Little action today......
Posted 15 January 2006 - 10:25 PM
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He knows I have only scratched the surface and understands I have to rest certain areas before calling again. I am scheduled to go back and take his ten year-old son out next weekend. I am taking him to the first pasture I ever hunted on this ranch.......I got busted by two different trios while walking but they didn't get shot at and didn't smell me and didn't hear any calls so I think we will have a fair chance if they don't spot us walking. I really want to help that young man get his first coyote.....he will never forget it.
Great work! The rancher pleased with the thinning of the coyote population you've completed?
Posted 16 January 2006 - 10:49 AM
Time waits for no one--
treasure every moment you have.
Posted 16 January 2006 - 11:20 AM
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Posted 16 January 2006 - 11:09 PM
On this hunt, the decoy was along for the ride but I didn't use it because the wind was blowing so hard that it kept bending the wire. I have used it a lot and it works great. The most typical reaction when a coyote spots it is to come charging in but when they get close, they put on the brakes realizing something is weird. That is great because you get a standing shot without having to bark. DAA, the guy who recorded Utah Jack for Foxpro had the same exact results.....he has had coyotes slam on the brakes anywhere from 100 yards to close range.Last year, in Texas, on my first hunt with the Jack-in-the-Box decoy, I had a pair of coyotes come charging through thick brush and spotted the decoy when they were about 20 yards away......they never slowed down and one ripped the topper off the wire and both dogs hauled butt. I found the topper about 30 yards away. Those are the only coyotes that have actually grabbed the decoy. I had one that ran half circles around it from about ten yards out 2 or 3 times before stopping for the shot. The only bobcat called when using the decoy came charging right up in a low crouch and then sat up with the decoy practically slapping him in the face but never grabbed it. I had a coon right at sunset come charging in and bit the topper but quickly let go like he smelled human scent.It obviously works best in open country where a critter can spot it. The motion of the decoy combined with distress sound is a deadly combo for call shy coyotes. Last year, while calling in the grassland hills of CA, a coyote appeared on a hill top 400 yards away and just sat down. I was watching him through the scope when all of a sudden, his mate appeared on the scene.......she took one look at that decoy twirling and swaying and the race was on. I was sure one of them was going to grab it out of competition but when they got about 20 yards away, they split up and and stopped 5 yards away with the decoy right between them just starring hard......naturally, I shot the big male and missed the female who was easily traveling faster than my bullets.....haha!I have always been a skeptic about using a decoy because it is hard enough to get a hard charging coyote to stop without the added incentive of a decoy. The FoxPro JIB has changed my old stubborn mind. I have used various toppers, mostly homemade, and settled on the bunny because it can be seen further away. DAA has stuck with the synthetic coon body/tail that comes with the JIB and has no complaints.
Great pics and story! I have the same questions for you Bill. You hunt a lot and nail your share of them. I noticed you use your decoy quite a bit. If it didn't work, you probably wouldn't bother right? What benefit does your decoy offer and how do the coyotes react to it?
Posted 16 January 2006 - 11:30 PM
Rimrock - yeah the cattle were bad and probably the reason I got busted by so many coyotes. These calves weren't coming to the call like my other hunt......this time they would just take off running all over the place which caused other small herds to do the same. The first coyote which wouldn't come any closer than 300 yards watched a herd of calves go running by which may have her on red alert. I watched one bunch of calves a half mile away going beserk for no reason......I think maybe they had just been stocked and were looking for a way home.Thanks to all for your nice responses.
Thanks for another good story and pictures. No cattle to contend with on this hunt?
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