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Don't Go into the Woods Unarmed
Escaped Prisoner Finds Out The Hard Way

by Randal M. Bundy 27 October 2014
If you go down to the woods tonight, You'd better not go alone
It's lovely down in the woods tonight, But safer to stay at home
For ev'ry wolf that ever there was, Will gather there for certain,
The woods at night is where the wolves have their picnic.
Coyote
I am a great advocate of venturing out into the woods and hiking, camping, fishing, hunting and also practicing survival skills.  However I am also warn people, never go out their unarmed. When when you do go out there armed, be prepared to defend yourselves from predatory animals such as Wolves, Bears, Mountain Lions, and even coyotes. 

My warning has thus been proved to be valid and sound advise as in the situation of 21 year old Daniel Rice.  Mr. Rice was a prisoner in custody of the Muscatine County Sheriff's Deputies for theft, burglary and criminal mischief in the county.  While in custody he was taken to a Muscatine hospital for heart-related issues on October 20 of this year.  It was while in the hospital that Mr. Rice somehow escaped, although he was handcuffed to the bed at the time and wearing only a hospital gown, which of course iwas open in th erear, as   they always are. Apparently the gown came off while he was running from the hospital to make his escpae.  I can only imagine the indignity and humiliation he might have felt being completely naked and on the run from the Police.

Well apparently he made it as far as the Loud Thunder Forest Preserve in Illinois City, Illinois which is about 8 miles from where he had escaped from.  So he was home free, right?  Well not exactly.  Apparently naked and in the somewhat of a remote wilderness, although not a very large wilderness he did seem to attract some of the wrong type of attention.  The kind of attention you get from a pack of about 30 wild hungry coyotes.  He must have looked to them as potentially their next meal.

So apparently armed with only a cell phone he was able to make a frantic call on October 22 for help to the local Rock Island County, Illinois Sheriff's Department just after midnight.  I guess the prospect of becoming a good meal to some 30 odd hungry coyotes might just make the idea of being back in the relative safety of the County Sheriff's Deputies a little more attractive. 

When making his call for help via 911, he reported to emergency dispatchers, that his name was  Zachary Turner and said that he and his sister had been chased off Trail 11 by about 20 or 30 coyotes at Loud Thunder.

When Rock Island County deputies found Rice, they recognized who he was from wanted photos they'd seen and the pacemaker scar on his chest was a further clue.  He was arrested at Loud Thunder and later transferred from the Rock Island County Jail to the Muscatine County Jail on October 23 and held in lieu of $50,000 cash-only bond.

Now whenever I go into the wilderness, even if it is just a small reserve such as described above, I go well prepared and armed.  I am always ready to rock and roll with whatever predatorial animal may decides I might look like a good meal.  Of course I am not an escaped fugitive on the run and I would not be naked either.  I can only imagine the surprise a pack of coyotes must have felt when finding a human completely naked and on their home turf, might have been a little confusing to them, but they must have also recognized a good opportunity when they see it.  Wolves and coyotes can actually tell when you are armed, rather by a stick or a gun and of course they can sense fear that might come from someone who knows they are vulnerable.

If you are every out in the wilderness, and I mean the true wilderness, you can hear in off in the distance the howling of the coyote pack.  You should know right off they already know you are there as their sense of smell is probably a hundred times greater than ours.  Know also they are generally hungry and they are on their way to investigate to see if you are a suitable meal for them. 

My choice of weapon is the AKM with standard 30 round magazine and I usually have what is referred to by combat soldiers as a combat load. I might possibly carry only my Glock 17, but with 33 round magazines, so I am not at all concerned with taking on a pack of wolves or coyote if need be.  When I do pitch camp, it will be generally up against a large rock cliff, where I have the predator's attack from one general direction and any glaring eyes in the middle of the might will be my target.  You'll know they are on their way long before they arrive by the unique howling, which is much different than the howl of wolves.  You' also know when they are circling your camp by their continued crying sound that sound almost like the whimpering of dogs.  Now for safety reasons never travel in the woods by yourself if at all possible and keep children from wandering away out of sight.  Don't presume that day light means safety either.

Now they generally do not like to approach a camp fire, so when you pitch a camp and tent you should have the camp fire built in front of the cliff wall, which also acts as a heating reflecting source as well.  On the rare occasions when I have encountered wolves and coyotes I always practiced the policy of stand them off, never run, shoot the first ones you see, and the others will generally get the message and head out quick to find  more helpless game.  However with my weapon and magazine I have never feared taking on a frontal assault from them.

If you go down to the woods tonight, You'd better not go alone
It's lovely down in the woods tonight, But safer to stay at home
For ev'ry wolf that ever there was, Will gather there for certain,
The woods at night is where the wolves have their picnic.
By Randal M. Bundy

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