Here is my good friend and hunting buddy, Jason Promisson. We went out early the other morning and called this young male in using pup-in -distress and coyote vocalizations on our e-caller. It came in so hard it was literally leaving a dust cloud trail as it approached the call. Jason stopped it at 20 yards with his 223 Howa. We would have continued on for more sets but the gnats were just too unbearable.
Max Akerman and Chris Hyle of Dead Oak Outdoors asked me to join them in a 24 hour coyote hunting contest up near Rockton IL this last January. We encountered 20 mile winds and freezing temperatures and no coyotes until our very last stand. Chris picked him out at about 150 yards but his gun jammed so I shot and missed but my follow up shot was true. I have never worked so hard for a coyote but it was all worth it and I got to hang out with some great guys! Looking forward to the next time! p.s. our coyote was 2 lbs. lighter than the winning coyote.
Recently I went out coyote hunting with my good friend Jason and his son, Bradley. Brad connected on this big male at 160 yards with my Savage 11 in 223. It is his first coyote and I have a feeling it will not be his last. His comment after all the knuckle bumping was “Now I get it! Now I understand why you guys sit out here and freeze your tails off!” Way to go, Bradley!
Here I am with guide and friend, Tom Austin , on a hunt in late October of 2012. We had started this stand right a daylight. He was running his Foxpro Wildfire and decoy using Jackrabbit in distress sound. Several coyotes came in at about 120 yards and locked up. I adjusted my rifle and hit one right in the chest. Unfortunately it ran in to some chest high grass and we were having a time locating it. This is where being 5’6″ is a disadvantage but lucky for me I had the tallest guide this side of the big river working for me and Tom found the dog in short time. Thanks Tom!
This was the hunt of a life time! Thanks to Ken Scurry(scurry outdoors south), Mark Olis (predator xtreme magazine)and the folks at Bayed Solid/ Xtreme Hog Hunting magazine! When I had been invited by Mark Olis to go on this hunt I thought I would be doing the bait and shoot style. No, this was running through the woods with the big dogs and a big knife style hunt. Long and short of the story is these guys have ruined me for “normal” hunting. I have never done something so crazy in my life and can’t wait to do it again. Thanks to Terry Ratliff , Randy Brown, Brian Miller and Buck for making this happen! Not bad for a cartoonist from Chicago!
This is my first called in/killed Eastern coyote. It happened in March of 2012. I was calling in a cow pasture that has a draw right in the middle. I had my rifle(223) on shooting sticks and my shotgun on my lap. This coyote came out and was slowly working its way towards the call when it caught me moving to get my rifle ready. It started making a move toward the draw, so I abandoned the rifle for my 12 gauge loaded with 00 in 3 1/2 and let her rip. The coyote dropped instantly and didn’t move a muscle. I walked off the distance and it was over 85 paces. Most folks have a hard time believing it but it happened ,and I drew a cartoon to back it up which is in the cartoon section on this site . God does answer prayer!!