....to hunting coyotes that is. I have always been intrigued with coyotes and hunting them. I like watching Randy Anderson's videos and watching Les Johnson on tv. I got to admit I haven't been out since my wife and I moved to northwest Ohio 5 years ago. Just didn't see them as much as I did when we lived in south central Ohio. We might hear them or see one once a year. But guys up here hunt them in the winter with dogs.
I went back home (1.5 hours east of Columbus) for deer gun season and my stepdad was complaining about the coyotes running the deer on our farm. I only got to hunt the first day because I got called back home to finish some field work before it got cold towards the end of that week. That was the first week of December and I am a farmer. That first day I only saw 3 deer when we use to see 20 or more. I knew something was not right. Coyotes, disease. Didn't know.
So my wife had it scheduled to be off work Christmas Eve. I thought that would be a great time to see if I could get a coyote. I got up Christmas Eve morning with some wind and about 3/4 inch of snow. My thought was this wasn't going to work. But I went out anyway.
I got to my spot where I wanted to make my first call. Tucked in the branches of a small pine tree just right at day break. Sat there for about 10 minutes before I started with some howls from my hand call. Which I still need practice. Made an interrogation howl and waited for about 7 minutes. Then I blew a challenge howl. About a minutes after I put the call down, I saw something moving across the neighbors field that was right in front of me. It was trotting across an area that was mowed in a strip for rabbit hunting. First thought it was a deer but it was a coyote. It got about 25 yards from the fence line to come on to my parents ground and it just stops and sat down. I thought I would let my electronic caller bring it in. My thought would be on and off with the caller but the caller wouldn't shut off. I wanted it to cross the fence but when the caller wouldn't shut off, I thought this was the only chance I had before it took off. While the coyote was sitting there, I let a 87gr. V-Max go from the barrel of my Rem 700VS .243. I hit it on the right side in the shoulder. I thought WOW! I hit it. I t was only 143 yards away. It didn't even do the spin and yelp move. It went down like a tree falling.
This was my first coyote ever called in and my first one I have killed. Yes I have seen coyotes while groundhog and deer hunting. But I wanted my first one with a rifle, called in, and in the cold (better looking pelt). It was a young female.
This is AWESOME!