A called pair of coyotes...which one do you shoot?

Discussion in 'Coyote Hunting - From 10 Yards to over 1,000 Yards' started by Bowhunter57, May 8, 2010.

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  1. Bowhunter57

    Bowhunter57 Well-Known Member

    Mar 27, 2010
    I'd like to hear from those that have called more than one coyote at one setting. :)

    If you're calling and a pair of coyotes are coming to the decoy, the decoy has their attention and both are within the range of the weapon you're using...

    Which one do you shoot? What's your reasoning for your choice?

    Thank you, Bowhunter57
  2. .30 CAL

    .30 CAL Well-Known Member

    Aug 18, 2008
    Shoot the closest one first. Or the one you know you can kill with one shot. The second shot will either be running or quite a bit further. The setup and terrain will usually dictate if there will be a second shot. I use to think shoot the farthest one first because you'll have more time to shoot the close one but if you blow the far shot you usually won't get the next one or you'll blow it too cause your compensating for your last miss and not the shot you're taking.
  3. soldierofchrist

    soldierofchrist Member

    May 7, 2010
    I will usually shoot the smallest one first since it is usually the female, a male coyote will wait up for the female where as the female will just take off and run to the next county without looking back. A good thing to do in either case is to get a pup distress call going right after the first shot and it will increase your chances of getting a double.
  4. bigngreen

    bigngreen Well-Known Member

    Nov 24, 2008
    I always shoot the farthest one first as it will be the least aggressive and the second one which is the closest you can often stop them or they are so close you can pick them on the run any way. Before I start pulling the trigger I have it worked out in my head, boom cycle bolt while moving to second one, if he looks like he's stopping I let him if not I swing through and pull the trigger just as the cross hair passes his chest, cycle bolt, get the giggles under control :D

    I almost all ways hunt with a partner so as soon as the farthest one drops the second one does also. We called in 5 a few weeks ago and we got so excited we let all but the first one get away :rolleyes:

    I've had the second one stop and check out the first one and piled both of them on top of each other. I also like to have the caller or remote operator take the first one then go to a coyote in distress to slow the second dog down for a shot. Then again some times they just hook and book.
  5. 4ester

    4ester Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2010
    I will shoot the close dog first then switch to a bark or pup distress and the second one will usually stop and give you a chance. Sometimes the rear dog will just stand there after the shot and watch the front dog, or go bite at it.

    When more then 2 come to the call it gets even more intresting.gun)
  6. Sendero_Man

    Sendero_Man SPONSOR

    Feb 4, 2007

    Winner !! this is the correct answer.

    If you shot the male first, which is usually the closet or aggressive coyote, you will have a slim to no chance at stopping the female and harder by far to ever call back. Running shots have little success.

    You should always shoot the female first ! The male will stop or be called back in with far more ease and your success on doubles will go way up. 9 times outta 10 he will stop and look back. It is easy to read the body language and tell when is slowing and gonna turn back and look....

    Guaranteed !!
  7. Moki

    Moki Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2009
    I agree...

    If it is a male/female pair shoot the female first the male will run but will stop to look back for the female.

    If you shoot the male first the female will be moving out as fast as she can and will not stop to see if her mate is following.

    I know same thing happens with us humans... :D
  8. bluealtered

    bluealtered Active Member

    May 29, 2010
    I would have to agree with the female first, they are always the one to hang up for me. Must be something to do with my deodorent, ... or maybe lack there of? [​IMG] blue