Re: Coyote down...scared to death?
I'd have to say that coyotes are one of weirdest animals on the planet when it comes to shot reaction. With most high velocity-frangible bullet loads, you hit them in the killzone and they drop dead. With the heavier caliber loads and really fast, really frangible ammo (.243-55 grain BST and up) even just center-of-mass hits usually drop them, although that's no excuse not to shoot for the killzone.
Nonetheless, every now and then we meet that one coyote that just makes us scratch our heads........... "WTF was that????"
I've seen a big, heavy winter coyote take a 40 grain softpoint from a .22 mag at 160 yards and drop instantly, no spinal cord, no shoulder blade, just a straight up lung shot.
Then again I watched another heavy winter coyote tank a .300 Win mag to the shoulder from 200 yards. He took the bullet, rolled, and five seconds later he was trotting away. He made half a mile at least. My guess there is that there simply wasn't enough dog for the bullet to mushroom in, just penciled in and out.
As far as the coyote bleeding from his "johnson" goes, every male coyote I have shot frontally with my "big guns" has bled from his johnson.
Frangible bullets from rounds like a .22-250 can leave entry holes so small that they don't even bleed, but inside the coyote it's another story- so much internal trauma that pretty much everything inside is bleeding. Any blood in the digestive system has a good chance of leaking out his little buddy.