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Unread 02-22-2014, 11:23 PM
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Ranging coyotes

Hello all,

I am new here and looking to purchase a new rangefinder. I have an older Nikon 800 and a Leupold RX IV w/TBR and neither one seems to pick up a coyote much farther than 300 yards. As a tournament coyote hunter in western ND/SD and Montana, I NEED a rangefinder that will, with reasonable consistency, pick up coyotes at least twice that far. It is usually snow covered and somewhat flat so there is not much to bounce a beam off other than the coyote himself.

I do try to range objects near my stand prior to calling my first series so if they appear, I already have an idea of how far they are but I also find myself on plenty of spot and stalk opportunities where I end up guessing because me Leupy wont range a sleeping coyote balled up on a snow covered hillside. And it has cost me on a bunch of occasions. On several of these occasions after all was said and done, I found out that these coyotes were under 350 yards and I just really think the my rf should have picked them up.

Has anyone used anything made by anyone that has proven reliable on coyotes in similar scenarios as mentioned above? Any and all advice/tips and ideas would be very much appreciated.

Thanks and have a great day folks,

Jamie
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    Unread 02-22-2014, 11:31 PM
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    Re: Ranging coyotes

    Buy a Leica 1600. Problem solved
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    Unread 02-24-2014, 08:17 AM
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    Re: Ranging coyotes

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    Buy a Leica 1600. Problem solved
    Ditto!
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    Unread 02-24-2014, 10:56 AM
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    Re: Ranging coyotes

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    Hello all,
    Has anyone used anything made by anyone that has proven reliable on coyotes in similar scenarios as mentioned above? Any and all advice/tips and ideas would be very much appreciated.
    Jamie
    Most fur covered animals are not nearly as reflective as foliage, particularly in infrared light. If your rangfinder can't detect the animal it may be able to detect the leaves on a nearby bush or tree. Flat snow doesn't provide a good reflectivity either.

    +1 on the Leica 1600. It's a best buy for a combination of range, price, and small size. It won't make 1600 yards to a coyote's (or deer's) body though. I'd expect 500 to 600 yards as practical.

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    Unread 02-24-2014, 11:11 AM
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    Re: Ranging coyotes

    Leica 1600 , I have ranged deer, antelope and elk to 1200 yards in decent conditions. Coyotes at 800 too depending on sunlight and such. It is important to get the RF solid on sand bags to get the full potential of the unit. Any movement in the rf will shorten the distance it will reflect.

    Or if you have the budget a Vectronix will fill the bill perfectly. I have ranged coyotes at a mile in wheat stubble where there is nothing else out there. And I was indeed on the yote. But this type of performance comes at a price, as with any upper end equipment.

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    Re: Ranging coyotes

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    Buy a Leica 1600. Problem solved
    +2 I've only had mine a month, and have only tested it on brush ect., but not sure what I did before I got it.
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    Unread 02-24-2014, 04:12 PM
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    Leica 1600 , I have ranged deer, antelope and elk to 1200 yards in decent conditions. Coyotes at 800 too depending on sunlight and such. It is important to get the RF solid on sand bags to get the full potential of the unit. Any movement in the rf will shorten the distance it will reflect.
    Jeff
    I have similar experience as Jeff's with my Leica 1600.

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