Posted 25 January 2006 - 01:53 PM
Just a few nights ago i went hunting by myself in Orange County California. I started calling about 30 minutes before dark, but i got no response with my primos mini-mag howler or rabbit in distress calls. At dark i stayed in the same spot, but waited a bit and started calling again. I would generally start with a semi-quiet call at night, but it was one of the windiest nights i have ever hunted. It would almost knock you down if you weren't paying attention! That's why i used the super loud caller. After calling with the two calls on and off and using the howler with the female invitation looong howls i saw two coyotes come running in 80 yards away with my 2million cp spotlight. My heart raced and i had trouble even holding up my heavy light into the wind. I took aim at the closest coyote and as i squeezed the trigger a huge gust of wind hit me and actually moved my entire body! Bang, and i missed! My light isn't the type that attaches to the gun and so i used my bi-pod in one hand and then my light in the other. I couldn't even shoot when they trotted slowly and confused away due to the strenth of the wind. The moral of my story is that if you are hunting at night it is important to have a spotlight that mounts on your rifle. I bought mine yesterday from Cabela's. They have a good deal that offers for $49.99 a 300 yard spotlight and battery, and then you get a headlight with a red lens for free. I think that they are a must in the field for a hunter by himself!