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Flatland ranging yotes?

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Unread 11-03-2010, 01:30 AM
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Flatland ranging yotes?

Shooting coyotes down here in pivot fields I keep running into the same issues! There is no place to get up high and look down, basically your a touch higher then the coyote. Wherein lies my dilemma. I can't get a range on them! with only 6-8inches of coyote showing above the grass my rangefinder (ziess victory RF binos 10x45) will give me readings varying by 100-150yrds. Pretty tough sending a bullet out of the 308 on a 8inch target when you can be off 50--100yrds. (this is out between 450-900yrds. Not to mention the coyotes rarely old still long enough to range, calc, adjust and shoot.

Is there a rangefinder that will do better at pinpointing them? Or other tricks of the trade? Thanks in advance.
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    Unread 11-03-2010, 01:44 AM
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    Re: Flatland ranging yotes?

    Good luck, I hope someone has a super secret trick but pivot fields suck, especially coming of wheat or barley!!
    The best thing I have come up with is to position my self to use the pivot as the target, I also carry Google earth maps of some pivots that I have measured the towers on and I wait till they get to a tower them bop them.
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    Re: Flatland ranging yotes?

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    Shooting coyotes down here in pivot fields I keep running into the same issues! There is no place to get up high and look down, basically your a touch higher then the coyote. Wherein lies my dilemma. I can't get a range on them! with only 6-8inches of coyote showing above the grass my rangefinder (ziess victory RF binos 10x45) will give me readings varying by 100-150yrds. Pretty tough sending a bullet out of the 308 on a 8inch target when you can be off 50--100yrds. (this is out between 450-900yrds. Not to mention the coyotes rarely old still long enough to range, calc, adjust and shoot.

    Is there a rangefinder that will do better at pinpointing them? Or other tricks of the trade? Thanks in advance.
    I too have this problem. I hunt out in southern Idaho were shoots can be long and brush and trees are few and far between. What I came up with is to use a mildot scope. I have a list of ranges and what the coyote will register in my scope. I use 18" as my set height because the average coyote is 18" from foot to top of the back. Then on the same list I have a list of mildot hold over because as you said you don't have time to range, dial, and shoot before they are gone. By using you scope radical for ranging and holdover it keep your eye on the yote and keeps movement down.
    Hope this helps.
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    Unread 11-04-2010, 06:09 PM
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    Re: Flatland ranging yotes?

    458win,

    You might also try developing your engagement area by putting range markers on it. Set markers out at known distances from your shooting position prior to your hunt. There will be no need to range to a coyote once he's in your area, just let him come on line with one of your flags and shoot him. I've known several bowhunters who do this around their stands. I hunt in open, hilly terrain and determine distances to rocks and bushes prior to calling any coyotes, so instead of ranging him I'm dialing in my dope to the nearest marker he's likely to come on line with.

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    Re: Flatland ranging yotes?

    I use the Lica 1,200 and have the same problem at times. I usually have something close I can range though.
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    Re: Flatland ranging yotes?

    I had the very same problem with both my swaro and Leica CRF. Actually the leica did better when held solidly on sand bags but I was limited to about 700~800 yards. I now have a Vectronix PLRF10. Problem solved. Put it solidly on bags, place the crosshairs on the yote and release the button slowly keeping crosshairs on the yote. Smallest beam you can get and strong enough to range way out there. I have ranged yotes to 1500 plus in wheat stubble with great success. They are not cheap, but they work. To me a reliable RF is just as important as the rifle and scope.

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    Unread 11-05-2010, 09:49 PM
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    Re: Flatland ranging yotes?

    Good luck trying to range them with your reticle beyond 500 yds., especially if their paws can't be seen. I use a back to brisket measurement of 11" in winter. Last year i did successfully rane 2 doigs at right around the 500 yd. mark using a 3 MOA TK Lee dot system. But as range increases so does the inaccuracy of angular measurements. Just several factors that u will have to deal with using this system is steadiness of your reticle on the target, which means prone position most of the time and then u have mirage that will affect accurate interpolation besides height of crops interfering with line of sight. It's better than guessing, but not by much beyond ~500.
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