The Land Report

FALL 2015

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74 The LandReport | FA L L 2 0 1 5 LANDREPORT.COM In a single month, March 1982, Sports Afield, Petersen's Hunting, and American Hunter ran Meinzer cover shots. His nascent photographic skills were quickly catching up with his talents as a student of the land. In South Texas, I watched Wyman grunt, paw the dirt, and clack his rattling horns for a few seconds. Then he paused. "Here comes one," Sylinda whispered. The biggest white-tailed buck I've ever seen was running straight at us. Then another impressive buck trotted into view. The big boy smelled a rival, swaggered in, and gave us a nice broadside look. I watched Wyman rattle up dozens of bucks that week. When a spot had been rat- tled out — the bucks wised up or wandered off in search of hot does — Wyman's hand- made calls would bring in coyotes. In one instance, a South Texas bird of prey known as the caracara was charmed. Once, a bobcat, fooled by Wyman's dying rabbit call, jumped on his back. Another time, some curious javelinas showed up. Yes, Wyman was calling during the peak of the whitetail rut in some of the best wildlife habitat in the Wild Horse Desert. But to consistently lure Boone and Crockett bucks is a feat. So too is fooling a coyote — one of the world's wariest and most adaptable predators. Calling of this caliber — to within ear-scratching range — requires skills that largely disappeared with the passing of the American frontier. To routinely do so , in a wide range of habitat — from the badlands of the Rolling Plains, to the sandhills of the Texas Panhandle, to the brushland of South Texas — requires a combination of native During his winters at the Batch Camp, Wyman main- tained a rigorous schedule of one bath per week. THIS PAGE: Meinzer's calling skills lured a bobcat into pouncing on him because of his "wounded" status. OPPOSITE PAGE: His ability to establish a bond with his wildlife subjects resulted in Meinzer's first book, The Roadrunner .

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