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!!
In late March of 2012 my long-time friend, Thor, wanted to try out his new shotgun on some coyotes. I set him up in some thick timber on a distinct game trail that I was hoping any coyote would use to get down wind of our call. I set up about 20 yards from him watching a pasture in case something came in the back door. To my surprise, not more than a few minutes after putting on Frantic Jack I saw two coyotes coming straight across the open pasture. I quickly realized that once these coyotes got into the timber they were more than likely going to wind us. I took the first one with my rifle(223) at about 110 yards right in the head, and then immediately put Kiyi on my call. The second one came back to investigate the sound, and I dropped it with a shot to the shoulder at about 220 yards. This all happened in a matter of seconds. I then hear Thor yell ” Hey! what’s going on?!” “Ummm, I think I just got my first double.” I felt bad that we didn’t get Thor a coyote, but he is the bigger man and was happy for my good fortune. What a friend!
Here is my first coyote while hunting with guide, Tom Austin, of Predator Strikeforce. This stand will be seared in my memory for a long time. We had called a sage flat for a half hour with nothing coming in. As we walked back to the truck I noticed a draw of juniper bushes. After conferring with Tom we set up the Foxpro call and decoy just above the draw. It was less than five minutes that I saw movement in the corner of my eye. The coyote was charging in not 30 yards in front of me going left to right and I had to act fast. I quickly lowered my rifle to a spot that I anticipated he would cross. When fur filled my scope I dropped the hammer. To my amazement the coyote slid face first across the dusty desert floor dead on impact. I looked back at Tom and his jaw was just hanging open . I don’t expect to replicate that shot ever again. Tom filmed the whole thing and it is fun to watch it again and again.
I was working in my shop this last summer in the inner-city of Chicago when my assistant yelled that he just saw the largest rat run right past our open shop bay. I quickly grabbed my homemade hickory bow and a wooden arrow and put the stalk on. I shot it at about eight yards away right through the heart and lungs. I wish I could make that same shot on all the deer that come my way!