I run nearly every morning. If I miss a day it is generally due to travel. The weather is rarely a factor that limits time on the trails behind my house. I don’t run alone, River, my lab has been a running companion for going on nine years.
Because some of the trails are now posted, for weekend hunters (who have as yet not hunted) River and I stick to trails outside of the posted property. River can run without being leased so long as we’re on our property. Once we hit the trails that are easements for surveying and beyond private property she gets hooked.
River’s nose is much better at sniffing things out to explore during our runs. On our property, while free ranging, I noticed she’s moved a few feet off the path. Curious as to what it was she was examining I moved closer.
She’d discovered a massive yellow jacket nest. We eased away and continued down the trail. I hoped, that until I can spray this nest, so long as I leave them alone maybe they’d not attack me. Oh, I’m going to get them. Yellow jackets are often relentless when it comes to stinging me.
Moving down the trail River nosed what seemed to be a trespasser who’d met its ultimate demise. Later, I’d learn that was indeed the case. Only the posted sign hunters didn’t bring about the end. The trespassing critter had been wreaking havoc on plants at a neighbor’shome. I suppose this section of the trail will project olfactory offense soon.
If you’ve been reading this you are likely an archer. Possibly, you are not a runner. Possibly you enjoy getting outdoors to hunt. If you’re an archer that runs, especially on trails, you know that sort of outdoor activity, trail running, is a nice way to enjoy the woods.