Checking a cattle farm this afternoon when I spotted this black female sunning on the far side of a hollow. She watched me drive along the top of the opposite ridge and she must have figured I was no danger at 350 yards. She even lay there as I stopped to glass the sunny hill. The black hide stuck out pretty good on the brown grass, even at the edge of the woods. I ranged her at 349 yards with the Leica 1600. She was out of range of the Savage BMag 17 WSM I'd just sighted in. Too bad, I haven't gotten to shoot a coyote with it yet. The other gun I had with me was my knock around gun, a Remington 700 SPS in a 243 Win. with the factory Tasco 3-9x40. I had the rifle sighted in at 200 yards with hand loads with Nosler 70 gr. Varmint Ballistic Tip traveling at 3650 fps. I checked my Shooter app on my Droid. It showed a little over 9" of drop, so I decided to try and dial the scope instead of using the Mil Dots. I raised the elevation 2.6 MOA and put a sandbag rest across the hood and steadied in. I checked the wind and held 1 MOA left windage and sent the bullet. I heard the thump and got back on target just in time to see her tail start twirling. When I got to her I couldn't find an entrance hole but the exit wound came out just below the left ear. I may have his hide tanned since they're pretty rare.
How many of you guys have killed black coyotes?
WHEN YOU HUNT LONG RANGE, SOME TIMES THE SHOT IS THE TROPHY.
Nice yote and great shooting on the fly. I have one very much colored like that near my farm that I've been after for 3yrs. She's (just guessing a female) a sneak bugger always gets out of Dodge before I can put cross hairs on her. I know I'm going to get my dark yote either tanned or mounted if I ever connect. As for dark phase I know I've only seen 1 while a field.