Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Thursday, January 24, 2008:
Well, needless to say the coastal weather took an unexpected turn for the worse as 3 to 4 inches of snow came down in short order. Here I’m thinking in terms of a “dusting,” per initial forecasts, only to have my afternoon woods time all but whited out.
Having to nix TH-ing time, I guess I’ll be out there early tomorrow trying to get read on numerous reports that the coyote count toward Tuckerton has taken off. Folks with a working knowledge of wildlife and tracks have passed that info on to me – including some specific areas of coyote-ish abundance. My guess is deer hunting season has driven these amazingly perceptive creatures closer to inhabited areas. The problem with that is the way the coyote will find dumpster diving and domestic pet-nabbing such an easy go that they won’t be inclined to scurry on back to the Outback. Most deer hunting ends at the end of this month so backyard spottings of coyote will likely be reduced to some degree but that huge showing right about now could mean the creatures are in for the long stay.
On a much weirder level, I’ve been asked to do a “haunt hunt” in a nearby outdoor area suspected of holding paranormal presences. Certain paranormal-loving folks feel snowfall allows for more accurate readings, including EVPs, electronic voice phenomena. I can actually see that. Snow essentially muffles out ambient natural sounds but shouldn’t have any affect on electronic sounds. The snow also allows a very clear read by infrared cameras that detect heat signatures, believe to arise when spirits manifest.
No, I haven’t gone over the steep end – at least not the absurdly steep end. Despite my fascination with shows like “Ghost Hunters,” I’m a spirit skeptic to the hilt. Still, as a writer, I’m as much fascinated with the people who believe this stuff as with some of the fully unexplainable findings they make. Truth be told, I really don’t feel like going out in the freezing cold – even if it will be a moonlit night, once the clouds blow out later in the evening. I’m wondering if maybe they could just cell me from on-scene, like, if something rears up that would really make it worth the drive. In fact, maybe put the freaky thing on the phone. Tell me that wouldn’t be a call worth reading about.