Coyote Hunting, Predatorial Series #3 - "Coyote in the Crosshairs"
This type of hunting has a certain aspect of accuracy involved with it so most people use some sort of shooting rest to go along with their rifle. I tell people there are basically two kinds of coyote hunters, butt sitters and belly floppers, and both of these types benefit from using a shooting support. It just makes you shoot better and it also gives your gun support for what can be a long stand at times and remaining still and comfortable will pay dividends when the time comes for action. I mostly fall into the belly flopper category and this means that I will be shooting from the prone position across open areas of terrain. I find that a bipod that is about 6-9 inches tall is ideal for me in this case. It places me low to the ground to minimize my scent and silhouette and it gives me a very solid base to shoot from. For those who are butt sitters then you have the option of just using a taller set of bipods which allow you to shoot from sitting, but I actually prefer the use of a set of shooting sticks when I am in this position. I have the tall bipods too and they work well, but I find myself using the sticks more often these days.
It is also helpful to have a good solid method of judging distances and this is where a decent laser rangefinder will be a big benefit. When you are in a calling situation then the time to do the range finding is before you ever start the call. You will pick out distinct landmarks such as trees and fence lines and objects along likely avenues of approach and get yourself a good solid distance reading. I typically will look for items that are within 300 yards or so of me and then after I range to them then I know that any coyote within that zone has made a fatal mistake.
Some of the gear I use when I am shooting. On the left of the Pelican case is a Kestrel 4000 NV, A Dell PDA that has the Exbal Ballistics program installed and also a Leica 1200 yard laser rangefinder. The rifle is the 6mmSPC mentioned above
There are times when the best option for hunting is within a woods type of setup and when you have trees all around you then it is very hard to beat a shotgun for coyote hunting. I like to carry an auto loading shotgun that shoots 3.5 inch ammo. I also mostly shoot the Dead Coyote Ammo, which is T shot, through a Dead Coyote choke and my shotgun wears a red dot scope on top. This setup works very well on coyotes that get within 70 yards of you. I also carry a .17 HMR when I go into the woods and for that I shoot a 20 grain GamePoint bullet and I shoot for the head. The 17 HMR is very accurate and making those sorts of shots on a coyote within 100 yards of you is not that hard to do. Truth be known, when it comes to hunting for predators in the woods, then I like to carry my archery equipment.
This is a short overview of the types of rifles and such that I use for my own coyote hunting. As I said earlier, you can use whatever you have now regardless of caliber, but if you have a choice or are new to this type of hunting and donít know what to use or to buy then you canít go wrong with what I covered above. As I said, if I had to buy one rifle then it would be in the 243 ( 6mm ) caliber and I would outfit it with some decent variable glass in the 4 Ė 16 power range. I would buy a pair of bipods and a set of shooting sticks and start hunting with it. Feel free to ask questions in the topic dedicated to the article as I know this is a limited article due to limited size.
Greg Ballard resides in Arkansas where he is a computer programmer building automated stock market trading systems and stock market trading software tools. He is an avid outdoorsman who has been hunting since he was big enough to walk and has been doing so primarily as a bowhunter for the past 25 years. He is on the Pro Field Staff for PSE Archery and the Pro Staff for Grim Reaper Broadheads. Greg hunts a wide variety of game, but one of his most favorite things to hunt is predators. He has recently formed and is President of the Arkansas Predator Hunters Association.Join the discussion of this article with the author HERE at the Article Discussion Forum.Greg Ballard resides in Arkansas where he is a computer programmer building automated stock market trading systems and stock market trading software tools. He is an avid outdoorsman who has been hunting since he was big enough to walk and has been doing so primarily as a bowhunter for the past 25 years. He is on the Pro Field Staff for PSE Archery and the Pro Staff for Grim Reaper Broadheads. Greg hunts a wide variety of game, but one of his most favorite things to hunt is predators. He has recently formed and is President of the Arkansas Predator Hunters Association.