I've never been afraid of bears, cougars or especially coyotes when out in the woods. I used to look forward to encounters with animals besides deer and elk. I once picked up a half dead fawn I found in a skid road to move it out of the way of our truck, only to have the biggest, fattest, tallest, meanest, growliest and now hungriest black bear I've ever encountered explode out of the bushes a few feet in front of me. When it realized I wasn't a force to be reckoned with it ran off as fast as it could...or it could have simply been afraid of humans. It put a smile on all of our faces and we went right back to work in the area where that bear was now roaming around with an empty stomach. Didn't bother us a bit knowing it was still running around. I've recently decided to try my hand at coyote hunting knowing full well it can draw in bears and cougars. I usually hunt alone as too many people I know would rather watch hunting videos or hunt "monster bucks" on video games rather than actually go hunting or their wives won't let them play on the weekends. Problem is I get out there, start calling and the realization hits me that I'm making myself sounds like something that is begging to be torn apart alive and I'm trying to get those animals that have the ability to make me their dinner get as close to me as I can. Today I'm out and start calling over a 2 year old clear cut, using a fawn in distress electronic caller. Thick timber behind me and to my right. After 10 minutes I hear something I'm guessing 30 yards behind me. Too big to be a coyote, too loud to be a deer and if it was an elk, well elk are kind of hard to not see. I start thinking that if it's Bigfoot or a hungry sow with cubs I only have 5 rounds from a .223 and by the time I'm able to get my 357 unholstered it's probably already gnawing on my intestines. If I had someone hunting with me this wouldn't bother me as much. Two set of eyes and two trigger fingers are better than one. My question to those who's stones are a little bigger than my own and actually wait out this situation rather than beating feet back to the truck, how do you keep your back side covered when your focus is on the area in front of you and you're trying to remain as still as possible? Also wondering if anyone has had bear or cougar sneak up from behind while coyote calling?