Although he’s an avid hunter, 44-year-old Bud Griffith of Webster Road had never been turkey hunting before and figured opening day of the season was a good time to start.
Griffith had set up decoys about 20 or 30 yards from where he chose to sit and wait.
“I was sitting there with my back against the trees and was making the turkey calls,” he recalled, noting that he had his gun in his lap.
And after one small motion with his hand, Griffith said he felt an animal jump up on his left shoulder, reach around his face and smack him in the right eye.
“It scared me so bad I thought it was a coyote,” Griffith said, adding the animal weighed about 30 pounds. “He jumped off me and ran toward the woods.”
It was then Griffith shot the animal and realized it was a bobcat, not a coyote.
“He ran in the perfect direction for a shot,” he said. “Nobody would have believed me if I hadn’t shot him.”
He said the entire event lasted less than a minute but left his heart pounding.