Well, I will admit I was pretty happy with the 257 AM after my hunt yesterday morning.
This morning I was sitting at the kitchen table checking out my freshly skinned pronghorn head, my wife just loves me for this stuff [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]!!
Anyway, it was about 7:30 so I got up to get my coat on to head over to the shop to get working when I looked out the kitchen window and noticed a small light colored dot moving across a hay field across our property.
From the gate of the critter I knew it was a coyote instantly without even looking at it though the binos. Anytime I see a yote at my place its HUNTIN time!!
Luckily for me and not for the yote, I had left everything in the truck from my pronghorn hunt so I grabbed my coat and headed out to the truck where I grabbed the rifle, rear bag rest, clip with two rounds still in it from the pronghorn hunt and the range finder.
I crossed the fence and set the rifle up and ranged the dog. She was 1085 yards, out of reach of my drop chart but she was coming my direction quickly so I just settled in and waited until she got withing range.
Every 20 yards or so the yote would be distracted by something, play around a bit and then continue in my direction. I was flat on my belly in 10" of alfalfa so she could not see me even if she wanted to.
She hit the 800 yard mark and again something caught her attention so I get on the rifle and found the correct hold. She then started running again. and then jumped into an irrigation ditch and out of sight.
I watched for several seconds but she did not appear until I caught movement 50 yards to the left of where she had disappeared into the ditch.
I lined the rifle up on her, then ranged the dog at 735 yards. She was still trotting in the usual yote trott so I gave out a few yells to her with no response. Then finally I gave it a real loud yip and she stopped in her tracks. Took a quick reading, 719 yards and lined the big 257 AM up and let her bark.
Instantly the response was a classic death spin when the yotes bits at the entrance wound and spins wildly. Iknew she was dead but she was spinning so fast I could not get a good idea where she was hit and then finally she pulled out of the spin and ran down the field so I could see her off side. There was a huge read spot right at the last couple ribs of the yote, and from that I knew she would not go far and within 30 yards she was down.
I walked back to the house and drove out to see her. She was a relatively young female, 2 year old or so with a very nice pelt, to bad it had a huge exit hole. IT looked like the big 156 gr ULD took a few ribs out with it on the exit causing the large exit hole.
I apologize for the sour look on my face!!! I am not a morning person which is a strange thing for a hunting nut!!!! I feel much better then I look in the mornings though [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]!!
Just thought I would share another good Montana Morning!!!