Posted 23 April 2012 - 08:07 PM
This was posted on AVH from back in Nov 09 by DiRTYDOG.I just found it while googling for images of "coyote kill area" and thought it was an AWESOMELY helpful post.copied post here instead of just a link, hope its ok....?From DiRTYDOG:It's important to practice marksmanship. I think it's equally or even more important to be familiar with coyote anatomy and practice putting bullets where it counts. It's not necessarily "aim small miss small" but more like "aim smart hit smart". A "hit" is not good enough for me, I want my kills to go down DRT and they almost always do with careful bullet placement.Where have you been aiming? A lot of people aim too far back, and then wonder why critters spin or run off after the shot… that’s what happens when you shoot critters in the gut or clip their lungs. I prefer bang-flops. If you’ve ever skinned a coyote you know there’s not much meat under all that fur. It doesn’t take much of a bullet to get in there and vaporize the vitals, but you do have to be able to put the bullet where it needs to go for quick clean kills. That means an accurate rifle/load and good marksmanship. Get out there and practice shooting from field positions and use shooting sticks or a bipod. [/background]Typical broadside shot.Many hunters would aim here, what they call "just behind the shoulder"Here's an example of what a coyote's vitals may look like under the furAnd here's where that shot would have gone. Not exactly an ideal shot is it?Where do I aim? I draw a line down the neck and another line up the front leg.It is very simple to visualize these lines in the field. The spot where those lines intersect is the magic death zone. I love watching them just tip over dead before they even hit the ground. An inch or two behind that intersection is the armpit and still a great shot especially on a coyote quartering away slightly. “Just behind the shoulder” means in inch or two behind the shoulder, not a six inches or a foot behind the shoulder like many hunters apparently imagine. If they’re quartering towards you, shoot him in the neck or blow right through that front leg bone if you don’t mind a fist sized entrance hole in the hide. This is what works for me.Don't aim "at" a coyote, aim smart, aim for his vitals. Now, let's go out there and DRT some coyotes!Here are some more reference pics of K9s.
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