderings, possibly understanding, as these ancient creatures seemed to do, that their time was nearing an end.

Often named, “Last of the Loners”, these big gray wolves took a heavy toll on the new cattle herds that now replaced the millions of bison that grazed this region only three decades before. With domestic cattle taking the place of free roaming buffalo, these big canines cut a vicious swath through the herds of timid cattle, thus expediting and eventually finalizing their fate as an extinct species on the Texas plains by 1930.

One of these dry creek bottoms is named, Wolf Creek, no doubt for a reason that has been forgotten over the past century or more. My guess is that an old wolf hunter probably discovered an ancient trail used by El Lobo, hence the name. I can say for certain that two old wolf traps have been found along this water way over the years so it is certain that Canis Lupus nubilus once frequented this valley in great numbers.

No longer do the cattle men of the region shiver in the dark of night, awakened from slumber by the deep throated moan of a wolf on the hunt. Now, only the bark of a coyote signals the beginning of a nights foray, and about the only thing staring into the darkness with nervous dread are the rabbits and young wild hogs that are here in abundance.

I have called many coyotes along Wolf Creek and the Middle Wichita and consider these locales as some of my favorite areas in which to hunt or photograph predators. So, with the history of these ancient waterways and my experiences therein, I salute this magical piece of rolling plains with my latest style of predator call. Enjoy our third series titled “Wolf Creek”, and hope you will experience at least some of the joy I have known in calling predators over the past 49 years.

NOTE: When ordering, your name will go on a list in the order received, and I will make each one according to that list and send them out as I complete them. All my calls are accompanied with a letter of authenticity and a signed 4X6 print.