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!