We started out at day break arriving at my buddies family ranch where coyotes have been spotted regularly. I was especially excited to give this a try as as far as we know no one has called here before. The first set up was a huge draw and we were located on hillside in some junipers. We called for several probably 20 minutes with brakes using lightning jack, pup distress and finished with a few howels to see if we could at least get an answer...... Nothing.
Set 2 was at the top of a huge canyon we walked over to and use jacks and pups. We had the crows and magpies convinced but no yotes came to play.
So we went up to the top of a ridge where we looked over a herd of probably 200 elk. As we were glassing and talking about the next set up we spotted 4 yotes on a distant hillside. Two were bedded and two were mousing. I grabbed my PLRF10 and took a range on them. 2400 yards and change. The thought crossed my mind, but then I realized I didn't have enough elevation. Sure would have been fun tho..
As we watched the dogs they were moving slowy west but two of them were plenty happy just bedding down in the am sun. So this was slowing them down and we felt we had time for a sneak. Back to he truck we went and we drove part way as we were now hidden by several hills between. When we got as close as we dare, we had a plan ready to go. The plan was to take the Long Range rifles and set up one hill before where we had seen the yotes and call. If they didn't come in right off , we would hot foot it to the top of the next hill and send em some heavy lead. So for this set I got out "Ole No Sneak" my .338 Lapua.
We set up, glassed the area, entered current field conditions and got prone behind the rifles. I was wearing my full ghillie and was very well hid, even took off my Berger hat for this one. I lit up the fox pro with "Lightning Jack" at apretty good volume. Imediatly.... I mean in only a few seconds we spotted a yote coming in wide open at about 800 yards. I killed the call. The yote was on course to crest a hill right in front of us at 300 yards. I quickly looked at the drop table and dialed in 2 moa. Just then the first yote came to the crest of the hill, paused for a second and kept coming. A second yote crested the hill and stopped on top. I said to my buddy " I'll take the far one" he answered ok I got the other. My buddy let out a whoop! to stop the yote about 50 yards out, no dice, he was still coming. Mine was froze trying to make us out. I was on him so I sent one, with all my love. My buddies yote was jumping like a kangaroo looking for that wounded rabbit and was not going to stop. My buddy shoots and misses. I however got the pleasure of watching a huge spray of yote stuff fly out the back of mine. You could almost see a rain bow in the morning sun behind him. Down he went. Then we both sent a few more at the retreating yote my buddy missed. We got close enough to make it look like he was running through a minefield, but no harm was done. Not sure what happened to the other two. I am guessing they were the two lazy ones and were late to the show.
What a great stalk and a blast. I should have had the AR that I left in the truck, but I really figured we were going to be taking a long poke when we headed out. Well anyway, some might say I was over gunned with a .338 and a 300 Berger. But watching a head shot through the scope at 300 yards made my day
The hero pic.