even then I still had it with me sometimes (like when calling for predators only armed with a .243 or .223).
I know THAT FEELING! I always had my 454 with me as well calling, as sometimes big and nasty things with big teeth may show up, not just a coyote!!!
Cats, big or small are rarely seen until they very close or on you already ... had to detect by us humans!!!
Never leave home for the woods without a handgun and toilet paper (the most likely time you will see game is when in the process of using that toilet paper, hence my always carry policy!!!