Victim to the 870
Posted 01 October 2012 - 07:41 AM
Anyhow, first two stands came up blank. I don't like to make the same stands, prefer to find new spots each time, so that's what I was doing. I just kept driving around and suddenly the desert starts turning very green near an area where I hunt jackrabbits and chukar, and I figure maybe I'll bring some bunnies home for dog food, and maybe get lucky and get a cottontail for dinner, scout for chukar. Well- no rabbits or birds around at all and it's getting hot right around 9 am. I figure it's time to make a coyote stand, and I can't take the heat, so shed the camo, and grab the shotgun. There's lots of tall bushes in this area- it's really a shotgun scenario, and I'm figuring to get a running shot.
Usual approach from downwind, make stand with wind left to right, sun to my right. Sit on a rock wait maybe 5 minutes to catch my breath and start wailing on the open-reed. I'd say maybe 3 wails on it and a nice coyote comes charging in from my back left trying to get downwind. I let him charge between two big mesquite bushes in front of me and I blast him right at around 40 yards. He went down immediately, no movement at all once he hits the ground. What I didn't see when I shot him was that there was another one behind him, and another one behind that one....a triple. After the blast they high tail it straight out in front and by the time I swing, they were out of range. I only have one fur-stretcher anyway, and I'm fine with one coyote. Leave more for later. What an adrenaline rush. Too bad no buddies could have made it- we would have put down a couple of them because I usually wait when I have a partner to make the double. Let those dogs get a little downwind and blast them when they take a sniff.
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I really like that dead-coyote T-shot and choke. Very tight pattern so some guys might not like it, but it puts them down with no fur damage. When skinning I pulled a couple shot out of the skin opposite side, but none of it went thru. Got a nice pelt off this guy. He was a lot heavier than he looks, and when skinning him he was pretty fat. So...that's why there aren't any bunnies around...I'm going to start hunting with the 870 more often. Truth to tell, I think I've gotten only maybe 8 or 9 coyotes this year and all but one were in shotgun range. It's just lighter and less gear to carry and a hell of a lot easier to make running shots. I'd have more coyotes if I didn't miss so many with the rifle. But that's just excuses....as you can see what Thumper does with his bow...!
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As I was skinning him out, I could hear those other two coyotes barking in the distance. Guess they weren't too happy. I was feeling lazy after skinning him out and it was getting damn hot, so after skinning him out I went home to put him on the stretcher. In a few more days he should be done. Not sure what I'll make out of him.
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Posted 01 October 2012 - 09:26 AM
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Posted 01 October 2012 - 10:50 AM
Do you ever take a shotgun and rifle together on a stand?
Posted 01 October 2012 - 11:05 AM
Posted 01 October 2012 - 12:20 PM
I also don't like to call too loud. My theory being that I'm trying to get coyotes that are pretty close already, and that if my sound doesn't travel that far, then I have less distance to have to hike to make the next stand....rather then going back to truck every time and driving to a new area. Maybe that also brings them closer.
At the time I was thinking that if I'm not wearing much camo because it's too hot, then I'm going to have a running shot and need the shotgun. Of course this could also have worked against me...them seeing me early and hanging up...just got lucky, I guess...you never know. Only in my second year predator calling...totally hooked...and learning every time from success and mistakes what works and what doesn't.
Posted 01 October 2012 - 12:55 PM
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Posted 02 October 2012 - 06:54 AM
As for calling them in pretty good, well- I had a good friend who took me hunting for coyotes very often and taught me all about reading the wind, calling them in, coyote behaviour, etc....I still thank him all the time for introducing and mentoring me. It took me many stands before I got my first coyote....figure 6 trips and probably 5-7 stands per trip! But, you just keep trying! Eventually, you call one in, but blow it by getting busted...then you call one in, and miss because you don't have your sticks right....but when you call that first one in and get him....end of story. Lets just say I have a deer tag and could have gone on Saturday....and decided to have some fun instead!
Posted 02 October 2012 - 07:49 AM
Lets just say I have a deer tag and could have gone on Saturday....and decided to have some fun instead!
Now THAT'S what I'm talking about! Geez, & to think I "used" to be an avid deer hunter too. Go figure!
Posted 02 October 2012 - 07:51 AM
The main difference is, the coyotes seem to come in real close, but then stop close also and look at me like they don't have a clue what I am.
They do the same thing if you are wearing non camo stuff...as long as you don't move.
I am not a great shot past 200 yards (well- I don't really know since I've only practiced on very large man-size steel targets at long distance), so past that distance, coyotes are pretty safe.
Most people are not very good field shots past 200 yards. When you are shooting off a bench or off a really steady rest yeah, 200 yards in not a big deal. But when trying to hit a coyote out that far that didn't come running right in front of you it's not always so easy. Thankfully most coyotes are called into ranges less than half that.
Yeah, if you read the internet some people will have you believing that calling coyotes is some really big complicated task. It really isn't. Hunt where there are coyotes. Sit or stand where you can see.
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