Caught the break in the weather and got one. Details and Pics.
Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:24 AM
We out to the hunting grounds at about 6:30AM and started hiking out to the back side. Sure as shoot as soon as we crested the first hill what do you think was standing about 200 yards away.......yep Mr. Coyote and he was looking right at us!! My buddies and me got low to the ground and my friend started lip calling. I thought for sure the coyote was gonna take off at full speed. But to my surprise he liked what he was hearing and started trotting in to take a closer look. Now between us and him was another small hill with two dips and we were gonna loose sight of him. We took advantage of it, I covered the area we thought he might pop back up and my other buddy started looking off to our right being the wind was going from out left to right. Fortunately he popped back in front of me but I could only see his head and he was hopping around like a rabbit. Unfortunately he started to circle us and I could only catch brief glances of him. When he had made it half way around us he popped up full broad side to us and moving at a good speed. We whistled and barked but he was not having any part of it. I could have tried to a moving shot but I resisted, I wanted a clean one shot kill.
So the hike in continues having missed a quick encounter. As we were almost to our first stand and we were all juiced up we were keeping a sharp eye out just in case we stumbled across another coyote. Low and behold 300 yards out we catch sight of another coyote. we stopped, it stopped and the staring and calling competition started. Needless to say this coyote was not having any part of any thing we were offering and after about 5 - 10 min it decided it had better things to do.
We finally get to out first stand. Winds had pickup quite a bit and as I looked up the clouds were moving at a good speed and I could see black clouds rolling in the horizon. I put down the Alpha Dogg and we set up about 40 / 50 yards away. No more than 10 minuets into the calling a coyote showed up on a hill across from me. I could hear my buddy whispering "I'm gonna take the shot". I told him to wait until the coyote came down the hill just a bit, I did not want a missed shot and the round flying over the hill. The coyote turns broad side and starts trotting along the crest of the hill. I'm not sure if he caught some movement of if he did not like what he was hearing but as quick as he appeared he disappeared back over the hill. Gave it another 15/20 minuets of calling but nothing showed. We pack up and move to another stand and no dice.
We grouped up and discussed a plan of action. We decided to hike along a fence line and stop every few hills and see what would happen. Now at this point and time the wind was blowing at a ridiculous speed. I wasn't sure how far the caller was going to broadcast. So going and stopping over every couple hills sounded good to me.
We had been walking for a bit and probably crossed over 2 or 3 hills and were ready to go over the next hill and set up. Just as we were ready to go up the hill I hear "Ohh shoot coyote". I turn and look and catch the coyote 20/30 yards turning and hitting the after burners. I dropped to a knee and let out a bellowing howl. And just like the videos I've seen by Randy Anderson the coyote stopped dead in its tracks and went broad side to look back and see what was howling at it. The shot was probably 45/55 yards. I put my eotech on the coyote and snapped the round off. Right when I pulled the trigger the coyote started moving and I hit a bit back of where I wanted to. The coyote went in to a spin and after turning 4 or 5 times it took off running, my heart sunk. We walked in the direction we saw it running and about 50 yards we found it and I put the finishing on it.
Hope you enjoyed my hunting story and after all that here is what I am sure every one is looking for. The photos.
Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:34 AM
Looks like you got there before the rain.
Grant and I went out the other day,
thinking that we could get in a little hunting before the rain started.
But as soon as we got to Grant's spot, The rain started.
We tried to make one stand, but after the rain soaked us for about
15 minutes, we decided to head down to the cafe for breakfast.
Posted 30 November 2012 - 08:48 AM
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:12 AM
Also good job on having your partner hold up on the shot. In this case it was due to letting the coyote get below the ridge line, however, along with that, the first thing many folks do, especially beginners, is to start shooting way too soon, instead of giving the coyote a chance to come in closer for a more sure shot.
Oh, and I see those AR's really do work on coyotes, eh? Cool! I may have to try one, one of these days! Oh wait...
Anyway, keep up the good work
Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:25 AM
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:42 PM
Good job. That open grassland is hard to hide in.
Surprisingly enough they are so focused on the call that as long as they don't catch us moving or move across our scent they have no idea I am there. Some of the friends I have gone with get prone. I just sit there in my multicam besides I refuse to lay down in what is either mud or cow poop.
Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:09 PM
Time waits for no one--
treasure every moment you have.
Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:49 PM
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Posted 30 November 2012 - 05:57 PM
Congrats, good write up & pics. Atleast you have some green grass down there, everywhere I've hunted this season is dry & brown.
Heck just about a month it was dry dry dry. No green any where. Nice what a little rain will do.
Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:22 PM
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