Set out this winter to learn to call coyotes and finally got-er-did!
Went out yesterday morning to a spot where I'd seen and heard coyotes in my previous attempts but was never able to seal the deal (inexperience I guess). I picked a slightly new spot, facing southwest and set up my position. Mojo Critter decoy (maiden voyage), old Johnny Stewart "mega-phone and tape player" call (yes you may laugh, I do all the time.... but it was free
), and the 20 BR.
As I was setting up before daylight some coyotes started to bark and howl to the west quite a ways away. So after I was settled I focused my calling in that direction. After 20 minutes or so of listening to a choir of "distressed baby cottontails" 2 coyotes were still barking at me from the west but not getting any closer. I turned to the left to check on my Mojo and noticed a shiny spot of fur angling towards me off to the south about 300 yds. ... oh heck yeah... coyote!
As I shifted to get onto him I think he spotted me and realizing that I wasn't a baby cottontail he began to trot away. I ranged him at 325 and still moving. I dialed 350 and waited for him to stop. He did, perfectly broadside, and I let the 55 gr berger fly! I heard a "pop" as he started spinning then trotted away, disappearing in taller brush. I gathered up and went down to where he had been, cut his track and there he was, laying dead 50 yds later! Man was I happy!
The old 55 grainer did a number on him, dunno how he made it the 50 yds but he did. I jerked the shot a little, hitting him back a few ribs from my POA. Elevation was perfect. Pin-hole entrance with a 3-4" exit hole... seriously, dang!
I've put in quite a few hours this winter tryin' to learn and it feels good to have something to show for my labors at last