Been busy....Not busy enough
Posted 27 November 2012 - 11:11 AM
To the dismay of the coyotes I havn't been busy enough.
Last month Smokeball and I called a ranch we just got permission to hunt East of Redding. We set up on the edge of a cluster of Oak trees over looking a big dry creek bottom with visibility to appx. 400 yds out front and further to both sides of us thick Oak and Manzanita behind us.
I called for about 15 min and I spot a coyote on a dead run headed for the caller, It hit the creek bottom and I lost it for a lil bit in some brush. When I located it again the coyote looked smaller HHHMMMMM!!
Then I pick out 3 more coyotes all are in the brush about 200 yds away trying to circle the sound and I cant move because a couple of them are looking my way and to shoot I'd have to move to my right 2-4 feet.
Then for no apparent reason all 4 coyotes just turned tail and ran for the creek bottom.
I managed to bark 2 of them to a stop and I was on the closest one, I held over the coyote cause it was a long way out....BOOM,SMACK!!
Coyote hit the ground doing the death spin and the rest hit the afterburners thru a fence and on to the next property.
Then the one I shot All bloodied up got up and took off for the fence. I could see thru my scope a huge blood spot on this coyotes side and it got up and bailed.
Bummer, as it made it to the adjoining ranch land and we didn't have permission to be there so I did not pursue, not worth a trespassing ticket and I don't wanna be on an episode of Wild Justice.
Smokeball ranged a boulder the coyote was standing near and it came back at 320 yds. No pics.
Don said the other 3 coyotes came from his left right down the creek bottom they ran right past Don about 200 yds out never stopping to give him a shot and I never saw them cause I couldn't see the low spot they ran through. They ran right past me and I didn't know it till I spotted them when I was looking for the coyote I watched go into the brush.
We headed across the road to the other end of the property and set up on some big railroad tie fence posts'
After calling about 5 mins. I spot a coyote standing on the far side of the pasture under a big Oak tree looking our way.
It finally commits and heads towards us, But then about half way across it hit a low spot and I never saw it again.
So as I'm looking for this coyote I spot another one under a different Oak on the far side of the pasture.
It moved in slow and steady, At one point it was only 100yds from Smokeball but hard to his right and it was standing on a rock. It never saw Don but Don couldn't move either. then the coyote headed for the caller just walking taking it time.
It finally presented me a shot and I made it BOOM,SMACK!!
Again this yote took off but it did not make it to the fence this time. I found it piled up in the tall grass about 80 yds from where I shot it at. Lung shot. This one was a 150 yd shot made with my Tikka T-3 243 and 75 gr vmax.
So more recently I did some calling in Red Bluff just Sam and I. We were set up over a big drainage open to both sides and out front.
After calling for about 10 mins. I spot this coyote setting down in front a a bush on the otherside of the drainage. I tried to get it to come but it all but refused so I centered the cross hairs and then added some Kentucky elevation and BOOM,FLOP........DAWG DAWN!!!!!!
Was just a tad over 300 yds I was shooting my Savage 10 Predator and a 105 AMAX. Sam found it still alive and he began barking and running circles around it and this is something he has always done when he finds a live coyote I didn't teach it heck I wouldn't know how to teach it. Just instinct for him.
With the range and the breeze that was blowing the bullet hit farther back than I wanted but it didnt go anywhere and it only lived till I got there and finished it.
Man I have to quit working so much its cutting into my calling........
Posted 27 November 2012 - 05:47 PM
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I mean to tell you Sam is feeling neglected, but he dont have to pay bills and buy Christmas gifts' so I'll make time as it presents itself.. I was how ever surprised as to how much he retained he really gets after them once I let him loose.
Ok RD, it's time to back off all the work, and Get Sam a little more OJT.
I have another hunt from a couple weeks ago he did great on but I wont tell it till I get the time to down load the pics. Like I said I've been busy....Work is really getting in the way right now.
Yep not sure whats going on up here with the coyote population but the last few have been ugly for sure.
Those are some nasty dogs man, I wouldnt touch those with a 10 foot pole.
Thanks Lee, the next one I'll post is the one you had to back out on cause work called,but I made a good shot and Sam got to work. I'll have it posted in a few days. Not liking work right now seems like they think I'm the only one who works Ot.
Good Job Frank
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