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Old 02-17-2013, 12:58 PM
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shotgunning coyotes lesson learned

Yesterday morning on my first stand I was waiting for enough light to start calling (I like to use the darkness for cover walking to my spot). As I was glassing around I barely spot a yote about 350 out he was just hanging out on the edge of a wheat field. About 15 min goes by and I start an interrogation howl and he seems interested and started circling down wind very slowly. A few min pass and I start baby cottontail distress. And he just sat there at about 300 yrds. My call and decoy were about 50 yrds away from me I think he was just staring at the decoy flopping around. Long story short, while I have that dog in my crosshairs of my 7 mag about to take him. 4 dogs popped up out of a terrace about 75 yrds away and locked on the decoy and ran straight to it I had my scope turned to 9 for the dog at 300, but now I have 4 dogs within 50 yrds running all over the place u couldn't get a shot at any with my rifle. By the time I knew what was going on they were headed for the next mile section! So here's my real question I'm going to start carrying a shotgun also but need some advice on what shells to use. I have a 12ga that will shoot 3 and half inch shells but what size shot do you guys prefer and what's the max distance you will use your shotgun. If I had my shotgun I know I could have killed at least two of them! But it was one exciting stand!
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:59 PM
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Re: shotgunning coyotes lesson learned

That will learn you really quick had that happen a couple times and now always carry the shotgun... I've been shooting 3" BBB from federal this yr, In my 870 much much cheaper than the remington dead coyote loads. I've got more chance to call in fox where I'm at now but, i will say with a full choke and those dead coyotes will smite one at 60 or so steps with authority!!!
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:31 PM
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Re: shotgunning coyotes lesson learned

I think ill have to buy a couple different sizes and just see how each patterns out of my gun. Seems like it will be tough carrying a rifle and a shotgun at the same time plus a call and other gear. I just keep bringing more and more with me every time I go it seems haha!
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:04 PM
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That's the best thing you can do there are article for days you can read how other peoples guns handled this load and that but, try a full choke and a few diff rounds. I'm not an expert on the process but I shoot paper plates at 40-60yd easy and effective. Anything BBB or larger should be enough to dispatch them with a good tight pattern.
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Old 02-17-2013, 10:01 PM
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Re: shotgunning coyotes lesson learned

Try the Heavy Shot - Dead Coyote with Tungsten! 2.75 or 3" I would say within 75 yards. Even past that, I would still send one just because it is a coyote.
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:20 AM
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Re: shotgunning coyotes lesson learned

Thanks for the advise guys. Also how do you guys go about packing a rifle and shotgun in the field? Do you sling both guns and carry on each shoulder, or do you have a pack that will carry one for you? It seems like a back pack to strap the shotgun in would be ideal to me.
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Old 02-18-2013, 01:42 PM
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Re: shotgunning coyotes lesson learned

I will usually sling the rifle and hold the shotgun, I have a sling on both. I run my head through the sling and let the rifle ride diagonally across my back. I don't carry enough stuff to need a pack but that'd be handy for sure, My usual list is;
Seat, calls around neck, decoy, electric caller "foxpro wildfire", couple extra rounds for both guns, gloves, mask, scent killer, shooting sticks. Most of the stuff I'm wearing so it's really not all that much to carry, I drop my decoy and caller into my seat car it with one hand and the shotgun in the other. Once you get the technique it's not bad at all.
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